Noteworthy News

Emissions fall under California's cap-and-trade program
Industries regulated under California’s cap-and-trade program reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 5% in 2016, according to new data released by state officials.
Air board broke law in adopting last-minute, industry-friendly smog measure, judge rules
Southern California’s air quality board broke the law and “abused its discretion” when it adopted oil industry-backed changes to smog rules the day of a hearing without delaying the vote to give the public more time to comment, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled.
California homeowners could get a tax break to capture rainwater in their backyards
It was raining and Judy Adler had a broken gutter. What could have been a simple repair turned into an effort to capture rain and use it for her backyard pond. Since late 2009, Adler has collected up to 11,000 gallons of rain annually at her Walnut Creek home.
California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools
California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.
The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change
From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory.
Goodbye science, hello industry
Rigorous, independent research and analysis should undergird everything the government does. Nowhere is that more true than at the Environmental Protection Agency, which crafts and enforces a wide range of regulations aimed at limiting damage to the environment — and to people — from pollutants.
U.S. report contradicts Trump team: Warming is mostly man-made
A massive U.S. report concludes that the evidence of global warming is stronger than ever, contradicting a favorite talking point of top Trump administration officials, who downplay humans’ role in climate change.
L.A., Long Beach ports adopt plan to slash air pollution and go zero-emissions
The nation’s largest port complex approved a plan Thursday to slash air pollution by encouraging the phase-out of diesel trucks in favor of natural gas and, ultimately, zero-emissions trucks and cargo-handling equipment over the next two decades.
Tesla says full-speed production of Model 3 won't come for months, as it reports a big loss
For months, Tesla forecast a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans a week by the end of this December. Never mind.
EPA Replaced Its Top Science Advisers Without Telling Them
The Environmental Protection Agency dismissed its top science counselors without telling them in advance, two of them told HuffPost on Wednesday.