This California desert oasis has lessons for climate change

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is so green right now it’s hard to believe it’s in the middle of the desert. I recently spent a few hours hiking through the oasis, just off Highway 62 and not far from the 10 Freeway in California’s high desert, about two hours east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs. It’s a gorgeous spot, full of blooming flowers and sun-dappled mountains and scurrying lizards. It’s especially vibrant right now because of this summer’s intense rains.

Gavin Newsom signed a bunch of climate-related agreements in China — and as new data showed that the Golden State’s greenhouse gas pollution rose slightly last year, per the Sacramento Bee’s Ari Plachta. ‘If anyone can persuade me and my fellow fossil fuel reprobates to give up our gas-powered lawnmowers, luminous bumpers and fleets of carburetor-powered cars, it’s him.’ So writes Times columnist Gustavo Arelleno in a thoughtful story about Hector De La Torre, a Southeast L.

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