Noteworthy News

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.
Goodbye science, hello industry
Rigorous, independent research and analysis should undergird everything the government does. Nowhere is that more true than at the Environmental Protection Agency, which crafts and enforces a wide range of regulations aimed at limiting damage to the environment — and to people — from pollutants.
U.S. report contradicts Trump team: Warming is mostly man-made
A massive U.S. report concludes that the evidence of global warming is stronger than ever, contradicting a favorite talking point of top Trump administration officials, who downplay humans’ role in climate change.
L.A., Long Beach ports adopt plan to slash air pollution and go zero-emissions
The nation’s largest port complex approved a plan Thursday to slash air pollution by encouraging the phase-out of diesel trucks in favor of natural gas and, ultimately, zero-emissions trucks and cargo-handling equipment over the next two decades.
Tesla says full-speed production of Model 3 won't come for months, as it reports a big loss
For months, Tesla forecast a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans a week by the end of this December. Never mind.
EPA Replaced Its Top Science Advisers Without Telling Them
The Environmental Protection Agency dismissed its top science counselors without telling them in advance, two of them told HuffPost on Wednesday.
Crops in 25 States Damaged by Unintended Drift of Weed Killer
A weed killer called dicamba has damaged more than 3.6 million acres of soybean crops, or about 4 percent of all soybeans planted in the United States this year, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday in calling for an urgent federal response.
Rising temperatures sucking water out of the Colorado River
Rising temperatures are undermining the source of one third of Southern California’s drinking water: the Colorado River.