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California – Mega Catastrophe Ground Zero

California’s destructive Christmas Eve and January storms are a grim reminder that the state is perilously exposed to massive flooding. A paltry 215,000 Californians—less than 2 percent of the state’s homeowners—buy flood insurance, which is excluded in conventional homeowners insurance …

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Brought Damaging Winds, Rain to California

Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding, and contributing to the deaths of at least two people, including a child whose home was …

California Settles with Firm in Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

California settled a lawsuit against a German company stemming from the emissions scandal that tarred Volkswagen in 2015 and Fiat Chrysler two years later. German auto supplier Bosch will pay $25 million to settle allegations by the state and California …

Study: Cancer-Causing Gas Leaking from California Stoves, Pipes

Gas stoves in California homes are leaking cancer-causing benzene, researchers found in a new study published on Thursday, though they say more research is needed to understand how many homes have leaks. In the study, published in Environmental Science and …

California Updating Tsunami Hazard Maps for Seven Counties

The California Geological Survey has released updated tsunami hazard maps for seven counties to help users determine whether they are in areas at risk for inundation and for planning. The revised interactive maps released Friday cover San Diego, Santa Cruz, …

People Moves: California Commissioner Names COIN Appointees; Alliant Adds Kaufman

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara recently announced reappointments to the California Organized Investment Network Advisory Board and the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan Advisory Committee. They include: Ophir Bruck, senior director and ESG specialist at S&P Global Sustainable1: COIN representative …

Firefighters Slow Growth of Massive California Blaze Near Yosemite

Firefighters have significantly slowed the spread of a huge wildfire burning in a forest near Yosemite National Park that burned 55 homes and other buildings and forced thousands from their homes, officials said Monday. “It was a successful day for …

California Firefighters Making Gains in Yosemite Wildfire

California firefighters were gaining ground in the battle against a wildfire that poses a threat to a grove of giant sequoias and a small community in Yosemite National Park. The Washburn Fire on the western flank of the Sierra Nevada …

Yosemite Wildfire Growing as California’s Wildfire Season Develops

A wildfire threatening the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park more than doubled in size in a day, and firefighters were working in difficult terrain Sunday to protect the iconic trees and a small mountain town as …

Meteorologists Warn Thunderstorms Could Spark California Wildfires

The combination of tropical moisture and an offshore storm will result in an uptick in thunderstorms across portions of California on Wednesday and Thursday, weather experts are warning. With most of the storms will contain little or no rain and …