CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA

The third largest state (163,694 sq miles) California is home to almost 40 million people. It is gorgeous with a scenic diversity hard to match, from beach to mountain, from wine country to redwood forest, from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe.

As the average annual temperature has risen by approximately 2˚F since the early 20th century (the summer of 2021 being the hottest on record) its climate change vulnerabilities are as diverse as its landscape — suffering increasing heat, droughts, flooding, sea level rise and ever-more frequent and severe wildfires. Its deserts are some of the hottest and driest, while its higher elevations can experience low temperature and heavy snowfall. In the summer, the North Pacific High and jet stream moves northward, keeping storms north of the state and resulting in dry summers. In the winter, this system moves southward, allowing storms to bring precipitation. Because of its large north-south extent, and the several mountain ranges, extreme climate events often affect only a portion of the state.

As America’s most productive agricultural state, the decreased precipitation since 2011 has contributed to near record low levels in the Shasta Reserve and threatened farmland. California has 840 miles of coastland (only bested by Florida and Alaska) and global sea level is projected to rise another 1-4 feet by 2100. These events can damage infrastructure, cause road closures, and overwhelm storm drains, not to mention cause salty water to intrude into the Delta through the San Francisco Bay. 7,618 wildfires, as of September 23, have been recorded in 2021, burning 2,359,871 acres. It is almost unimaginable.

Already in 2006, California had set a goal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 with the Global Warming Solutions Act. In 2016 they committed to a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

A key element of California’s climate plan has been the state’s cap-and-trade program, which sets a statewide limit on sources responsible for 85% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and establishes a price signal needed to drive long-term investment in cleaner fuels and more efficient use of energy.

In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown accelerated the state’s goals to carbon neutrality by 2045; to negative emissions thereafter; to clean transportation by reducing petroleum use 45% by 2030; to 5 million electric vehicles by 2030; to 100% clean energy by 2045; to double the rate of energy efficiencies in buildings, and to extend and improve the state’s cap-and-trade program (additionally directing the revenues to greenhouse gas reducing programs which benefit disadvantaged communities).

Calling climate change “a threat to human existence, ”Governor Brown said, weeks before leaving office in 2018, “I’d say California has taken more intelligent action on climate change than any state or province in the Western Hemisphere.”

Data from the California Energy Commission estimated that in 2019, 36% of the state’s retail electricity sales were provided by renewable sources such as solar and wind. When sources of carbon free energy such as large hydroelectric generation and nuclear were included, that number reached 63%.

In March 2021, under Brown’s successor as governor, the California Energy Commission delivered initial analysis of that landmark policy and provided a roadmap detailing the way forward.

Governor Gavin Newsom took early steps in 2019 on climate change but doubled down in September, 2021 when he signed a $15 billion climate package, the largest such investment in state history, which included investments in drought response, forest management and climate risk mitigation. Calling Thursday’s legislation a “landmark bill,” assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) said wildfire prevention and forest health are of critical importance.

An offshore wind bill co-sponsored by Environment California sailed through the California state legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom at the same time. AB 525 requires state regulators to set a goal for offshore wind development and moves California another step closer to using the wind off its coasts for clean renewable energy.

California is one of twenty-four states, and Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Protecting Californians Amidst Extreme Heat: A State Action Plan to Build Community Resilience

01/21/22
California’s best climate science projects that every corner of our state will be

Gov. Newsom announces plan to deal with extreme heat

01/12/22
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration this week announced a plan for addressing extreme heat that includes recommendations on how to monitor deaths caused by heat waves and the possible establishment of temperature limits for residential units.

Governor outlines climate action spending in budget proposal

01/12/22
Gov. Gavin Newsom called for $22.5 billion in state spending to combate climate change next year, offering a suite of solutions that mirror climate action and decarbonization efforts now underway in San Diego.

California targets offshore wind and green hydrogen in $2bn budget for ‘existential climate fight’

01/12/22
Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest California budget plan includes $2bn to promote development of green hydrogen, long-duration energy storage, offshore wind and other energy transition initiatives.

