Julie CartReporter, CalMatters
Julie Cart joined CalMatters as a projects and environment reporter in 2016 after a long career at the Los Angeles Times, where she held many positions: sportswriter, national correspondent and environment reporter. In 2009 she and colleague Bettina Boxall won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their series on wildfires in the West.
Rural counties like Kings — with lots of land, sunshine and wind — are the focal point for many renewable energy projects. Now they are at the epicenter of a statewide controversy, too.
Cal Fire faces a mental health crisis. As wildfires intensify, thousands of overworked California firefighters carry a heavy load of trauma, pain and grief.
From housing and health to transportation and education, the Legislative Analyst’s Office provides a litany of sobering climate change impacts for California legislators to address as they enact policies and set budgets.
The 112-square-mile Randall Preserve — a gateway between LA and the San Joaquin Valley — provides a haven for wildlife and a living laboratory for scientists.