California

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
California's Corcoran State Prison. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/cc/flickr)
Just a month ahead of the November polls, a California measure to reduce prison populations and institute a measure of justice for nonviolent offenders is gaining traction as a diverse coalition, including a legion of big-monied donors, have come out in support of Proposition 47. “Law enforcement has been on an incarceration binge for 30 years,...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Over a dozen California communities now face running out of water within 60...
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law requiring all state...

Further

Bad news on all sides on our human propensity for taking without thinking. A new study finds researchers have "grossly underestimated" the impact on the Amazon rainforest of logging and other human activity, even as California park rangers combat a surge in nightime bandits - aka "midnight burlers" - poaching the burl from old-growth redwoods to sell for furniture. The tallest trees on earth, old-growth redwoods once covered almost 2,000,000 acres of California; today, less than 5% of that...