Environment

Native plants are vital to the health of the local ecosystem, particularly during a time of climate change, hotter weather, and droughts.

from Greater LA

There are 18 endangered butterfly and moth species that the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance works to protect.

from Greater LA

An elementary school in L.A. County was built on a contaminated site and made its community sick — How that community came together to demand change, and a controversial plan to build a new school.

LA’s toxic secret

An elementary school in L.A. County was built on a contaminated site and made its community sick — How that community came together to demand change, and a controversial plan to build a new school.

from Bodies

LA was one of the biggest oil-producing regions in the world 100 years ago. Pictures from that time show forests of oil derricks dotting the landscape.

20,000 oil wells in LA County can cause health problems for nearby residents

LA was one of the biggest oil-producing regions in the world 100 years ago. Pictures from that time show forests of oil derricks dotting the landscape.

from Greater LA

On clear days, you can see oil platforms while driving Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and Ventura, or walking the beaches near San Pedro or Long Beach.

California’s offshore oil heyday is over. Why do the platforms remain?

On clear days, you can see oil platforms while driving Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and Ventura, or walking the beaches near San Pedro or Long Beach.

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Ambitious climate change legislation is hanging by a thread. It’s part of the $3.5 trillion budget package Congressional democrats are debating.

Could West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin doom President Biden’s effort to curb climate change?

Ambitious climate change legislation is hanging by a thread. It’s part of the $3.5 trillion budget package Congressional democrats are debating.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Nearly two weeks have passed since news broke about an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach.

Why certain sea creatures flourish at the site of the OC oil spill

Nearly two weeks have passed since news broke about an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

"I wear the same stuff firefighters wear. So yellow Nomex suit, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, fire shelter. I drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. I bring a chainsaw.

From headshots to blazing infernos: Photographer Josh Edelson gets up close to CA wildfires

"I wear the same stuff firefighters wear. So yellow Nomex suit, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, fire shelter. I drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. I bring a chainsaw.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Rodger Healy has worked in the commercial lobster industry for 34 years, and he says lobster catchers in Dana Point will probably lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

After OC oil spill, lobster fishers have no direct way of recuperating the money lost this season

Rodger Healy has worked in the commercial lobster industry for 34 years, and he says lobster catchers in Dana Point will probably lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Californians suffering most from extreme heat live in Southern California and the Central Valley, like Riverside and Bakersfield, says LA Times environmental reporter Anna Phillips.

Human death toll from heat was 6 times higher than what the state reported, LA Times investigation finds

Californians suffering most from extreme heat live in Southern California and the Central Valley, like Riverside and Bakersfield, says LA Times environmental reporter Anna Phillips.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today.

After all this extreme wind in SoCal, expect temps to rise 10-20 degrees, says former JPL climatologist

Strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As Orange County confronts a recent oil spill, political fallout ensues over what needs to change.

Oil spill along Huntington Beach oozes into Orange County politics

As Orange County confronts a recent oil spill, political fallout ensues over what needs to change.

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The broken oil pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach has spilled 144,000 gallons of oil.

Birds struggle to survive after OC oil spill. This team helps them get fed, hydrated, stabilized and clean

The broken oil pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach has spilled 144,000 gallons of oil.

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California is stuck in a years-long drought, and now big changes are coming to the way the federal government helps people insure their homes against flooding.

Climate change will affect Californians’ flood insurance costs, as US government reassess its program

California is stuck in a years-long drought, and now big changes are coming to the way the federal government helps people insure their homes against flooding.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Before the oil spill in Orange County, Democratic Congressman Mike Levin had introduced legislation in the House that would prohibit new oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of…

After Orange County oil spill, will calls to ban offshore drilling gain more momentum?

Before the oil spill in Orange County, Democratic Congressman Mike Levin had introduced legislation in the House that would prohibit new oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

"I try to remind everyone that this is not just an ecological and environmental imperative, but also an economic one. ...

Only foolproof way to prevent oil spills? Ban offshore drilling, says CA Congressman Mike Levin

"I try to remind everyone that this is not just an ecological and environmental imperative, but also an economic one. ...

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The maximum amount of crude oil that could have spilled into the ocean off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County so far is 126,000 gallons.

Huntington Beach oil spill is similar in size and scope to 2015 Refugio oil spill

The maximum amount of crude oil that could have spilled into the ocean off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County so far is 126,000 gallons.

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Peter Chang, CEO at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, says he’s concerned about animals ingesting and inhaling the oil, which can affect their respiratory systems.

Massive oil spill in OC endangers birds, seals, sea lions. Wildlife care workers are preparing for the worst

Peter Chang, CEO at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, says he’s concerned about animals ingesting and inhaling the oil, which can affect their respiratory systems.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

State and federal lawmakers plan to introduce legislation and hold at least one oversight hearing in response to Dangerous Air, an investigation that showed smoke from western…

'Dangerous Air' investigation prompts lawmakers to call for new worker protections, fire prevention investments

State and federal lawmakers plan to introduce legislation and hold at least one oversight hearing in response to Dangerous Air, an investigation that showed smoke from western…

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