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Julie Cart

Environment Reporter
Julie Cart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has worked as an environmental reporter, sportswriter and national correspondent during her three decades with the Los Angeles Times. Her experience also includes serving as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Denver, Colorado, where she covered stories that made national headlines including school shootings at Columbine High School and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. In 2009, Julie was part of a reporter duo that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about wildfires across the Western United States.

We track key data on California wildfires: land consumed, lives lost, growing firefighting costs.

Insiders say Alex may be the most consequential environmental authority California has known.

The conference featured promises to reduce greenhouse gases, vows to banish carbon, multilateral pacts and sincere handshakes.

The state wants 5 million clean vehicles on the road by 2030. There's a long way to go.

California has been a leader in developing climate policy, yes, but there have been missteps, and there’s more work to do.

What happens when California—a state that is responsible for about 1 percent of the world's greenhouse gases—goes all-in on climate change.

The governor holds a summit of regional leaders from around the world who've pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. Businesses are coming, too.

Some environmental activists say Brown should ban fracking, end new oil drilling and wean the state off fossil fuels.

Lawmakers hope to manage California's forests better, partly by thinning the trees. Here's why that's not a simple task.

California’s landmark climate law came with promises of economic benefit. But experts say it’s virtually impossible to tell if those promises are coming true.

Climate-warming compounds are released by charred forests long after wildfires have been put out. That may do more to warm the planet more than the immediate harm from smoky air.

The administration wants to roll back strict Obama-era standards for auto emissions and gas mileage. It also challenges California’s right to set its own rules.

Bills to manage California's power supply await the Legislature when it returns from July recess. At issue is the state's ability to provide electricity consistently, even when an unexpected demand…

California's cap-and-trade program is under threat by the withdrawal of Ontario from the bi-national carbon-trading market.

Former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa concedes.

The Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Antonio Villaraigosa is reeling from the news of a widespread problem at about a third of polling places in L.A. County.

One measure on the June ballot asks voters to shell out billions to improve the environment. Another could make it more difficult for the state to spend billions on helpful…

Planet-warming emissions could soar 30 percent too high in a little more than a decade, state analysts say.

News reports say federal officials are to negotiate auto emission and fuel-efficiency standards with California. But the state's air regulators haven't heard from Washington yet.

The punch-counterpunch sparring between the Trump administration and the state of California over rollbacks of federal environmental regulations is often described as a war of words, with neither...

The sparring between the Trump administration and California over environmental rollbacks is getting serious.

The state firefighting agency, Cal Fire, spends the bulk of its budget battling wildfires. A new report says it should do more to prevent them.

A court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency must identify regions of the country that exceed federal smog levels, giving another win to California and other states that have…

California’s oil and gas regulator has endured years of scolding from the Legislature for a lack of accountability, from environmentalists for allowing an industry to run roughshod over a state…

California has joined a group of states suing two federal agencies for suspending a 2015 rule that entitled more bodies of water to protection.

A handful of municipalities and counties across California have filed lawsuits against oil companies, alleging that the energy giants knowingly contributed to climate change and should begin paying for it.

A Trump administration move to reconsider a historic agreement on use of California desert land is ostensibly about renewable energy production, but undoing the plan could also open up sensitive…

Obama-era fracking regulations had been tied up in court until Washington nixed them in December.

"What happens in the Sierra Nevada doesn't stay in the Sierra Nevada."

Reaction in California has been swift—and negative.

Normally upbeat officials are guarded about the prospects for success.

The Trump administration is making good on a campaign promise to exploit troves of offshore energy.

Mother Nature doesn't follow California's emissions rules.

Last year’s drop in California emissions came not through drastic pollution reductions from oil refineries nor the state’s lauded cap-and-trade program. It was the rain.

On a nearly two-week swing through Europe, starting at the Vatican and ending at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, California Gov. Jerry Brown offered a bleak appraisal…

On a nearly two-week swing through Europe, starting at the Vatican and ending at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, California's governor offered a bleak appraisal of the…

It's a wrap; Gov. Jerry Brown heads home after warning the world about climate change.

Demonstrators crashed a U.S. fossil-fuels event at the U.N. climate conference in Bonn.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia totes her "tampon Barbie" props around the U.N. climate conference.

California climate policies earn an international award at the U.N conference in Bonn.

