Environment / Science

Tips for tending your garden during drought

Simple changes like using mulch around the base of plants to stop evaporation and watering longer and deeper but less frequently can make a significant dent in water usage.

California Drought News: Lobbying for water, wishing for wine

Chronicling the dastardly exploits of the fiendish drought, today's roundup looks at how it's impacting politics, fish and fruit.

State, federal officials release drought plan

The document lays out roughly how water will be divided over the next seven months or so, particularly in areas where there are competing interests.

What does sound look like?

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.

California Drought News: State rivers trouble, groundwater concern

Demand for limited water supplies leaves less for state rivers. An ongoing restoration program has become caught in the debate over the best use for water in a drought.

Exide denied more time to reduce arsenic pollution

In January, AQMD adopted a regulation that would require Exide to achieve negative pressure at its facilities by April 10, with the intention of limiting emissions of arsenic and other toxins.

Metropolitan hikes wholesale water rates, San Diego objects

Metropolitan's Board of Directors has approved about a 1.5 percent increase in the price of its water for the next two years. San Diego argues that's an overcharge.

LA saves 87 million gallons of water during storms

City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell says the water saved could supply 500 families for an entire year.

Heartbleed: The security bug that affects most of the Internet, explained

A bug called Heartbleed has been exposing much of the data Google, Yahoo and other major Internet companies protect through OpenSSL. What does that mean for you?

California Drought News: Sled dogs, falcons and bats, oh my

Yard restrictions are being eased, more birds are disintegrating against fighter jets and more dead bats are being found in Sacramento. More in today's drought roundup.

Crimea tensions not expected to affect Mars rover

The rover Curiosity carries an instrument funded by the Russian government and used by Russian scientists. NASA officials say the device will operate as normal.

Wildfires: 8 things you can do today to prepare for the season

CAL FIRE has already responded to nearly 900 wildfires so far this year. Normally, that number would be below 340. Here's how to get ready.

How one app might be a step toward Internet everywhere

FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses "mesh networking," which could provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.

Debate flares over giving wildlife artificial water sources

A review of water management plans at the Mojave National Preserve has raised questions about whether to maintain 60-year-old concrete "drinkers" for wildlife.

California Drought News: Farm supply, water users in SoCal, question of dams

Farmers seek supply, Southern California considers demand, and the rest of the state debates whether to build more dams or conserve more water.

Want to paddle the LA River this summer? Tell the Army Corps by April 25

From sunrise to sunset, Memorial Day to mid-September, the Army Corps wants to offer guided and unguided access for non-motorized boats at Sepulveda Basin.