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L.A. water and power commission backs plan for natural gas plant
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will seek to scale back plans for a Utah power plant fueled by natural gas, under a proposal backed unanimously Tuesday by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners.
In Rare Good News For Coral, UN Agency Says Belize Barrier Reef No Longer In Danger
The Belize Barrier Reef System, a 190-mile-long swatch of coral that includes famed sites like the Great Blue Hole, has been removed from UNESCO’s list of imperiled sites after a widespread campaign to protect the structure, the UN agency said Tuesday.
New California redwood park larger than Muir Woods created on Sonoma Coast
STEWARTS POINT — For more than a century, Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County has been one of Northern California’s main tourist attractions, with towering old-growth redwood trees that draw more than 1 million visitors a year.
Struggling bumblebees can thrive in an unlikely place: The city
Imagine you’re a bumblebee queen in England. It’s February and you’ve just woken up from your winter hibernation. You’re hungry, pregnant, and ready to find the most promising spot to start a new colony.
Our Beef Addiction Has Contributed To Shocking New Deforestation Figures
Enough trees to fill 44 football fields were lost from tropical forests every minute of every day during 2017 as the world racked up its second worst year for global tree cover loss, according to new data from the University of Maryland published by the World Resources Institute.
Southern California's coastal communities could lose 130 feet of cliffs this century as sea levels rise
It’s not just beaches and sand that are disappearing as the ocean pushes inland. Sea level rise is also eating away at California’s coastal cliffs.
For PG&E, cutting power could prevent fires and save lives — and costs
Maggie Leavitt loves living in the mountainous backcountry of San Diego County. She could do, however, without the blackouts.
Exclusive: Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states - documents
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electric car maker Tesla Inc’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar
With plastic straws on way out, Bay Area bartenders face paper straw shortage
The lowly plastic straw has become the focus of high controversy. California state lawmakers are considering a law requiring restaurants to provide straws — like other plastic products, an environmental hazard — only on request. Cities including San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley are moving to outlaw plastic straws
Trump Drowns Ocean Protections During National Ocean Month
In proclaiming June National Ocean Month, President Donald Trump called on the nation to “reflect on the value and importance of oceans” and “celebrate this immense natural resource.”