San Diego County energy storage project aims to help fight climate crisis

12/30/21
The project will include 12 sites across the county, with the first two sites breaking ground next month in Chula Vista and El Cajon. Other site locations include La Mesa, Spring Valley, Rancho Peñasquitos, and…

Three Solar Projects In California Mark A Massive Shift To Renewable Energy

12/24/21
As part of the U.S.' efforts to counter climate change and achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, the Department of the Interior announced today that it has approved two solar projects with a…

SoCalGas Facilities Begin Switch to 100% Renewable Power Under Green Rate Program

09/08/21
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has begun purchasing renewable electricity under Southern California Edison's (SCE) Green Rate Program everywhere the gas utility is eligible for service by SCE. Including this new arrangement, SoCalGas…

Governor Newsom Holds Virtual Discussion with Leading Climate Scientists on State’s Progress Toward Carbon Neutrality

08/16/21
Governor Gavin Newsom today hosted a virtual meeting with internationally renowned scientists and climate change experts to discuss California’s ambitious climate goals, efforts to protect communities from harmful pollution and climate impacts, and how to…

California approves 11.5 GW of new clean resources in largest-ever single procurement order

07/07/21
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday voted to approve an 11.5 GW procurement package composed entirely of clean energy resources that will come online in the middle of the decade, marking its largest-ever…

California Approves Microgrid Tariffs as Grassroots Groups Push for More Local Control of Energy

06/03/21
In a decision likely to be eyed closely by other states, California regulators yesterday approved microgrid tariffs and rules to hasten the deployment and commercialization of the technology.

California’s gas-fueled car ban: Can we really all drive electric cars?

By Dustin Gardiner Photo by Liz Hafalia 09/27/20
With the flick of a pen on the hood of a metallic-red electric Ford Mustang, Gov. Gavin Newsom set in motion the elimination of the internal combustion engine in California.

Preparing for Climate Change in California

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps California is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

03/18/19
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a major component of California's renewable energy planning efforts, will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy…

KEY RESOURCES

California State Profile and Energy Estimates

09/24/21
California is the most populous state in the nation, has the largest economy, and is second only to Texas in total energy consumption. California also has the world's fifth-largest economy and leads the nation in…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

Noaa National Centers for Environmental Information, State Climate Summaries

09/01/21
California, the most populous and third largest state, has a diverse climate. The deserts in the south are some of the hottest and driest areas of the United States, while higher elevations can experience low…

What is California Climate Action Corps?

05/25/21
In California, climate change is a threat to systems and people across the state. The impacts to our environment and health are worsening as we experience longer and more frequent droughts, devastating wildfires, and more.…

Op-Ed: How to save beaches and coastlines from climate change disasters

04/11/21
The frequency of natural disasters has soared in recent decades. Total damage topped $210 billion worldwide in 2020. With climate change, the costs attributed to coastal storms will increase dramatically. At the same time, coastal habitats such as…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in California

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, California experienced three wildfires, one drought, one flood, and one severe storm. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

California recovery resources

09/17/20
California Department of Insurance; In an effort to assist victims of these devastating fires, DOI works closely with other federal, state and local agencies to assist in recovery issues related to insurance. Californians should work…

State-by-State: California

07/31/20
California is vulnerable to increasing heat, melting snowpack, droughts, sea level rise and wildfires

New data shows nearly two-thirds of California’s electricity came from carbon-free sources in 2019

07/16/20
California remains ahead of its clean energy goals according to newly released data from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The CEC estimates that in 2019, 36 percent of the state’s retail electricity sales were provided…

Exploring California’s Climate Change Research

06/11/20
Cal-Adapt provides a view of how climate change might affect California. Find tools, data, and resources to conduct research, develop adaptation plans and build applications.

