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

As extreme heat rises, its impact will be uneven

By Hayley Smith 05/27/24
The next quarter of a century will bring considerable climate danger to millions of Americans living in disadvantaged communities, who will experience not only increased exposure to life-threatening extreme heat but also greater hardships from…
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On California’s Central Coast, Battery Storage Is on the Ballot – Inside Climate News

By Erin Rode 05/25/24
By some criteria, 1290 Embarcadero in Morro Bay, Calif. seems like a prime site for a facility to store renewable energy.
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Map shows what home insurance costs in every California ZIP code

By Kellie Hwang 05/22/24
Today we published a first-of-its-kind interactive map that allows readers to see average home insurance costs for every ZIP code in California.
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The Precarious Future of Big Sur’s Highway 1

By Emily Witt 05/17/24
On the afternoon of March 30th, Magnus Torén, the director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, in Big Sur, California, had a plane to catch, the first leg of a long-planned vacation in northern India.…
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The Surprising Force Stalling Climate Progress: California Restaurants

By Ben Elgin 05/13/24
In the fight to ratchet down climate emissions and soothe the most dangerous effects of an overheating planet, one of the most withering setbacks in recent memory wasn’t delivered by the oil industry or coal…
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Why Highway 1 is the climate challenge that California can’t fix

By Melina Mara and Others 05/07/24
Workers dangle from a crane, drilling into the vertical face of rock that holds up one of the most famous and picturesque stretches of road in the world. They’re performing a delicate surgery on fragile…
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Column: It’s time for a grand bargain to end California’s solar squabbling

By Sammy Roth 05/02/24
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointees could vote next week on a widely criticized plan that climate activists, solar installers and labor unions say would pointlessly slow California’s efforts to phase out fossil fuels and limit energy…
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California now has 1 EV fast charging station for every 5 gas stations

By Michelle Lewis 04/29/24
Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) announced on Saturday that there is now one EV fast charging station for every five gas stations in California.
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Feds say he masterminded an epic California water heist. Some farmers say he’s their Robin Hood

By Jessica Garrison 04/28/24
Robert Zavala was fresh out of the Marines and looking to escape dead-end work at a poultry plant in the early 1990s when his old baseball coach — now the head of a local water…
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California wants to harness more than half its land to combat climate change by 2045. Here’s how

By Hayley Smith 04/22/24
California has unveiled an ambitious plan to help combat the worsening climate crisis with one of its invaluable assets: its land.
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Rooftop solar panels are flooding California’s grid. That’s a problem.

By Shannon Osaka 04/22/24
In sunny California, solar panels are everywhere. They sit in dry, desert landscapes in the Central Valley and are scattered over rooftops in Los Angeles’s urban center. By last count, the state had nearly 47…
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California Prepares for Increased Wildfire Risk to Air Quality From Climate Change

04/18/24
Wildfires, a longstanding and frequent threat to California, are expected to increase in intensity and frequency due to climate change. While wildfires are obviously a significant threat to property and public safety, they can also…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Climate pollution is falling in California, but it’s still too high. We need to do more, not less, to fix it.

03/26/24
California has led the nation in proving that decarbonization is not only compatible with economic growth, it’s a natural complement. As a result of twenty years of effective policy making, we have among the lowest…

A successful day of advocacy at California Climate Lobby Day

03/26/24
On March 20th, Environment California and our partners led a day of advocacy at the capitol in Sacramento, meeting with dozens of legislators and their staff who will vote on key bills to address climate…

California’s Climate Leaders Vow to Hold Fossil Fuel Companies to Account

03/22/24
California legislators and policy leaders served notice to the fossil fuel industry Tuesday during an annual summit of state climate leaders: Your bill is overdue.

Lancaster Commission Approves Element Resources Green Hydrogen Production Facility

03/20/24
The City of Lancaster, California, is proud to announce that the Lancaster Planning Commission has approved Element Resources' Lancaster Clean Energy Center—a renewable hydrogen production facility utilizing photovoltaic (PV) solar for its power supply

California isn’t on track to meet its climate change mandates — and a new analysis says it’s not even close

By Alejandro Lazo 03/14/24
California will fail to meet its ambitious mandates for combating climate change unless the state almost triples its rate of reducing greenhouse gases through 2030, according to a new analysis released today. After dropping during…

California’s newest wind farm is old enough to order at the bar

02/28/24
The developers of a new wind farm in the Santa Barbara County hills did something a lot of people thought was impossible, a local official said today: They finished an industrial-scale renewable project on California’s…

