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Our climate change challenge

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Governments and institutions have to do the heavy lifting, but you can do your part. Cut back on plastics. Compost. Go car-less. Educate yourself. Embrace sustainable design. Get creative with your recycling; that stuff in your blue bin might have a second (or third) life — as a pizza box or a toy. Should you buy an electric car? Solar panels? Will California’s efforts to adapt to climate change move the needle? Our experts have answers.

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For California to successfully fight climate change, the state’s politicians, business leaders and millions of residents will need to work a lot harder.

The human-built world keeps getting in the way of the rising sea. But this current story of our coast does not have to end in disaster.

The effects of global warming will inevitably unfold over the next two to three decades, experts say. What happens beyond that depends on actions today.

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OUR GUIDES

As autos writer for the L.A. Times, Russ Mitchell gets a lot of questions about electric car buying. Here’s his guide to choosing the right EV for you.

Stripes of color representing the rising temperatures in California between 1850 to 2020

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California’s plastic bag ban aimed to reduce waste and increase recycling, but it hasn’t worked out as planned. What went wrong?

Plastics are everywhere. As an environment reporter, I make informed choices when shopping, trying to minimize the amount I bring in. Or I thought I was.

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In Seoul, a city of 10 million people that produces 2,500 tons of food waste daily, composting is second nature. Here’s how it happened.

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Stripes of color representing the rising temperatures in California between 1850 to 2020

At the current rate of loss, Joshua Tree National Park, part of a crucial desert ecosystem, might need a new name one day.

MWD head Adel Hagekhalil wants Southern California to adapt to climate change, becoming more resilient and more self-reliant on local water sources.

Ditching concrete for wood, reinventing the court apartment, and rehabilitating old landfill as parkland show how designers are tackling climate change

Imagine a metropolis where many people have forsaken cars in favor of e-bikes, robo-taxis and public transit.

Ask a Reporter: Inside the project

What: Times reporters Rosanna Xia and Sammy Roth will discuss “Our Climate Change Challenge” during a live streaming conversation. City Editor Maria L. LaGanga moderates.

When: Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Pacific.

Where: This free event will be live streaming. Sign up on Eventbrite for watch links and to share your questions and comments.

Stripes of color representing the rising temperatures in California between 1850 to 2020

Credits

Project editor: Alice Short
Columnists and writers: Tony Briscoe, Karen Garcia, Jon Healey, Ian James, Max Kim, Steve Lopez, Carolina A. Miranda, Russ Mitchell, Dorany Pineda, James Rainey, John Rossant, Sammy Roth, Jessica Roy, Susanne Rust, Sonja Sharp, Ada Tseng, Rachel Uranga, Rosanna Xia
Editor at large: Scott Kraft
Editors: Monte Morin, Matt Ballinger, Lindsay Blakely

Director of photography: Kim Chapin
Photography editor: Kelvin Kuo
Photographers: Carolyn Cole, Myung J. Chun, Gina Ferazzi, Christina House, Brian van der Brug, L.A. Times staff
Photo specialists: Joseph Binoya, Jeff Amlotte

Creative director: Amy King
Design director: Taylor Le
Deputy design director: Allison Hong
Art director: Hamlet Nalbandyan, Zifei Zhang
Cover artist: Brett Park
Illustrations: Maria Chimishkyan, Zifei Zhang

Senior director, video: Maggie Beidelman
Videographers: Jessica Q. Chen, Yadira Flores, Jackeline Luna, J.R. Lizarraga, Steve Saldivar, Cody Long, Drake Presto

Data and graphics director: Hanna Sender
Data and graphics journalists: Lorena I?iguez Elebee, Sean Greene

Copy chief: Ruthanne Salido
Copy editors: Rubaina Azhar, Dave Bennett, Dave Bowman, Jim Buzinski, Anne Elisabeth Dillon, Alison Dingeldein, Rachel Dunn, Angela Jamison, Kevin Leung, Marina Levario, Lynn Meersman, Don Ragland, Lee Rogers, Paul Ybarrondo

Digital production: Lora Victorio, Beto Alvarez
Audience engagement: Javier Panzar, Alan Nguyen
Events editor: Donna Wares
Resources editor: Abigail Siatkowski
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