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.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
Want to build the second century of American conservation? Look to César Chávez.
Want to build the second century of American conservation? Look to César Chávez.
On the eve of the National Parks centennial, Chávez’s son praises a monument to his father.
Will the ouster of California green leaders imperil clean air?
Will the ouster of California green leaders imperil clean air?
High-profile turnover at state agencies reflect a culture split between grassroots demands and developer interests.
The drought isn’t over, so let’s not relax
The drought isn’t over, so let’s not relax
It’s too soon to stop water conservation efforts. News of the drought’s end are greatly exaggerated.
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
It has dwindled faster than experts have seen in nearly four decades, which could upset reservoir management.
Pain pill addiction has helped precipitate a rise in heroin abuse West-wide
Pain pill addiction has helped precipitate a rise in heroin abuse West-wide
Near Sacramento, California, nearly a dozen people died from opioids in recent weeks.
A new Klamath water deal emerges, but unease persists
A new Klamath water deal emerges, but unease persists
Agreement picks up the pieces of the failed landmark accords.
In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a new crop of tech-savvy farmers
In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a new crop of tech-savvy farmers
Jacob Martinez, founder of Digital NEST, is teaching young Latinos the tech skills they’ll need in a new era of agriculture.
Photos: The costs of air pollution in Bakersfield, California
Photos: The costs of air pollution in Bakersfield, California
In the Central Valley, oil and agriculture both support and harm communities, making air pollution a complex problem.
Drought brings unexpected water relief to California communities
Drought brings unexpected water relief to California communities
State and federal funds are paying for desperately needed infrastructure in the Central Valley.
Five sea level rise studies that could help cities plan for climate change
Five sea level rise studies that could help cities plan for climate change
A slew of research points to rapidly rising oceans. How will the West Coast adapt?
Western states struggle to reform recreational streambed mining
Western states struggle to reform recreational streambed mining
Recent bills to change suction dredging regulations faltered in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Podcast: Why won’t white West Coast progressives talk about racism?
Podcast: Why won’t white West Coast progressives talk about racism?
Conversations about race need to happen regularly, not just every once in a while.
Tracing America’s borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Tracing America’s borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Immigrants still follow Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic route.
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
The arid park is covered in wildflowers for the first time in a decade.
The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley
The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley
Where water is scarce, waterbirds pay the price.
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
Something’s got to give in Central Valley farming. The only question is what.
Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race
Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race
In California, native and endemic plants are slower to shift their ranges in response to climate change, a study shows.
Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?
Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?
Borrego Springs, California, was founded on the promise of endless water. Now they must conserve — or else.
California Coastal Commission fires its executive director
California Coastal Commission fires its executive director
The decision exposes the quintessential coastline to damage, development and closures.