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Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, Washington, White House, China, India, New York City, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, United States, Harvard University, International Space Station, House, Antarctica


Thousands of ICE Employees Have Access to Massive, Nationwide License Plate-Tracking System

Records obtained by the ACLU of Northern California in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show that local city governments are piping automated license plate reader (ALPR) data to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the organization wrote on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Immigration, Dhs, Surveillance, Aclu, Ice, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Mass Surveillance, Northern California, Customs Enforcement, Automated License Plate Readers


Deadly 2017 wildfire found sparked by Southern California Edison power lines

The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co, the Ventura County Fire Department said on Wednesday. An investigation of the fire's origins found that high winds blew Edison power lines into one another, creating an electrical arc that "deposited hot, burning or molten material" into dry vegetation on the ground, setting off the blaze, the dep...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Northern California, Edison


PG&E spared criminal charges in deadly 2017 California wildfires

An investigation into fierce wildfires that swept Northern California's wine country in 2017, killing 46 people, found no basis to criminally charge PG&E, the utility whose power lines helped spark the conflagration, prosecutors said on Monday. The decision, which leaves the company potentially liable for billions of dollars in civil damages, capped a review by the district attorneys of Sonoma, Napa, Humboldt and Lake Counties, as well as the state attorney general's office, according to a join...
Tags: Science, California, Northern California, Lake Counties, Pacific Gas Electric Company, Sonoma Napa Humboldt


Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of species of sea slugs, jellyfish and other marine life from toastier southern waters migrated into the Northern California region over an unusually long two-year period of severe heatwaves, says a new scientific report. The 67 species identified in the report include a carnivorous sea slug that preys on other […]
Tags: Science, News, San Francisco, Ap, Nation, Northern California


Exclusive: Apollo bets on Clearway Energy, defying PG&E bankruptcy fallout

Apollo's move is a sign of confidence in Clearway, which cut its dividend from 33 cents to 20 cents per share last month amid concerns that California utility PG&E Corp could abandon its power purchase agreement with Clearway, a wind, solar and natural gas-fired power generation company. PG&E filed for bankruptcy on Jan. 29, citing mounting liabilities, including the possibility its equipment set off the deadly Camp Fire, which destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 86 pe...
Tags: Science, California, Northern California, PG E Corp, Clearway, Clearway Energy


A powerful atmospheric river pummeled California, and the pictures look unreal

On Wednesday, San Jose Mercury News photojournalist Karl Mondon spotted a man in flooded Guerneville, California rowing through town in a blue dumpster.A potent atmospheric river -- a long band of water vapor that often transports ample amounts of moisture to the western U.S. like "rivers in the sky" -- deluged portions of Northern California this week. The Russian River, which winds through the Sonoma County town of Guerneville, reached over 45-feet high and swamped the area, prompting the Sher...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Getty Images, Getty, Trump, Northern California, San Jose Mercury News, Santa Rosa, Russian River, GUERNEVILLE, Jim Cantore, Sonoma County, Mercury News


PG&E delayed key power line safety overhaul, filings show; shares slip

The plans to replace components of the Caribou-Palermo line have been in the works since at least 2013, filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision show. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise. PG&E did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tags: Science, Northern California, Federal Energy Regulatory Commision, Caribou Palermo, Paradise PG E


California's Hidden Threat: High-Risk Volcanoes That Might Erupt in the Next Decade

For years now, California has been bracing for the "big one" -- the magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake that is expected to send ripples through the state within the century. But there's another deadly threat that is is almost as likely -- and that people may be much less prepared for.Within the next 30 years, there's a 16 percent possibility of a small to moderate-size volcanic eruption occurring somewhere in California, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report posted Monday ...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, San Andreas Fault, Northern California, U S Geological Survey USGS, Mount St Helen, Lassen Volcanic Center, Mount Shasta Medicine Lake volcano, Long Valley Volcanic Region, USGS California Volcano Observatory


Why This 'Atmospheric River' Could Cause Mudslides and 'Roofalanches' in California

