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Mapping California’s ‘zombie’ forests

A fifth of the Sierra Nevada’s conifer forests are out of sync with the warming climate around them, which makes them less likely to grow back after a major wildfire.
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L.A.'s quest for water leaves costly bill: Higher rates for customers, choking air pollution

Even as worsening drought and aridification force Los Angeles to end its overwhelming dependence on imported water, Angelenos may soon realize that weaning themselves off supplies from the rugged eastern Sierra Nevada doesn't mean they will stop paying for the city's long, complicated history there.

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Drought, fire, insects destroyed nearly a third of southern Sierra Nevada forest in last decade

In just 10 years, fires, drought, and insect infestations have devastated close to a third of forests in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, a new study finds.

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How to save a forest by burning it

Prescribed burns are key to reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Scientists are using high-tech tools to ensure they can be done safely in a warming world.
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Mono Lake was supposed to have been saved from going dry. Now, the ‘white stuff’ forces a reckoning

One of North America’s oldest lakes and an emblem of California’s wild beauty faces a...
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Killing what saves us

A recent walk among ancient sequoias helped me cope with hard-to-bear news of the world. But those trees are having a hard time coping, too.
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