Governor Newsom Welcomes Swedish Delegation to California, Signs Climate Partnership

02/20/24
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom welcomed Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden as they continue their four-day official visit to California. During the visit,…

California’s Gigantic Solar and Storage Initiative

02/17/24
The Edwards Sanborn Solar and Energy Storage project’s launch is a critical step in the move to renewable energy worldwide. In Kern County, California, this project is more than just green. It’s the largest of…

Governor Newsom Streamlines Riverside Energy Project Set to Provide Clean Power for 650,000 Homes

02/09/24
The Governor utilized California’s infrastructure law to accelerate a critical clean energy project in Riverside County while creating good jobs and investing $296 million in California’s economy.

How hard will it be to develop California’s electric grid of the future? Like repairing a car while it’s still moving

01/25/24
The chief operating officer for the California Independent System Operator — which manages the electric grid for about 80 percent of the state, including San Diego — says California’s ambitious clean energy goals can be…

California Has Dealt a Blow to Renewable Energy, Some Businesses Say

By Ivan Penn 01/14/24
California has long championed renewable energy, but a change in the state’s policies last year has led to a sharp decline in the installation of residential rooftop solar in the state.

Newsom unveils plan to cut California climate funding

01/10/24
Three years ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom sensed an opportunity as California emerged from the pandemic with record budget surpluses after a series of calamitous wildfires and drought years.

How California climate action will cut tax revenue

12/14/23
The biggest outcome from the United Nations climate change conference was the breakthrough agreement by nearly 200 nations to phase out fossil fuels. The pact is expected to mark the “‘beginning of the end’ of…

Blue Power: Can California Harness Clean Energy From Ocean Waves?

12/04/23
The world’s oceans may be vast, but they are getting crowded. Coastal areas are congested with cargo ships, international commercial fishing fleets, naval vessels, oil rigs and, soon, floating platforms for deep-sea mining.

Mote Reveals Plans for Biomass-to-Hydrogen Plant in California

09/07/23
As Mote’s hydrogen offtake partner for the second facility in Sacramento, SMUD and Mote have been collaborating on the project development. Upon completion, the facility would produce approximately 21,000 metric tons per yearof carbon-negative hydrogen…

There’s a run on carbon credits. That’s good news for the budget.

08/23/23
California carbon emissions are as valuable as they’ve ever been. Last week’s auction of greenhouse gas permits fetched $35.20 per ton, according to figures released by the state today.

California Climate Action Grants Awarded to 4 UC Davis Projects

08/23/23
As part of a historic partnership between the University of California and the state of California, UC today announced it is awarding over $80 million in climate action grants. The grants will spur implementation of…

Southern California’s ‘water doctor’ pushes for transformation to adapt to climate change

08/23/23
When Adel Hagekhalil speaks about the future of water in Southern California, he often starts by mentioning the three conduits the region depends on to bring water from hundreds of miles away: the Los Angeles…

Data Show Clean Power Increasing, Fossil Fuel Decreasing in California

08/18/23
Data from the California Energy Commission (CEC) highlight California’s continued progress toward building a more resilient grid, achieving 100 percent clean electricity and meeting the state’s carbon neutrality goals.

Once feared, Diablo Canyon now key to California clean energy goals

08/18/23
During a 1981 protest described by Rolling Stone as “the boldest demonstration yet against a nuclear future," singer-songwriter Jackson Browne peacefully crossed a blue line, held out his wrists, and waited for Sheriff Deputy Gary…

Summer has been no sweat for California’s increasingly green energy grid, but the hottest days may still lie ahead

08/16/23
Amid humanity's hottest-ever summer months, California, home of the hottest place on Earth, has enjoyed a relatively cool and stress-free energy supply.

Governor Newsom Announces New Climate Partnership With Australia

08/15/23
California and Australia are working together to fight climate change, focusing on clean energy, clean tech, nature-based solutions, trade, and more – the latest of several international partnerships California has joined to advance climate action.

Gov. Newsom Eyes ‘Hydrogen Economy’ to Support California’s Clean Energy Goal

08/09/23
Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for the development of a hydrogen economy in California to support the state’s renewable energy future.

California and New York Could Miss Their 2030 Climate Targets. Could Permitting Reform Help?

08/04/23
California and New York, two national leaders in the effort to curb global warming, could both miss key 2030 climate targets, according to state officials. It’s a sign that even the states most aggressively pursuing…

California and Chinese Province of Hainan Partner to Fight Climate Change

08/03/23
New MOU between California and the Chinese province of Hainan is the latest of several international partnerships California has spearheaded to fight the climate crisis at a global scale.

