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Drought and climate change fuel high-elevation California fires, study finds

A high Sierra forest with green and dead trees on the slope

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis. The phenomenon — likely…

Keep Tahoe blue? Less algae, not clarity, key factor for blueness

Shohei Watanabe working on equipment on a boat on a lake.

Lake Tahoe’s iconic blueness is most strongly related to algae, not clarity, according to research released today from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, or TERC. In the “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2015,” researchers found the lower the algal concentration, the bluer the…