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

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.

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…
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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…

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.

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…

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…

MORE NEWS

Big WWII-Era Bunker Thing Falls Off Cliff, Lands On Beach at Fort Funston

By Jay Barmann   01/16/23  
On Monday, a World War II-era structure — likely one of the many gun batteries or something similar that were built in the lead-up to the U.S. entry into the war, when there was a…

California bracing for one final round of storms as officials assess damage

By Taryn Luna   01/15/23  
Another moderate storm moved into California Sunday evening, bringing more rain to Los Angeles, the coast and inland valleys, and dropping potentially up to 2 feet of snow in the mountain regions of Northern California…

Flood watch covers nearly all of California amid severe storms

By Todd C. Frankel, Timothy Bella, Jason Samenow and Justine McDaniel   01/15/23  
About 24 trillion gallons of water have fallen from a multitude of weather patterns known as atmospheric rivers.

The rain paused, but the work hasn’t for road crews battling nature’s wrath

By Susanne Rust   01/14/23  
The 11-man crew assembled at the Felton office of Santa Cruz County’s Department of Public Works, waiting to hear what physical and mental toil they were going to be assigned.

California’s winter storms have been deadlier than any wildfire since 2018

By Reis Thebault   01/14/23  
Relentless wind and rain has killed people sleeping in homes and in tents. It has taken the lives of those sheltering indoors and those working outside. Some victims have been elderly, others very young. And…

Mass storm outages bring misery across California, exposing power grid’s vulnerabilities

By Grace Toohey   01/13/23  
David Higares was on his fourth day without power in his Morada home in San Joaquin County when he woke up to indoor temperatures barely above 50 degrees. His lights had flickered twice since his…

Weeks of Storms Test California’s Approach to Taming Nature

By Christopher Flavelle   01/12/23  
As California battles a third week of lashing rain and snow that have flooded communities, broken levees and toppled power lines, the state is facing questions about whether its approach to handling crippling storms is…

Southern California digging out from days of relentless rain

By Noah Goldberg et al.   01/10/23  
Residents across California’s Central Coast were allowed to return home Tuesday following a torrential storm that swamped the region with eye-popping amounts of rain and choked roadways with mud and debris.

California faces more rain as residents are forced to flee

By Mark Chediak   01/10/23  
Atmospheric rivers will continue to dump heavy rain, snow When will the rain stop? Not this week, forecasters say.

Newsom proposes cuts to climate change programs amid cloudy economic outlook

By Taryn Luna and Others   01/10/23  
Facing a projected $22.5-billion budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced plans to reduce investments in the state’s move to zero-emission vehicles and delay funding for 20,000 new child-care…

“Major” atmospheric river storm hits California

By Andrew Freedman   01/09/23  
The most powerful in a "relentless parade" of atmospheric rivers is bearing down on California today through Wednesday. It has brought with it widespread flash flooding, river flooding, mudslides and staggeringly high mountain snowfall totals.

Wild Weather Swings Are Robbing California of Its Trees

By Shawn Hubler and Jill Cowan   01/07/23  
The coast redwood crashed through the roof and into Nicole Valentine’s bedroom while she was away at a party, trying to ignore the powerful storms that were hammering Northern California with fierce winds and rain.…

Bomb cyclone hits California with flooding, high winds and heavy snow

By Andrew Freedman   01/05/23  
A potent atmospheric river storm associated with a bomb cyclone is producing heavy rains, damaging winds and a significant amount of mountain snowfall in California. Why it matters: The latest storm is just one in…

Potent atmospheric river storm threatens California with flooding, heavy snow

By Rebecca Falconer   01/04/23  
Californians reeling from a deadly major storm over the weekend are bracing for an even more dangerous atmospheric river event that's set to bring widespread flooding and powerful winds across the state Wednesday and Thursday.

Bomb cyclone slinging high-impact atmospheric river into California

By Matthew Cappucci and Others   01/04/23  
A dangerous storm system is slamming California, with meteorologists at the National Weather Service warning of imminent “widespread flooding, impassible roads, mudslides/landslides [and] rapid rises in rivers/creeks.” The system, which prompted the Weather Service to…

California Had a Watershed Climate Year, But Time Is Running Out – Inside Climate News

By Liza Gross   12/29/22  
California made historic investments in climate measures this year, as state leaders warned of current and escalating climate risks.  “We’re dealing with such extremes that all our modeling, even updated modeling, needs to be thrown…

California just slashed rooftop solar incentives. What happens next?