California Needs Renewable Energy. Could We Harness the Power of the Ocean?

08/03/23
Waves have been on the mind of Alex Kwok, a Bay Curious listener who grew up in Fremont. When it comes to green energy, he’s seen a lot of solar and wind energy projects here…

Batteries, not blackouts: California’s power grid gets boost from battery energy

07/13/23
As California increases its reliance on renewable energy sources like solar and wind, there's a concern that there may not be enough energy during certain seasons and times of the day to keep the lights…

California secures $67 million to bolster clean energy projects for electric grid

07/10/23
In 2022, 20% of the cars bought in the state were all electric. Now, more than 1.5 million EVs, with the goal of all new cars sold being electric by 2025.

Local Town Could Make California a Green Energy Leader, Professors’ Report Says

06/01/23
A proposed wind energy project in Morro Bay will create 24,000 jobs during construction and 600 annual jobs over the next 25 years, making the small seaside town a leader in U.S. wind energy generation,…

California Inches Toward Renewable Energy Goal, But Still 13th Nationwide

05/31/23
As California forges onward toward its goal of generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, new data shows that while the state set a new record for clean energy in 2021, it still…

Governor Newsom Updates the Roadmap to California’s Clean Energy Future

05/25/23
Governor Newsom announced the “Building the Electricity Grid of the Future: California’s Clean Energy Transition Plan” today, showing how California will reach our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045, while keeping costs affordable and…

New Data Shows Growth in California’s Clean Electricity Portfolio and Battery Storage Capacity

05/25/23
The latest data from the California Energy Commission (CEC) shows that in 2021 more than 37 percent of the state’s electricity came from Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible sources such as solar and wind, an increase…

California breaks record for renewable electricity

05/25/23
California has hit a new milestone in clean energy as the state continues to move away from fossil fuels in its decades-long effort to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

BLM Advances Clean Energy In California

05/19/23
The Bureau of Land Management has approved the Sunlight Storage II Battery Energy Storage System in Riverside County to add up to 300 megawatts for a total 530 megawatts of energy storage capacity provided to…

California’s Green-Fuel Program Gets Too Popular for Its Own Good

05/16/23
A boom in the production of green trucking fuel is punishing renewable-energy producers across the country, thanks to the shifting market for California’s low-carbon fuel credits.

California Continues to Advance Offshore Wind With New Report Detailing Options for Permitting Projects

05/10/23
Today, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted a report describing various options for a coordinated, comprehensive and efficient permitting and environmental review process of offshore wind projects off the California coast.

Unprecedented Buildout of Renewables and Transmission Necessary for California Decarbonization

04/25/23
The state must dramatically expand its energy infrastructure and renewable energy sources to satisfy growing demand for electricity while meeting ambitious climate goals, according to California Independent System Operator’s Draft 2022-2023 Transmission Plan.

California Wants to Cover Its Canals With Solar Panels

04/13/23
Gov. Gavin Newsom has resisted declaring the drought to be over. Just this week, a proposal from President Biden raised the possibility of new, painful water cuts for California. And the state seems increasingly trapped…

Clean Power Alliance Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Serving Southern California Customers

04/04/23
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is celebrating its fifth anniversary of providing clean renewable energy to residents and businesses throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

How community solar could revolutionize clean energy access in California

04/03/23
Signed into law last year, Assembly Bill 2316 requires the California Public Utilities Commission to assess new community renewable energy program proposals with a focus on serving low-income customers. This will make solar power an…

In California’s Central Valley, the Plan to Build More Solar Faces a Familiar Constraint: The Need for More Power Lines

03/26/23
California’s San Joaquin Valley, a strip of land between the Diablo Range and the Sierra Nevada, accounts for a significant portion of the state’s crop production and agricultural revenues. But with the state facing uncertain…

Homeowners in Bell and Paramount Can Now Fund Renewable Energy and Water Saving Projects, Earthquake Resiliency, HVAC, Through PACE Financing

03/14/23
Homeowners in the Cities of Bell and Paramount, both in Los Angeles County, can now access Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) home improvement financing through industry leader Home Run Financing (HRF), giving area residents new…

Denali commissions solar array at organics facility

03/13/23
Denali, a nationwide provider of organic waste management services, has helped commission the activation of a solar array and integrated microgrid with battery storage capabilities at its Imperial Western Products (IWP) facility in Coachella, California.

