California

Isolated Town Forges Resilience on Mendocino Coast

After experiencing wildfire, flooding, power outages, and even a snowstorm in the last three years, Point Arena residents are taking climate preparedness into their own hands.

Beach Loss Looms for the California Coast

Beach Loss Looms for the California Coast

Even though Dan Hoover’s been surveying the same stretch of San Francisco’s Pacific coast for 15 years on his ATV, it never looks the same. In summer it’s wider and in winter narrower. With El Niño the beach will erode more than ever.

Return of a Lost Lake

Return of a Lost Lake

On the heels of the worst drought in 1,200 years, Tulare Lake, at the southern end of California’s San Joaquin Valley, filled and filled again in the heavy rains and runoff, inundating over 100,000 acres. As the Sierra snowpack melts over the next few months, the lake could spread, prompting water managers and locals to reconsider the future of this lake, long thought “dead.”

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Beach Loss Looms for the California Coast

Beach Loss Looms for the California Coast

Even though Dan Hoover’s been surveying the same stretch of San Francisco’s Pacific coast for 15 years on his ATV, it never looks the same. In summer it’s wider and in winter narrower. With El Niño the beach will erode more than ever.

Return of a Lost Lake

Return of a Lost Lake

On the heels of the worst drought in 1,200 years, Tulare Lake, at the southern end of California’s San Joaquin Valley, filled and filled again in the heavy rains and runoff, inundating over 100,000 acres. As the Sierra snowpack melts over the next few months, the lake could spread, prompting water managers and locals to reconsider the future of this lake, long thought “dead.”

Coast Leaders Talk Graceful Withdrawal

Coast Leaders Talk Graceful Withdrawal

In two brief audio interviews, KneeDeep Times asks the Coastal Conservancy’s Amy Hutzel and the Coastal Commission’s Mary Matella for their perspective on planned withdrawal from sea level rise and the crumbling coast.

Retreat By Any Other Name

Retreat By Any Other Name

“Retreat can conjure failure, and nobody wants to be managed,” explained the study’s lead author Amanda Stolz at the California Social Coast Forum this March. Part of the problem is the term itself. One Pacifica resident quoted in the study commented, “Managed retreat’ is a code word for give up — on our homes and the town itself.”

Less is More In Second Growth Forests

Less is More In Second Growth Forests

The towering old-growth forests of California’s Redwood National and State Parks attract thousands of visitors per year. But the once-logged and reseeded adjacent forests aren’t so healthy, prompting a restoration initiative.

Budget Bounty for Resilience

Budget Bounty for Resilience

On September 23, as part of a historic $15 billion climate package, Governor Newsom signed two bills that together provide the blueprint for a landmark three-year, $3.7 billion climate resilience budget. The money represents a heretofore unthinkable commitment to addressing the impact of climate change on the state.

Can Wyoming Windmills Mainline Clean Power to California?

Can Wyoming Windmills Mainline Clean Power to California?

The last holdout between California and a new infusion of clean energy–enough to power two million homes–is an unlikely alliance between a Colorado ranch and a flightless bird. Phil Anschutz, former oil prospector and current billionaire, has been hard at work over the last decade-plus planning a project that would build 1,000 wind turbines in Wyoming and route the power to California via a 730-mile transmission line that crosses Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.