Broken EV Chargers Could Stall the Electric Car Movement

Broken EV Chargers Could Stall the Electric Car Movement

The vast majority of electric vehicle drivers today do their charging at home, and the country has nearly 46,500 public fast chargers, which can typically charge a battery in 20 to 30 minutes, to fill in the gaps.

A Farmer’s Quest to Beat California’s Waves of Drought and Deluge

A Farmer’s Quest to Beat California’s Waves of Drought and Deluge

By late February, the dam operators were releasing more than 400 acre-feet per hour into the lower river—enough water to flood 400 acres of grapes or almonds shin-deep.

Drought Is Threatening Hydropower in the Southwestern US

Drought Is Threatening Hydropower in the Southwestern US

It’s a different kind of dynamic,” Melavic told Ars. But Fox noted that the reservoirs really only have winter and fall to fill up again with precipitation.

Battery-Powered Trains Are Picking Up Speed

Battery-Powered Trains Are Picking Up Speed

Last fall, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability predicted that retrofitting traditional diesel locomotives with battery power could save railroads $94 billion in fuel costs over 20 years, after buying the batteries, and would keep tons of pollutants out of the air.

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

His recent book, Move: The Forces Uprooting Us, analyzes where people are relocating to and how the “map of humanity” will shift in the coming decades, with an eye toward climate change, politics, jobs, and technology.More Americans are moving for jobs and affordable housing than because of climate change, Khanna says.

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

But since the 18th century, California's kelp forest has been steadily mowed down by purple urchins, thanks to the massacre of their natural predator—the sea otter—hunted for its one-of-a-kind fur.Thanks in part to this first-of-its-kind program, the sea otter population along the California coast has swelled to 3,000.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

The sparse rainfall and low water levels are one reason that state officials in June built a $10 million emergency project—the size of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid laid on its side—to keep ocean saltwater from surging into the delta.

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

But if you’re wondering why we don’t often hear about catastrophic fires in the plains states, like we do in California, Oregon, and Colorado, that’s because “fire weather” just means the conditions are right for a blaze—it doesn’t mean they necessarily happen.

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

On Friday, after a contentious legal battle over Apple’s alleged monopoly power over the iOS ecosystem, a California judge snipped the tug-of-war rope between Apple and Epic Games.And Apple must change its App Store rules to allow developers to use other payment systems⁠—a blow to Apple’s iron grip on the iOS ecosystem.

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

“More frequent, severe, and faster-growing wildfires and hurricanes increase the size and frequency of disasters and evacuations, and decrease the warning time,” says Keith Porter, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center.

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

A wildfire that would once chew through a few dozen acres of underbrush, making way for new plant growth, now burns with extreme ferocity, producing so much heat and smoke that it can generate its own thunderclouds , which light more fires.

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats.

Chipmunk Quest

Chipmunk Quest

Well, the best way to see those chipmunks is to visit the varied national parks of the western United States.As mentioned, visiting the great national parks of the western United States will give you opportunities to see most of the chipmunk species.

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

“By covering canals with solar panels, we can reduce evaporation and avoid disturbing natural and working lands, while providing renewable energy and other co-benefits,” says environmental engineer Brandi McKuin of the University of California, Merced, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, lead author on the paper.

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

Texas’ Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

But neither the eastern nor the western half of the national grid sticks tendrils into Texas in a way that would have let the state borrow large amounts of power when facing a massive, sudden freeze.

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California can start enforcing the net neutrality law it enacted over two years ago, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a loss for internet service providers.

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

What a 1900s Wildlife Survey Reveals About Climate Change

When researchers following in the boots of biologist Joseph Grinnell, who a century ago created a pioneering survey of California wildlife, began sampling birds and small mammals in the Mojave Desert, they expected the harsh conditions would magnify population changes driven by the climate crisis.

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

In August 1969, following the murders of three of the five known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent three almost identical letters to three Bay Area newspapers.In November 1969, after killing the remaining two known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent a letter to The San Francisco Chronicle that included a new puzzle.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

Everything Apple Announced, From New Macs to New Chips

On Tuesday, the company held its third media event of the fall, this time trotting out a newly designed PC processor, showing off three new Macs with the custom chip, and giving some more details about macOS 11 Big Sur, the next version of Apple’s desktop operating system.

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

With $200 Million, Uber and Lyft Write Their Own Labor Law

Fifty-eight percent of the state’s voters approved Proposition 22, which repudiated a recent state labor law that would have required the companies to hire their drivers and delivery people as employees—and pay them traditional benefits, including health care, sick pay, and workers’ compensation.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

High-rise buildings in some parts of Los Angeles may sway four times as much during an earthquake as those in the downtown area, according to a study that reveals new information about how underlying geology transmits a big quake’s power into buildings above.

The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

Near the end of last night’s catastrophic “presidential” debate , moderator Chris Wallace lobbed a surprising question at Donald Trump: “What do you believe about the science of climate change?When Wallace pressed him on whether he believes human-made greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change, Trump said: “I think a lot of things do.

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet.“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley.

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future

When state senator Bob Hertzberg learned that an ambitious privacy initiative had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in California, he knew he had to act quickly.

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

One license covers an entire family, though operators must be over 18.FRS and GMRS are both walkie-talkies, but GMRS radios have the potential for increased range and clarity due to better antennas, higher transmit power, and access to repeaters.

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

It’s grief over the thousands of structures and at least 33 lives lost so far; grief over another villain conspiring with Covid-19 to lock people indoors; grief that the orange-hued dystopia of Blade Runner is now a reality in smoky San Francisco ; grief over losing any sense of normalcy, or indeed a clear future.

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

The cataclysm cut off telegraph communication with the East Coast, swamped the state’s new capital, and submerged the entire Central Valley under as much as 15 feet of water.