By Sammy Roth   12/15/22  
California sharply reduced incentive payments for rooftop solar power Thursday, taking a sledgehammer to a program that helped 1.5 million homes and businesses put solar panels on their roofs and made the state a leader…

China Dominates the Rare Earths Market. This U.S. Mine Is Trying to Change That.

By Lara Seligman   12/14/22  
On a dusty road at the northern edge of the Mojave Desert, a pair of 100-ton haul trucks — their wheels twice the height of a fully grown man — emerge from a deep chasm,…

Can California’s electric-vehicle push overcome the red-state backlash?

By Noah Bierman   12/12/22  
This industrial city an hour north of Indianapolis isn’t as famous as Detroit, but it has become an unlikely battleground in the war over electric cars. Almost everyone you meet here either works in a…

Power companies rush to install batteries in Texas, California, amid concern over grid reliability

By James Osborne   12/12/22  
Within three years, a surge of new large-scale battery projects is expected to come online on Texas and California's power grids, as developers seek to store electricity produced by those state’s sprawling wind and solar…

U.S. government pledges $250 million to help ailing Salton Sea

By Ian James   11/29/22  
The Biden administration has announced a plan to provide $250 million to accelerate environmental projects around the shrinking Salton Sea, a major commitment intended to help revitalize the lake’s ecosystems and control hazardous dust in…

Global warming is ripping up the grassy street medians of the American West

By Sam Metz, Kathleen Ronayne and The Associated Press   11/18/22  
A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River.

California tries to harness megastorm floods to ease crippling droughts

By Sharon Bernstein   11/16/22  
The land along the Arroyo Pasajero Creek, halfway between Sacramento and Los Angeles, is too dry to farm some years and dangerously flooded in others.
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California’s climate refugees: Counting the human cost of weather-related events

By Ira Spitzer and Jalelah Abu Baker   11/16/22  
California's wildfires have ravaged tens of thousands of homes in recent years.  One such fire, dubbed “Camp Fire” after where it originated, roared through the town of Paradise in 2018 and killed 85 people, making…

The Monterey area may get a huge desalination plant. Is this the future of California’s water supply?

By Kurtis Alexander   11/15/22  
With California butting up against 840 miles of ocean, desalination seems an obvious solution to the state’s water woes. However, the cost, energy demands and environmental impacts have made the technology largely unworkable.

Why California Wildfires Burned Far Less This Year

By Anne C. Mulkern   11/15/22  
California is enjoying fewer extreme wildfires than it has in years, which experts attribute to a combination of summer rain, calm weather and increased forest management.

As California’s wells dry up, residents rely on bottled water to survive

By Joshua Partlow   11/14/22  
Wes Harmon’s ringtone sounds like a steam whistle, and it goes off in the cab of his Ford Super Duty at such regularity and volume it practically shudders the rooster-in-a-hula-skirt affixed to his dash.

California’s climate goals are ambitious. A Clean Energy Deployment plan can help get it there.

By Alex Breckel and Nicole Pavia   11/10/22  
While California has made many laudable strides in tackling climate change, it’s clear there’s much to do and little time to do it. The state is a leader in climate and clean energy policy with…

New California rooftop-solar plan drops ​‘solar tax,’ but fears remain

By Jeff St. John   11/10/22  
California regulators want to promote equity and boost batteries to shore up the grid. Critics on both sides say the latest net-metering plan misses the mark.

California pushes a new plan to cut rooftop solar incentives

By Sammy Roth   11/10/22  
California is poised to reduce payments to homes and businesses that go solar for clean electricity they supply to the power grid — a landmark shift in how the state promotes a crucial technology for…

California Regulators Propose Cutting Compensation for Rooftop Solar

By Ivan Penn   11/10/22  
For a second time in less than a year, regulators in California moved on Thursday to roll back the compensation that homeowners receive from utilities for the excess electricity their rooftop solar panels send to…

The polluter pays, but so do communities: environmental justice concerns with california’s forest carbon offsets

By Kassie Kometani   11/09/22  
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading systems are one of the mechanisms employed to mitigate climate change in the United States and around the globe. When emitters exceed their permitted amount of GHG emissions, they can…

Report on California Climate Impacts ‘Paints a Pretty Grim Picture’

By Anne C. Mulkern   11/02/22  
California is experiencing more wildfires, illness and drought as the impacts of climate change accelerate, according to a report released Tuesday.
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California’s climate crisis is intensifying quickly and taking a heavy toll on residents

By Stephanie Elam   11/02/22  
California’s climate crisis is quickly intensifying, impacting every resident and “increasingly taking a toll on the health and well-being of its people and on its unique and diverse ecosystems,” new state data reveals. California’s climate…

Building with nature: Can reviving a marsh save this California town from sea level rise?

