Noteworthy News

How a bankruptcy filing shielded a big coal company from California's climate-change lawsuits
Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest private-sector coal company, joined several of its fellow coal producers in bankruptcy in 2016. Its main goal was to wriggle out from under more than $10 billion in debt it had incurred to expand, even as demand was sharply falling.
A Philippines grandmother fought to get a toxic coal stockpile out of her neighborhood. Three bullets stopped her
Gloria Capitan couldn’t have imagined her fate. Her cause felt just, and her community was behind her. Besides, who would kill a 57-year-old grandmother?
As bitter cold racks Northeast, California enjoys nation's warmest weather
Southern California reported the warmest temperatures in the nation on Wednesday and would probably do the same on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Regulators warned against housing near freeways due to health risks. Now they're warming to it
Twelve years ago, California air quality officials delivered a warning to cities and counties: Avoid putting new homes in high-pollution zones within 500 feet of freeways.
L.A. and its trash haulers are quarreling over customer bills in the city's new recycling program
The honeymoon could soon be over between Los Angeles and the trash companies picked to carry out the city’s huge new recycling program. Over the last three months, the city’s Bureau of Sanitation and the refuse haulers have been at odds over the hefty new fees showing up on customers’ bills — including one being charged
'Am I going to get out of here alive?' In one of Africa's most dangerous corners, a fight to the death for the elephants
Kambale Mate huddled beneath a tangle of grass, looking up at bright stars in a moonless sky, a tumble of chaotic events cascading through his mind. Where were the other wildlife rangers, Jean de Dieu Matongo and Joel Meriko Ari? Were they alive? He had been a ranger for only five months at Garamba National Park, the last
Couple donates $165 million to preserve 24,000 acres at Point Conception
A conservation group on Thursday purchased a sprawling stretch of Santa Barbara County coastline — a prized acquisition made possible by a $165-million gift from a couple who had long sought to protect the pristine ranchland from development. The nonprofit Nature Conservancy acquired the Cojo-Jalama Ranches, which comprise
Preparing for a drier future along the Colorado River
After a 17-year run of mostly dry years, the Colorado River’s flow has decreased significantly below the 20th century average. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, now stands just 39 percent full. The level of the reservoir behind Hoover Dam has been hovering a bit above historic lows during the past year,
Heartbreaking Video Shows Starving Polar Bear On Warming Canadian Island
A gut-wrenching video taken on Canada’s Baffin Island shows an adult polar bear that looks like little more than a bag of bones covered by slack fur. The bear is pulling his body across an iceless emptiness, desperately seeking food.
Key California environmental law not a barrier to development, new state report says
The state’s primary environmental law governing development doesn’t block development from actually happening, according to a state study released Thursday.