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LA aims to eliminate 25% of smog before the 2028 Olympics

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Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday asking California to rely 100% on electric energy by 2045. LA answered with a goal of its own: electrifying transportation.

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Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence

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Hurricane Florence — large, slow and full of moisture — is threatening to inundate the Southeast. It's a type of storm that's getting more likely to form.

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Native American Tribes File Lawsuit Seeking To Invalidate Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

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The Fort Belknap Indian Community and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe contend there was no effort to study how the 1,200-mile pipeline project will affect their water systems and sacred lands.

A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

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It involves a super solar farm the size of the United States.

Coastal Labs Studying Increased Flooding Consider Moving Because Of Increased Flooding

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Scores of coastal research labs around the country are helping communities plan for sea level rise. But now many are starting to flood themselves.

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Antelope Valley housing project one step closer to reality

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The Centennial Housing Project would add 20,000 homes 70 miles northeast of LA. Despite protest, the LA County Regional Planning Commission recommended its approval.

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To Predict Effects Of Global Warming, Scientists Looked Back 20,000 Years

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More than 40 researchers concluded that climate change would make ecosystems such as deciduous forests, grasslands and Arctic tundra unrecognizable.

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Air Pollution Exposure Harms Cognitive Performance, Study Finds

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The researchers tested more than 25,000 people multiple times, matching the results with pollution data from the time of each test. Older adults were most affected by air quality.

Elemental: Reporting on the world we live in

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Elemental: Covering Sustainability is a multimedia collaboration covering urbanization, climate change, water and renewable energy.

Nearly 75 percent of new California oil wells in recent years were in low income neighborhoods, study says

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Nearly three-quarters of the new oil wells drilled in California in the past 7 years were in low income communities of color, according to a new analysis. Those numbers are helping fuel a campaign to get Governor Brown to ban new oil wells in the state before he leaves office.

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Trump Claims California Is Wasting Water That Could Be Used To Fight Wildfires

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The president blamed the intensity of the fires on state environmental policies, incorrectly claiming water that could be used to fight the fires is being pumped into the Pacific Ocean.

SoCal Gas to pay $119M to LA city and county for Aliso Canyon gas leak. Tally so far: $1B

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The settlement includes $45.4 million for "local environmental benefit projects," which would include a long-term health study.

A heat wave so bad, it burned leaves off SoCal trees

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It's not just people -- plants are also getting scorched by extreme heat across Southern California.

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Trump border wall faces new legal challenge

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A federal appeals court in Pasadena heard from attorneys Tuesday who say President Trump's proposed border wall violates more than 30 environmental laws.

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Aliso Canyon gas leak bill now totals $1 billion and growing

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The bills for the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout continue to pile up. This week Southern California Gas Company said the cost has now topped one billion dollars. 

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Climate Change Threatens Midwest's Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans

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When harvests are bad, Native Americans in the region may go without rice for the year. And there have been a lot of bad years lately, as climate change causes more frequent and severe rainstorms.

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