Proposed Energy Policy Changes

03/10/23
In this brief, we assess the Governor’s proposed changes to how the state procures and pays for reliable clean energy. The Governor proposes to (1) establish a new central procurement role for the state to…

On with the wind: These floating ‘farms’ key to state’s clean energy future

03/08/23
A new kind of gold rush is underway on the West Coast — but this time, it’s not underground.

Newsom’s climate budget would slash funds that protect coast

03/08/23
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget would cut funding for coastal resilience projects almost in half, eliminating more than half a billion dollars of state funds this year that would help protect the coast against rising…

Exxon Mobil threatens to walk away from agreement with troubled refinery project

03/03/23
New complications hit the Rosedale Highway refinery conversion project as partner Exxon Mobil Corp. said this week it will walk away from its 2019 agreement to buy all the renewable diesel produced at the facility…

Solar Panels Over California’s Canals Could Save Water While Making Clean Energy

03/01/23
Researchers and a local utility are testing an innovative way to slow down evaporation while adding solar energy to the grid.

Lawmakers grill air quality agency on California climate plan, press for bold strategy

03/01/23
Members of the California legislature questioned the state’s senior air pollution official on Wednesday about her agency’s climate action plan, pressing for particulars on policy action needed to achieve ambitious carbon emissions reductions.

California needs to expand its clean energy. And it starts by expanding its grid.

02/27/23
California is a leader in establishing aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The state took another important step late last year, when the Air Resources Board unanimously approved the 2022 Scoping Plan—the ambitious roadmap…

California ups renewables target again with new plan to add 85GW by 2035

02/24/23
The updated carbon-cutting goals will require immense amounts of solar, batteries, offshore wind, geothermal and transmission. Can it all be built fast enough?

California PUC orders an additional 4 GW of clean energy resources to bolster grid reliability

02/24/23
February 24, 2023: The California Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 23 ordered load-serving entities in the state to procure an additional 4 GW of Net Qualifying Capacity in addition to the 11.5 GW it ordered…

Crafting Climate, Resources, and Environmental Budget Solutions

02/22/23
In response to the multibillion‑dollar budget problem the state is facing, the Governor’s budget proposal identifies significant solutions from recent augmentations made to climate, resources, and environmental programs. This report describes the Governor’s proposals and…

Public Lands In The Us Have Long Been Disposed To Fossil Fuel Companies. Now, The Lands Are Being Offered To Solar Companies

02/19/23
Standing in front of a small crowd at a library in this suburb of Phoenix last month, officials from the Bureau of Land Management outlined a plan that could reshape the development of solar energy...

Texas, California Stand to Gain Most From Biden Climate Law (1)

By Saijel Kishan 02/08/23
Texas and California, the US leaders in renewable energy, are likely to gain the most from President Biden’s landmark climate law.

California oil drilling restrictions make ballot initiative after industry lobbying

02/07/23
A California law barring new oil drilling in residential areas and school zones will be put directly to voters next November following a campaign by a state oil trade group.

Sunrun, PG&E to roll out 30-MW virtual power plant to support California grid in the summer

02/07/23
Solar and battery storage provider Sunrun announced plans on Monday to create a 30-MW virtual power plant by enrolling up to 7,500 existing and new rooftop solar and battery systems in Pacific Gas & Electric’s…

Three ambitious climate bills to watch in California

02/06/23
Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! Today we’re reading about why the U.S. ski team is wearing climate-change-themed race suits at the world championships. (Hint: it’s about more than just looking cool.) ⛷

Edwards AFB Solar & Battery Storage Project Goes Live

02/06/23
Edwards Air Force Base in southern California is home to the Air Force Test Center, Air Force Test Pilot School, and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. It is the Air Force Materiel Command’s center for…

New transmission line will increase energy reliability in Arizona and California

By Amber Victoria Singer 02/06/23
A 125-mile transmission line is being built between Arizona and California, after nearly a decade of planning. The line, called the Ten West Link, will make it possible to send solar and wind energy between…

Harris visits West Valley to applaud renewable energy project

01/30/23
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Tonopah on Jan. 19 for the groundbreaking of a new renewable energy project called Ten West Link.

California’s climate plan could help speed energy transformation worldwide

By Daniel Sperling 01/26/23
California is embarking on an audacious new climate plan that aims to eliminate the state’s greenhouse gas footprint by 2045, and in the process, slash emissions far beyond its borders.

