Environment

Since the beginning of the pandemic, rats seem to be more prominent in every major city.

from Greater LA

Across California, city and county officials are finding dangerous chemicals in their drinking water wells.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

About 100 years ago, a couple of movies were shot on Catalina Island. They needed some buffalo to roam in the background. When the production packed up, the animals stayed.

Two pregnant bison are joining Catalina’s iconic herd to help bolster their dwindling numbers

About 100 years ago, a couple of movies were shot on Catalina Island. They needed some buffalo to roam in the background. When the production packed up, the animals stayed.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Having started 2018 as an unknown Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg quickly built a global following based on her school strikes about governments’ inaction on climate change.

‘I Am Greta’ looks at the young woman behind the revival in climate change activism

Having started 2018 as an unknown Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg quickly built a global following based on her school strikes about governments’ inaction on climate change.

from The Business

Biden wants to restrict oil and gas drilling, expand mileage standards for SUVs, and make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050.

Paris climate accord, electric vehicles, fracking: What to expect from a Biden administration

Biden wants to restrict oil and gas drilling, expand mileage standards for SUVs, and make the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Exide owns a battery recycling plant in East LA that’s been closed for years.

Battery recycling plant spewed toxins in East LA and filed for bankruptcy. What does that mean for residents nearby?

Exide owns a battery recycling plant in East LA that’s been closed for years.

from Greater LA

These days it is possible for a building to be entirely clad in glass and still get top marks for environmental sustainability.

Do windows have to be tiny to be green? No. City Hall East proves it

These days it is possible for a building to be entirely clad in glass and still get top marks for environmental sustainability.

from Greater LA

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Silverado Fire has burned more than 11,000 acres in the Irvine area and is 5% contained, while the Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 15,000 acres in the…

Silverado and Blue Ride Fires in OC: wind shifts expected, some buildings damaged, firefighters intubated

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Silverado Fire has burned more than 11,000 acres in the Irvine area and is 5% contained, while the Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 15,000 acres in the…

from Greater LA

Strong wind gusts are battering the region, spreading wildfires across Southern California. Officials said the wounded firefighters suffered second- and third-degree burns in the Silverado Fire.

Orange County fires: 2 firefighters critically injured in fast-moving blazes

Strong wind gusts are battering the region, spreading wildfires across Southern California. Officials said the wounded firefighters suffered second- and third-degree burns in the Silverado Fire.

from NPR

This year, researchers with the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab tagged three times as many sharks as last year, even with fewer marine biologists in the field because of COVID safety…

Sharks along Southern California coast: Researchers are seeing three times as many as before

This year, researchers with the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab tagged three times as many sharks as last year, even with fewer marine biologists in the field because of COVID safety…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Many homeowners who lost everything in a wildfire had no idea they were at risk. Only two states require disclosing wildfire risk to buyers in the house hunting process.

Millions of homes are at risk of wildfires, but it's rarely disclosed

Many homeowners who lost everything in a wildfire had no idea they were at risk. Only two states require disclosing wildfire risk to buyers in the house hunting process.

from NPR

The fire started in the boat's salon, where divers had plugged in phones and other devices. Investigators pointed to the lack of a night watchman as a reason for high casualty numbers.

Safety board blames California diving boat's owner for fire that killed 34

The fire started in the boat's salon, where divers had plugged in phones and other devices. Investigators pointed to the lack of a night watchman as a reason for high casualty numbers.

from NPR

Przewalski horses, wild horses that are native to central Asia, are critically endangered. Only 2000 of them remain.

Przewalski horses are endangered. San Diego scientists created a clone

Przewalski horses, wild horses that are native to central Asia, are critically endangered. Only 2000 of them remain.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Evan Kleiman wants you to branch out from your Gala and your Granny Smith.

Gold Rush, Winesap, Criterion: Apples are among the most biodiverse plants on earth

Evan Kleiman wants you to branch out from your Gala and your Granny Smith.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

John Luker is standing on the top of a 3,000 foot hill at Sage Ranch Park, surrounded by largely undeveloped land on the border of LA and Ventura County.

Tribal designation at toxic Santa Susana Field Lab could protect land but further delay cleanup

John Luker is standing on the top of a 3,000 foot hill at Sage Ranch Park, surrounded by largely undeveloped land on the border of LA and Ventura County.

from Greater LA

When San Francisco residents began sheltering in place during the pandemic, everything got quieter, including the songs of birds.

Bird songs changed during COVID-19. What it means for their behavior and conservation efforts

When San Francisco residents began sheltering in place during the pandemic, everything got quieter, including the songs of birds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

UCLA astrophysics professor Andrea Ghez helped prove the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

UCLA’s Andrea Ghez wins physics Nobel Prize for helping discover black hole in Milky Way

UCLA astrophysics professor Andrea Ghez helped prove the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

from Greater LA

President Trump denies climate change . But Joe Biden has laid out “the boldest plan of any candidate in history,” says UC Santa Barbara environmental scientist Leah Stokes.

Trump v. Biden on climate change

President Trump denies climate change . But Joe Biden has laid out “the boldest plan of any candidate in history,” says UC Santa Barbara environmental scientist Leah Stokes.

from To the Point

The Glass Fire has destroyed more than 100 homes and forced some 70,000 people in Napa and Sonoma Counties to evacuate. It’s just 5% contained as of this morning.

California fires have burned some 4 million acres. How to protect people and property

The Glass Fire has destroyed more than 100 homes and forced some 70,000 people in Napa and Sonoma Counties to evacuate. It’s just 5% contained as of this morning.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties due to wildfires. Three people have died.

After so many fires, one woman moved out of the state due to concerns for its future

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties due to wildfires. Three people have died.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand