California

California Unveils Sweeping Wildfire Prevention Plan Amid Record Losses

"After the worst fire season in California history and as drought conditions raise fears of what’s to come, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders unveiled a $536-million proposal Thursday to boost efforts at firefighting and a variety of prevention measures, including vegetation management and the construction of fire-resistant structures across the state."

Source: LA Times, 04/12/2021

In Hotter Climate, 'Zombie' Urchins Are Winning, Kelp Forests Are Losing

"Purple sea urchins have exploded in recent years off California, covering the ocean floor in what divers describe as a "purple carpet." And they devour kelp: the once-lush forests of seaweed that hugged the coastline are disappearing."

Source: NPR, 04/01/2021

"On Tap In California: Another Drought Four Years After Last"

"California’s hopes for a wet “March miracle” did not materialize and a dousing of April showers may as well be a mirage at this point. The state appears in the midst of another drought only a few years after a punishing 5-year dry spell dried up rural wells, killed endangered salmon, idled farm fields and helped fuel the most deadly and destructive wildfires in modern state history."

Source: AP, 04/01/2021
April 7, 2021

DEADLINE: IJNR Virtual Workshop on Wildfire in the West

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources for a two-day virtual workshop, Apr 22-23, 2021, to address Western wildfire issues and how we need to shift our thinking about fire in order to to live alongside it. Deadline: Apr 7.

Visibility: 

"Pipe Dream: Feds Sued Over Desert Water Pipeline OK’d by Trump"

"Just before the Trump administration headed out the door, a federal agency this past December cleared the way for a private company to begin pumping groundwater from under the Mojave Trails National Monument in Southern California."

Source: Courthouse News Service, 03/24/2021

Company Wants To Mine Gold Near Death Valley. Tribes Are Fighting It

"LONE PINE, Calif. — Perched high in the craggy Inyo Mountains, between the dusty Owens Valley floor and Death Valley National Park, looms a rugged, nearly roadless chunk of desert terrain teeming with wildlife and scarred by mining operations."

Source: LA Times, 03/18/2021

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - California