California

Antonio Lopez makes markings in the sand to show what sea turtle tracks look like.

From the desert to the sea, CRRIFS cares for and protects San Carlos wildlife

CRRIFS, a wildlife rescue in San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas, Mexico, helps protect sea turtles and other animals facing threats from human activity. Many volunteers make their work possible.

From the desert to the sea, CRRIFS cares for and protects San Carlos wildlife
Old growth Douglas fir trees stand along the Salmon river Trail on the Mt. Hood National Forest

1 in 6 trees in the US threatened with extinction

1 in 6 trees in the US threatened with extinction
woman on bench

Safe and unsilenced: Afghan scholars find refuge at US universities

Safe and unsilenced: Afghan scholars find refuge at US universities
A sea turtle heads back to the ocean after the tortugueros have finished gathering data on it

Kino Bay’s Becerra family gave up traditional fishing to focus on saving sea turtles

Kino Bay’s Becerra family gave up traditional fishing to focus on saving sea turtles
Prem Pariyar stands in front of Alexander Meiklejohn Hall on the campus of California State University, East Bay.

'Hidden discrimination': California university joins national trend to protect against caste bias on campus

'Hidden discrimination': California university joins national trend to protect against caste bias on campus
Luke Sital-Singh's new single is called "Me & God."

Musician Luke Sital-Singh finds catharsis by singing a song to God

Sital-Singh, now an atheist, has released a single, "Me & God," which gets up close and personal with his faith.

Musician Luke Sital-Singh finds catharsis by singing a song to God
Firebaugh residents perform traditional Aztec dances for the Virgen de Guadalupe celebration.

Las Posadas holiday tradition brings ‘joy to the people’ in California community hit hard by the pandemic

Every December, Catholic Latinos across California honor the Virgen de Guadalupe. The celebration of Las Posadas commemorates the appearance of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to an Indigenous man named Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531.

Las Posadas holiday tradition brings ‘joy to the people’ in California community hit hard by the pandemic
Woman holding hose from truck to fill water trough

Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other

Cities and farmers in the Southwest are resorting to unsustainable strategies to pull in more water. Iran has tried many of these strategies and shows how they can go wrong.

Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Landsat 9 satellite onboard launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

Landsat 9 will capture satellite images of a radically changing Earth, NASA scientist says

Josh Willis, who works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab at Caltech in Pasadena, California, has used Landsat satellite images in his own work. He joins The World's host Marco Werman to discuss the power of Landsats to understand climate change. 

Landsat 9 will capture satellite images of a radically changing Earth, NASA scientist says
Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Virginia, Aug. 27, 2021.

Afghan families are being rapidly resettled in the US. But adjusting to their new lives will take years.  

One Afghan family in Sacramento recently arrived from Kabul, where the Taliban came knocking on their door. The father was able to get a Special Immigrant Visa to resettle in the US. The family counts themselves as among the fortunate ones, but they worry about those they left behind. 

Afghan families are being rapidly resettled in the US. But adjusting to their new lives will take years.  
Three men in green suits stand on a small boat that says "Border Patrol" with an American flag in the middle

US Border Patrol launches new marine unit amid rise in maritime smuggling

More than 1,000 people have been apprehended while being smuggled at sea so far this year.

US Border Patrol launches new marine unit amid rise in maritime smuggling
Aerial view of a Hindu temple next to a parking lot and greenery.

Lawsuits bring attention to caste discrimination in the US

People across the US have been divided over whether caste should be added as a protected class under anti-discrimination policies.

Lawsuits bring attention to caste discrimination in the US
A man in a yellow shirt helps fix the bike of an elder leaning over bike wearing casual clothes and cap

Oakland’s Chinatown finds solutions to hate crimes

Seeing a surge in attacks against Asian Americans during the pandemic, community ambassadors are finding ways to help elders in Chinatown feel safe.

Oakland’s Chinatown finds solutions to hate crimes
A man wearing a blue shirt and black cap gets a vaccine shot by a health care worker.

Grassroots organizations tackle vaccine misinformation in farmworker communities

As COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue across the US, grassroots organizations are fighting not only vaccine access inequities — but also misinformation and skepticism among immigrant groups and communities of color. 

Grassroots organizations tackle vaccine misinformation in farmworker communities
A group of noncitizens crossing the border at night, silhouetted against a light

Biden proposes a legal term change to recognize the humanity of 'noncitizens'

Words matter, according to an immigration scholar. It is far easier to deny the humanity of an "alien" than to do so for a "noncitizen."

Biden proposes a legal term change to recognize the humanity of 'noncitizens'