California’s renewable energy targets slashed carbon pollution — now there’s a proposal to pause them

06/10/20
California’s ambitious renewable energy targets helped drive a substantial drop in greenhouse gas pollution that propelled the state past its 2020 climate change goals early, according to a non-partisan analysis released this week. Yet one…

California Solar Data Current Through: Q4 2019

03/28/20
California has the largest solar market in the U.S. and has been a longtime champion of solar because of the many economic and environmental benefits it provides, including $57 billion in investment in the state.

Cap-and-Trade Program

03/10/20
This website provides information about California's Cap-and-Trade Program.

One thing we can do: Fix recycling

02/14/20
Recycling in the United States is broken. For years, we relied heavily on recycling operations in China to take our waste. But that came to an end in 2018, when Beijing barred the import of…

Low-Carbon Grid

02/02/20
CEERT’s Low-Carbon Grid Program promotes the integration of large amounts of renewable energy on the grid by tracking and intervening in crucial proceedings at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and other agencies. We also…

Wildfires and Climate Change: California’s Energy Future. A Report from Governor Newsom’s Strike Force

04/12/19
Climate change has created a new wildfire reality for California. The state’s fire season is now almost year round. More than 25 million acres of California wildlands are classified nder very high or extreme fire…

California Climate Investments Project Map

03/14/19
This map shows project level information on California Climate Investments using Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. These projects are a subset of a larger and coordinated effort to make climate and energy investments throughout California that further…

California Climate Strategy

03/14/19
California's Integrated Plan for Addressing Climate Change.

California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment

11/01/18
California’s Climate Change Assessments contribute to the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions, while also directly informing State policies, plans, programs, and guidance, to promote effective and…

Santa Monica Climate Action Adaptation Plan

04/02/18
The City Council directed staff to develop a plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. The CAAP is the first phase of that work and includes proposed policies and measures that would help…

MORE NEWS

California declares historic water emergency measures amid drought

By Kasha Patel and Jason Samenow  Photo: Nathan Howard , AP   04/27/22  
The historically severe drought in Southern California has compelled one of its water suppliers to implement “emergency” conservation measures for the first time that will affect about 6 million people.

LA ranks No. 1 in ozone pollution, new report finds

By Jaysha Patel   04/22/22  
1 in ozone pollution, new report finds. The report conducted by the American Lung Association found that the greater Los Angeles area had the worst ozone pollution out of more than 200 areas

San Jose, California mayor again pushes for energy independence with support of Google microgrid

By Elisa Wood  Photo: achinthamb , Shutterstock   04/22/22  
“We need dependable, resilient, reliable power, and microgrids are clearly a pathway to doing so for many communities,” Liccardo said during the April 19 city council meeting.

Group plans microgrid-based hydrogen highway in California

By Lisa Cohn   04/22/22  
For example, Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to become a green hydrogen hub and wants fuel cell microgrids — which use green hydrogen — to help it achieve this goal.

California Oil and Gas Industry Leans on Political Heavyweights to Drill Wells

By Aaron Cantu  Photo: Jerry Moorman   04/19/22  
The California Geologic Energy Management Division so far has approved 89 in March and April, compared to 67 the first two months of the year and 35 the last three months of 2021 (most in…

California Reveals Its Plan to Phase Out New Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images   04/13/22  
California on Wednesday made public an aggressive plan to mandate a steady increase in the sale of electric and zero-emissions vehicles, the first step in enacting a first-in-the-nation goal of banning new gasoline-powered cars by…

California’s driest start to the year sparks water, wildfire concerns

By Andrew Freedman   04/12/22  
California is entering the dry season with its water resources in a precarious position, having seen its driest start to the year on record. A heat wave last week sent temperatures soaring into the 90s…

California injects $40M into heat pump water heater effort amid broader push to decarbonize buildings

By Kavya Balaraman  Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images   04/11/22  
California energy regulators Thursday approved an additional $40 million in funding from the 2023 gas cap-and-trade allowance auction to promote heat pump water heaters, on top of a previously authorized $44.7 million.

Snowpack Report Underscores Need for Transformative Changes to Address Record-Setting California Drought

By Heather Cooley, Dr. Peter Gleick and Others   04/01/22  
The severe California drought is continuing for a third year, and there will be major consequences for ecosystems, agriculture, and urban and rural water users across California.

