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  • What role should the L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles?

    What role should the L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles?

    A thriving river, teeming with wildlife. A future in which the city meets its own water needs without importing extra from elsewhere. Can Los Angeles have both? That’s the challenge facing a city that aspires to live within its environmental means. If local agencies follow through on their most...

  • Rolling back fuel economy standards could mean bigger cars — and less progress on climate change

    Rolling back fuel economy standards could mean bigger cars — and less progress on climate change

    Gas prices have been so low in recent years that more Americans are choosing to buy bigger vehicles, a trend that has stymied efforts to cut auto emissions. One thing reining in consumer appetite for trucks and SUVs has been tough fuel economy standards adopted several years ago by California and...

  • Once a Trump favorite, EPA chief Scott Pruitt might not be able to save his job

    Once a Trump favorite, EPA chief Scott Pruitt might not be able to save his job

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt once seemed immune from the Trump Cabinet chaos. No more. Questions are dogging Pruitt over first-class plane trips at taxpayer expense, a housing deal from a lobbyist’s wife and big government payouts for his friends. The anti-regulatory crusader's...

  • Today: Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California

    Today: Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California

    Once again, the Trump administration has put “out of control” California in its sights. TOP STORIES Trump’s EPA Fuels a New Fight With California The “Trump administration versus California” battle has many fronts: immigration, oil drilling, civil rights. On Monday, two of the state’s environmental...

  • Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

    Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

    The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California’s environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions. The announcement came as...

  • No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

    No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

    Perhaps it is unsurprising that the White House still hasn’t filled this job: San Francisco is not an inviting place for the Make America Great Again administration. But the administration’s effort to fill one of its most important environmental jobs — chief of the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

  • Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

    Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

    After being criticized for shifting his position on the so-called Dreamers, President Trump will propose a path forward. TOP STORIES Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal President Trump has left for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to rub elbows with the “globalist...

  • White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

    White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

    The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again. And yet, here we are again. The Trump administration...

  • In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

    In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

    Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21. They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will...

  • 2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

    2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

    Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth. Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even...

  • One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

    One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

    A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done. In September, at the behest of power...

  • Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

    Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

    The Trump administration’s environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll. TOP STORIES The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters Some call it industry-friendly regulation. Others call it abandonment of duty. The Trump administration’s approach to the environment is markedly different...

  • U.S. and Mexico may be at odds, but they've reached agreement on managing the Colorado River

    U.S. and Mexico may be at odds, but they've reached agreement on managing the Colorado River

    The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts. The nine-year deal, which expands on a 1944 water treaty between...

  • Mnuchin, Price and others on Trump's team are flying high with taxpayer money – but where's the outrage?

    Mnuchin, Price and others on Trump's team are flying high with taxpayer money – but where's the outrage?

    The Treasury secretary requested a military plane for his European honeymoon. The head of Health and Human Services ran up a six-figure tab flying around the country on private jets. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency dinged taxpayers for repeated excursions back home to Oklahoma....

  • EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites but won't say from where

    EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites but won't say from where

    The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material...

  • L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

    L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

    Like so many things in Southern California, the palm tree was an import from somewhere else that over time became inextricably symbolic of its adopted home. But the trees, so identified with the sun-splashed excitement of Los Angeles, are facing a decidedly darker fate. They are dying of fatal...

  • Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

    Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

    Six people died from heat-related illnesses amid a record-breaking hot spell that roasted the Bay Area over the Labor Day weekend, officials say. Those who died were seniors, mostly in their late 70s, 80s and 90s, and nearly all were found in their Bay Area homes, according to coroner’s officials...

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