Noteworthy News

Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change
A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.
Paramount residents not alone in pollution fight
Soon after starting work at Lincoln Elementary in Paramount nearly five years ago, second-grade teacher Lisa Lappin became alarmed by the number of teachers and students sick from cancer and other illnesses.
Obama Announces Aid for Drought-Stricken California
President Obama arrived in the heart of California’s parched farmland on Friday afternoon to offer tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance to the state, where the lack of rain and snow this winter has led to the severest drought in its modern history.
Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas as a Fuel for Vehicles
The sign is ubiquitous on city buses around the country: “This bus runs on clean burning natural gas.”
California Seeing Brown Where Green Used to Be
Fields that in any other year would be filled with broccoli, melons and onions are instead dusty patches of dirt. Farmers are calculating losses that add up with each arid day.
Planet-warming methane leaking at higher rate, study finds
Federal regulators are missing about 14 million metric tons of greenhouse gas in their annual inventory, most of which likely comes from the nation's growing natural gas industry, according to a new study.
The Dust Bowl Returns
Every Saturday in late December and January, as reports of brutal temperatures and historic snowfalls streamed in from family in Vermont, New York and even southern Louisiana, we made weekly pilgrimages to our local beer garden to enjoy craft brews and unseasonably warm afternoons.
Freezing Out the Bigger Picture
At the exact moment President Obama was declaring last month that “climate change is a fact,” thousands of drivers in Atlanta were trapped in a grueling winter ordeal, trying to get home on roads that had turned into ribbons of ice.
Whose Garbage Is This Anyway?
It was not your usual Holy Land tour, but surely one of the most revealing I’ve ever had. A team from Friends of the Earth Middle East took me around to see how waste, sewage and untreated water flow, or don’t, between Israel and the West Bank.
Firm seeks to harness Wyoming's wind energy for California
A relentless wind howls day after day across this high desert, pouring through a low gap on the Continental Divide.