A handful of hecklers interrupted Gov. Jerry Brown's speech in Bonn on Saturday.

As part of his European tour promoting the fight against climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown was invited to meet with an international group of scientists in Oslo, Norway. They discussed ways of...

Gov. Jerry Brown the learned man was on full display in Brussels.

In which Brown gets pushback on climate change from a couple of European Parliament members, and answers sharply.

At an appearance by Gov. Jerry Brown in Germany, some weren't quite sure who he was.

CALmatters goes along as Gov. Jerry Brown travels through Europe on a mission to fight climate change.

CALmatters goes along as Gov. Jerry Brown takes his climate 'crusade' to Europe.

Gov. Jerry Brown is overseas to hold meetings on all things climate change and lead an international group at a conference in Germany.

Follow this blog for updates from CALmatters reporter Julie Cart as Gov. Jerry Brown travels Europe to meet with leaders about climate change.

In the aftermath of California's recent wildfires, the effect of chemical retardant on carefully tended soil remains unknown.

Unlike blue-state California, deeply crimson Louisiana shuns climate talk as it gets on with the task of battling rising seas.

Addressing sea-level rise will cost a staggering sum of public and private money, and will particularly impact the poor and vulnerable. A look at the challenge California faces, and how…

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the Trump administration must immediately begin enforcing rules restricting methane emissions, a legal win for California, which had filed suit in…

Delay of a plan for more renewable energy in California could carry a price tag for consumers.

A bill explicitly designed to protect California’s environment against rollbacks of federal laws failed to come up for a vote in the last days of the legislative session.

Here are some implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sued the Trump Administration, joining four other states in trying to force the U.S. Department of Transportation to encourage fuel-efficient cars.

A bill that would have made it more difficult and expensive to drill off the California coast died in the legislature, leaving alive President Trump’s threat to open federal waters…

It should come as no surprise that when the California Legislature recently began the process of divvying up proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, a cavalcade of local officials,...

An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest polluters a…

The state Air Resources Board approved a paragraph, tucked in a 17-page resolution, that will likely mean benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars for oil and agriculture.

California just joined 14 other states in challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its delay implementing regulations to reduce ozone pollution.

In what is becoming a standard call-and-response rejoinder, a California water agency is considering rules to protect state wetlands after the Trump administration said it would do away with Obama-era…

In a move that harkens back to environmental battles of decades past, a broad array of state officials are voicing opposition to the Trump administration’s review of whether to open…

The underbelly of cap and trade: Letting industries buy carbon credits or offsets, rather than modernize old equipment, means pollution in many poor communities could get worse.

As the quieter ‘companion bill’ to Monday’s cap-and-trade extension legislation, Assembly Bill 617 sought to placate environmental justice advocates who have increasingly complained that the state’s...

Seldom missing an opportunity to upstage President Trump, Gov. Brown tonight will announce a global climate action summit, which he will lead in San Francisco in September.

For Will Travis, it began 12 years ago, with an eye-opening article in the New Yorker magazine about rising seas and the widespread flooding and dislocation that would bring.

Within California’s gargantuan bureaucracy there is a group of experts that more or less counts the grains of sand on state beaches? Pretty much. The scientists and agency officials work…

In what is becoming a familiar pattern, the state of California has notified the Trump Administration of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce an…

It's looking like the Trump administration has decided to sidestep a pollution fight with California over the state's power to set more stringent vehicle emission standards than the federal government.…

California Attorney General  Xavier Becerra today joined a dozen states in suing the federal Energy Department for failing to publish energy efficiency standards for some products, a step that would have…

Hours after President Donald Trump announced his intention Thursday to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a new climate pact, this one…

President Trump today signed an executive order that could open waters off the California coast to new oil and gas drilling, triggering outrage from state officials—and the unveiling of a…

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in filing a lawsuit this week against the U.S. Department of the Interior for delaying the implementation of…

A slow-moving emergency is lapping at California’s shores— climate-driven sea-level rise that experts now predict could elevate the water in coastal areas up to 10 feet in just 70 years.

