To live with fire, locals are learning to wield it for good

Sasha Berleman, PhD, grew up in Southern California, and for most of her early life, fire meant ash falling from the sky like snow, or “smoke days” home from school and stuck inside. She was off to college before anyone mentioned the beneficial role of fire in the state’s ecosystems.

Public health advocates express concern that the industrial odorizers could be harmful to human health

A decade ago, when it was not uncommon for the breeze through Los Angeles’s University Park neighborhood to carry the scent of natural gas, the residents of the area began falling ill. They complained to Martha Dina Argüello, the executive director of the nonprofit Physicians for Social Responsibility, about nausea…

Power outages in the fire-prone state could mean big business for rooftop solar and storage systems

A car drives passed a power station in Mill Valley, California as a statewide blackout continues on October, 10, 2019.

Last week, large swaths of northern California went dark as the state’s largest utility cut power to hundreds of thousands of its customers. It was Pacific Gas & Electric’s third deliberate outage in two months — part of the company’s efforts to keep its aging transmission lines from sparking blazes…

Kate Wheeling

freelance environmental journalist. @katewheeling

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