L.A. Times - Environment

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

Shhh! The back story of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's highly secret, on-and-off, official non-visit to Israel

At the start of every month, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sends journalists a list of scheduled official visits.

On Jan. 1, the name of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared. He was expected from Jan. 26-28.

Those dates came and went, with no Pruitt and no explanation...

02/18/2018 11:15 PM
Humanity will need to make some drastic changes if it wants to keep the 'good life' going

Bad news, Earthlings: It may be possible for everyone on the planet to live a “good” life. It may also be possible for humans to live within their environmental means.

But if present trends continue, there will be no way for both of these things to happen at the same time.

That’s the bleak — if...

02/05/2018 08:35 PM
California wants more electric cars. The Trump administration doesn't. Automakers are in the hot seat

An intensifying clash between California and Washington over getting cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road has put auto companies in a bind as they contemplate what cars they should be rolling onto showroom floors.

The signals to automakers couldn’t conflict more: California, with the...

02/02/2018 04:00 PM
44% of California is now experiencing moderate drought conditions, report says

California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties — home to one-fourth of the state's population — a national drought monitor said Thursday.

The weekly report released by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a project of...

02/01/2018 09:25 PM
Groups call for investigation of EPA inaction at Torrance refinery

After federal inspectors uncovered what they reported to be serious hazardous waste violations at the Torrance refinery, the incoming Trump administration chose not to pursue them, dismaying the team that visited the facility.

Now, environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection...

01/30/2018 11:35 PM
Lake Forest hottest spot in U.S. as January heat wave breaks records, broils Southern California

Monday brought a second day of record-setting temperatures across Southern California as a January heat wave made winter feel a lot more like summer.

Numerous spots around the region hit new highs for the day, including Long Beach (91), LAX (89) UCLA (89), Santa Ana (88), Newport Beach (85), and...

01/30/2018 01:50 AM
No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

Perhaps it is unsurprising that the White House still hasn’t filled this job: San Francisco is not an inviting place for the Make America Great Again administration.

But the administration’s effort to fill one of its most important environmental jobs — chief of the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

01/25/2018 01:45 PM
Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

After being criticized for shifting his position on the so-called Dreamers, President Trump will propose a path forward.


Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

President Trump has left for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to rub elbows with the “globalist...

01/25/2018 01:00 PM
White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again.

And yet, here we are again.

The Trump administration...

01/20/2018 12:55 AM
In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will...

01/20/2018 12:00 AM
2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth.

Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even...

01/18/2018 10:30 PM
One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done.

In September, at the behest of power...

01/18/2018 05:30 PM
Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

The Trump administration’s environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll.


The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

Some call it industry-friendly regulation. Others call it abandonment of duty. The Trump administration’s approach to the environment is markedly different...

01/18/2018 01:00 PM
Elephants, lions and other wild animals are exquisitely sensitive to the effects of war
A little exposure to armed conflict can lead to a lot of problems for wild animals like elephants, lions, giraffes and other large mammals, new research shows.
01/10/2018 09:00 PM
EPA must tighten rules on lead inside homes to protect children from poisoning, court rules

After years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must propose tighter limits on the amount of lead allowed inside homes within 90 days to protect children from the hazards of lead paint, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

12/28/2017 01:45 AM
L.A.'s increasingly hot and dry autumns result in 'these near-apocalyptic fires'

For weather experts, autumn in Southern California is “the great race.”

The severity of the fall fire season is often determined by what arrives first — the fierce Santa Ana winds or the rains.

This year, however, it’s been no contest. Autumn has seen excruciatingly little rain, intensely low humidity,...

12/21/2017 12:00 PM
Water loss caused Sierra Nevada to grow an inch during California drought, researchers say

The Sierra Nevada grew nearly an inch taller during the recent drought and shrank by half an inch when water and snow returned to the area, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

Researchers used 1,300 GPS stations throughout the mountain range...

12/13/2017 10:40 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.
12/05/2017 07:25 PM
Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California
California could be hit with significantly more intense and frequent droughts within 20 to 30 years as weather changes triggered by melting polar ice block rainfall from reaching the state. The finding by federal scientists adds an alarming dimension to the state's challenge to confront warming.
12/05/2017 11:00 AM
Border Patrol agents say they are getting sick from massive Tijuana sewage spill

Headaches, rashes, infections, breathing problems.

An increasing number of U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Imperial Beach station have reported a host of health problems since February, when an estimated 143 million gallons of Mexican sewage spilled into the Tijuana River Valley they patrol.


12/04/2017 04:30 PM
Industries that cheered Trump's climate regulation rollbacks now worry they'll go too far

The energy companies and industry groups that successfully pushed the Trump administration to scrap Obama-era action on climate change have a new message for the fossil fuel enthusiasts now calling the shots: Don’t go too far.

It is not clear the administration is listening.

An intensifying debate...

11/30/2017 11:00 AM
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.

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