Noteworthy News

Straws. Bottle caps. Polyester. These are the new targets of California's environmental movement
It took years of activist campaigns to turn the plastic bag into a villain, and hard-fought legislation to reduce its presence in oceans and waterways. Now, environmentalists and lawmakers are deploying similar tactics against a new generation of plastic pollutants.
Del Mar stands firm against 'planned retreat'
Del Mar’s City Council agreed Monday night that “planned retreat” will not be part of its long-term strategy for dealing with sea-level rise, despite the state Coastal Commission’s urging to include the idea.
Lawmakers seek $16 million to expand Exide lead cleanup beyond yards
 A long-overlooked source of lead contamination in neighborhoods near a closed Vernon battery recycler could be cleaned under a push by state lawmakers to target the grassy strips between sidewalks and streets.
EPA blocks CNN and Associated Press journalists from attending Pruitt speech
The Environmental Protection Agency blocked reporters from several news outlets from a national summit on Tuesday where Scott Pruitt, the agency's chief, was speaking.
What happened to the 'affordable' $35,000 Tesla Model 3?
It's March 2016. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is on stage for the dramatic unveiling of the Tesla Model 3.
JetSuite strikes a deal for hybrid electric planes with start-up Zunum Aero
Irvine charter jet operator JetSuite will add hybrid electric planes to its fleet starting in 2022. It is the first substantial commercial order of an aircraft technology that could cut fuel costs and emissions, and make flights quieter.
Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses
When Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. approached Southern California officials in 2008 touting ambitious plans to build electric cars, local politicians jumped at the promise of thousands of jobs and cleaner air.
Precipitation whiplash and climate change threaten California’s freshwater
Imagine the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a giant reservoir providing water for 23 million people throughout California. During droughts, this snow reserve shrinks, affecting water availability in the state.
Trump Administration Axes Funding For NASA System That Monitors Greenhouse Gases
The Trump administration has quietly eliminated funding for NASA’s research program that tracks greenhouse gases around the world.
6 charts from new report show how much California’s climate has already changed
Warmer days — and nights. Rising sea levels. Less water available in summer.