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In the US West Scorched by Wildfires, We Can Barely Breathe. It’s Going to Get Worse.

, senior climate scientist

We built upon data from a 2016 study projecting future “smoke wave” days to better understand where and for whom smoky days will be of increasing concern as climate change pushes wildfires to new extremes. Read more >

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California Moves Forward to Address Pollution from Heavy-Duty Trucks

, senior vehicles analyst

The San Joaquin Valley and Southern California continue to have the worst air quality in country, in terms of both smog and particulate pollution (soot). Next Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will vote a proposal to reduce smog-forming and soot emissions from heavy-duty vehicles sold in the state over the next decade. This latest proposal is a critical part of cleaning up the trucking sector until that broader transformation takes place. Read more >

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Are California’s Rotating Blackouts a Sign of a Broken Grid?

, Energy analyst

This past weekend, California experienced two consecutive days of power outages, and more are possible in the days to come. Prior to this past week, this type of power outage had not happened in the state since the California Electricity Crisis almost two decades ago.

In the midst of a global pandemic and a west-wide heatwave, rolling blackouts—or rotating outages as the experts call them—are exactly the last thing Californians needed right now. For some, a power outage is just a minor inconvenience, but for others, power outages can be deadly.

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Without bold action and preparation, climate change threats may bring similar impacts to those of COVID-19 Self-Help Enterprises

Groundwater Sustainability is a Necessity More Than Ever

, Western States Climate Scientist

The current pandemic is a threat to those closest to us today in a way that presages what we will experience on an accelerating basis due to the climate emergency. The low level of preparation communities have experienced around the pandemic, echos what these same communities face for water management on a daily basis and will face with future climate change threats unless fundamental changes are made locally. Read more >

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Pandemic’s Stay-at-Home Order Shrinks California Energy Demand

, Western States Energy Manager and Senior Analyst

With many staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, energy use in California is changing. Last Tuesday, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) released a report showing reductions in energy demand and energy prices following stay at home orders from some California counties in mid-March and the March 20 statewide stay at home order. California saw more significant reductions in weekday energy use compared to weekend energy use.

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