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AP/Beck Diefenbach

Fracking and the New War on Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Over the past 50 years, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides to curb its smog problems by cutting vehicle emissions. But now, the emerging “fracking” industry threatens to undo much of that progress by wantonly spewing toxic chemicals into the air.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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California Wildfire Grows in Its Third Day

After destroying seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs, a Southern California wildfire continues to menace the town of Idyllwild, even as thunderstorms advance.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE



Quinn Dombrowski (CC BY-SA 2.0)

SoCal Fish Populations Dropped 78 Percent Over Last 40 Years

Scientists sifting through records of fish caught in the cooling systems of five coastal power plants confirmed “there has been a steep, ongoing drop in a wide variety of fish in the region over several decades,” the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Manhunt On for Revenge-Seeking Ex-LAPD Officer Accused of Killing 3

Police say Christopher Dorner implicated himself in the killings through a “manifesto” that he posted online this week in which he identifies potential targets by name.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovarganes

‘Pacific Standard Time’: L.A. Comes Into Its Own

Perhaps above all, these exhibitions reveal Southern California to be an authentic rival to New York as a world arts center. “Pacific Standard Time” should cause critics and scholars to revise their sectarian outlooks and broaden their geographic horizons.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



Brian Auer (CC-BY)

Portraits of Misery in Coachella

For those who live there, life at the wrong end of Avenue 54 in Southern California’s eastern Coachella Valley is a hot, rotting hell. As you head east, the “Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners” found in abundance near the Arnold Palmer Golf Course give way to … (more)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / cocoi_m

Shaking Up the San Andreas Fault

While the threat of the Big One in Southern California’s earthquake culture is always present, a new report on the San Andreas fault suggests not only that more quakes have occurred along the fault than previously thought, but that California is “overdue for a huge temblor.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / chriki24

California in Flames

If we’re blogging with any added urgency this week, it could be because Truthdig’s home base is surrounded by fires, one of which city officials called the worst in nearly 50 years. Firefighters caught a break in the weather Monday, but they’re not taking anything for granted.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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LA Times / Rick Loomis

A Whale of a Decision

While some whales’ hearts are as big as cars, the hearts on the Supreme Court that ruled Wednesday against a ban on high-powered sonar in Navy training exercises must be shrinking by the minute. The decision was a defeat to environmentalists, who argue that sonar panics whales, makes their ears bleed and pushes them to beach themselves.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


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