Noteworthy News

L.A. may charge drivers by the mile, adding freeway tolls to cut congestion
For years, Southern California lawmakers have tried to steer clear of decisions that make driving more expensive or miserable, afraid of angering one of their largest groups of constituents.
'The only thing we can do is adapt': Greenland ice melt reaching 'tipping point,' study finds
Climate change is causing Greenland's massive ice sheets to melt much faster than previously thought, a new study has found, and it may be "too late" to do anything about it.
26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People
The gap between rich and poor is fracturing society, poisoning politics and fueling public anger, according to a new report from anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam, which found that last year just 26 people owned the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion people. This figure is down from 43 the year before.
Tesla layoffs loom and its stock price plunges as Musk shifts focus from growth to survival
In an email to employees Friday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk painted a dim picture of the company’s near future. He said Tesla’s cars are “still too expensive for most people,” and that to cut costs, the company would have to cut 7% of its full-time workforce.
PG&E bankruptcy plan threatens California’s electric car goals
California has set its sights on having millions more electric cars on the road over the next decade, but the planned bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the state’s largest investor-owned utility, could complicate efforts to achieve that goal.
Frayed Wires: As California enters a brave new energy world, can it keep the lights on?
Gretchen Bakke thinks a lot about power—the kind that sizzles through a complex grid of electrical stations, poles, lines and transformers, keeping the lights on for tens of millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted.
Oceans had their hottest year on record in 2018 as global warming accelerates
Earth’s oceans had their warmest year on record in 2018, a stark indication of the enormous amount of heat being absorbed by the sea as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists reported Wednesday.
EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler Downplays Climate Threat At Testy Confirmation Hearing
Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist chosen by President Donald Trump to serve as the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator, downplayed the threat of climate change at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
Are We Living Through Climate Change’s Worst-Case Scenario?
The year 2018 was not an easy one for planet Earth.
New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Pollution By 2050
Amid mounting calls to phase out fossil fuels in the face of rapidly worsening climate change, the United States is ramping up oil and gas drilling faster than any other country, threatening to add 1,000 coal plants’ worth of planet-warming gases by the middle of the century, according to a report released Wednesday.