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EPA Chief Signals Showdown With California on Fuel Emission Standards

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Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:14am

The Trump administration’s chief environmental regulator signaled a coming showdown with California, warning the state won’t dictate the future of ambitious automobile fuel economy regulations enacted by the Obama administration.

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Environmental and consumer groups call for L.A. to replace its DWP watchdog

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Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:05am

Environmental and consumer groups urged the city Wednesday to pick a new watchdog to monitor the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, arguing that Fred Pickel had failed to fight for the interests of local ratepayers.

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Malibu bans restaurants from giving out plastic straws, stirrers and utensils

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Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:02pm

During every visit to the beach, Sheila Morovati, her husband and their two kids each pick up at least 10 pieces of trash. Almost always, every item is made of plastic: straws, bottle caps, lids, forks.

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North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists

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Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:02pm

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.

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2 years after the gas leak above Porter Ranch, here’s what’s changed — and what hasn’t

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Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:00pm

Thousands fled their homes after a massive gas leak sprung at the Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, ultimately spewing more than 100,000 metric tons of climate-altering methane into the atmosphere.