L.A. County emergency management officials are warning of potential wildfires and power outages.
Sammy RothAn abrupt change from cool fall weather to extreme dry winds over the next couple of days has Los Angeles County emergency management officials sounding the alarm about potential wildfires and power outages, @palomaesquivel reports
The record-breaking forest fires burning in Colorado even as winter sets in are the latest sign climate change is hitting the West hard, causing scientists to up their rhetoric and warn it is past …
Sammy RothThis feels like every climate apocalypse story out of California over the last few months: Record-shattering fires, choking smoke, unprecedented heat, dangerous drying and a sudden realization that faster climate action is needed. Except it's Colorado.
President Trump has repeatedly said that 'forest management' is the key to preventing out-of-control wildfires. Yet across the West, the government has put on hold millions of acres worth of projects to reduce fire risk.
Sammy RothThere are millions of acres of fire-prevention projects ready to go in the West, just waiting for funding. "That $500 million everybody thought was going to go to rebuilding the Forest Service seems to have evaporated into thin air.” latimes.com/politics/story… via @annamphillips
The International Code Council missed an opportunity to back model building codes that would require new buildings to be designed to support charging stations for electric vehicles and sufficient outlets for all-electric appliances.
Sammy Roth.@latimes editorial board on building electrification: "Even if there’s no mandate in the codes, making sure that buildings we design and build now will be part of the solution rather than add to the problem is the smart thing to do."
A bankruptcy court says Exide Technologies can abandon its toxic battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup to California taxpayers.
Sammy RothA bankruptcy court ruled Friday that Exide may abandon its shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup of lead and other toxic pollutants at the site and in surrounding neighborhoods to California taxpayers: latimes.com/california/sto… via @tonybarboza
Particles released by drilling could damage the health of nearby residents, say scientists
Sammy RothPetros Koutrakis at the Harvard School of Public Health, who led the study, said: “If you asked me to go and live downwind [of fracking sites], I would not go. People should not go crazy, but I think it’s a significant risk that needs to be addressed.”
This week's Indy Environment looks at a greenhouse gas emissions source that is starting to come under increased scrutiny amid discussions about climate change: natural gas use in homes and businesses.
Sammy RothThe battle over natural gas and building electrification appears to be migrating from California to Nevada, per this @danielrothberg piece
Sammy RothWe know Black people and Latinos are suffering the most from COVID-19 — and there's growing evidence air pollution is at least partly to blame.
In this week's edition of Boiling Point, I look at maps showing the COVID/pollution nexus in Los Angeles
The state recently experienced four of its five hottest August days in the last 35 years — and its power grid wasn't prepared.
Sammy RothJUST POSTED: Climate change, poor planning and complex market mechanisms created a perfect storm that caused California’s rolling blackouts in August, state officials said in a new analysis Tuesday
Sacramento’s municipal utility has introduced a new energy-efficiency metric to align efficiency, electrification and decarbonization.
Sammy RothNew research from @WoodMackenzie finds measuring energy efficiency in terms of avoided carbon would incentivize utilities to push building electrification. Sacramento Municipal Utility District is already doing it
It may take decades to see the worst effects of global warming. Yet Jim Reilly, the director of the US Geological Survey, is committed to short-term thinking.
Sammy RothLots going on in the world, but if you care about climate science, this deep dive into the inner works of the U.S. Geological Survey under the Trump administration, by @adamfederman, is a must read