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Air regulators propose stricter controls but not ban on toxic refinery chemical

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Over the past year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has examined ways to make two refineries that use hydrofluoric acid safer.

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California needs to store natural gas underground, report says

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A state study has found that other alternatives are too costly to meet California's energy needs. It noted the potential risks from earthquakes and other leaks.

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2017 was one of the warmest years on record

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Scientists say it's a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally.

Did the Thomas fire contaminate the ocean? Ask the algae

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As communities continue to reel from the Thomas fire and devastating mudslides, scientists are trying to understand the impact that both are having on coastal ecosystems.

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National Guard soldier ferried Montecito mud survivors to safety

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Some trucks and drivers were positioned in advance of the storm and were reaching victims within an hour of the mudslide.

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GM says car with no steering wheel or pedals ready for streets in 2019

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To deploy its fourth-generation Cruise AV, the company will need waivers for some regulations. How can a car without a steering wheel have a steering wheel airbag?

Gov. Brown calls Trump official to say: No drilling off CA

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A week after the Department of Interior released its offshore drilling plan, governors of coastal states are asking Secretary Ryan Zinke to spare their coastline. Including Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Researchers spot massive black hole in double 'burp'

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The cosmic sinkhole is at the center of a galaxy 800 million light-years from Earth and supports the theory that such objects can switch their power output on and off in relatively short time-scales.

Extreme weather is hitting California infrastructure hard

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California has been devastated by severe weather patterns recently, raising concerns about the ability of the state's infrastructure to handle it

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Climate change means 'virtually no male turtles' born in key nesting ground

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Like many reptiles, the sex of a turtle is determined by how warm the egg is as it's being incubated. And small temperature differences can cause dramatic changes in the male-to-female ratio.

California, other states ask for offshore drilling exemption Florida got

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The Trump administration has proposed radically expanding offshore oil drilling, but Florida's waters are "off the table." Leaders in California, New York, South Carolina and elsewhere noticed.

A record price tag for US weather disasters: $306 billion

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The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, including hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. Western wildfires fanned by heat racked up $18 billion in damage alone.

Rain prompts evacuations for Southern California burn areas

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With the first major storm of the season heading for Southern California, residents in the burn areas for recent major fires are preparing for potential mudslides.

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Are gummy bear flavors just fooling our brains?

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Color really does impact our perception of taste — even if the ingredients are otherwise the same, scientists say. It's something candy companies use to their advantage.

Offshore drilling in CA has a chance, but it may be unlikely

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What dissuades oil companies from expanding drilling? Low oil prices, plus the potential for costly legal battles, which California may provide.

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Mountain lions that kill pets and livestock won't automatically be targeted for death

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Instead, you'll have to try non-lethal methods first. That's because California has reduced the number of automatic kill permits for the big cats.