California

A community poisoned by oil
A community poisoned by oil
People living in Wilmington, California, experience higher levels of illness and ailing mental health.
Raquel Gutiérrez feels shades of desperate
Raquel Gutiérrez feels shades of desperate
The author of ‘Brown Neon’ on queer fatherhood and being broke down in the desert.
Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail
A hiker is caught in smoke and decision-making when the Carr Fire broke out in 2018.
Wildlife in the West: The good, the bad, the in-between
Wildlife in the West: The good, the bad, the in-between
Conservation and wildlife corridors can help, but is it enough?
New study finds DDT in California condors
New study finds DDT in California condors
Chemicals dumped in the 1970s are still seeping into the food chain. But the Yurok Tribe is confident their birds will be OK.
Why I’m fighting for a fish I’ve never seen
Why I’m fighting for a fish I’ve never seen
The Clear Lake hitch are vanishing.
Seeing Mars on Earth
Seeing Mars on Earth
Kim Stanley Robinson on how the High Sierra has influenced his science fiction.
The Yurok Tribe is bringing condors home to Northern California skies
The Yurok Tribe is bringing condors home to Northern California skies
Hunters, dairy farmers, utility operators, loggers, government agents and conservationists have all supported the tribe in helping North America’s largest land-based birds.
Yes, the drought really is that bad
Yes, the drought really is that bad
The Western U.S. is experiencing its worst drought since 800 A.D.
How place names impact the way we see landscape
How place names impact the way we see landscape
Western landscapes and their names are stratified with personal memories, ancestral teachings, mythic events and colonial disturbances.
From river bottom to meadow
From river bottom to meadow
A runner in Ojai, California, considers how access to public space isn’t necessarily a given.
The lion king of Los Angeles
The lion king of Los Angeles
After Miguel Ordeñana discovered mountain lion P-22 in urban LA, he became a key advocate for habitat connectivity, which is essential for the species’ survival in Southern California.
Why is this California sheriff suddenly interested in ‘environmental crimes?’
Why is this California sheriff suddenly interested in ‘environmental crimes?’
Law enforcement takes center stage in Siskiyou County’s fight over who can, and can’t, use land and water.
Air quality report card flunks the West
Air quality report card flunks the West
Western states dominate lists of where short-term particulate and ozone pollution are the worst.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Roman and Stella
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Roman and Stella
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
How a California archive reconnected a New Mexico family with its Chinese roots
How a California archive reconnected a New Mexico family with its Chinese roots
Aimee Towi Mae Tang’s Chinese American family never talked about the past. She decided to change that.
Hungry, habituated bears; viral pirates; truffle snuffers
Hungry, habituated bears; viral pirates; truffle snuffers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Kira and Iryna
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Kira and Iryna
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Dmytro and Pavel
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Dmytro and Pavel
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Mila and Roman
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Mila and Roman
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Vladimir and Alex
Reflections from Ukrainian and Russian immigrants: Vladimir and Alex
Southern California residents wrestle with events unfolding back home in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Report: Over half of U.S. waters are too polluted to swim or fish
Report: Over half of U.S. waters are too polluted to swim or fish
At 50 years, the Clean water Act has had success. But there are key sources of water pollution yet to be addressed.
My archive: 20 years of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ movement
My archive: 20 years of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ movement
Between 1978 and 1998, Lydia Otero built a collection around queer activism in LA.
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