The California Democratic party's 'supermajority' was mightily tested with the nail-biting passage of a $52 billion transportation package, that will add 12 cents to the price of gasoline. What does…

Saying ‘a deal is a deal” the California Air Resources Board voted last week to endorse the stringent automobile emissions standards hammered out with federal agencies five years ago, vowing…

Leaders of California’s three coastal conservation agencies are calling the Trump Administration’s proposed budget a threat to the state’s environmental and economic future, and urged California's congressional delegation to push…

Just as the Trump Administration is proposing significant cuts to federal agencies that employ climate scientists , a California official is planting himself outside federal agencies this week—hoping to poach…

The Trump Administration’s budget-cutting plans reportedly include eliminating funding for restoration and protection of the San Francisco Bay, and programs that help California coastal communities prepare for climate-related threats.

The anticipation continues to build as California officials spent another week waiting for the expected rollbacks of vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency standards to come from the Trump Administration—moves that…

Democrats in the California Legislature, wary of as-yet unknown environmental polices to come from the Trump White House, have moved to preempt potential federal rollbacks by introducing a trio of…

President Trump is a big booster of the country’s fossil fuel sector, pledging to revive the coal industry and advance oil and gas drilling. But given his outspoken skepticism about…

Included in the president’s proposed infrastructure priority list is $250 million for the Cadiz water project in the Mojave Desert. The controversial project would pump groundwater from the Mojave Desert…

California officials have discerned a chilling signal that the Trump administration may be willing to halt the state’s unique authority to impose its own vehicle emission rules—a move that could...

California officials have discerned a chilling signal that the Trump administration may be willing to halt the state’s unique authority to impose its own vehicle emission rules—a move that could…

There is already a ban in place that prohibits additional federal leasing off California's coast until 2022. But Obama declined to make that permanent, even as he ruled out energy…

In what is likely Barack Obama’s final environmental action before Donald Trump moves into the White House, the president has just expanded the California Coastal National Monument—adding a mix of...

Cap and Trade in Two and a Half Minutes Salmon—made possible by the rivers they run in and the forest canopy above them—are the lifeblood of the Yurok Tribe. The native word for salmon, Ney-puy,...

RYER ISLAND—The report’s findings were unequivocal: Given the current pace of water diversions, the San Francisco Bay and the Delta network of rivers and marshes are ecological goners, with many of...

California’s high country is a delight in summer, a cool respite from the heat of the state’s lower elevations. That’s especially true in the Sierra Nevada, where a corridor of shade transports...

Oh, to be a plastic bag. Helpful, ubiquitous and ever useful. Carefree, wafting on the wind, and alive for a thousand years. On the other hand, you are cheap and trashy. Discarded, your presence...

The state’s electric-car adventure got off to a shaky start. Here's the problem.

The sound of applause has scarcely died down in the Capitol after last week’s vote to significantly expand California’s requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Proponents who steered the...

INVERNESS — Until recently, strolling through a California forest meant walking in dappled light along a path strewn with leaves or pine needles. But across the state, once-towering pines have...

Tens of millions of trees in California have been dying — withering from drought, bored into by insects or attacked by an organism that has been around for a decade but that scientists...

Drought and disease are ravaging one of California’s most precious resources – its trees. Water-starved pines have been infested with beetles, which have killed up to 40 million of...

The basics of cap and trade What is cap and trade? How do the auctions work? What projects are the auction proceeds paying for? How much has California lowered its emissions? What’s next?...

SAN FRANCISCO—Barry Hooper’s co-workers can be forgiven if they try to avoid him in the office. No one wants to be fingered as an energy hog. Hooper manages San Francisco’s five-year-old...

Regulators say the state building code will be the key to achieving the goal, at least in the short term.

The efficiency mandate, intended to reduce the need for carbon-spewing power plants, is part of California’s mission to address climate change.

State officials recently added a new piece to the patchwork quilt that is California energy policy:  a mechanism for easily—and publicly—tracking how non-residential buildings use energy. The...

Before remodeling a kitchen or building a house, Californians should consider Title 24 of the state building code. It spells out the state’s energy-use requirements for new and existing structures....

Owning a home in California could get more complicated starting next year with a new law intended to cut energy consumption, partly by increasing the efficiency of home heating, cooling and lighting...

A panel of energy experts gave mostly passing marks to California’s landmark climate change law, but raised concerns about the cost of implementing additional, more stringent, measures. In a...

CALmatters is looking into the complex topic of making California’s houses, schools, hospitals, offices and other buildings more energy-efficient — part of Governor Jerry Brown’s...

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