L.A. Times - Environment

The latest news from the Los Angeles Times on science and environmental science.

Downtown L.A. records hottest Thanksgiving since 1877
As a heat wave stretched across Southern California, downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees - the hottest Thanksgiving since record-keeping began in 1877, the National Weather Service said.
11/24/2017 01:05 AM
Thanksgiving heat wave brings record-setting temperatures across L.A.

Al Sabo lingered in the shade, clutching a bag of pomegranates he’d just bought from the Pershing Square Farmers Market.

It was before noon and already 90 degrees. The sun bore down from a cloudless blue sky, and there was nary a breeze in downtown Los Angeles, where tank tops and sandals reigned.

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11/22/2017 10:45 PM
More ink, less water: News coverage of the drought prompted Californians to conserve, study suggests

What does it take to get Californians to save water during a massive drought? Apparently, a lot of ink and newsprint helps.

Extensive news coverage of the state’s historic drought prompted residents to conserve water, new research out of Stanford University suggests. The more that major newspapers...

10/27/2017 04:10 PM
Cooler, yet still record-setting temperatures expected as L.A. heat wave lingers

An October heat wave will linger across Southern California on Wednesday as forecasters anticipate another day of record-breaking temperatures slightly lower than the days before.

Wednesday’s highs will run about three to five degrees cooler than Tuesday’s, the National Weather Service said, ushering...

10/25/2017 02:35 PM
World Series opener could be hottest on record as heat wave scorches Southern California

Santa Ana winds continued to blow across the Southland on Tuesday, bringing another day of record-breaking temperatures, red-flag warnings and what could be the warmest World Series game on record, weather officials said.

At 5 a.m., some cities in Southern California had already topped 90 degrees,...

10/24/2017 03:25 PM
Climate change already costing the U.S. billions in losses, the GAO says

A nonpartisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades.

A Government Accountability Office report released...

10/24/2017 12:00 PM
Records fall across region in SoCal heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecast for World Series

New heat records were set Monday across Southern California as temperatures soared before Tuesday’s World Series opener at Dodger Stadium.

Downtown Los Angeles hit 102 degrees, Long Beach 105, Burbank 101 and Oxnard 104, according to the National Weather Service, all new highs for the day. Other...

10/24/2017 12:25 AM
'Unusual' late season heat wave to scorch Southern California; dangerous fire conditions expected

A sweltering heat wave will blanket Southern California through the middle of the week, elevating the risk of wildfires and potentially breaking heat records, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a red flag warning through Wednesday, saying the high temperatures and Santa...

10/23/2017 02:05 PM
EPA cancels appearance of scientists at Rhode Island event
10/23/2017 02:37 AM
Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters?
Hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters seem to be getting more severe. Here's how they may be linked with climate change.
10/17/2017 07:50 PM
Smoke from wine country fires leads to 200 canceled flights, hazardous air quality: 'It is basically like living in Beijing'

The deadly fires raging in Northern California have devastated thousands of acres of bucolic wine country and torched thousands of homes, but the damage isn’t limited to the scorched rolling hills north of the San Francisco Bay.

Health officials say the Bay Area is experiencing the worst air quality...

10/12/2017 11:10 PM
Civil servants charge Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change and environment

Interior Department manager Joel Clement figured his new bosses in the Trump administration might disapprove of his climate-change-focused work protecting Alaskan villages from rising seas.

But the reassignment slip Clement received in June stunned him. He was not only removed from his post as...

10/04/2017 06:55 PM
Trump's pick as EPA air pollution chief won't pledge to maintain California's authority
10/04/2017 06:13 PM
Camp Pendleton under consent decree after rats, frogs found in water supply

Camp Pendleton officials swear that the water consumed by 55,000 Marines and their families is safe, despite a pair of scathing state and federal investigations indicating chronic problems in the treatment systems at the sprawling military base.

Water safety inspectors visiting Camp Pendleton over...

09/29/2017 01:25 AM
U.S. and Mexico may be at odds, but they've reached agreement on managing the Colorado River

The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts.

The nine-year deal, which expands on a 1944 water treaty between...

09/27/2017 11:05 PM
Mnuchin, Price and others on Trump's team are flying high with taxpayer money – but where's the outrage?

The Treasury secretary requested a military plane for his European honeymoon. The head of Health and Human Services ran up a six-figure tab flying around the country on private jets. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency dinged taxpayers for repeated excursions back home to Oklahoma.

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites but won't say from where

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.

The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material...

09/25/2017 01:00 AM
L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

Like so many things in Southern California, the palm tree was an import from somewhere else that over time became inextricably symbolic of its adopted home.

But the trees, so identified with the sun-splashed excitement of Los Angeles, are facing a decidedly darker fate. They are dying of fatal...

09/22/2017 04:55 PM
Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

Six people died from heat-related illnesses amid a record-breaking hot spell that roasted the Bay Area over the Labor Day weekend, officials say.

Those who died were seniors, mostly in their late 70s, 80s and 90s, and nearly all were found in their Bay Area homes, according to coroner’s officials...

09/08/2017 07:30 PM
In Harvey's wake, frustration over flood's ravages tempered by spirit of solidarity

Storm-tossed Texans pressed ahead Sunday with door-to-door searches for frail and elderly survivors, and accelerated an exodus from evacuation centers where some had sheltered in the wake of the most powerful hurricane to strike the continental U.S. in more than a decade.

As tens of thousands in...

09/03/2017 10:15 PM
San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state's hottest recorded summer

In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday.

Amid a brutal heat wave that has broiled California for a week while intermittently knocking out power to thousands and fueling more than a dozen wildfires, downtown San Francisco hit 106 degrees.

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09/02/2017 04:45 AM
Record heat, lightning, fires, intense rain: California's extreme weather gets wilder

The heat wave that has gripped California for a week took a dramatic turn Thursday as lightning storms sparked brush fires, knocked out power to thousands and caused downpours across the region.

Forecasters said the extreme weather will continue through the weekend, with some parts of Northern...

09/01/2017 12:00 PM
Record heat wave brings lightning, brush fires and intense rain to Southern California

Already suffering under a heat wave, Southern California faced intense summer storms that moved in Thursday afternoon, bringing lightning strikes that set off brush fires as well as intense downpours.

A 25-acre brush fire erupted near the 5 Freeway about 4:36 p.m. amid a lightning storm, said Fire...

09/01/2017 01:20 AM
LADWP sees highest demand ever as Angelenos roast in record-breaking heat wave

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers used more electricity on Thursday battling the heat wave than has ever been used in the agency’s history, DWP officials announced.

Customers hit a peak demand of 6,502 megawatts at 4:15 p.m., shattering the previous record of 6,396 megawatts used...

09/01/2017 01:00 AM
Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind?

The pounding rains of Hurricane Harvey washed over the conduits, cooling towers, ethylene crackers and other esoteric equipment of the nation’s largest complex of chemical plants and petroleum refineries, leaving behind small lakes of brown, foul-smelling water whose contents are a mystery.

Broken...

08/31/2017 11:35 PM