Environment / Science

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.

California Drought News: Some Clinton, more rain, less room for error

Friday's news reminds us that we're all in this together, with stories about how climate change may worsen drought in the West, and how drought has many parents.

Water rate miscalculations cause money problems in Glendale

In December, Glendale officials discovered problems with their water rates, set up by a Temecula-based consulting firm. Attempts at a fix have grown complicated.

Popular Yosemite spots reopen after Rim Fire closure

Parts of Yosemite opened back up yesterday after they were closed because of the Rim fire that devastated more than 77,000 acres inside the park.

Small quake jiggles shore northwest of Malibu

Wednesday's 3.1-magnitude quake was centered just northwest of Leo Carrillo State Beach.

California Drought News: Cheap greens, expensive beef and priceless lessons

While vegetable prices remain low, beef prices are climbing, partially due to the drought. Meanwhile, the New York Times stresses drought lessons for kids.

California sea stars dying in droves from mysterious disease

The wasting disease targets several species of sea stars and has moved into local waters. In extreme cases, afflicted organisms disintegrate within days.

Researchers to study tsunamis triggered by marine slides

A national team of scientists will be taking a closer look at a rare but potentially dangerous type of tsunami caused by landslides underwater.

LA Rain: Scattered showers, wind, road closures Wednesday

Rain will continue in Los Angeles Wednesday with winds, some road closures and possible thunderstorms and hail in some areas.

Map of the developing human brain shows where problems begin

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Panama

Wednesday’s temblor comes a day after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake shook just off Chile’s northern coast, killing six people and setting off a tsunami.

California drought news: Third lowest snowpack, the economics of drought, and strawberries!

State water officials say recent storms boosted snowpack but did little to lessen drought. Sierra snows, measured by water content, are a third of average.