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California's key climate change program aims for new life
In advance of a political showdown in the state Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration made its first formal effort Tuesday to extend the life of the program central to California’s bid to combat climate change.
Facing historically low levels, Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war. Here's how
This may be what the start of a water war looks like. Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies.
State Supreme Court sides with Southern California in epic water war over delta islands
The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for Southern California’s powerful Metropolitan Water District to buy five islands at the epicenter of the delta’s water system, officials said Friday.
Downtown L.A.'s five-year rain total is lowest ever recorded
Los Angeles has chalked up yet another dreary milestone in its growing almanac of drought.
The port that fuels L.A.'s economy and fouls its air gets a pollution-reduction team
Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the appointment of an advisory panel tasked with reducing air pollution from the Port of Los Angeles by expanding the use of zero-emissions technology.
San Francisco Just Passed the Nation's Toughest Ban on Styrofoam
San Franciscans, bid adieu to Styrofoam. On Tuesday, the city unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of any product made from polystyrene, the petroleum-based compound that's molded into disposable dishware, packing materials, and beach toys—among other things. Even though it's commonly known as Styrofoam, that's
A grand bargain? Gov. Jerry Brown in talks with oil companies about climate change programs
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has been talking directly with oil companies in hopes of reaching a consensus on extending California's landmark climate programs, opening a back channel with an industry the governor has harshly criticized as a barrier to addressing global warming.
Canadian Company Turns Air Into Fuel In Climate Change Fight
In an industrial plant in Squamish, British Columbia, a picturesque town near Vancouver where snow-capped mountains touch the sea, an environmental revolution is afoot. Scientists are sucking up carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere — and turning it into fuel.
A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end
In early April, experts at a military lab outside Washington intensified their search for evidence that a dangerous new biological threat had penetrated the nation’s borders.
Arnold Schwarzenegger to China: Terminate Your Meat-Eating Ways
People in China might soon say “Hasta la vista” to eating meat with their meals.