October 4, 2021 By Hannah Fry, Richard Winton, et al. LA Times
The Coast Guard is investigating whether a large commercial ship set anchor in the wrong location, damaging an oil pipeline and causing the massive Orange County oil spill, an official familiar with the investigation told The Times Monday.
May 25, 2021 By Lauren Sommer NPR
The Biden administration plans to open the California coast to offshore wind development, ending a long-running stalemate with the Department of Defense that has been the biggest barrier to building wind power along the Pacific Coast.
March 11, 2021 By Alex Fox Smithsonian Magazine
The coastal waters of Northern California are changing. A decade ago, hundreds of miles of the rugged seaside were flanked by thick, swaying underwater forests of amber-green bull kelp that were home to fish, abalone and a host of other species. Now, those forests have been nearly wiped out by a series of environmental events that have been falling like ill-fated dominos since 2013.
January 31, 2021 By Rosanna Xia Los Angeles Times
Now, after two decades of study, an all-star team of marine mammal pathologists, virology experts, chemists and geneticists say they’ve connected two surprising culprits: herpes and toxic chemicals, like DDT and PCBs, that poisoned the California coast decades ago.
August 14, 2020 By Isabelle Groc The Guardian
It is not just at sea that North America’s smallest marine mammals with a huge appetite are benefitting the ecosystem.