California lawmakers want to build more clean energy — and faster

By Sammy Roth  Photo: Gina Ferazzi , Los Angeles Times   03/31/22  
Remember last month, when I foolishly tasked myself with summarizing all the climate- and environment-related bills that had been introduced in the California Legislature this year, only to grossly underestimate how much legislation I would…

California’s drought is strangling the farming industry

By Scott Wilson  Photo: John Brecher/For The Washington Post   03/21/22  
Westside Elementary opened its doors nearly a century ago here in the San Joaquin Valley, among the most productive agricultural regions on earth. As recently as 1995, nearly 500 students filled its classrooms. Now 160…

Oil and Gas Industry Heavily Outspends Clean Energy and Environmental Groups on Lobbying in California

By Josh Slowiczek   03/17/22  
Oil and gas interests spent four times as much as environmental advocacy groups and almost six times as much as clean energy firms on lobbying efforts in California between 2018 and 2021, according to a…

With composting, Californians can take climate change into their own hands

By James Rainey  Photo: Nick Agro , Times   03/16/22  
Sometimes she’d just toss a bell pepper into the bushes, figuring it would decompose and feed the greenery. But that wasn’t a comprehensive solution. Then she tried washing unused veggies down the drain, knowing they’d…

Government Is Flailing, in Part Because Liberals Hobbled It

By Ezra Klein  Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images   03/13/22  
There’s a strange story unfolding in Berkeley, Calif., right now. That may present as a tautology, but bear with me. This one provides a window into a problem that endangers us all.

PG&E and Ford Collaborate on Bidirectional Electric Vehicle Charging Technology in Customers’ Homes

03/11/22  
Today, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Ford Motor Company announced a collaboration exploring how Ford’s new F-150 Lightning electric vehicle (EV)—the first commercially available light-duty truck with bidirectional charging technology—can interact with the…

EPA restores California’s ability to set stricter clean car standards

By Rachel Frazin  Photo: Greg Nash   03/09/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Wednesday it would reinstate California's authority to set its own clean car standards after the state's authority was revoked by the Trump administration.

Environmental Groups Are United In California Rooftop Solar Fight, with One Notable Exception

By Dan Gearino and Anne Marshall- Chalmers  Photo: An Abal Martel , Getty Images   03/07/22  
A policy debate over rooftop solar subsidies in California is pitting one of the largest environmental groups in the world, the Natural Resources Defense Council, against dozens of its peers in environmental advocacy.

This California City’s Attempt to Charge People for Driving Back-Fired. Here’s Why That Matters for Everyone

By Justin Worland  Photo: Kevin Cooley , Time   03/03/22  
The city of La Mesa seems on the surface to be as progressive as they come. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2:1 margin—and, generally speaking, the San Diego suburb votes bright blue. The city…

Interviews with California Climate Migrants

By Wendy Erickson   03/01/22  
After years of record breaking fire seasons in California, many individuals and families are making the hard decision to relocate to areas in the U.S. with decreased risk of severe climate events. According to a…

Will California go big on climate action? Here’s what lawmakers want

By Sammy Roth  Photo: Jason Armond , Los Angeles Times   02/24/22  
There are currently 116 members of the California Legislature, and they were busy last week. Friday was the deadline to introduce new bills for this year’s legislative session — and like many journalists, lawmakers often…

As Evidence of Cap and Trade Problems Mounts, California Air Regulators Remain Defiant

By Aaron Cantu  Photo : Hal Bergman   02/24/22  
At a state Senate hearing on Wednesday, top regulators dismissed concerns about the ability of California’s cap and trade program to help the state meet its climate goals. The hearing focused on a recent report…

Why Environmental Justice Is Crucial in Climate Resilience: Just Look at New Sea Rise Predictions

By Ezra David Romero  Photo: Beth LaBerge , KQED   02/23/22  
The county in California most at risk from sea level rise is San Mateo, with nearly 100,000 people — half residents of color — living just three feet above the high-tide line. If climate models…

