When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. … The AP analyzed 65 Senate-confirmable positions that deal with science and environment, many of which haven’t been filled yet after 10 months.
During the U.S. Climate Action Pavilion in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 11, Gov. [Jerry] Brown presented America’s Pledge report detailing how U.S. cities, states and businesses will take action on climate targets it set forth in the Paris Agreement. … But Brown was interrupted by members of the Native American community speaking against his support of fracking and contending that his policies have hurt low-income communities.
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the “new face of American leadership” on climate change. … Mayors from 51 cities including Paris, Mexico City, San Francisco and Phoenix attended the summit.
Nevada Irrigation District is negotiating with groups that have filed protests against its application for water rights on the Bear River. The district has applied to divert up to 221,400 acre feet of water annually on the Bear River to feed the proposed Centennial Reservoir.
The Thomas fire started in a known wind corridor on the first day of dry Santa Ana winds that are expected to buffet Southern California for nearly a week. What’s more, it has been a good eight months since a decent rainfall soaked the chaparral hillsides.
The same vicious winds that turned three Southern California wildfires into destructive dynamos were also making the firefight more difficult. … Fires are not typical in Southern California this time of year but can break out when dry vegetation and too little rain combine with the Santa Ana winds.
Eight months after President Trump ordered a review of national monuments, and a day after the president removed 2 million acres of public land from federal protection in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday announced recommendations for much smaller boundary adjustments to monuments in Nevada and Oregon.
Crashing populations may shut down the recreational abalone season for 2018. California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers have recommended the shutdown, but the Fish and Game Commission will make the final decision Thursday at a meeting in San Diego that is open to public comment.
Some lively exchanges punctuated a Fresno, Calif. meeting of wine industry leaders that opened with a look at the challenges posed by drought and the prospects for on-farm water recharge and closed with a pep talk from a sports legend.
During California’s five-year drought, many companies that make the food we eat and the beverages we drink saw impacts on their businesses. And companies across the Western United States are seeing water challenges not just from drought, but also from climate change, pollution, failing infrastructure and weak regulations.
For decades skiing and gaming have dominated the winter tourism scene on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, but with travelers hitting the slopes and slots less and climate change threatening snowfall, travel experts say that’s changing.
The historic Jibboom Street Bridge downtown [Sacramento] will be closed for major repairs this winter and much of spring, county officials said this week. … The bridge, built in 1931, spans the American River a few yards east of its confluence with the Sacramento River, north of downtown.
In a commentary in The San Diego Union-Tribune last month, San Diego businessman Jon C. Jacobson made a persuasive case that repeated sewage spills at the California-Mexican border should be addressed as the Trump administration tries to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Concerned citizens swarmed Monday’s Council meeting to protest the proposal to close Stockton’s two public courses. As if suddenly money holes don’t matter anymore. … All that said, I [Michael Fitzgerald] find it curious that the three options the city rolled out Monday for replacing the courses all include residential housing.
Throughout California, access to water and how it is distributed is a perennial issue. Water conflicts are often nuanced and take on a life of their own. In some cases, a local conflict can have statewide implications — the City of Marina, a small city along the shores of Monterey Bay, finds itself in such a conflict.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a pilot project for Widren Water District that would allow the district to convey up to 1,000 acre-feet of reverse osmosis treated groundwater through the Delta-Mendota Canal and potentially store it in San Luis Reservoir. The pilot project is part of a larger effort aimed at reducing dissolved minerals like salt and selenium in a 97,000 acre area known as the Grassland Drainage Area.
The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet a year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment for the 5-year Warren Act contract.