This giant underground battery is a $1-billion clean energy solution

By Sammy Roth 01/12/23
What can store solar power for after dark, doesn’t require lithium and costs three-quarters of a billion dollars? The answer is deep beneath the ground in California’s San Joaquin Valley — or at least, it…

California budget cuts climate change protects social investments

01/11/23
Facing a $22.5 billion deficit, California Governor Garvin Newsom expressed optimism in unveiling the 2023 budget for the state. The $297 billion package is $11 billion less than 2022 with cuts focused on electric vehicles,…

Is This Experimental Green Suburb the Future of Single-Family Housing?

11/29/22
At first glance, Durango at Shadow Mountain looks like just another cookie-cutter subdivision of new homes sprawling across an arid valley in Menifee, California, a rapidly growing exurb 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

California’s climate plan calls for no new gas-burning power plants

11/16/22
California regulators announced initiatives Wednesday to speed up the state’s clean-energy transition by cutting demand for fossil fuels by the end of the decade, including ending the construction of new gas-burning power plants — moves…

California unveils a plan to zero out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

11/16/22
You can think of this plan as a roadmap for how California could essentially zero out greenhouse gas emissions in a little more than two decades. The plan calls for slashing emissions by 48% by…

California Releases Sweeping New Climate Action Plan to Reach Carbon Neutrality

11/16/22
California air regulators on Wednesday released a final draft of the state's new climate blueprint, charting an ambitious path to dramatically reduce planet-warming gas emissions over the next two decades.

The Sustainable Alternative to Renewables in California

11/16/22
Anyone serious about ushering California into an electric age, much less the entire world, faces immutable facts that are indifferent to passions and principles. With algebraic certainty, these facts lead to uncomfortable conclusions: It is…

California State Assembly Leadership Set to Continue Legacy of Ambitious Climate Action

11/14/22
“For the last 6 years, California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has been a notable champion of ambitious and equitable climate action that will protect communities around the state. Under his collaborative and thoughtful leadership…

Renew financial’s residential pace program in california surpasses $945 million in energy efficiency and renewable energy investments

11/11/22
Renew Financial, the nation's most experienced and one of the leading providers of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (R-PACE) financing, announced today that its California program, CaliforniaFirst, has funded renewable energy, energy efficiency, water conservation,…

California’s new solar energy proposal removes hefty grid connection fee

11/11/22
California regulators on Thursday revised their proposal for rooftop solar systems credits, a contentious matter as the state tries to expand renewable energy and respond to critics who want more equitable distribution of incentives.

California Climate Measure Fails After ‘Green’ Governor Opposed It in a Campaign Supporters Called ‘Misleading’

11/10/22
The only statewide climate measure on California’s ballot Tuesday failed, even though it would have raised billions to help meet the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by subsidizing electric vehicles and charging infrastructure,…

GE Renewable Energy to upgrade Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts’ Don Pedro Hydroelectric Power Plant in California

11/09/22
GE Renewable Energy signed a refurbishment contract with the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) to modernize the powerhouse of the Don Pedro hydropower plant in California, which is jointly owned by TID and Modesto Irrigation District…

California Energy Commission Approves $31 Million for Tribal Long-Duration Energy Storage Project

11/03/22
A $31 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) will be used to deploy a cutting-edge, long-duration energy storage system that will provide renewable backup power for the Viejas Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians and…

Going electric: Opponents clash as California aims to force diesel trucks off the road

10/27/22
Environmentalists and trucking industry groups sparred with clean air regulators today over a contentious proposal to phase out California’s big rigs and other trucks with internal combustion engines, and force manufacturers to speed mass-production of…

California approves a wave of aggressive new climate measures

By Brad Plumer 09/01/22
After lobbying by the governor, lawmakers adopted $54 billion in climate spending and voted to keep open the state’s last nuclear plant.

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 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…

Obama’s Plan To Cut Emissions Could Boost California’s Renewable Energy Sector

08/03/15
The plan outlines a 32 percent cut to carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, according to a memo from the White House released early Monday morning.

KEY RESOURCES

UCLA Heat Maps

07/25/22
Find out which communities are at greatest risk of harm during extreme heat days.

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.

