Julia Lurie

Julia Lurie is a reporter at Mother Jones.

Climate & Energy

Coal might be on the way out, but toxic coal ash isn’t going away

The toxic byproduct of burning coal has quietly become one of America's worst environmental justice problems.

Climate & Energy

Supreme Court whacks Obama’s Clean Power Plan

The court put a temporary hold on the EPA climate initiative, and that could be a bad sign for how the justices will rule on the plan down the line.

Climate & Energy

What you should know about California’s massive methane leak

The impact on the climate is equivalent to driving 7 million cars every day.


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.