Noteworthy News

California's Trees Are Dying At A Catastrophic Rate
John Muir, naturalist and cofounder of the Sierra Club, wrote of the forests in the Sierra Nevada, "Going to the woods is going home." Unfortunately, since 2014 that home has seen unprecedented levels of tree mortality with as many as 129 million trees across 8.9 million acres lost.
Trump's EPA proposes to block regulators from considering a wide range of scientific studies
The Trump administration launched an attack on the science behind many of the nation's clean air and clean water rules, announcing a proposal Tuesday that would effectively prevent regulators from considering a wide range of health studies when they look at new regulations.
Trump's EPA argues more people will die in car accidents unless California fuel rules are weakened
The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated — argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules championed by California that require cars and SUVs to average 55 miles per gallon by 2025.
Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem
A sperm whale was found washed ashore dead after swallowing 64 pounds of plastic debris. The male sperm whale was found on the Murcian coast in southern Spain in late February, reminding us how critical plastic waste in the oceans has become.
Contamination from a nuclear cleanup forced a shutdown. Investigators want to know who is responsible
As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.
Scientists Accidentally Create A Plastic-Eating Enzyme
A Japanese waste dump is an unlikely location for what may be a huge breakthrough in the plastics pollution crisis.
Taking a green rental bike through DTLA? A tipsheet for first-timers
A bike tour of downtown Los Angeles — or DTLA — is a breezy way to skirt congestion and see city sights up close. The affordable green Metro bikes can be found in racks every few blocks, and are placed at such hot spots as Union Station and Grand Central Market. Zig-zag your way through the booming Arts District or pedal
Jerry Brown's work to seal his climate legacy is only half done
It seems a little churlish to prod Jerry Brown on carbon issues. He's done as much as any leader in the world to move forward on the climate and energy crises that are the defining challenges of our time.
Vote on Southern California's investment in delta tunnel project could be a nail-biter
With the city of Los Angeles and Orange County on opposite sides, Southern California's role in financing a massive water delivery project is likely to hinge on a few smaller agencies.
Apple says its global facilities are now powered by 100-percent clean energy
Last week, Apple called out the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to rollback the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The company cited both the obvious environmental impact of such a move, along with potential economic fallout.