Noteworthy News

Ventura oil spill misses the ocean, but damage on land is unclear

Before the sun rose Thursday, Kirk Atwater’s wakeup call was a noxious breeze that filled his bedroom with fumes.

Senate Considers Toned-Down Version of GMO Labeling DARK Act

Starting next week, Vermont’s grocery aisles will be full of packages with labels showing whether the products contain genetically engineered foods. The state’s major labeling bill—the first in the nation—passed in 2014, yet food companies are still hoping for a last-minute reprieve before the law goes into effect on July 1.

Ambitious plan would transform downtown streets

Cars will have to share downtown San Diego’s streets much more evenly with bicyclists and pedestrians under an ambitious new plan that aims to boost safety and fight climate change.

PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant

One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies.

It will take years of wet weather before California recovers from drought, study finds

When forecasters last year warned of a massive El Niño, some Californians held out hope that a single extremely wet year could bust the state’s severe drought.  

Tesla's bid for SolarCity would bring two Elon Musk companies together

Tesla Motors Inc. has offered to buy SolarCity Corp., a $2.8-billion deal that would unite two Bay Area companies funded and driven by Los Angeles billionaire Elon Musk.

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.