California

"As Wildfires Rage, California Presses Insurers to Cut Rates"

"Faced with the twin climate crises of historic wildfires and spiraling insurance costs, California on Wednesday laid out new rules to make insurance more affordable in fire-prone areas. But the changes could backfire, experts say — pushing insurers to stop offering insurance in those areas and further imperiling communities on the front lines of climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 09/17/2020

Visiting Charred Calif., Trump Confronts Scientific Reality He Denies

"When President Trump flies to California on Monday to assess the state’s raging forest fires, he will come face to face with the grim consequences of a reality he has stubbornly refused to accept: the devastating effects of a warming planet."

Source: NYTimes, 09/14/2020

Inbreeding Deformities Found Among Cougars In Santa Monica Mountains

"The discovery was heartbreaking for biologists, who consider the mountain lions of Southern California to be among the most threatened mammals in North America: a young male with the distortions of inbreeding — a tail kinked like the letter “L” and only one descended testicle."

Source: LA Times, 09/11/2020

California Temperatures Break Records, Wildfires Rage

"A record-smashing heat wave sent temperatures in areas across the Bay Area well over 100 degrees Sunday, choking the region with the smoke of weeks’ worth of wildfires and putting more than 2 million customers under the threat of rolling blackouts as the state’s energy grid neared capacity."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 09/07/2020

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