Noteworthy News

Gas-tax repeal backers to launch new campaign to halt California's bullet train
Backers of a November initiative to repeal the gas-tax increase said Monday they will also ask voters to approve a measure in 2020 that would provide funds to fix roads without charging Californians more at the pump, and would halt the state’s $77-billion high-speed rail project.
Federal Judge Restores Endangered Species Protection To Yellowstone-Area Grizzlies
A federal judge on Monday restored endangered species protection to about 700 grizzly bears living in or around Yellowstone National Park just days before Wyoming and Idaho were set to allow the hunting of nearly two dozen of the animals.
Environmentalists and police battle in a 12,000-year-old German forest in fight over coal mining
When German riot police began removing environmental protesters from treehouses perched high in a 12,000-year-old forest, they were met with an organic response: buckets of human waste raining down on their helmets and shoulders.
Climate change swells ranks of refugees as Trump administration retreats to the sidelines
From African farms shriveled into desert to monster storms revved up by warmer air over the oceans, climate change is stoking environmental disasters around the globe and uprooting millions of people a year — adding to a refugee crisis said to be the worst since World War II.
Isolated Nomads Are Under Siege in the Amazon Jungle
The tread marks in the blood-red earth are deep—and fresh. Tainaky Tenetehar climbs off his dirt bike for a closer look.
87 days of smog: Southern California just saw its longest streak of bad air in decades
Southern Californians might remember the summer of 2018 for its sweltering heat waves, record ocean temperatures and destructive wildfires. But it also claimed another distinction: the summer we went nearly three months without a day of clean air.
California becomes the first state to restrict plastic straws at restaurants
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the nation’s first state law barring dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless they are requested, saying discarded plastic is “choking our planet.” Brown cited the damage that discarded plastic has done to marine life and its threat to human health. “
Environmentalists worry that Florence will leave behind a toxic mess in North Carolina
Rick Dove is an environmental paparazzo operating at more than 1,000 feet above the ground. A senior advisor with the Waterkeeper Alliance, he circles the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence in the back seat of a tiny propeller plane, gripping his camera while searching for toxic problems below. Like a shutterbug hunting
Jerry Brown Made Climate Change His Issue. Now, He’s Not Sure How Much Politicians Can Do.
SAN FRANCISCO — It was a big act, one of the last in the final days of a long political career, and it was about one of his life’s passions: safeguarding the environment.
The Saudi wealth fund bought Tesla stock. Now it's investing in Lucid, a Tesla competitor
Lucid Motors, the Bay Area electric car start-up, has been struggling to raise money for more than a year. Now it appears to have found some: more than a billion dollars from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. If the deal announced Monday closes as Lucid expects, the company said it will have enough cash to finish