Noteworthy News

Culver City Could Add 30 New Oil Wells and Allow Fracking Under New Proposal
Environmentalists and local activists are protesting a proposal by Culver City to allow up to 30 new oil wells to be drilled in the next 15 years. Even more controversially, the city's proposed regulations would allow for fracking and other forms of well stimulation.
High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020
The state’s bullet train authority acknowledged Tuesday evening that it would fail to meet its self-imposed deadline to complete by 2018 the project’s environmental reviews, which determine the exact route that the electrified rail line would take between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Fossil Fuel Emissions Set To Hit All-Time High In 2017 As Coal Burning Increases
Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are surging again after staying flat for three years, climate scientists reported on Monday, a sign that efforts to rein in planet-warming gases still have a long way to go.
Why Governor Jerry Brown Was Booed at the Bonn Climate Summit
Spare a little pity for Jerry Brown. The California governor has been standing up admirably to Donald Trump on many issues, but especially on climate change—even threatening to launch scientific satellites to replace the ones that Washington wants to ground.
Brown booby bird is nesting for first time in Channel Islands National Park
A seabird known as the brown booby is nesting for the first time in Channel Islands National Park.
Emissions fall under California's cap-and-trade program
Industries regulated under California’s cap-and-trade program reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 5% in 2016, according to new data released by state officials.
Air board broke law in adopting last-minute, industry-friendly smog measure, judge rules
Southern California’s air quality board broke the law and “abused its discretion” when it adopted oil industry-backed changes to smog rules the day of a hearing without delaying the vote to give the public more time to comment, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled.
California homeowners could get a tax break to capture rainwater in their backyards
It was raining and Judy Adler had a broken gutter. What could have been a simple repair turned into an effort to capture rain and use it for her backyard pond. Since late 2009, Adler has collected up to 11,000 gallons of rain annually at her Walnut Creek home.
California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools
California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.
The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change
From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory.