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Where the new climate law means more drilling, not less

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Bryan Tarnowski

A compromise built into the law ensures oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico for the next decade. Activists say the region has been “sacrificed” to fossil fuels.


Los Angeles joins movement to ban new natural gas hookups to fight climate change

By Elizabeth Weise

As the nation looks for ways to cut fossil fuel emissions to meet ambitious carbon reduction goals, natural gas, that common household fuel staple loved by cooks, is feeling the heat.


On a block full of lawns, she ditched grass for a DIY drought-tolerant oasis

By Lisa Boone Photo: Mariah Tauger , Los Angeles Times

During the pandemic, the young-adult author found inspiration on the long walks that she and her husband took in their Burbank neighborhood. It wasn’t the endless series of lush green lawns that moved her, however, but the occasional drought-tolerant landscape that would materialize, sandwiched between the turf.


California budget aims to clear up port congestion and pollution

By Justine Calma Photo: Mario Tama , Getty Images

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s newly proposed budget includes plans to tackle pollution choking portside communities while also expanding the state’s capacity to accommodate the nation’s growing hunger for imported consumer goods. The proposal comes as pandemic-fueled supply chain problems have created a crisis at California’s ports, thrusting them into the national spotlight.


Smoke, heat and stress: A snapshot from Southern California of life in an altered climate

By Kyla Thomas

From record-breaking heat waves to massive wildfires, floods and long-running drought, the impacts of climate change across the U.S. have been impossible to ignore in 2021. While conditions vary from one region to another, it is clear that no part of the nation will be unaffected.


Irvine is one of 3 cities in state to win $1 million to combat climate change

By Ben Brazil Photo: Raul Roa

After taking part in a statewide competition, Irvine has been awarded $1-million worth of funding to help achieve its ambitious goal to have a zero-carbon economy by 2030.


Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approves motions to phase out oil and gas drilling

By Dan Bacher

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two companion motions that will put Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the nation, on a path to ban existing oil drilling and transition fossil fuel workers to careers in clean energy and other climate-friendly industries.


Climate change lets mosquitoes flourish — and feast — in Los Angeles

By Erica Werner Photo: Mark Abramson

Many try and fail to make it in L.A. But one group is proving unstoppable: mosquitoes, which have taken over Southern California and are driving the humans here crazy.


Learning to live with climate change: lessons from Los Angeles

By Christopher Grimes and Camilla Hodgson Photo: Robyn Beck , Getty Images

As the population of Los Angeles boomed in the early 20th century, William Mulholland had a realisation: the city’s climate was far too dry to provide enough water to support the grand metropolis he envisioned. So Mulholland, an Irish-born, self-taught engineer who ran Los Angeles’ water department, worked out a scheme with the city’s mayor to snatch the water rights away from rural Owens Valley, roughly 200 miles away. Water from Owens still flows into LA today.


City facing water emergency

By Ralph Vartabedian Photo: Brian van der Brug

Rick Daniels lies awake at night worrying about a rusty contraption in a forlorn field, littered with discarded pipes and fire hydrants. It is the only water pump in Needles that meets state water quality standards, running 23 hours a day to keep up with demand, according to Daniels, the city manager. That’s a thin margin in one of America’s hottest cities, an urban speck in the desert near California’s border with Arizona.