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Surprise! California cracked down on carbon and its economy is still booming

Published: 
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 5:33pm

The predictions were dire in 2006 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill audaciously committing the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 in order to combat global warming.

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California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early

Published: 
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 5:25pm

In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal early.

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Climate change is heating up Los Angeles. We need a grid that can keep the power on when it's sweltering

Published: 
Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:23am

The record-breaking heat that baked Southern California and prompted mass power outages last weekend was just a taste of what is to come. Summers in SoCal have already been getting hotter over the last century. Climate change is expected to produce more frequent and more blistering heat waves in the coming years that will put unprecedented stress on the electrical grid and challenge utilities to keep the power on.

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California and New York City: We’ll buy more electric cars. How about you?

Published: 
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 6:49pm

A coalition of states, cities and businesses determined to fight climate change announced a campaign Tuesday to buy more zero-emission vehicles for their own fleets and persuade others to do the same.

Coalition members, which include the state of California and the city of New York, also called upon automakers to develop an “endgame” for cars burning fossil fuels and commit to ensuring that a set proportion of the cars they sell in 2025 produce no emissions.

“The auto industry knows this is a global trend and many are racing to be part of it,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, which runs most of the state’s climate programs, in a statement. “Companies that fail to adapt do so at their peril.”

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A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.

Published: 
Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:06pm

When dust storms began rising off the dry bed of Owens Lake, authorities in the Eastern Sierra blamed Los Angeles’ thirst. The city had, after all, drained the lake in the 1920s to serve its faucets.