Noteworthy News

2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say
Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth.
A long-simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change
In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds.
Paint companies could hand taxpayers the bill for hazardous lead paint cleanup under proposed California ballot measure
A proposed November statewide ballot measure could allow three of the nation’s biggest paint companies to hand California taxpayers a bill for the cost of cleaning up health hazards caused by lead paint.
U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are debating a new tax on disposable cups in an effort to cut down on waste.
Before & After: A massive front lawn is transformed into an inviting, low-water landscape
Amber Denker thinks like an artist when it comes to gardening, spending countless hours in her Toluca Lake backyard planting exotics and tropical plants. “It makes me feel like I’m painting my environment,” she explains.
California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: 'Worst-case scenario has happened
The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in the Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.
Rare, venomous sea snake found slithering on Southern California shores. Are more coming?
Rare venomous sea snake found slithering on the sand in Newport Beach earlier this week was one of a growing number of the serpents apparently drawn far north of their usual habitat by the spread of warm ocean temperatures, a biologist said Thursday.
BP to pay California $102 million to settle natural gas overcharge allegations
Energy giant BP has agreed to pay California $102 million as part of a settlement of allegations that it overcharged the state in sales of natural gas, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Thursday.
We know L.A.'s new recycling program is a fiasco, but how'd it get so screwed up?
When it comes to bureaucratic bungling by school districts, utility companies and City Hall, Los Angeles has always been an Olympic contender.
Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest
Northern England is set to get a whole lot greener. On Sunday, the U.K. government unveiled plans for a vast new forest spanning the country from coast to coast. Shadowing the path of the east-west M62 Highway, the new forest will create a broad green rib across England from Liverpool to the east coast city of Hull.