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California fires bring upheaval to utilities as they face massive liabilities

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:54pm

The worst fires in recorded California history promise to reshape the state’s utilities as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison face billions of dollars in potential liabilities and growing calls to overhaul their systems to better prevent wildfires.

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Northern California fire brings worst air quality in the world to residents hundreds of miles away

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:51pm

Smoke from the Camp fire — California’s deadliest wildfire in recorded history — has poured into communities hundreds of miles away, filling the sky with dangerous particles, grayish hues and a bitter odor. The smoke has also dropped temperatures as much as 10 degrees because the haze is blotting out the sun.

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How Elon Musk might make $920 million in Tesla debt go away

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:48pm

A big pile of debt comes due at Tesla on March 1 — $920 million worth. But starting in two weeks, the company has a chance to make it disappear.

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State audit blames bullet train mismanagement for delays and price hikes

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Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:44pm

A stinging state audit of the California bullet train project released Thursday found that flawed decision-making, organizational faults and poor contract management led to multibillion-dollar cost overruns and delays in construction.

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Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study

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Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:45pm

Researchers with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Princeton University have walked back scientific findings published last month that showed oceans have been heating up dramatically faster than previously thought as a result of climate change.