California

The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
Tommy Pico merges natural and personal history of the arid West from Brooklyn, New York.
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel tells the story of a tough teenage girl’s survival.
California Westlands water settlement in limbo
California Westlands water settlement in limbo
The deal addresses toxic drainage but could fall apart without congressional action.
Border wall divides lands, but not culture
Border wall divides lands, but not culture
A wall bars the physical passage of people in a park near San Diego— but music scales that barrier.
Consider the vole, endangered and adorable
Consider the vole, endangered and adorable
How a collective effort is protecting one of the most endangered mammals in the nation.
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Under potentially ‘new normal’ fire conditions, 80,000 people have been evacuated.
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
In California and across the region, drought and heat makes for big blazes.
Where are the fracking fights this fall?
Where are the fracking fights this fall?
Fracktivists look to exercise local control over energy development this November.
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
Cutting down dead trees may not reduce wildfire risk.
Will a bigger energy grid make way for renewables?
Will a bigger energy grid make way for renewables?
Utilities are embracing California’s bid to expand its grid, but states aren’t so sure.
How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies
How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies
A Colorado researcher is using boreal toads’ microbiomes to help them ward off a deadly fungus.
Latest: California moves ahead on Bay Delta tunnels plan
Latest: California moves ahead on Bay Delta tunnels plan
Governor Jerry Brown wants to secure water for the drought, but will it leave enough for wildlife?
How Shelton Johnson became the Buffalo Soldiers’ champion
How Shelton Johnson became the Buffalo Soldiers’ champion
The Park Service’s best-known ranger is determined not to let the African-American soldiers fall into obscurity.
Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
The founder of Outdoor Afro talks about racial violence and why we all need a dose of nature.
See new pictures of the desert’s natural art
See new pictures of the desert’s natural art
In ‘Death Valley: Painted Light,’ the landscape takes on abstract forms.
How Utah coal interests helped push a secret plan to export coal from California
How Utah coal interests helped push a secret plan to export coal from California
Companies and investors are trying to survive a collapsing U.S. coal market.
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
Climate change looms large over Obama’s Yosemite visit
As the park prepped for President Obama’s visit, experts hope to highlight a park in flux.
Why the EPA fails to enforce the Civil Rights Act
Why the EPA fails to enforce the Civil Rights Act
Despite a new environmental justice action plan, the EPA has a poor record of protecting communities of color from toxic environments.
Can California’s water agencies keep up the conservation momentum?
Can California’s water agencies keep up the conservation momentum?
Without mandatory regulations, some local districts fear a return to water waste.
Why Hetch Hetchy is staying under water
Why Hetch Hetchy is staying under water
A judge ruled in favor of San Francisco water needs over the valley’s restoration.
West Coast cities sue Monsanto to pay for chemical cleanup
West Coast cities sue Monsanto to pay for chemical cleanup
Cities take a new tack to fight pollutants: targeting companies who make them.
Latest: California county cuts tie with Wildlife Services over predator killing
Latest: California county cuts tie with Wildlife Services over predator killing
In 2014, the federal agency killed over 60,000 coyotes, despite research into new non-lethal methods.
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
In much of California, Arizona and New Mexico El Niño and La Niña have combined to create dry fuels, ready to burn.