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From the consequences of climate change to the next Big One, the threat of another natural disaster is never far away. I help Southern Californians understand the science shaping our imperfect paradise and get them prepared for what’s next.
Stories by Jacob Margolis
As communities continue to reel from the Thomas fire and devastating mudslides, scientists are trying to understand the impact that both are having on coastal ecosystems.
Social media lit up with posts about a mysterious object flying through the skies above L.A. Was it a UFO? A chemtrail? Superman?
But we're expected to stay dry with above average temperatures through the new year.
Deluge early on gives way to record-hot summer and searing, bone-dry fall that left SoCal a tinder box — set aflame by a record-stretch of high winds.
Nearly three-quarters of the state's worst fires have happened since 2000. Experts blame forest management techniques, home construction in wilderness and climate change.
The hills of Southern California are lined with invasive grasses, which after a hot, dry year, were ready to ignite with a spark.
Scientists say a warming planet is likely to exacerbate the factors that led to this week's firestorms.
You'll need to be at least 21 to buy it. Don't smoke it in public. And definitely don't give it to a minor. Everything you need to know about the legalization of recreational marijuana in California.
Virgil Grant started in the marijuana industry by wholesaling suitcases full of marijuana to people in Compton. Now, three decades on, he wants to run the L.A. market.
We quizzed him in preparation for the rise of the recreational marijuana business in California.
Gobble gobble GASP! We could see record heat on Thanksgiving, thanks in part to two high pressure systems.
Now scientists have figured out how the fly stays dry even though it can stay submerged for 15 minutes. Yet another otherworldly aspect of Mono Lake.
As global temperatures continue to climb, animals have to adapt. For 202 different species of California birds, that means nesting earlier in the year.
Separated by the 101 freeway, different groups of the same species are adapting to microclimates, kicking off the evolutionary process.
High pressure over the Great Basin is bringing unseasonable heat to Southern California.