The Great Climate Migration

By Benoit Morenne  Photo: Stephan Schmitz   02/23/22  
Laura Hinerfeld and her husband, Dale Geist, never thought they’d leave California. But after the Complex fires of 2017 killed 24 people, ravaged 7,000 structures and crept too close to their house in Sonoma, they…

As drought lingers, larger and more destructive wildfires pose new threats to water supply

By Hayley Smith  Photo: Luis Sinco , Los Angeles Times   02/21/22  
Already diminished by drought and extreme heat, California’s water supply will face yet another peril as wildfires continue to incinerate ever larger areas of forested land, according to new research.

Biden will allow California to set climate limits on cars

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: Patrick T. Fallon   02/17/22  
The Biden administration is expected to restore California’s authority to set its own limits on climate-warming emissions from cars, pickups and SUVs. Long an environmental leader among states, California often sets precedent that the rest…

What Yosemite will look like in 2100 if we do nothing about climate change

By Ashley Harrell  Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP / Getty Images   02/16/22  
As Northern California’s unseasonably warm weather broke records this weekend, grim news circulated on drought in the Western United States: Thanks to human-caused climate change, we are living through the region’s driest period in 1,200…

California’s largest wildfire of 2022 grows uncontained to 1,800 acres near Bishop

By Gregory Yee   02/16/22  
A wind-driven wildfire that broke out near Bishop in the Owens Valley spurred evacuations and grew to 1,800 acres by Wednesday night, officials said, quickly becoming California’s largest fire of the year so far.

Wildfires are becoming more intense at night and lasting longer, study finds

By Kasha Patel  Photo: Bethany Baker/AP   02/16/22  
Nighttime-fire intensity in the U.S. West has increased by 28 percent over the past two decades.

Soak up the February sun? Not without climate change guilt in California

By Debra Kahn  Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images   02/12/22  
Californians are lounging in parks, wearing shorts to the beach and dining al fresco without heat lamps in February — and feeling terrible about it.

Brush fires rage in Southern California amid record heat, worsening drought

By Matthew Cappucci  Photo: Sarah Shtylman/Reuters   02/11/22  
Talk about weather whiplash. Desiccating drought has become reinforced in California after a brief spell of heavy precipitation in the fall, dashing hopes of a long-term pattern change that would spell wetter weather for a…

California conservationists and farmers unite to protect salmon

By Daniel Trotta and Nathan Frandino  Photo: Carlos Barria , Reuters   02/10/22  
In an experiment a decade in the making, biologists are releasing hatchery salmon onto flooded Northern California rice fields, seeking to replenish endangered fish species while simultaneously benefiting the farmers' business model.

As states ramp up storage targets, policy maneuvering becomes key

By Jason Plautz  Photo: ESS   02/08/22  
In June 2021, Connecticut launched a new phase of its clean energy transition when Gov. Ned Lamont, D, signed a bill committing the state to a goal of deploying 1,000 MW of energy storage by…

Inside Clean Energy: In the New World of Long-Duration Battery Storage, an Old Technology Holds Its Own

By Dan Gearino   02/03/22  
Power providers continue to work on developing long-duration energy storage, the kinds of systems that can fill in the gaps left by the intermittent nature of wind and solar power.

Column: How California’s rooftop solar program became a victim of its own spectacular success

By Michael Hiltzik  Photo: Tomas Ovalle   01/28/22  
There’s one aspect of California’s program to spur the installation of rooftop solar panels that everyone can agree on: It has been spectacularly successful.

