Noteworthy News

Put Down That Face Scrub—It Just Released 100,000 Plastic Particles Into the Ocean

Go to a beach cleanup, and you’ll find that cigarette butts are one of the most abundant items polluting the marine environment.

When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.

Brown seeks to broaden California's clean-energy reach in the West

Gov. Jerry Brown is working on an ambitious plan for transmitting electricity across state lines and bolstering California's role in the region, according to energy officials.

The Reasons Why We Shop at Farmers Markets Are Bigger Than Local Food

At the local farmers market during late summer, the price is right on ripe heirloom tomatoes, and the quality can be incomparable. So of course a lot of people who love good, fresh produce are going to show up to buy them. But new research from the University of Iowa indicates that when we hand over cash for our local Cherokee Purples, we’re engaged in a lot more than food shopping.

Sea levels will rise, experts warn, and 'it's not going to stop'

Here's one trend California is behind on: rising sea levels.

L.A. continues dramatic water savings; 21% in July

Los Angeles residents cut their water use by 21% in July, surpassing the mandatory conservation standard set by state regulators to combat the drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

While You Were on Vacation, a Chunk of Ice the Size of an Asteroid Fell Into the Ocean

Imagine Manhattan buried under a thousand feet of ice. That’s how much of Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier fell into the Arctic Ocean last week, becoming a 7.8-square-mile iceberg.

California Pulls the Plug on Electric Car Subsidies for the Rich

For the past five years, Californians have been eligible for thousands of dollars in state rebates when purchasing an electric car.

Not anymore, at least for the wealthy.

A Big Energy Company Wants You to Go Green by Playing a Smartphone Game

One of the more popular mobile video games these days has nothing to with honing your war craft, committing grand theft auto, or crushing candy.

It’s about green power. And it was made by a giant energy company.

Scientists Are Trying to Save Salad From the Drought

For the last four years, California has been dreaming of water. Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a state of emergency in 2014, followed by a mandatory water reduction of 25 percent in urban areas. But the water saved by digging up lawns and installing new showerheads hasn’t helped farmers, who have let an estimated 540,000 acres of land go fallow, resulting in a total economic loss of $2.7 billion, according to a report by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.