California

The fight over a  5,000-year-old burial site in California
The fight over a 5,000-year-old burial site in California
How a state law to expedite affordable housing erased a tribe’s right to consultation.
Climate change is the ultimate neo-noir subject
Climate change is the ultimate neo-noir subject
The novel ‘Something New Under the Sun’ treats a smoke-filled Los Angeles as its own genre.
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
Illegal marijuana grows are stealing from California’s scarce water
As drought grips the Golden State, water thefts have increased to record levels. The most common offender: illegal pot farms.
California budgets $61.5 million for wildlife crossings
California budgets $61.5 million for wildlife crossings
The state looks to protect both wildlife and drivers, as large animals cause 20 crashes a day on state highways.
Reclaiming LA
Reclaiming LA
Communities in Los Angeles are turning industrial sites into pockets of green.
The ‘ecological hate speech’ developed around wildfire
The ‘ecological hate speech’ developed around wildfire
A new book examines the myths that help fuel forest management.
The threat of wildfire in the West arrives alongside tourists
The threat of wildfire in the West arrives alongside tourists
In Mammoth Lakes, California, residents are still anxious from the 2020 fire season.
How will humans live through ecological collapse?
How will humans live through ecological collapse?
In ‘Believers,’ Lisa Wells profiles ordinary people who want to lead less destructive lives.
The incarcerated women battling wildfires
The incarcerated women battling wildfires
In ‘Breathing Fire,’ Jaime Lowe uncovers the benefits and drawbacks of California’s inmate fire program.
Native students fight to wear traditional regalia at graduation
Native students fight to wear traditional regalia at graduation
‘They took my sealskin cap, Mom.’
Will history repeat in a dry Klamath Basin this summer?
Will history repeat in a dry Klamath Basin this summer?
This year’s drought is worse than in 2001, when political and environmental tensions exploded into the national spotlight.
Ongoing fish kill on the Klamath River is an ‘absolute worst-case scenario’
Ongoing fish kill on the Klamath River is an ‘absolute worst-case scenario’
Unprecedented drought in the Klamath Basin leaves communities wondering how they will make it through the summer.
The Central California town that keeps sinking
The Central California town that keeps sinking
The very ground upon which Corcoran was built is steadily collapsing, a situation caused primarily by agriculture.
The West’s Asian Americans arm up for self-defense
The West’s Asian Americans arm up for self-defense
Once denied their Second Amendment rights, Asian Americans are heading to gun shops in droves.
Klamath Tribes want beavers back in the Beaver State
Klamath Tribes want beavers back in the Beaver State
Reintroducing the species creates important habitat for First Foods. But state laws don’t work in the animal’s favor.
A parched West heads into fire season
A parched West heads into fire season
Several types of drought are converging, and all are at or near record levels.
Is California’s carbon offset program actually helping the environment?
Is California’s carbon offset program actually helping the environment?
How a nonprofit cashed in on carbon credit exchanges without reducing emissions.
Solving the West’s housing crisis
Solving the West’s housing crisis
We need to care for the priced-out average worker or something is bound to break.
How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act?
How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act?
Numerous issues around equity and the plan’s rollout loom.
The battle over Point Reyes’ tule elk
The battle over Point Reyes’ tule elk
The needs of the ungulate and cattle supported by California’s Point Reyes National Seashore have different needs and created a years-long conflict.
‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
Some rural California communities have waited nearly a decade for state regulators to repair their tainted drinking-water systems.
The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California
The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California
Algae blooms in Clear Lake are a public health risk and increase water treatment costs.
On the Klamath River, agricultural interests are pitted against the needs of tribes and endangered species
On the Klamath River, agricultural interests are pitted against the needs of tribes and endangered species
Due to severe drought, irrigation allotments were decreased to lowest amounts in history.
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