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California's plastic-bag ban put on hold by ballot referendum

Published: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Waste

Opponents of a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery stores have qualified a referendum on the law, delaying its July 1 effective date until voters act on the measure in November 2016, the California secretary of state’s office said last Tuesday.

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High levels of benzene found in fracking waste water

Published: 
Wed, 02/18/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Water

Hoping to better understand the health effects of oil fracking, the state in 2013 ordered oil companies to test the chemical-laden waste water extracted from wells.

Data culled from the first year of those tests found significant concentrations of the human carcinogen benzene in this so-called "flowback fluid."

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Huge solar farm opens in California: Enough energy for 160,000 homes

Published: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

About 4,000 acres of shiny black solar panels stretch across Riverside County near Joshua Tree National Park, where on Monday U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell dedicated one of the largest photovoltaic solar energy farms in the world.

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L.A. Basin methane emissions found up to 61% higher than estimates

Published: 
Sun, 01/18/2015 (All day)

A new study that used a mountaintop sensor to measure air pollution in the Los Angeles Basin found emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, are up to 61% higher than government estimates.

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State puts limits on a pesticide used for strawberries, other crops

Published: 
Fri, 01/16/2015 (All day)
Category: 
Shopping & Food

California farmers must restrict their use of a tear gas-like pesticide applied to strawberries and other crops under new rules designed to protect farmworkers and people who live, work and go to school near agricultural fields.