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…

A Pocket Guide to All-Electric Retrofits of Single-Family Homes

02/01/21
Welcome! This booklet is intended to be a simple “how-to” guide to help homeowners, home renters, utilities and policy makers who want to replace existing gas appliances with efficient electric alternatives, many of which are…

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…

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California battery plant is among world’s largest as power storage booms

By Nichola Groom and Jorge Garcia   04/15/24  
Calpine's billion-dollar Nova Power Bank, built on the site of a failed gas-fired power plant, will be able to power about 680,000 homes for up to four hours when charged. It could help boost California's…
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Water pollution is fueling ocean acidification. Environmentalists urge California to act

By Ian James   04/11/24  
As the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities continue to increase the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the ocean is absorbing a large portion of the CO2, which is making seawater…
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Is It Time for an Essential California Energy Code to Get a Climate Edit?

By Laura Klivans   04/11/24  
Reducing gas use in buildings is tricky for lots of reasons. One of them is a California public utility code that you’ve probably never given much thought to. It’s referred to as the “obligation to…
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Explosive levels of methane have been detected near a Berkeley landfill-turned-park

By Tony Briscoe   04/11/24  
Brimming with wildlife and offering panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, César Chávez Park welcomes visitors who might never suspect this stretch of shoreline was built atop a municipal landfill.
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Electric, hybrid cars cutting Bay Area’s carbon footprint, UC Berkeley researchers say

By Ethan Baron   04/04/24  
The Bay Area’s leading role in electric-vehicle adoption is producing a measurable drop in the region’s carbon footprint and contribution to the battle against climate change, new research from UC Berkeley suggests. Last March, the…
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Using solar panels like THIS is a no-brainer! California’s doing it

04/04/24  
California is about to try an idea that could save billions of gallons of water each year and produce enough clean energy to power a city the size of Los Angeles for nine months of…
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Lawsuit challenges $1 billion in federal funding to sustain California’s last nuclear power plant

By Michael R. Blood   04/03/24  
An environmental group has sued the U.S. Energy Department over its decision to award over $1 billion to help keep California’s last nuclear power plant running beyond a planned closure that was set for 2025.…
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California regulators suggested scrapping Scope 3 from landmark corporate climate bill

By Jordan Wolman   04/02/24  
California air regulators suggested weakening the state's corporate greenhouse gas emissions reporting law as it was being negotiated last year, an agency spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO.
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California is preparing to defend itself — and the nation — against Trump 2.0

By Blanca Begert   03/27/24  
Gov. Gavin Newsom is readying an army of bureaucrats to defend the state’s nation-leading climate policies against a potential second Trump administration.
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Trump’s war on the waiver

By Blanca Begert   03/27/24  
We knew that former President Donald Trump would go after California’s special authority to set stricter-than-federal clean-car standards if he got another shot at the White House.
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California Insurance Market ‘In Chaos’ Says Former State Commissioner, Amid Rising Premiums and Canceled Policies

By Levi Sumagaysay   03/26/24  
With more California homeowners just discovering their insurance policies are getting canceled — and hundreds of thousands of others stuck with a pricey option of last resort — state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s efforts to…
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California’s Vineyards Face ‘Decline in Wine Quality’

By Robyn White   03/26/24  
A new review published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment by researchers at the National School of Agricultural Engineering in Bordeaux France found that 70 percent of all current wine-producing regions on the globe could…
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California ‘Overlooking’ Ways To Save Water, Study Suggests

By Robyn White   03/25/24  
California may be overlooking simple ways the state could save water supply, a new study has found.
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Rising temperatures from climate change depleting oxygen in coastal waters, threatening marine life

By Alex Baumhardt   03/25/24  
Climate change has warmed waters off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and northern California each summer, and reduced oxygen levels over a much larger area of the Pacific Ocean than was previously known, a new…
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California doubles State Water Project allocation thanks to February storms

By Hayley Smith   03/23/24  
On the heels of a soaking start to 2024, state water managers on Friday announced a considerable increase in their forecasted water allocation for the year.
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California’s largest home insurer won’t renew 72,000 policies

By Megan Fan Munce   03/21/24  
State Farm plans to non-renew approximately 30,000 property insurance policies and 42,000 commercial apartment policies within the state of California, due partly to fire risk, the company has announced.
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California isn’t on track to meet its climate change mandates — and a new analysis says it’s not even close

By Alejandro Lazo   03/14/24  
California will fail to meet its ambitious mandates for combating climate change unless the state almost triples its rate of reducing greenhouse gases through 2030, according to a new analysis released today. After dropping during…
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California’s historic storms continue. Here’s how much scientists say it’s being driven by climate change