Californians are experiencing some unusually nasty winter weather this week as an "atmospheric river" passes through most of the state, bringing howling winds and heavy rain.The storm arrived on Tuesday night (Feb. 12) in Northern California and continued into Wednesday (Feb. 13), leading the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue warnings of flash flooding, mudslides and high winds in the region. It is forecast to bring "excessive rainfall" to Southern California on Thursday (Feb. 14), accordi...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Earth, Canada, Hawaii, Cbs, Nws, Southern California, Mississippi River, Northern California, National Weather Service NWS, Ralph, KQED, Sierras, La Jolla California


PG&E to nominate five directors at May shareholder meeting

In its bankruptcy filing, the power provider cited anticipated liabilities and the possibility that its equipment set off November's deadly Camp Fire, which destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 86 people. Last month, BlueMountain Capital Management LLC, which owns about 2 percent of PG&E, said it was preparing a challenge to the embattled utility owner's board, arguing its plan to file for bankruptcy was harming investors. "We fully understand that PG&E must re-earn t...
Tags: Science, Northern California, BlueMountain Capital Management LLC


PG&E Corp files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

(Reuters) - Power provider PG&E Corp filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, succumbing to liabilities stemming from wildfires in Northern California in 2017 and 2018.
Tags: Science, Northern California, Reuters Power, E Corp, PG E Corp


Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?

New work by a University of California, Berkeley team shows for the first time just how widespread and deadly the threat of pathogens from restoration nurseries may be to natural forests. The team surveyed five native plant nurseries in Northern California and found that four harbored exotic, or non-native, Phytophthora pathogens. New management techniques, coupled with new methods for detecting pathogens, can help these nurseries limit the spread of exotic pathogens into the wild.
Tags: Science, California, University Of California Berkeley, Northern California


A Dazzling Fireball Over California Thrilled Skywatchers This Week! See the Photos.

Lots of people got to admire, and puzzle over, the fireball that blazed up off the coast of Northern California just after sunset on Wednesday (Dec. 19). Folks as far south as Anaheim and as far north as the Oregon city of Medford spotted the meteor or the trail it left behind, according to a sighting map posted by the American Meteor Society (AMS). For example, David Smoyer saw it from the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.
Tags: Science, California, Oregon, Nevada, Northern California, Anaheim, Medford, American Meteor Society AMS, David Smoyer


We can finally explain the bizarre light streak that appeared in the sky above Northern California

Several of this week's planned rocket launches ended up being hit with last-second aborts and delays, but that didn't stop Mother Nature from giving California residents a reason to stare skyward anyway. Late Wednesday night some truly bizarre streaks appeared in the sky over the Bay Area, prompting countless witnesses to tweet their own sightings while asking just what the heck it was. According to scientists from various observatories, the strange question mark shaped trail that appear...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, California, Bay Area, Northern California


Aged gibbon dies unexpectedly at Santa Barbara Zoo

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An elderly gibbon recently transferred to the Santa Barbara Zoo from Northern California has died unexpectedly, possibly from cancer, authorities announced Tuesday.
Tags: Science, Northern California, Santa Barbara Calif, Santa Barbara Zoo


PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of Nov. 8 near the Northern California mountain community of Paradise, sweeping through the town and killing 85 people in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. The cause of the blaze has remained offic...
Tags: Science, California, Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company PG E


New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado'

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.
Tags: Science, California, Northern California, Carr, REDDING Calif


Atmospheric scientists find causes of firenado in deadly Carr Fire

Atmospheric scientist Neil Lareau at the University of Nevada, Reno has authored a paper in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters documenting the rare firenado, finding a number of factors that combined at just the right time and place to catalyze the deadly Carr Fire in Northern California. These observations may help forecasters and scientists identify -- and potentially warn - for future destructive fire-generated vortices.
Tags: Science, Northern California, Carr, University of Nevada Reno, Geophysical Research Letters, Neil Lareau


What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size

The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California in many ways has become the worst wildfire the history of a state whose topography and climate have long made it ripe for devastating blazes. With terrain ranging from steep, tree-topped mountains to dry, brush-covered hillsides, and matched with a climate that frequently varies from light rainy seasons […]
Tags: Science, News, California, Nation, Northern California, Nation & World


