L.A. Times - Environment

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

Trump team's travel perks are costing taxpayers mightily. Here's why there's little 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.

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Civil servants complain Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change, 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...

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
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.
09/10/2017 07:40 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.

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.


08/31/2017 11:35 PM
Triple-digit temperatures continue as stubborn heat wave bakes Southern California

Patricia Morataya kept busy Wednesday in Woodland Hills, where temperatures are known to break records.

Throughout the day, amid a scorching heat wave that is setting records from Redding to Lake Elsinore, people passing by gravitated to her fruit cart at the corner of Topanga Canyon and Ventura...

08/30/2017 10:50 PM
Southern California heat wave expected to linger through the weekend

The heat wave hitting Southern California isn't going away.

The National Weather Service says the Southland will continue to swelter well into next week, bringing triple digit temperatures to inland valleys along with elevated fire danger and the potential for power outages.

An excessive-heat warning...

08/30/2017 05:15 AM
Record-breaking heat wave to scorch Southern California

A sweltering heat wave will blanket Southern California through the middle of the week, elevating the fire danger and probably breaking many heat records, according to forecasters.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued an excessive-heat warning through Wednesday, saying the high temperatures...

08/29/2017 03:00 AM
Heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Southern California

Get ready to get sweaty.

A prolonged heat wave that is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to much of Southern California has been forecast to begin this weekend and stick around through at least the middle of next week, according to the National Weather Service.

A large high-pressure system...

08/25/2017 04:15 PM
Essential California: Senate bills aim to make homes more affordable, but ...

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Aug. 12. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:


Not enough help

A package of bills supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders now being considered to alleviate the state’s affordability...

08/12/2017 01:00 PM
'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert

No wonder it's been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue weather alerts.

Extreme heat in Italy, and parts of France and Spain...

08/05/2017 11:25 AM
Congress takes aim at the Clean Air Act, putting the limits of California's power to the test

California is confronting the limits of its power to save federal environmental protections as Congress and the Trump administration take aim at a landmark law the state has relied on for decades to clean the air of noxious smog.

A push by Republicans to roll back parts of the Clean Air Act would...

08/03/2017 10:00 AM
15 states, including California, appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards

Attorneys general from 15 states, including California, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.

The states petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn...

08/01/2017 08:45 PM
A Bay Area town, criticized for building a water park during a historic drought, did not back down

Chlorine. It’s the smell of summer, and it hit me squarely in the nose when I walked into a new water park in Dublin, Calif., early Tuesday morning.

A few women did laps in the indoor pool, under a translucent roof. Outside, in another large pool, teenage swim team members practiced under the gaze...

07/26/2017 10:00 AM
House approves measure to delay Obama-era smog reductions
07/19/2017 12:58 PM
Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks

As President Trump flouts international calls to act on climate change, his administration is finding the pressure at home tougher to ignore.

The limitations of Trump’s power to reset U.S. climate policy has been on full display over the last few days in Washington. White House plans to scrap restrictions...

07/11/2017 10:00 AM
At 98 degrees, heat in Los Angeles breaks a 131-year-old record

Los Angeles hit a record high of 98 degrees Saturday, as a wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County continued to burn out of control and the region suffered through the third day of a blistering heat wave.

Downtown Los Angeles’ record high temperature beat out the 131-year-old record of 95 degrees...

07/08/2017 11:20 PM
While parts of the state battle fires, Southern California finds different ways to get through the heat wave

They said it could break records, and the heat wave that enveloped Southern California on Friday didn’t disappoint.

Even dogs had to seek relief wherever they could find it as downtown Los Angeles matched its record high of 96 degrees for the day and firefighters worked to contain brush fires along...

07/08/2017 02:10 AM