By Jack Lee and Joseph Howlett   03/10/24  
A powerful winter storm buried the Sierra last weekend, with wet weather continuing for days in the Bay Area and Central Coast. Thunderstorms Wednesday drenched Salinas, dropping an entire inch in just 25 minutes.
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Recent storms pushed California’s yearly rainfall, snowpack even higher — and more could be coming

By Grace Toohey   03/07/24  
After recent storms dumped even more rainfall on Southern California and blasted snow across the central and northern Sierra Nevada, the latest hydrological data shows the state in its best position yet for a drought-free…
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Climate expert links recent California snowfall to warming planet

By Molly McCrea   03/07/24  
In just four days at the beginning of March, an epic blizzard dropped more than 100 inches of snow in parts of California.
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New policy proposal dims hopes of reviving community solar in California

By Jeff St. John   03/06/24  
A three-year effort to revamp California’s moribund community-solar market, spurred by state law and backed by solar industry groups, consumer advocates, environmental-justice organizations, labor unions and the state’s homebuilding industry, may now be in jeopardy.
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Tahoe blizzard brings wind gusts of 190 mph, closes I-80 indefinitely

By Ethan Baron and Others   03/03/24  
A raging California blizzard crescendoed over the weekend, dumping several feet of snow onto the Sierra Nevada and forcing the indefinite closure of Interstate 80 and ski resorts around the Lake Tahoe area.
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California rains resurrect a long-dead lake in dry Death Valley

By Reis Thebault   03/01/24  
If it weren’t for all the floating, the paddling, the sloshing around, the lake smack in the middle of this desert might be mistaken for a mirage.
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Climate Takes a Back Seat in High-Profile California Primary Campaigns. One Candidate Aims to Change That

By Liza Gross   02/28/24  
You’ve probably never heard of Joby Bernstein. Judging by the polls, many in the Silicon Valley district he’s running in haven’t heard of the 28-year-old Stanford University student either. Bernstein’s campaign is flying beneath the…
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Electric Semis Are Hitting the Road in California

By Andrew Moseman   02/27/24  
Deep in the Inland Empire, the vast sprawl of suburbia that extends eastward from Los Angeles, the battery-powered semi trucks are about to start their run. They navigate the congested freeways of L.A. County to…
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Experts urge California to avoid pitfalls in water deals in the delta

By Ian James   02/22/24  
Some of the thorniest debates over water in California revolve around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where pumps send water flowing to farms and cities, and where populations of native fish have been declining.
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How ‘reactivating’ floodplains along rivers can be a water solution for California

By Ian James   02/21/24  
California has lost most of its natural wetlands as rivers have been cut off from their natural floodplains. And it’s pretty remarkable what can be achieved when rivers are given space to reconnect with floodplains.
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Powerful storms pummel California, creating dangerous conditions for travelers

By Liz Kreutz   02/20/24  
About 35 million people are under flood watches in California, as another round of storms sweeps across the region. The rain is creating dangerous conditions for travelers, particularly in Santa Barbara County.
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California is forging ahead with food waste recycling. But is it too much, too fast?

By Amy Taxin   02/18/24  
Two years after California launched an effort to keep organic waste out of landfills, the state is so far behind on getting food recycling programs up and running that it’s widely accepted next year’s ambitious…
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Schiff releases climate platform in California Senate race

By Blanca Begert and Camille Von Kaenel   02/16/24  
californiaRep. Adam Schiff on Thursday proposed ending federal subsidies for oil and gas production, offering federal wildfire insurance and requiring insurance companies to disclose their fossil fuel investments as part of his campaign for California’s…
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Heavy-duty hydrogen trucks win out in California’s $1.9B EV plan

By Wes Venteicher   02/16/24  
California’s nascent market for medium- and heavy-duty hydrogen trucks is getting a boost from the state Energy Commission’s new spending package for zero-emission vehicles.
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California EV sales are falling. Is it just temporary, or a threat to state climate goals?

By Russ Mitchell   02/15/24  
After years of rapid expansion, California’s booming EV market may be showing signs of fatigue as high vehicle prices, unreliable charging networks and other consumer headaches appear to dampen enthusiasm for zero-emission vehicles.
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Column: A climate voters’ guide to the California Senate election

By Sammy Roth   02/15/24  
If you live in California and confronting the climate crisis is one of your top priorities, I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing whom to vote for in the U.S. Senate primary election.
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Why Voting Matters (And Lobbying and Organizing, Too!)

