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SoCal Edison opens new facility for wildfire prevention

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Edison installed new weather stations across the county and a new Situational Awareness Center to help stop wildfires before they start.

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Toxics agency says Exide cleanup is far from over

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The head of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control says it will take two more years to finish removing lead from all of 2,500 properties near the old Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.

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McDonald's Says It's Ditching Plastic Straws In U.K. And Ireland

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McDonald's also says it will test alternatives to plastic straws in some restaurants in the U.S. and several other countries later this year.

Replacing dirty coal power plant with cleaner natural gas still controversial at LADWP

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Los Angeles has been cutting back on burning fossil fuels for electricity.

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Flooding And Rising Seas Threaten America's Oldest Farmland

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Some of the oldest farmland in America is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. But as sea levels rise, saltwater is killing crops and threatening a way of life.

The U.N. Goal That Doesn't Get A Lot Of Respect

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Leaders in developing countries were asked to rank the U.N.'s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. One particular goal was typically at the bottom of their priority list.

How the LA Zoo is trying to save an endangered local frog

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A frog that lives only in the San Gabriel Mountains is nearly extinct. A breeding program at the L.A. Zoo is trying to change that.

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New danger as fast-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea

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Rivers of molten rock pour into the ocean as lava from Kilauea volcano picks up speed, spewing molten rock into the air.

San Diego Zoo rhino pregnant and could help save subspecies

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Scientists will be watching closely to see if Victoria the southern white rhino can carry her calf to term over 16 to 18 months of gestation.

Despite a comeback, California's threatened sea otters are 'stuck'

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Even after decades of government protection, southern sea otters today still occupy only about a fourth of their historic range.

Etienne Trouvelot, the Victorian who brought us transcendent space paintings ... and gypsy moths

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At the Huntington, praise Étienne Trouvelot for his truly lovely chromolithographs of the night sky, and curse the Victorian for loosing a plague on our forests.

California is steadily losing groundwater

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A new study of the globe's water says drought and farming are depleting California's groundwater, but new measures could help the state sustain its supply.

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Broken pipes and limited gas storage: Why power outages might be more likely this summer

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Southern California Gas Company doesn't know when outages on four major gas pipelines will be fixed, and as a result, we'll have less gas imported this summer, heightening the possibility of power outages.

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Scientists warn of more eruptions from Hawaii's Big Island volcano

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New fissures broke out over the weekend, spewing lava and toxic gas, as earthquakes rumbled the island. Geologists are warning residents further violent explosions are possible.

This tiny helicopter from JPL will hitch a ride to Mars in 2020

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A tiny chopper being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be carried aboard the Mars 2020 rover as a technology demonstration to test its ability to scout and reach locations not accessible by ground.

To save the forest, Gov. Brown wants to burn more trees

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The order calls for accelerating forest management procedures such as cutting back dense stands of trees and setting controlled fires to burn out thick brush.

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