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Southern California braces for summer blackouts due to Porter Ranch gas leak

State officials warn that Southern California could face as many as 14 days of scheduled blackouts this summer because of depleted reserves of natural gas caused by the massive leak in Aliso Canyon.

The unexpected ways climate change harms your health

Climate change is bad for your health. There’s no question that the impacts of a warming world — harsher heat waves, increased flooding — will put a strain on our nation’s public health. Take one example: studies predict some 11,000 additional heat-related deaths during summers about 15 years from now.

Kids Plant Michelle Obama’s White House Kitchen Garden for the Last Time

Michelle Obama helped to turn the dirt and plant seedlings on the South Lawn of the White House for the last time as first lady on Tuesday. She planted, among other crops, the same kind of lettuce grown on the International Space Station.

Lawsuit Charges FDA Ignored Safety Warnings About GMO Salmon

The controversy over genetically engineered salmon is headed to court.

Solar Power’s Promise Infuses a New Film

Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya set out to show that climate change isn’t all gloom and doom. The result, Catching the Sun, ably makes that case but may still leave you inspired and infuriated in equal parts.

Californians fall a bit short of Brown's call for 25% cut in water use after 9 months of conservation

After nine months of fervent conservation, drought-fatigued Californians narrowly missed meeting the water-savings target set by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago.

A delta tunnel project's lofty ambitions have been scaled back

A dog trotted down the middle of a levee road as red-winged blackbirds darted in and out of the reeds. A few fishermen dangled their baited lines into the muddy brown water.

Air quality district votes to allow Exxon Mobil to restore Torrance refinery

The South Coast Air Quality Management District voted late Saturday to allow Exxon Mobil to fully restore its refinery in Torrance after an explosion at the facility last year. After nearly 12 hours of public comment and expert testimony at Torrance City Hall, the district's board voted 3 to 2 to approve the order.

U.S. Poultry May Be Going Antibiotic-Free but the Rest of the World's Is Not

The problem with antibiotic use in agriculture is pretty clear: The overuse of drugs in raising livestock is contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections—and that’s led high-ranking officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare the end of antibiotics.

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils the Model 3 to huge fanfare

The wait is over.

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's latest electric vehicle, the sleek Model 3, Thursday night in front of a crowd of 800 people in Hawthorne and an enormous audience online via livestream.