• A 4.0 magnitude earthquake lightly shakes the Los Angeles area

    A magnitude 4.0 earthquake lightly shook the Los Angeles area early Thursday, striking in the ocean off coastal Southern California. The quake began at 2:13 a.m. PT, centered in the Pacific Ocean about 15 miles south of Port Hueneme, a city roughly 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey says. The […]

  • Pineapple Express Storm to Bring Flooding and Snow to the West

    An atmospheric river is moving to the West Coast, likely to bring menacing flooding, heavy mountain snow, and damaging winds. Atmospheric rivers are narrow corridors of the upper atmosphere that transport intense moisture from a large body of water onto land. The Pineapple Express is a specific atmospheric river that originates near Hawaii and travels […]

  • The biggest source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Car tires

    Cars do more damage to our environment than we may have realized. The harmful effects that fossil fuels have on our environment are well documented — a study from March found that global fossil-fuel emissions account for nearly 70% of climate cooling. But cars appear to be polluting in a way that hasn’t been deeply studied. According […]

  • A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say

    A huge trash-collecting system designed to clean up plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is finally picking up plastic, its inventor announced Wednesday. The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as “ghost nets,” to tiny microplastics as small […]

  • Lifeguard Runs Over 4-Year-Old Girl at SoCal Beach

    A 4-year-old girl was run over by a lifeguard’s truck at a Coronado beach Monday, according to the Coronado Fire Department. The child was crouched in the sand when she was struck at around 6:15 p.m. at the Coronado Beach and Dog Park, said CFD Fire Chief Jim Lydon. Lydon confirmed the tires went over […]

  • June Heatwave Cooks Mussels Along Northern California Coastline

    A record-breaking June heatwave in California has had a devestating impact on the region’s marine life, killing off scores of mussels at Bodega Head, a promontory that juts into the Pacific Ocean 40 miles north of San Francisco. Jackie Sones, research coordinator for Bodega Marine Reserve, detailed the mass die-off in a series of blog posts. According to […]

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