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California Is In the Middle of a Sea Lion Crisis

In January and February of 2015, over 1,450 sea lions have appeared on the beaches of California in need of rescue. The reason? Experts believe that their food is being driven away from the islands where sea lions breed, forcing immature sea lions to enter the sea in a search for food. And ending up on the coast,… » 3/16/15 4:00am 3/16/15 4:00am

That Time A Bankrupt Businessman Declared Himself Emperor Of America

For many years, Joshua Norton was a successful 19th-century businessman. Then he lost his entire fortune trying to take over San Francisco's rice market. Here's the story of how his fortunes flipped around one final time and made him Emperor of America. » 2/11/15 4:20pm 2/11/15 4:20pm

California's submitted a plan to the EPA to bring it into compliance with federal safe drinking standards, after 2,5oo instances where the state authorized oil and gas operations in protected water aquifers. 140 of 2,553 injection wells were actively injecting oil-field fluids into "good water quality" aquifers. [New… » 2/10/15 4:30am 2/10/15 4:30am

California Would Need A Ridiculous Amount Of Rain To End Its Drought​

California has been having a bit of a rainy season lately, so much so that some people are asking if we're finally coming to the end of its three-year long drought. The answer is almost certainly not. Here's the numbers on how much water California would need to see the drought's end — and, fair warning, it's a lot. » 1/15/15 11:30am 1/15/15 11:30am

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. » 12/30/14 9:16am 12/30/14 9:16am

American Horror Story in Real Life: Creepy Clowns Stalk California Town

If you have coulrophobia, or even an aversion to clowns, you may not want to read this. Because there are a lot of clowns here and they're all doing something strange in the town of Wasco, California: They're wandering around late at night, clown-style. » 10/12/14 10:27am 10/12/14 10:27am

Take A Stirring 4-Minute Tour Of California

Photographer and video artist Hal Bergman's time-lapse tribute to his home state of California is notable not just for its beautifully composed nature footage, but its incorporation of several of the Golden State's most iconic cityscapes. » 9/05/14 8:40am 9/05/14 8:40am

Geology of the Napa Valley Earthquake

Northern California was hit by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake just outside of Napa at 3:20 am this morning. You saw the damage reports elsewhere: here's all the geoscience behind what happened, and what to expect next. » 8/25/14 9:58am 8/25/14 9:58am

Will California's Drought Cause a Honey Shortage?

California's punishing drought, which has been claiming victims both above ground and below, has set its sights on a new kind of prey: Our honeybees. » 8/22/14 2:40pm 8/22/14 2:40pm

Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 9:15am 8/09/14 9:15am

What Will California's Drought Do To Our Food Supply?

California is in the middle of a crushing, and steadily worsening, drought. It's also one of our top agricultural producers. So just what does this drought mean for our food supply? » 8/04/14 8:20am 8/04/14 8:20am

How Bad Is California's Drought? This Bad

California needs rain, and they need it bad. How bad? Just have a look at the GIF above. The first image shows Folsom Lake near Sacramento on July 20, 2011. The second image shows Folsom Lake on January 16, 2014. Notice a difference? » 8/01/14 3:02am 8/01/14 3:02am

Before and After the Southern California Fires

Last month, a drought, heat wave, and dry Santa Ana winds combined together to exacerbate fires in southern California. Here's a pair of satellite images of the San Diego region in May, separated by just eight days and far too much fire. » 6/21/14 12:00pm 6/21/14 12:00pm

Could El Niño Save California From This Year's Drought?

El Niño seems to be on its way this year, with current odds placing it at 80% that we'll see it by the fall. But would El Niño's arrival really mean a little relief for drought-stricken California? A look at the last 60 years of what El Niño has done to the state is pretty revealing. » 6/11/14 4:20pm 6/11/14 4:20pm

And Now: A Talking Bear Wants Californians to Conserve Energy

You know what? It did its job. I did look up the site after I saw it. Mainly so I could double-check that I hadn't hallucinated the ad, but still. » 6/10/14 9:00pm 6/10/14 9:00pm

Southern California Fires Demand New Techniques in Fire Science

The fires in Southern California are genuinely different than in the rest of the United States, breaking the well-established rules of fire control developed elsewhere in the country. Research into what makes these fires so different is critical to more effective firefighting. » 5/17/14 7:40pm 5/17/14 7:40pm

Escalating Drought in California

California's drought has hit a new stage in bad. As of April 24th, the entire state, every square meter of it, is impacted by the drought. So far 25% of the state is in exceptional drought with an additional 50% in extreme drought, with a mere 5% experiencing milder moderate drought. » 4/29/14 1:39pm 4/29/14 1:39pm

Sriracha Factory Declared A Public Nuisance In California

Irwindale, California, home of the sriracha factory, has declared the factory where that particular bit of hot sauce-alchemy happens to be a public nuisance. No, not to other, lesser condiments (hi there, ketchup), but to the air. » 4/10/14 7:00am 4/10/14 7:00am

Why California's Drought Is Good News for Gold Prospectors

Having found a gold lining to the West's otherwise devastating drought, prospectors are flocking to the record-low rivers of the Sierra Nevada foothills. A mini gold rush has kicked off in previously inaccessible riverbeds, not far from the site of California's original gold rush. » 3/30/14 1:21pm 3/30/14 1:21pm