Noteworthy News

France Becomes First Country To Ban Plastic Cups And Dishes

Au revoir, plastic cups! France is done with you.

This Family Went A Whole Year Without Buying New Clothes

In June 2015, Emily Hedlund gave herself a challenge: She would go an entire year without buying any clothes.

A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers another water fight

State regulators want to leave more water for fish and wildlife in the heavily tapped tributaries of the San Joaquin River, setting the stage for another bruising California water fight.

As Venice booms, some residents wonder whether L.A. is holding them back

There are few places so ingrained in the identity of Los Angeles as Venice — the quirky artistic vibe, the bustling boardwalk and the designer real estate.

The Poisoning of California’s Drinking Water

As the Western United States struggles with chronic water shortages and a changing climate, scientists are warning that if vast underground stores of fresh water that California and other states rely on are not carefully conserved, they too may soon run dry.

August Was The Hottest Month Ever Recorded. Again.

Surprise, surprise: Last month was the hottest August ever recorded, marking the 11th straight month that global heat records have been shattered, according to NASA data.

Southern California Gas to pay $4-million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak

Southern California Gas Co. agreed to pay $4 million to settle criminal charges over the massive gas leak near Porter Ranch last year, but the utility still faces potentially costly civil actions from both residents and regulators.

Water relief is on the way – if Congress works together

A recent study by UC Davis confirmed that the Central Valley continues to suffer the brunt of the drought, to the tune of $630 million this year and $5.5 billion over the past three years. Farmers have fallowed more than 1 million acres of land, and 42,000 people have lost their jobs.

A Solar Innovation Could Turn Rooftops Into Moneymakers

There are certain things you’d expect to hinder solar panels’ ability to generate electricity, such as cloudy days. But for serial technology entrepreneur Bill Gross, wind is the main adversary.

Gov. Brown signs sweeping legislation to combat climate change

California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, forcing one of the world’s largest economies to squeeze into a dramatically smaller carbon footprint.