Waters Off California Acidifying Faster Than Rest of Oceans, Study Shows

Climate|Waters Off California Acidifying Faster Than Rest of Oceans, Study ShowsThe microscopic shell of foraminifera, a single-celled organism, magnified 650 times its size by a scanning electron microscope.ETCalifornia’s coastal waters are acidifying twice as fast as the rest of the oceans, a study published Monday shows. Read more »

California Bans Insurers From Dropping Policies Made Riskier by Climate Change

The past two years of wildfires have shown that even insurers are struggling to predict the risks associated with climate change.But those changes highlight the obstacles facing insurers as climate change worsens. Read more »

His White House Engulfed, Trump Keeps California in the Cross Hairs

WASHINGTON — President Trump has never been one to dive into the details of policy, especially now, as an impeachment inquiry threatens to engulf his administration.”Governor Newsom’s ex-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle, now a Trump campaign adviser and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. Read more »

California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions

WASHINGTON — California’s government has hit back at automakers that sided with President Trump over the state on fuel efficiency standards, saying Sacramento will halt all purchases of new vehicles from General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers that backed stripping California of its authority to regulate tailpipe emissions.Going forward, California’s state agencies will chiefly purchase cars from Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW. Read more »

White House Pressed Car Makers to Join Its Fight Over California Emissions Rules

The company and others on Monday sided with the Trump administration in its battle over regulations designed to fight climate change.Given that its members were divided, the Alliance told the White House it would not be publicly siding with the Trump administration, according to a person familiar with the matter. Read more »

How Climate Change Could Shift California’s Santa Ana Winds, Fueling Fires

Eric Thayer for The New York TimesFor centuries, humans have experienced the fierce, hot and dry winds that are fanning California’s recent spate of wildfires.For more news on climate and the environment, follow @NYTClimate on TwitterBecause they start as zones of high-pressure air in the Great Basin, Santa Ana winds can be forecast. Read more »

California Emerged From Drought and Is Still Catching Fire

Climate|California Emerged From Drought and Is Still Catching FireFirefighters dousing a house at the Tick Fire in Agua Dulce, near Santa Clarita, Calif.That drought, atop years of record breaking temperatures, had helped spur the creation of enormous wildfires. Read more »

Justice Dept. Sues California to Stop Climate Initiative From Extending to Canada

Sues California to Stop Climate Initiative From Extending to CanadaMary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, and Gov.The Justice Department cited the constitutional prohibition on states making their own treaties or agreements with foreign governments. Read more »

Hikers Find Mystery Skeleton on Remote Mountain in California

ETHad they not gotten off track, a pair of hikers on Mount Williamson, California’s second-highest peak, would have missed it.In a remote area about three hours from the mountain’s summit, a bleached skull peeked out from beneath gray boulders. Read more »

E.P.A. Bypassed Its West Coast Team as a Feud With California Escalated

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California Makes H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs Available Without a Prescription

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A ‘Chilling Message’: Trump Critics See a Deeper Agenda in California Feud

The fight over California’s fuel-economy standards fits into that last category, but legal experts said the Trump administration’s actions are new.“It looks like a search-and-destroy, and it sends a chilling message to other states,” said Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. Read more »

E.P.A. Accuses California of ‘Significant’ Air and Water Problems

Accuses California of ‘Significant’ Air and Water ProblemsImageThe Trump administration has said it will withhold federal highway funds from California if it does not address a long list of health and environmental issues.01 MB

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Trump Administration Threatens to Cut U.S. Highway Funds From California

Highway Funds From CaliforniaSaying California has the worst air quality in the country, the E.ImageAndrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, warned that Washington might withhold federal highway funds from California. Read more »

California Sues the Trump Administration in Its Escalating War Over Auto Emissions

ETWASHINGTON — California and 23 other states on Friday filed suit against the Trump administration’s unprecedented legal reversal of the state’s authority to set its own rules on climate-warming tailpipe emissions.”The two top Trump administration officials overseeing the move proudly defended it at a Thursday morning news conference at the Washington headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more »

Trump Defends Plan to Kill California’s Auto-Emissions Authority

ETWASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday posted on Twitter an aggressive defense of his unprecedented move to abolish California’s legal authority to set its own standards on climate-warming automobile emissions.That outcome could split the United States auto market, with some states adhering to stricter pollution standards than others. Read more »

Trump to Revoke California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

17, 2019WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s authority to set auto emissions rules that are stricter than federal standards, taking a major step forward in its wide-ranging attack on government efforts to fight climate change.If it was rejected by the Supreme Court, it would allow states to set separate tailpipe pollution standards from those set by the federal government. Read more »

White House Prepares to Revoke California’s Right to Set Tougher Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to set state tailpipe pollution standards that are stricter than federal regulations, according to three people familiar with the matter.The law granted California a waiver to set stricter rules of its own because the state already had clear air legislation in place. Read more »

What’s Killing California’s Sea Otters? House Cats.

A feline parasite is directly responsible for the death of 3 percent of California’s wild sea otters.“This is the ultimate proof that strains that are killing sea otters are coming from domestic cats,” said Dr. Read more »

Jessica Biel Opposes California’s Vaccine Bill. Here’s What It Would Do.

|Jessica Biel Opposes California’s Vaccine Bill.Lobbying by celebrity opponents has drawn national attention to a measure that would make medical exemptions to vaccination harder to get. Read more »