California wildfires are getting more destructive

Worsening wildfires in California are part of a long-term trend "toward more wildfires that burn larger areas and cause more damage," says Andrew Plantinga.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment california wildfire

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture california climate-change farmers food laws pollution sustainability

‘Perfect droughts’ hit California water sources 6 times a century

Widespread "perfect droughts" affect southern California water sources about six times a century, according to a study of tree rings going back to 1126.

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment california droughts tree-rings water

Climate change will make California wildfires even worse

Climate has been a major driver for wildfire severity in California's Sierra Nevada region, which also means that future climate change will drive

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Oct. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment california climate-change forests indigenous-people wildfire

Gel-like fluid fights wildfires before they start

A gel-like fluid could offer a simple, affordable treatment to dramatically cut the number of wildfires that occur each year. It even works when it's wet.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured california forests gels wildfire

How cat poop kills California sea otters

California sea otters are a threatened species, and one of the things that kills them comes from cats on land.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured california cats conservation feces otters parasites

Team solves mystery of California’s ‘weird’ turquoise water

"When the water off the coast of California starts to look like you're in the Caribbean, that's really weird."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 27, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment algae california colors oceans

Experts: Here’s what to expect from 2019 fire season

"In California, we face the real risk that every fire season will be among the most destructive, or even the most destructive, on record."

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
June 18, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured california climate-change prediction weather wildfire

Wet winters no longer ease California’s wildfire risk

"Fire not being influenced by moisture anymore? That is surprising. It's going to be a problem for people, for firefighters, for society."

Mari Jensen-Arizona • futurity
March 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment california climate-change jet-stream rain weather wildfire

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