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How big changes to the Endangered Species Act would affect California

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The Trump Administration is moving to weaken the Endangered Species Act. That's the law credited with bringing back grey wolves and peregine falcons from the brink of extinction. Here in California those proposed changes might not matter.

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Ferguson fire near Yosemite harbinger of California's fire year ahead

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The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a destructive fire year ahead for California.

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California's oil/gas regulators add an enforcement arm

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The state agency that regulates oil and gas in California is gaining a new enforcement arm this week, capable of issuing big new fines. The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, also known as DOGGR, has often been criticized as being too close to the industry.

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Massive Iceberg Looms Over A Village In Greenland

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The giant mountain of ice towers is threatening a tiny village, causing authorities to evacuate residents.

Why cutting emissions in California is about to get harder

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You may have heard the good news about climate change here in California. New data shows the state met ambitious goals for cutting carbon emissions ahead of schedule -- by four years.

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Benzene in the Aliso Canyon Blowout

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Porter Ranch residents who live near the Aliso Canyon gas storage field have long wanted to know what chemicals they ingested living next door to that long-lasting leak.

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Is CEQA protecting natural beauty — or blocking affordable housing?

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Habitat for Humanity wants to build affordable housing in Redwood City, but a nearby resident is using the California Environmental Quality Act to stop the apartments.

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Here's why the power grid had an epic fail this weekend

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It's not because we didn't have enough electricity to meet demand.

Conservation fatigue is real

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For the duration of L-A’s big heat wave you’re going to see and hear a lot of calls for energy conservation. But will YOU comply? Or do you fall off the wagon after a few days?

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Get To Know Andrew Wheeler, Ex-Coal Lobbyist With Inside Track To Lead EPA

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The agency's next acting chief has drawn praise as a capable administrator. But critics still say the transition from Scott Pruitt is a bit like "going from a train wreck to a house on fire."

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Poor air quality follows Fourth of July fireworks

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Fourth of July celebrations brought lots of smoke to L.A County. Add the heat wave trapping that smoke, and L.A. on Thursday saw some of its worst air of 2018. But these local amateur basketball players said the thick air wouldn't drive them indoors.

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China Has Refused To Recycle The West's Plastics. What Now?

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So where will all those bottles and bags end up? A new study looks at what's happening.

DWP $100 million energy savings plan focuses on low-income renters

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The hardest population to reach with energy efficiency assistance are the city’s poorest residents, the low-income people living in apartments.

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Officials Say Illegal Pesticide Caused Deaths Of 13 Bald Eagles In Maryland

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Authorities said there is an "epidemic on the Eastern Shore" of wildlife-poisoning crimes because it's "cheaper and easier" than trapping a nuisance animals or building a fence.

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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