AP Explains: The hunt for missing, dead in California fire

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Given the size and scope of the devastation after a deadly wildfire swept Northern California, experts say the search to find the missing and identify victims could take months.
Tags: Science, California, Ap, Northern California, CHICO Calif


California wildfire pollution paralyzes San Francisco region

The sidewalk cafes of this Silicon Valley city, usually packed at lunchtime with workers from Google and other high-tech companies, were mostly abandoned Monday afternoon. San Francisco reported unhealthy air quality for the 12th straight day on Monday. Purple Air, a private company that monitors air quality worldwide, last week ranked Northern California as having the foulest air around the globe.
Tags: Google, Science, California, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Northern California


Rains May Help Fight the Camp Fire This Week—and Create a New Disaster

In what may be the first bit of good news in a while for Northern California, rain could be on the way by the end of this week. It could put the kibosh on the Camp Fire, ending one chapter of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history. Unfortunately it won’t be all good news as the rain could…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Rain, Northern California, California wildfires, Camp Fire, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now


Trump Suggests California Wildfires Can Be Avoided by 'Raking'

President Donald Trump traveled to Northern California this weekend to survey the area affected by the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. During the visit, the president appeared to double down on some of his previous rhetoric involving what he has described as…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Wildfires, Donald Trump, Paradise, Trump, Northern California, Paradise California, California wildfires, Camp Fire


California cities now have the worst air pollution on Earth as smoke blows into town

Oakland, a Northern California city with a population of over 425,000, had the worst air quality in the world Saturday morning. Wildfire smoke wafting over from the still-growing Camp Fire — by far the deadliest wildfire in state history — had inundated many heavily-populated California cities and towns with small bits of pollution thinner than the width of a human hair, called Particulate Matter 2.5, or PM 2.5. Berkeley Earth, a scientific climate organization, keeps tabs on air pollution aroun...
Tags: Science, California, India, Sacramento, San Francisco, Earth, Alaska, Oakland, Environmental Protection Agency, New Delhi, Northern California, Berkeley Earth, Robert Rohde, Mark Finan, ET Oakland, U S Environmental Protection Agency Coming


California's Wildfires Have Spawned a Truly Weird New Conspiracy Theory

This month, California has been gripped by three devastating wildfires: Northern California’s Camp Fire, which recently became the deadliest in the state’s history, and, in Southern California, the Woolsey and Hill Fires. An emerging, deeply weird conspiracy theory holds that those fires aren’t caused by wind…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Conspiracy Theories, Northern California, Woolsey, Directed Energy Weapons, Climate Change Denialism


Identifying wildfire dead: DNA, and likely older methods too

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California’s deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology, but older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play, experts say. With the death toll from the Northern California blaze topping 40 and expected to rise, officials said they were […]
Tags: New York, Science, News, California, Ap, Northern California, Nation & World


It's Official: The Camp Fire Is Now The Deadliest in California's History

The Camp Fire that overtook the Northern California town of Paradise last week quickly became the most destructive wildfire in state history. Now, with more than 42 dead and hundreds still missing, it is almost certainly going to be the state’s deadliest.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Paradise, Northern California, California wildfires, Camp Fire, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now


How you can help the victims of California's wildfires

The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it's alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous message on Nov. 9 as the Woosley Fire approached:  "Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents evacuate now." These late-season fall fires — stoked by...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Malibu, Charity Navigator, Southern California, Northern California, LA County, Los Angeles Fire Department, Drea de Matteo, Jewish Community Federation, LAFD, Sonoma Counties, California Fire Foundation, LAFD Foundation, Woosley Fire


How you can help the victims of California's potent wildfires

The California fire season should be winding down by autumn, but it's alive and well. The Camp Fire largely turned Paradise — a town of over 26,000 — to ash while burning fleeing victims alive in their cars. On the other side of the state, in palm tree-laden Malibu, the city posted an urgent, ominous message on Nov. 9 as the Woosley Fire approached:  "Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu. All residents evacuate now." These late-season fall fires — stoked by...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Malibu, Charity Navigator, Southern California, Northern California, LA County, Los Angeles Fire Department, Drea de Matteo, Jewish Community Federation, LAFD, Sonoma Counties, California Fire Foundation, LAFD Foundation, Woosley Fire



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