Julia Lurie

Julia Lurie is a reporter at Mother Jones.


Many residents of this California town don’t have enough water to shower or flush the toilet

Welcome to East Porterville, also known as "ground zero" of the drought.

Climate & Energy

Thousands of felons are on the front lines of California’s forest fires

Over 30 percent of California's forest firefighters are prisoners.

Business & Technology

Here’s another reason why oil refineries (literally) suck

Oil refineries are the second biggest water user of non-ag businesses in drought-parched California.

Climate & Energy

7 things to know about California’s drought

Everything you ever wanted to know about California's devastating drought but were too afraid to ask.


California almonds drink up 3 years worth of L.A.’s water use

And other amazing facts from the Golden State's epic nut boom.

Climate & Energy

California needs 16 million Olympic swimming pools worth of rain to end the drought

The two weeks of rain have helped, but it's not nearly enough.

Business & Technology

Bottled water comes from the most drought-ridden places in the country

Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source from catastrophically dry parts of the West.

Climate & Energy

Watch drought take over the entire state of California in one GIF

California, the producer of half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, is experiencing its third-worst drought on record.


California farms are sucking up enough groundwater to put Rhode Island 17 feet under

Here are four key takeaways from a new report prepared for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.