Author: Alejandra O'Connell-Domenech

One in four Americans considering putting off major life decisions out of fear of climate change: survey

Story at a glance A quarter of U.S. adults are considering putting off big life events like having children over concerns about climate change, according to a new survey.   The 25,000-person survey crafted by research firm Elabe and the North American branch of Veolia, a water, waste and energy management company, was released Tuesday.  …

Researchers warn of climate change impact on songbirds’ breeding season in California

Story at a glance Songbirds in California’s Central Valley will have a harder time mating this year due to climate change, a new study claims. Climate change models outlined in a study recently published in the academic journal Biological Conservation predict the Central Valley will see higher-than-normal rainfall this spring, the beginning of bird nesting…

Seattle-area lawmaker introduces legislation to ban cashless retailers

Story at a glance A Seattle-area lawmaker has introduced a new proposal aimed at banning cashless retailers. The proposal, introduced by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, would require retailers in non-incorporated parts of the county to accept cash payments of up to $250 for a single transaction. Under the proposal, businesses would also…

US households’ debt rises to $16.5 trillion

Story at a glance The average U.S. household owes more than $165,000 in debt, according to a new NerdWallet study. That amount of average household debt has pushed the national total to $16.5 trillion, a 7.65 percent increase from a year before. Study crafters also found that the credit card balances carried from…

90 percent of California under flood watches

Story at a glance Most of California is under flood watches after the latest wave of heavy rainstorms has caused deluged roads and triggered mudslides.   The National Weather Service issued flood watches on Monday for about 34 million Californians or around 90 percent of the Golden State’s total population. California has experienced an…

California braces for more severe weather

Story at a glance Millions of Californians are preparing for heavy rain and winds again after a week of powerful storms pummeled most of the state, sparking deadly flash flooding and power outages. California will see at least two “major episodes” of heavy rain and heavy snow during the next two days along with an…