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How A Grocery Store's Plan To Shame Customers Into Using Reusable Bags Backfired

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A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans on plastic bags, such as "Wart Ointment Wholesale" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium" to get customers to use reusable shopping bags.

Why Wasn't There A ShakeAlert Message Before The Quake?

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The shaking in Los Angeles didn't reach the magnitude target to trigger the app. Officials say they'll lower the threshold for future quakes.

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Pasadena Fire Department Sprays Fire Retardant Ahead of July Fourth

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In an effort to prevent Fourth of July fireworks from sparking fires, the Pasadena Fire Department began its annual campaign of spraying fire retardant on areas covered with brush, starting with a slope near the Rose Bowl.

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Top Clean-Air Official Plans To Step Down From EPA Post Amid Ethics Probe

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Bill Wehrum, who last week scored a victory for coal industry supporters by rolling back Obama-era power plant emissions rules, is leaving his post at the end of the month.

Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is covered in table salt

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Travel 390 million miles away from Earth to Jupiter’s moon Europa and you’ll find something more often found on dining tables. Salt. That’s according to a new study from researchers at Caltech and JPL.

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The Decision That Could Radically Clean Up Long Beach's Dirty Coast

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It's a wave-killer, a protective barrier, and an unlikely marine habitat -- but that could change.

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More Wildfires Bring Focus On How All That Smoke May Harm Firefighters

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Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

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Residents React to Fontana Earthquake Swarm

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There have been hundreds of small earthquakes in the Fontana area since Memorial Day. Some residents are jittery, but others say they haven't even felt them.

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Contentious Oregon Climate Plan Takes Lessons From California's Mistakes

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Oregon will be the second state to pass an economywide system to regulate carbon emissions. Critics say a similar program in California has not had much impact.

Protection Versus Pollution: The Road Ahead For The Long Beach Breakwater

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It won't come down completely, but changes could be made to the Long Beach breakwater that could transform the city's offshore ecosystem.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Hit With $20 Million Penalty For Environmental Crimes

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The company has a long history of dumping plastic trash and oily waste from its ships, with violations dating back to 1993. In 2016, its Princess subsidiary agreed to pay $40 million for pollution.

South Africa's Carbon Tax Set To Go Into Effect Next Week

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President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the measure into law on Sunday. Some 40 countries have adopted various programs aimed at changing the price of carbon.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Continues On For Thousands Of Plaintiffs

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Attorneys for alleged victims of the nation’s largest-ever natural gas leak spoke to reporters today in Porter Ranch, near the site of the 2015 disaster at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field.

More Than Just A Pile Of Rocks: A Closer Look At The Long Beach Breakwater

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For decades, a two-mile long breakwater has protected coastal areas of Long Beach from potentially destructive ocean waves.

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Bills To Curb Single-Use Plastics in CA Clear Key Hurdle

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A pair of bills designed to drastically reduce plastic waste in California passed the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees on Thursday.

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Oil Spill Seeping Into Gulf Of Mexico Contained After 14 Years, Coast Guard Says

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The Taylor Energy oil spill began after Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide and caused the company's oil platform to topple and sink.