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How ripping out a plant species is helping save an endangered Southern California butterfly

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Tue, 07/17/2018 - 5:07pm

The little El Segundo blue was the very first insect to make the endangered species list, back in 1976. Existing only in the coastal dunes between LAX and Palos Verdes, it has made a heartwarming return thanks to the efforts of environmentalists, who have persuaded various cities and jurisdictions to rip out ubiquitous fields of ice plant and restore the native habitat that is vital to the survival of this rare creature.

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Supersonic Jets For The Ultra Rich Could Be A Climate Change Disaster

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Tue, 07/17/2018 - 5:04pm

Fifteen years after the last Concorde flew, a new fleet of up to 2,000 supersonic business jets is in the works to ferry wealthy travelers around the world. The planes are expected to hit the runway in the next decade, but the climate change alarms are already going off.

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California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees

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Tue, 07/17/2018 - 5:03pm

For years, there has been a movement in California to restore floodplains, by moving levees back from rivers and planting trees, shrubs and grasses in the low-lying land between. The goal has been to go back in time, to bring back some of the habitat for birds, animals and fish that existed before the state was developed.

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Ditching plastic straws is a good start, but the world is still buried in garbage

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Mon, 07/16/2018 - 5:35pm

Environmentalists praised Starbucks’ announcement this week that it will stop using plastic straws within two years, and it’s indeed a laudable move.

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

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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.