Wildfire smoke amid the pandemic hurt California farmworkers

Already facing a brutal summer of triple-digit temperatures and the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Valley's 420,000 farmworkers faced dangerous air during the peak harvest season.

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Tom Philpott predicts the end of farming as we know it

The veteran food writer's new book warns that the current trajectory of farming in California’s Central Valley and the Corn Belt could be setting us up for collapse.

California’s strict air quality regulations help farmers prosper, UCI-led study finds

Farmers in California's Central Valley are not known for their love of government regulations, but those same growers have seen a boost in the productivity of their high-value crops – and greater earnings – as a result of the Golden State's strict air pollution controls.


Drop in air pollution led to decline in California's tule fog

The thick, dense "tule fog" that descends on the Central Valley - and sometimes drifts over to the San Francisco Bay Area - has been decreasing over the last few decades. And this decline in this type of fog matches the long-term downward trend in air pollution, according to a new study from scientists at UC Berkeley.

Experts say LA in danger of mega storm

Scientists call it California's "other big one," and they say it could cause three times as much damage as a major earthquake ripping along the San Andreas.


Salmon farmers in California fear Trump will destroy their industry

Huge agribusinesses in the Central Valley - a Republican stronghold in the blue state - are pushing for the federal government to pump more water their way to be able to operate their farms.


California funds new dams to protect against future drought

For the first time since California's dam-building boom ended nearly a half century ago, state officials on Tuesday approved a windfall of cash for new water storage projects, setting the stage for at least a mini-resurgence of reservoir construction.


Tulare mayor criticizes farmers on Facebook, farmers react angrily

Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones is facing the wrath of the farming community after saying on social media that agriculture is damaging to the environment and public health.

US counties get mixed grades in ‘State of the Air’ pollution report

The American Lung Association’s annual report on pollution levels in the United States warns that 2 in 5 Americans live in counties with too much ozone or particulate pollution.

Emissions fight pits California against Detroit

As the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to relax emissions standards, Californians worry about being able to breathe.


California Delta tunnels project still faces obstacles

Some answers to questions about the $16.7 billion Delta tunnels project on Sacramento's doorstep that just took a giant step closer to becoming reality.


Smog check: Central Valley congressmen refuse to clear the air

Both ozone and particulate pollution are attributed to oil and gas production, agribusiness, mega-dairies, power generation, heavy equipment and truck traffic – many of the Central Valley's major businesses.

Fertilizer is fouling the air in California: Study

A large proportion of California's nitrogen oxide—which can cause harmful ozone and a variety of health impacts—comes from heavy fertilizer use in the state's Central Valley, according to a new study.

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We knew fertilizer contaminates water. It turns out it contaminates air, too

A dangerous pollutant that comes out of car tailpipes comes out of fertilized farm fields, too. That's not good.
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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

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