Noteworthy News

Trump administration’s own analyses indicate many of its new regulations will hurt vulnerable Americans
President Trump’s push to roll back federal regulations will take a significant toll on Americans’ health and finances, according to a surprising source — the Trump administration itself.
Is California going the way of Germany when it comes to energy?
One place possesses the fourth-largest economy in the world. Another is home to the fifth-largest.
Metro’s $2-billion rail line from Mid-City to the South Bay will miss its 2019 deadline
A $2-billion light-rail line that will add a key north-south connection to Los Angeles County’s growing transit network is facing several construction problems and will not open next year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
‘Insane’ California Air Topped World Health Standard by 60 Times
California’s air exceeded world health standards by 60 times last week, and conditions on Monday continued to top safe thresholds with the deadliest blaze ever in the state is about 65 percent contained.
How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet
Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual limb: climate science was still young.
Twice? PG&E alerts state regulators of second power line failure near Camp Fire mystery ‘second start’
A senior PG&E official alerted state regulators late Friday that one of the utility’s distribution lines suffered a power outage about 15 minutes after the deadly Camp Fire roared to life on the morning of Nov. 8.
How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products
For 10 years, John Bumstead has had a small but profitable business buying old Apple laptops in bulk, refurbishing them by hand, and selling them to wholesalers or via Amazon.com for about $150.
California fires bring upheaval to utilities as they face massive liabilities
The worst fires in recorded California history promise to reshape the state’s utilities as Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison face billions of dollars in potential liabilities and growing calls to overhaul their systems to better prevent wildfires.
Northern California fire brings worst air quality in the world to residents hundreds of miles away
Smoke from the Camp fire — California’s deadliest wildfire in recorded history — has poured into communities hundreds of miles away, filling the sky with dangerous particles, grayish hues and a bitter odor. The smoke has also dropped temperatures as much as 10 degrees because the haze is blotting out the sun.
How Elon Musk might make $920 million in Tesla debt go away
A big pile of debt comes due at Tesla on March 1 — $920 million worth. But starting in two weeks, the company has a chance to make it disappear.