• Weather forecasts

    ‘Winter is coming’: What do climate scientists predict for Southern California?

    After suffering more than a week under searing, desert-like heat, winter might be the furthest thing from the minds of Southern Californians. However, to borrow a phrase from TV’s “Game of Thrones,” winter is coming. The only question is whether the gods will allow a rerun of last winter which unexpectedly dumped record amounts of...

    Steve Scauzillo

  • Business

    Activists, travel industry square off over aviation’s climate-changing consequences

    When people debate air pollution in Southern California, images of the usual suspects arise — trucks belching diesel fumes, aging jalopies not yet snagged by the smog-testing authorities and smokestacks towering over refineries and other heavy industry. But often overlooked is another contributor: jetliners and other aircraft. While commercial air travel’s contribution to pollution — 12 percent of all greenhouse gases from transportation — is dwarfed...

    Rachel Uranga

  • Parks

    LA’s popular Wilacre Park is temporarily closing to hikers. But you’ve got options

    Wilacre Park — which includes a popular network of trails that lead to nice views of the San Fernando Valley — is closing, for a while. If you’ve got a good hike in you, you’ve got one day left — Monday. In August, officials announced the park will close Tuesday for upgrades. The 128-acre park, in Studio City, will reopen...

    From staff reports|

  • Executive branch

    Trump order undermines rebuilding better for future floods

    WASHINGTON >> Two weeks before Harvey’s flood waters engulfed much of Houston, President Donald Trump quietly rolled back an order by his predecessor that would have made it easier for storm-ravaged communities to use federal emergency aid to rebuild bridges, roads and other structures so they can better withstand future disasters. Now, with much of the nation’s fourth-largest city underwater, Trump’s move has new resonance. Critics note the...

    By Michael Biesecker and Joan Lowy The Associated Press|

  • Zoological parks

    These insanely cute baby monkeys are making their debut at the LA Zoo

    A pair of Francois’ langur monkeys born over the summer at the Los Angeles Zoo will make their public debut on Thursday. The monkeys — both have the same father — were born on June 23 to 8-year-old mother Vicki Vale and on July 12 to 5-year-old Kim-Ly. This is the first week the babies have joined their mothers and 19-year-old father Paak in the outdoor habitat, and they will soon be introduced to the rest of the group. “We’re very excited for...

    City News Service|

  • Wildlife

    Are scars seen on rare Bryde’s whale off Huntington Beach from a shark bite?

    Boat captain Ryan Lawler looked at the rarely seen Bryde’s whale through his lens and noticed something unusual. Pink flesh dotted the whale’s dark skin, fresh wounds. One wound, in a circle, was visible on the top of the whale as it emerged from the ocean’s surface in Huntington Beach near the oil platforms on Tuesday, Aug. 29. “It had all these bite marks on the side of it. They were very interesting. They almost looked like it was sprayed down the...

    Laylan Connelly

  • Emissions-reduction technology

    New emission-cutting technology expected for Torrance refinery

    A yearlong pilot project using new technology designed to cut nitrogen oxide emissions at the Torrance refinery is expected to win approval Friday from the governing board of the region’s air pollution watchdog. The Technology Committee of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has recommended the board approve the proposal when it meets at 9 a.m. Friday in Diamond Bar. The costs of the $960,00 project will be shared equally between the district, PBF Energy, owner...

    Nick Green

  • Wildlife

    Is there a Maury for mountain lions? Asking for two adorable LA kittens

    Two blue-eyed mountain lion kittens born to a young mother and a father that gets around were found earlier this month in the Santa Monica Mountains, marking the 13th litter discovered by researchers in the area, officials announced Tuesday. The female and male siblings have been dubbed P-59 and P-60, and were discovered by National Park Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. The kittens will now be part of a long-term study by the National Park Service on...

    Susan Abram

  • Renewable power generation

    Can California get 100 percent of its electricity from renewables?

    LOS ANGELES >> The City Council threw its weight Monday behind legislation that would require California to deliver 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045. The ambitious goal is the focus of Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s bill introduced in May. The bill passed the state Senate, but needs approval from the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown. Supporters at a rally on the steps of City Hall say now is the time to build more solar, wind...

    Steve Scauzillo

  • Port operation

    How should Los Angeles and Long Beach ports clean the air?

    The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach have promised to get to near zero emissions at the nation’s busiest port complex – but just how to achieve that ambitious goal is still being debated. Now the public will get a chance to weigh in. On Wednesday, port officials will hold one of the few public meetings before a rare joint meeting of the two commissions that run the Long Beach and Los Angeles...

    Rachel Uranga

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