Julia Lurie

Julia Lurie is a reporter at Mother Jones.

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.

Food

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.

Food

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.

Food

It takes HOW much water to make Greek yogurt?!

Dairy products require a whole lot of water -- and many of them come from drought-ridden California.