California

California’s Joshua Trees Are Burning Up, May Be Impossible To Replace

"A light rain fell on the Mojave National Preserve, where firefighters continued their nearly weeklong battle Wednesday against an unusual desert wildfire that has incinerated countless Joshua trees and threatens to forever alter California’s high desert landscape."

Source: LA Times, 08/03/2023

Mojave Desert, Joshua Trees Burning In California’s Biggest Fire Of Year

"California’s biggest wildfire of the year — burning through delicate Joshua Tree forests along the California-Nevada border — is an unusual desert blaze being fueled in part by the rapid growth of underbrush from this winter’s record rains."

Source: LA Times, 08/01/2023

Catastrophic Calif. Flood Plunged Marginalized Farmworkers Into Crisis

"It was half past midnight on March 11 when a cacophony of sirens and shouting jolted Emilio Vasquez and his family from a sound sleep. “Get out of your houses immediately!” a voice barked in Spanish through a bullhorn. “The water is coming!”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/24/2023

Researchers Find Evidence Of ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Blood Of Pregnant Women

"California researchers have found new evidence that several chemicals used in plastic production and a wide array of other industrial applications are commonly present in the blood of pregnant women, creating increased health risks for mothers and their babies."

Source: Guardian, 07/21/2023

Punitive Damages Add To Costs For Pacificorp’s Role In 2020 Wildfires

"Two days after jurors in Multnomah County found that the utility PacifiCorp was to blame for wildfires in 2020, they ordered the company to pay punitive damages. That’s in addition to the more than $70 million already owed to the plaintiffs in the case."

Source: OPB, 06/28/2023

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