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According to an investigative report released by the Ventura County Fire Department , power lines operated by SoCal Edison were responsible for igniting the Thomas Fire.

from The 805

Diamonds are a finite resource, so companies like De Beers are learning to make their own diamonds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The view from the beach in Santa Barbara is not pristine. Dotting the horizon are nearly two dozen oil rigs. They’ve been there for decades. Most locals hate them.

Some environmentalists want Santa Barbara decommissioned oil rigs to stay

The view from the beach in Santa Barbara is not pristine. Dotting the horizon are nearly two dozen oil rigs. They’ve been there for decades. Most locals hate them.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After five days of deliberation the jury concluded the weed killer was a "substantial factor" in causing non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the plaintiff. It's the second verdict against the Bayer product.

California jury finds Roundup caused man's cancer

After five days of deliberation the jury concluded the weed killer was a "substantial factor" in causing non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the plaintiff. It's the second verdict against the Bayer product.

from NPR

More than 100,000 people descended on Lake Elsinore, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to frolic among the flowers. City officials strained to keep up.

'Poppy Apocalypse': A California city swarmed by selfie stick-toting tourists

More than 100,000 people descended on Lake Elsinore, Calif., over the weekend for a chance to frolic among the flowers. City officials strained to keep up.

from NPR

If you’ve been on Instagram, you’ve seen pictures of the superbloom, an intense display of wildflowers. This year is more intense because of all the rain.

Social media is ruining the superbloom

If you’ve been on Instagram, you’ve seen pictures of the superbloom, an intense display of wildflowers. This year is more intense because of all the rain.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The world now only has 22 vaquitas, known as “pandas of the sea.” They swim off Baja, California.

Illegal fishing in Baja California is killing off vaquitas

The world now only has 22 vaquitas, known as “pandas of the sea.” They swim off Baja, California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Residents of Paradise, Calif., are being given reassurances that their town — completely destroyed by last fall's Camp Fire — will be rebuilt. But will the new town be too expensive for many?

'Re-imagining paradise' — making plans to rebuild a town destroyed by wildfire

Residents of Paradise, Calif., are being given reassurances that their town — completely destroyed by last fall's Camp Fire — will be rebuilt. But will the new town be too expensive for many?

from NPR

Located north of Santa Barbara, just past Refugio State Beach is the Tajiguas Landfill, a 100-acre mound of trash.

The Santa Barbara dump is nearly full. What next?

Located north of Santa Barbara, just past Refugio State Beach is the Tajiguas Landfill, a 100-acre mound of trash.

from The 805

California got about 18 trillion gallons of rain in February, which is enough to fill 27 million Olympic-sized pools.

With so much rain and snow lately, how is California capturing all the water?

California got about 18 trillion gallons of rain in February, which is enough to fill 27 million Olympic-sized pools.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For years, NASA has had to rely on Russian vehicles to get astronauts to the International Space Station. That could soon change if the flight test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule succeeds.

SpaceX readies for key test of capsule built to carry astronauts into space

For years, NASA has had to rely on Russian vehicles to get astronauts to the International Space Station. That could soon change if the flight test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule succeeds.

from NPR

The wall along the U.S.-Mexico border cuts across sensitive desert and mountainous terrain. But environmental regulations are waived for wall construction, raising concerns about longterm damage.

Critics say border wall could harm wildlife corridors and sensitive desert terrain

The wall along the U.S.-Mexico border cuts across sensitive desert and mountainous terrain. But environmental regulations are waived for wall construction, raising concerns about longterm damage.

from NPR

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

Scientists release controversial genetically modified mosquitoes in high-security lab

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

from NPR

The buckets had apparently been in a basement for decades before being moved to the museum's collection room. OSHA has opened an investigation into the incident.

Grand Canyon museum reportedly had buckets of uranium sitting around for 18 years

The buckets had apparently been in a basement for decades before being moved to the museum's collection room. OSHA has opened an investigation into the incident.

from NPR

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping public lands bill. It’s big for California.

Sweeping public lands bill brings good news for environmentalists

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping public lands bill. It’s big for California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For two months a year, in a small Norwegian city, the sun never goes above the horizon. One researcher visits to find out why its citizens are happy despite the lack of light.

The Blue Time

For two months a year, in a small Norwegian city, the sun never goes above the horizon. One researcher visits to find out why its citizens are happy despite the lack of light.

from Nocturne

Most Angelenos are familiar with what coyotes look like: large ears, black noses, greyish and rust-colored fur, and yellow eyes.

Why do some California coyotes suddenly have blue eyes?

Most Angelenos are familiar with what coyotes look like: large ears, black noses, greyish and rust-colored fur, and yellow eyes.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

People who survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history were told this week that they cannot camp out or park RVs on their destroyed properties. They must keep waiting.

Residents Of Paradise And Other Towns Destroyed By Wildfire Must Wait To Go Home

People who survived the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history were told this week that they cannot camp out or park RVs on their destroyed properties. They must keep waiting.

from NPR

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wasting no time in making good on her campaign promise to deliver sweeping climate change legislation.

What are the goals of the Green New Deal?

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wasting no time in making good on her campaign promise to deliver sweeping climate change legislation.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The strange story of the postwar pop standard "Nature Boy" and its enigmatic creator, eden ahbez.

Reissue: Unfictional - Nature Boy

The strange story of the postwar pop standard "Nature Boy" and its enigmatic creator, eden ahbez.

from Lost Notes