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Carlsbad Releases Sea-Level Rise Assessment

Beaches will shrink and coastal bluffs will crumble, but most Carlsbad residents and their homes will be safe from the rising sea in the decades ahead, according to a new report by city planners.

The draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment looks at potential hazards over two time frames — through 2050 and 2100 — and describes possible strategies to prevent flooding, erosion and property damage. The California Coastal Commission requires the assessment for all cities with a Local Coastal Program.


Why California is Lagging Behind the Rest of the Country When it Comes to Offshore Wind Farms

As offshore wind farms gain momentum in the U.S., the industry predicts a clean-energy bonanza from the West Coast’s steady and powerful breezes that may go a long way to help the state meet its ambitious clean energy mandates.

But reaping the wind off California’s coast must first overcome not only economic and political challenges but also requires technology that is still being developed.



Pine Fire Continues to Burn in Wilderness Area North of Ojai

Hundreds of firefighters continued to battle a wildfire in the Sespe Wilderness north of Ojai on Sunday with no containment in sight.

The Pine fire started Thursday morning about 11 miles north of Ojai. As of Sunday morning, the fire had consumed 1,590 acres and was threatening 50 structures, said Helen Tarbet with the Los Padres National Forest. The area’s “very remote and steep and rugged terrain” has made it difficult for the more than 350 fire personnel to get a handle on the blaze, Tarbet said. The fire could be partially contained by Sunday night.