02/14/24  
There’s a reason why EnviroVoters works in lobbying, organizing, AND elections. All of these aspects of government advocacy are intrinsically interconnected and equally important as we take on the climate crisis here in California and…
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The City of Long Beach Approves Bioenergy Devco’s Bid for Organics Recycling Facility

02/12/24  
The City of Long Beach has entered into exclusive negotiations with Bioenergy Devco, the North American division of BTS Bioenergy, to construct an organics recycling facility that will recycle food waste, converting it to an…
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Climate change turns an idyllic California community into a ‘perilous paradise’

By Caleigh Wells   02/10/24  
The clouds have parted after torrential downpours soaked southern California. It's the third-wettest two-day period Los Angeles has ever seen since records began. And those totals aren't even close to the more than 14 inches…
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1 million Southern California homes have long-term flash flood risk

By Jonathan Lansner   02/09/24  
February’s soaking from twin atmospheric rivers should serve as a reminder that despite Southern California’s legendary great weather, roughly one in five local houses have long-term risks of flash flood damage.
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How California’s storms are projected to become more extreme with climate change

By Ian James   02/08/24  
For as long as weather records have been kept, California has been defined by its highly variable climate, with dramatic and sometimes volatile swings between droughts and floods. As human-caused climate change heats up the…
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The unloved L.A. River just prevented a flood disaster. Can more of its water be saved?

By Hayley Smith   02/08/24  
As intense atmospheric rivers become more common in a warming world, so too do questions about stormwater capture in Los Angeles. Each year, when rain pours down and the L.A. River roars back to life,…
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Column: Who should pay for climate solutions? The debate is heating up

By Sammy Roth   02/08/24  
Under a series of proposals being considered by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointees to the Public Utilities Commission, the wealthy would be forced to cough up, in the form of flat fees on their monthly electric…
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Climate change will bring megafloods to California

By Lucy Sherriff   02/07/24  
The Santa Barbara police car blocked access to the bridge, lights flashing as the thundering, swollen brown river rampaged below. The water was running so high in this Southern California county that it gushed through…
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Deadly storm pummeling California dumps historic rains over LA

By Andrew Freedman   02/07/24  
Heavy rainfall and mountain snow from a "dangerous" atmospheric river slamming Southern California that brought a rare "high risk" of potentially deadly flooding in Los Angeles County this week is set to linger until at…
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California’s Climate Has Come Unmoored

By Ross Andersen   02/07/24  
An atmospheric river is exactly what it sounds like: a ribbon of concentrated moisture that can stretch for 1,000 miles through the sky. The one that brought all manner of chaos to Los Angeles this…
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Another atmospheric river has soaked California. What role has climate change played?

By Alejandra Borunda and Vanessa Romo   02/06/24  
The second atmospheric river to hit the West Coast in as many weeks is slowly moving out of Southern California. But not before dumping more than 9 inches of rain over 24 hours in some…
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California Needs a Climate Bond

02/06/24  
California is leaving nature behind and putting people at risk. A series of budget cuts have significantly reduced funding for programs that forward nature-based climate solutions—cost-efficient and effective ways to prevent megafires, flooding and extreme…
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The Fingerprints on Chile’s Fires and California Floods: El Niño and Warming

By Somini Sengupta   02/05/24  
Two far-flung corners of the world, known for their temperate climates, are being buffeted by deadly disasters. Wildfires have killed more than 120 people as they swept the forested hillsides of Chile, and record-breaking rains…
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Environmentalists ask California Energy Commission to consider public health impacts

By Michael Gennaro   02/05/24  
Environmental justice groups filed a petition with the California Energy Commission Monday morning asking the commission to comply with state law and consider the environment and public health when it makes decisions about the Golden…
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El Niño and climate change are supercharging incoming storm, SoCal’s biggest this winter

By Haley Smith and Grace Toohey   02/02/24  
Southern California is bracing for its biggest storm of the season, which is slated to deliver potentially damaging and life-threatening rain, wind and flooding to the region.
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Oil Profits Keep Flowing for Exxon and Chevron

By Collin Eaton and Jenny Strasburg   02/02/24  
Exxon Mobil XOM -0.41%decrease; red down pointing triangle and Chevron CVX 0.06%increase; green up pointing triangle banked their second-highest annual profits in a decade last year, riding strong oil demand to solidify their standing among…
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Big Oil Is Doing Great … Except in California

By Matthew Zeitlin   02/02/24  
Both Exxon and Chevron reported substantial fourth quarter and full-year 2023 earnings Friday — $36 billion and $21 billion for 2023, respectively, their second highest annual profits ever. Both also called out California, however, once…
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