Proposed ballot measure to build more California dams, desalination projects likely to be withdrawn due to lack of money and signatures

By Paul Rogers  Photo: Andrew Innerarity   01/27/22  
Despite California’s drought, a proposed statewide November ballot measure to speed up the construction of new dams and other large water projects — and provide billions of dollars to fund them — has fallen short…

Plans to expand ‘world’s largest’ battery storage facility

01/26/22  
Vistra has signed a 15-year agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company for a new 350MW battery system at the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in California The post Plans to expand ‘world’s largest’ battery…

A bitter feud centers on source of Arrowhead bottled water

By Ian James  Photo: Allen J. Schaben   01/20/22  
High in the San Bernardino Mountains, water seeps from the ground and trickles down the mountainside among granite boulders and bay laurel trees.Near this dribbling spring, water gushes through a system of tunnels and boreholes,…

Schwarzenegger: We Put Solar Panels on 1 Million Roofs in California. That Win Is Now Under Threat.

By Arnold Schwarzenegger  Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters   01/17/22  
California has more rooftops with solar panels than any other state and continues to be a leader in new installations. But a proposal from the state’s public utility commission threatens that progress.

Gov. Newsom speaks on budget proposal plan to combat homelessness

By KCRA Staff   01/12/22  
Gov. Gavin Newsom was in San Diego County Wednesday to speak more about a plan to combat homelessness that he first announced in Monday’s budget proposal. The plan primarily focuses on quickly rehousing those experiencing…

Elon Musk Appeals to Gavin Newsom Over California’s ‘Bizarre Anti-Environment’ Solar Tax

By Brendan Cole  Photo: Getty Images   01/12/22  
Elon Musk has attacked a draft plan under consideration in California that critics say disincentivizes the use of rooftop solar panels.

California’s drought reckoning could offer lessons for the West

By Matt Vasilogambros   01/11/22  
The golden hills of California have turned green in recent weeks after a series of storms delivered much-needed rain and snow to a state suffering from two years of drought.

A neglected California city reinvents itself with electric cars — and plots a road map for the nation

By Evan Halper  Photo: Myung J. Chun   01/10/22  
This Central Valley outpost is one of the most fertile places on Earth, attracting thousands of seasonal laborers to harvest lettuce and reaping windfalls for big agribusiness. But for most of Rey León’s life, the…

The Impact of Climate Change on California’s Wildfires

By Lauren Le   01/10/22  
Wildfires have recently become an increasingly concerning environmental issue in California as the summers become hotter and the fires burn longer, leading to lasting consequences on the environment and ecosystem.

California is about to stumble in the climate fight

By Wendy Wendlandt   01/08/22  
Until recently, when it came to fighting climate change, my home state of California was the undisputed leader among the states.
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The Western megadrought is revealing America’s ‘lost national park’

By Nathan Rott  Photo: Claire Harbage , NPR   01/07/22  
On a turquoise lake in a sandstone desert, Ross Dombrowski is trying to figure out what to do about the rock growing behind his houseboat. The rock, spectacular and rust red, like most in southern…

Dixie Fire caused by PG&E, Cal Fire says. Fire was second largest in California history

By Dale Kasler and Rosalio Ahumada   01/05/22  
Cal Fire said Tuesday that investigators have determined that a tree contacting Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines caused last summer’s Dixie Fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres and destroyed more than 1,300…

What to Know About California’s New Composting Law

By Molly Taft  Photo: Rich Pedroncelli , AP   01/05/22  
California kicked off 2022 by implementing a landmark composting law. Starting this month, everyone in the state is required to start composting food scraps and other materials in an effort to slash methane emissions. It’s…

California’s forever fire

By Elizabeth Weil  Photo: Meridith Kohut for The New York Times Magazine   01/03/22  
After another devastating year, it’s clear that Californians can’t keep trying to “fight” wildfires. Instead, they need to accept it as their new reality.

Price hike marks new era for Calif. cap and trade

By Benjamin Storrow  Photo: Jae C. Hong   01/03/22  
When California lawmakers passed a 10-year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program in 2017, it was celebrated as a crowning climate achievement. Four short years later, the program has become a political albatross. Environmental justice…

Blackouts and green energy: Why California might slash subsidies for rooftop solar panels

By Dale Kasler   01/01/22  
Plenty of things went wrong the night of Aug. 14, 2020, when California endured rolling blackouts for the first time in nearly two decades. An overwhelming heatwave sparked a surge in electricity usage. A natural…