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The Ongoing Collapse of the World’s Aquifers

By Matt Simon Photo by ED Wray

AS CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY skyrocketed during the 20th century, its land headed in the opposite direction. A booming agricultural industry in the state’s San Joaquin Valley, combined with punishing droughts, led to the over-extraction of water from aquifers. Like huge, empty water bottles, the aquifers crumpled, a phenomenon geologists call subsidence. By 1970, the land had sunk as much as 28 feet in the valley, with less-than-ideal consequences for the humans and infrastructure above the aquifers.


‘There’s a red flag here’: how an ethanol plant is dangerously polluting a US village

By Carey Gillam Photo: Carey Gillam

Situation in Mead, Nebraska, where AltEn has been processing seed coated with fungicides and insecticides, is a warning sign, experts say


Early Biden Climate Test: Groups Demand Tougher Rules on Building

By Christopher Flavelle Photo: Mario Cruz for Shutterstock

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has promised to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change. A new demand for tougher building standards could test that commitment.


Battling America’s ‘dirty secret’

By Sarah Kaplan Photo: Kaci Merriwether-Hawkins

Climate change raises the risk from failing sewage systems. So Catherine Coleman Flowers is working for a new way to deal with waste.


A wetter and warmer Alaska means dangerously slippery slopes

By Victoria Petersen

n hour before sundown on Dec. 2, Lilly Ford and her family heard a “strange, low rumble” outside of her home in Haines, Alaska. It lasted about a minute as a 600-foot-wide slurry of timber, mud, soil and debris cascaded down a nearby mountain, through a residential area, and into the ocean.


Sea Level Projections Drive San Francisco’s Adaptation Planning

By Alan Buis

As a utilities planner for the City and County of San Francisco, David Behar knows that access to the latest information about sea level rise is crucial to his job — and his city.


New High Tide Flooding Projection Tool Aids U.S. Coastal Decision Making

By Alan Buis

A new tool developed with funding from NASA’s Earth Science Division helps decision makers and others assess how sea level rise and other factors will affect the frequency of high tide flooding in U.S. coastal locations in the next 50 to 100 years.


Rising seas: California’s affordable housing faces worse floods

By Julie Cart Photo: Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

For low-income Americans, the number of homes at risk of flooding could triple by 2050, researchers say. Three Bay Area cities are among the top at-risk communities.


Rooftop Camera Will Track How Local Forests Change With the Climate

By Sarah Fecht

A new rooftop camera at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will help researchers study how the local forest is responding to the weather, seasonal shifts, and the changing climate.


Deadly bacteria lurk in coastal waters. Climate change increases the risks

Illustration: Joanna Eberts

Health workers see Vibrio as a rare danger, if they’ve heard of it at all. But it’s already causing more cases of flesh-eating disease. And it’s poised to get worse.