Rachel Becker

reporter covering climate change and environmental politics for CalMatters

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The U.N. climate change summit wraps up this week in Glasgow, Scotland.

What the rest of the world can learn from California about cutting methane emissions

The U.N. climate change summit wraps up this week in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

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

New California environmental standards reveal toxins in some water systems

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

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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This year, scientists used lasers to harness solar power. NASA released stunning images from the James Webb Telescope and moved an asteroid off its course.

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Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in China, just weeks after the country abruptly ended its zero-COVID policy. Now with restrictions gone, hospitals are overflowing.

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A Los Angeles journalist with brain trauma turned to specialists who recommended ketamine treatment. It’s known as the party drug “special K,” but it gives her relief.

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The birth rate is the lowest it’s been in U.S. history. Meanwhile, climate change is a growing reason why Gen Zers and millennials are not having kids.

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Heavy rains bring destruction to SoCal, and thousands of residents in Santa Barbara County remain stranded. President Biden declared a state of emergency.

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The perfume industry is moving away from its commercial French roots to something a little more LA: more diverse, accessible, and artistic.

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The California Botanic Garden in Claremont has a Noah’s Ark of native plants. That’s where freezers preserve seeds from plants that might go extinct.

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Mayor Karen Bass’s “Inside Safe” initiative has brought more than 100 unhoused people into shelters. But how fast permanent housing will materialize?

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Writer and author of The Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran, Robin Wright says that after weeks of protest on the streets of Iran, “for the first time in human…

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