By Rosanna Xia   10/26/22  
Standing on the edge of a repurposed marina, at the end of a long wooden walkway that harked back to more prosperous times, Brenda Buxton took in the disorienting landscape.

Recycled water may prove crucial for Northern California amid ongoing droughts, climate change

By Ezra David Romero   10/25/22  
The San Francisco Bay Area is far behind Southern California in reusing water. Policy experts say it could take decades for the state’s second-most populous region to catch up — the lower half of the…

BLM Announces Completion of Crimson Solar Energy Storage Project

10/19/22  
A fund managed by Axium Infrastructure US Inc. owns 80% of the project and Recurrent Energy, the project developer, retains 20% ownership. CSI Energy Storage was the turnkey system integrator of the project, delivering the…

Californians Who Fortify Their Homes Against Wildfires Will Now Pay Less for Insurance

By Lauren Leffer   10/19/22  
California homeowners might soon see some reprieve in skyrocketing property insurance rates. That is, if they take steps to wildfire-proof their houses. The West Coast state is the first in the country to require insurance…

Jane Fonda blasts wealthy Prop. 30 foes

BY Emily Hoeven   10/18/22  
Actress and activist Jane Fonda has a message for wealthy Californians who oppose Proposition 30, a November ballot measure that would hike taxes on millionaires to subsidize electric vehicles and fund wildfire response and prevention:

California wildfires wiped out nearly 20 years of greenhouse gas emission reductions – in 2020, alone

By Elizabeth Weise   10/18/22  
California's catastrophic wildfires in 2020 put twice as much greenhouse gas emissions into the air as the state's reductions in those same gases over nearly 20 years – erasing gains going back to 2003, according to a new study.

Oakland tests electric transit buses for resilience in vehicle-to-building pilot

By Robert Walton   10/12/22  
The city of Oakland, California, will be the site of a vehicle-to-building pilot analyzing how zero-emission transit buses can maintain critical loads during emergency conditions, project participants announced Tuesday.

Climate Law’s Labor Bonuses Could Clear California Obstacle to Clean Energy

By Aaron Cantu   10/11/22  
Labor-friendly provisions in the federal Inflation Reduction Act could help boost California’s transition away from fossil fuels by appealing to a persistent stumbling block: unions representing fossil fuel workers.

Proposition 30 has voters deciding on a tax for zero-emission vehicles. What you need to know

By Russ Mitchell   10/07/22  
On its face, Proposition 30 is simple enough: Raise taxes on the richest Californians. Pull in $30 billion to $90 billion over the next 20 years. Use 80% of the money to subsidize electric vehicles…

Mobile Homes, the Last Affordable Housing Option for Many California Residents, Are Going Up in Smoke

By Anne Marshall-Chalmers   10/02/22  
But she was more exasperated than scared. She had lived at Creekside Mobile Home Park on Dam Road for 17 years and had lost track of all its close calls with wildfires. Creekside, a park…

California Is Expected to Enter a Fourth Straight Year of Drought

By Soumya Karlamangla   09/30/22  
The state’s water year ends tomorrow, which has prompted predictions about what’s in store for the next 12 months. (California’s water year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, so that the winter rainy season…

Empty wine and liquor bottles will be worth 10 cents each in California, under new recycling law

By Paul Rogers   09/28/22  
Just polished off a nice Chardonnay? A glass of Pinot with dinner? A mango margarita even? You may want to hold on to those empty bottles: It won’t be long before California is paying 10…

Column: California spends billions rebuilding burned towns. The case for calling it quits

By Erica D. Smith and Others   09/27/22  
Most days, Ken Donnell steals a moment to gaze at the forested valley that surrounds this remote grid of streets in the mountains.Before the Dixie fire came barreling through the Sierra Nevada last year, leveling…

California Moves to Ban Natural Gas Furnaces and Heaters by 2030

Angel Adegbesan   09/23/22  
California is committing to a plan that will make it the first US state to phase out gas-fueled furnaces and water heaters in homes, a move environmentalists are betting will provide a template for other…

In California, a Race to Save the World’s Largest Trees From Megafires

By Twilight Greenaway   09/23/22  
When the Washburn Fire burned through part of Yosemite’s iconic Mariposa Grove in July, photos of its famed giant sequoias steeped in smoke and surrounded by automated sprinklers to shelter them from the flames shocked…

‘Significant fire season slowing’ rain set to soak Northern California

By Diana Leonard   09/16/22  
An unusual September storm is set to arrive in California late this weekend, providing a much-needed pause on the state’s rapidly deteriorating wildfire season.