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Pruitt proposes new rule defining what science can be used by EPA

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The EPA administrator wants to restrict the science used by the agency in its decision-making. Scientists are concerned it eliminates all good science in the process.

Judge: SoCal Gas may do key study of its Aliso gas field despite potential conflict

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Lacking another entity willing to do the study, a judge ordered SoCal Gas to evaluate its underground gas reservoir. The report will be overseen by independent experts.

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With major pipeline down, some SoCal cities are asked to tighten their taps

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Starting Monday, the state Department of Water Resources will be fixing a portion of the Rialto Pipeline, which serves cities in parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The Rocky Mountains have a dust problem

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Dust in the Rocky Mountain snow can cause elevated water runoff and make forest fires more likely.

Who cares if animals are cute?

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Zoologist Lucy Cooke tries to focus on the facts and skip the sentimentality when looking at animal behavior.

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Forest officials want volunteers to help crack down on gold panning

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You're not supposed to pan for gold in the San Gabriel River — but that hasn't stopped people. Now there's a plan to crack down on it.

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Finding alternatives as Malibu moves to ban single-use plastic

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Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

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It's the Hubble Space Telescope's birthday. Enjoy amazing images of the Lagoon Nebula

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This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28 years in space and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency issued photos of colorful, explosive beauty.

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San Diego tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

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A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in San Diego is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.

'Houses disappeared' when tumbleweeds rolled into Victorville

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A resident of Victorville says tumbleweeds roll in whenever a strong wind kicks up — but that this latest round felt "like we were being invaded."

SpaceX launches NASA satellite to search for alien worlds

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TESS — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will spend two years searching for planets near bright, nearby stars.

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Should Elon Musk's Westside tunnel get to skip environmental review? Some LA leaders think so

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The region's transit agency worries The Boring Company's tunnel could interfere with its plans to build a subway under Sepulveda Boulevard.

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New report: Yup, Los Angeles is the most polluted metro area in the US

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The American Lung Association released its annual "State of the Air" report Wednesday, and the Golden State gets plenty of mentions — but not in a good way.

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The LA River was trashed — before these 900 people came to help

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Friends of the L.A. River just kicked off its 29th annual river clean-up. For three weekends in April, FoLAR will lead river cleanups along the entire 51-mile stretch of the river

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Why SoCal's 'Super Bloom' was a super bust this year

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Last year's incredible wildflower display created an Instagram frenzy. This year, not so much. What changed?

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Get ready for the next big thing in NASA's search for Earth's twin

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NASA is launching a mission to find Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that scientists can study for signs of life. Scientists already know of over 3,000 planets around distant stars.

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