Noteworthy News

Rising Ocean Temperatures Are Making Us Sick
Rising ocean temperatures may be making us ill and it’s only getting worse. Warmth-loving marine bacteria are growing in abundance and posing an increased risk to human health as waters heat up, according to a study published this week.
Oregon Finds Switching From Coal to Renewable Energy Is a Bargain
Oregon may have a reputation for rainy weather, but the outlook for the renewable energy there is definitely sunny.
Should Livestock Eat Garbage Instead of Grain?
Two years ago, as the Food and Drug Administration was rolling out new proposed rules following passage of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act, one regulation caught the ire of brewers, ranchers, and the sustainable-food-loving public. 
SoCal hit with worst smog in years as hot, stagnant weather brings surge in hospital visits
Southern California is experiencing its worst smog in years this summer as heat and stagnant weather increase the number of bad air days and drive up ozone pollution to levels not seen since 2009.
Thousands of lives could be saved in California by stricter air pollution limits, study finds
More than 2,000 Southern Californians die early each year from polluted air, and the region would benefit the most of anywhere in the country from reducing ozone and fine particle pollution below current federal limits, a new study has found.
California water conservation dips as relaxed drought rules take effect
Water conservation in California dipped slightly during the first month that the state’s mandatory water-savings rules were significantly relaxed, regulators said Tuesday.
The Yoga-Mat Chemical’s Quiet Fast-Food Exit
In early 2014, a blogger known as Food Babe launched a petition pushing sandwich chain Subway to remove an obscure chemical also used in yoga mats from its bread. Two days and more than 78,000 signatures later, Subway announced it was taking out azodicarbonamide—the yoga-mat chemical, as it came to be known.
We’ve Already Used Up Earth’s Resources For 2016 — And It’s Only August
We’ve failed again.
Disappearing Icons: Re-imagining the National Parks After Climate Change
Many national parks were chosen for, and even named after, the country’s iconic natural sights, like sequoia trees, everglades and glaciers. Now, as the climate warms, many of these icons are beginning to disappear.
An Old Source of Renewable Energy Gets a New Look
Shiny solar panels and towering wind turbines grab headlines, but the United States’ original source of renewable energy, hydropower, could make a comeback, according to a new report.