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  • L.A.'s water wasters will soon face heavier fines and audits

    L.A.'s water wasters will soon face heavier fines and audits

    As regulators mull softening the state’s drought restrictions amid outcry from some Northern California water districts, water wasters in Los Angeles will soon face stiffer fines and water audits under a plan approved this week by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Under the city’s amended water conservation...

  • This gated community insists California's drought is over, wants green lawns again

    This gated community insists California's drought is over, wants green lawns again

    The warning was stern and unequivocal: The days of unkempt, browning lawns in the gated community of Blackhawk were officially over. “We believe that allowing the drought to negatively impact the landscaping at any Blackhawk home does a disservice to property values throughout the community,” the...

  • West Coast fisheries are at risk as climate change disturbs the ocean's chemistry

    West Coast fisheries are at risk as climate change disturbs the ocean's chemistry

    The West Coast's abundant fisheries are at risk as the region's waters become more acidic, a group of scientists warn. Researchers from the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel released a report this month that projects dire changes to ocean chemistry and marine life, and recommends...

  • Endangered butterfly could get new lease on life with breeding program at San Diego Zoo

    Endangered butterfly could get new lease on life with breeding program at San Diego Zoo

    An endangered butterfly could get a new lease on life thanks to a breeding program at the San Diego Zoo. The population of the Quino checkerspot butterfly, known for its distinctive checkerboard-patterned orange, black and white wings, has drastically declined because of urban development that...

  • Two-year project will study air pollution in San Ysidro from cars idling at the border

    Two-year project will study air pollution in San Ysidro from cars idling at the border

    Long lines of idling cars waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are a part of life in San Ysidro. Concerned about the neighborhood's proximity to the world's busiest land port of entry, a local community development agency has launched a study to analyze the health risks associated with air pollution...

  • Enduring Somalia drought puts hundreds of thousands at risk, U.N. warns

    Enduring Somalia drought puts hundreds of thousands at risk, U.N. warns

    The severe drought in Ethiopia has made headline news. But it has also scorched northern Somalia, a region far less able to cope with the impact. About 385,000 people are already facing a hunger crisis in semiautonomous Somaliland and Puntland, to the east. The United Nations' Office for the Coordination...

  • Pact reached to remove four Klamath River dams that block salmon migration

    Pact reached to remove four Klamath River dams that block salmon migration

    California, Oregon and a private utility Wednesday signed an agreement that could finally take down four hydroelectric dams that block salmon migrations on the Klamath River. The pact, signed by the governors of both states and federal officials at the mouth of the Klamath in Northern California,...

  • State isn't using blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

    State isn't using blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

    The state of California has blood test results showing high levels of lead in children living near the closed Exide battery plant in Vernon but is not using the information to direct its massive cleanup of lead-contaminated homes and yards. Health experts say the test results should be used to...

  • California delays BPA warning rules, fearing they could scare away shoppers

     California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits and vegetables available — canned ones, officials said Thursday. Instead, the state...

  • Will the world's next wars be fought over water?

    Will the world's next wars be fought over water?

    California’s ongoing drought is one sign that we have entered some uncharted and uncomfortable territory. Of the fears that have risen alongside a warming planet, perhaps none have attracted more attention than the "water wars" hypothesis. This hypothesis says that increased water shortages around...

  • Reservoirs are getting a big boost from 'Miracle March' — but the drought isn't over yet

    Reservoirs are getting a big boost from 'Miracle March' — but the drought isn't over yet

    So much rain has fallen in Northern California recently that federal officials have done what would have been unthinkable a year ago. They opened the spill gates at Folsom Lake and let precious water tumble into the American River as a precaution against — of all things — flooding. A series of...

  • EPA rejects Southern California smog-fighting program as ineffective

    EPA rejects Southern California smog-fighting program as ineffective

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected part of a smog-reduction plan by Southern California air quality regulators, saying it has failed to cut pollution from oil refineries and other big emissions sources as required by federal law. The EPA says an emissions-trading program administered...

  • El Niño: Preparing now for disasters later

    El Niño: Preparing now for disasters later

    For much of this year, some of the world’s most vulnerable people have found themselves in the grip of El Niño, a profound and confounding natural disaster that brings with it severe floods, severe drought and, potentially, more intense and more frequent cyclones. Arriving every three to seven...

  • Natural causes are ruled out in the deaths of 13 bald eagles in Maryland

    Natural causes are ruled out in the deaths of 13 bald eagles in Maryland

    Federal authorities have determined how 13 bald eagles found dead on the Eastern Shore have died, but will only say publicly that they have ruled out natural causes. The focus of the investigation is now on prosecuting anyone responsible for the deaths — Maryland's largest single die-off of the...

  • Coastal chief's ouster prompts bill to require transparency between lobbyists and panel

    Coastal chief's ouster prompts bill to require transparency between lobbyists and panel

    Reacting to the dismissal of the California Coastal Commission's executive director, Assembly members on Friday said they plan to introduce legislation to require people who lobby the commission to register with the state and disclose their clients with business pending before the powerful land-use...

  • Volcanic spires and Joshua trees: Obama protects 1.8 million acres in California's desert

    Volcanic spires and Joshua trees: Obama protects 1.8 million acres in California's desert

    President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading. The designation was requested by U.S....

  • Road to recovery begins in Porter Ranch as gas leak is halted at last

    Road to recovery begins in Porter Ranch as gas leak is halted at last

    Nearly four months of environmental contamination and civic disruption in Porter Ranch came close to an end Thursday when work crews pierced the underground casing of the damaged Aliso Canyon gas well and started injecting it with a mud-like compound. "The well is no longer leaking," said Jimmie...

  • Fired California Coastal Commission director speaks out

    Fired California Coastal Commission director speaks out

    The newly fired executive director of the California Coastal Commission said Thursday that commissioners have shifted in recent years to be more accommodating to coastal developers and to exert tighter control over day-to-day activities at the agency. "This commission seems to be more interested...

  • Coastal Commission, an agency with populist roots, takes heat over secret-session firing of director

    Coastal Commission, an agency with populist roots, takes heat over secret-session firing of director

    The California Coastal Commission, born of a populist movement more than four decades ago, has long maintained the respect of environmentalists and residents fighting to protect the state's 1,100-mile shoreline. Conservation-minded Californians have largely supported the agency as responsive to...

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