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Bayer To Pay More Than $10 Billion To Resolve Cancer Lawsuits Over Weedkiller Roundup

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Roundup's active ingredient is glyphosate, which thousands of plaintiffs blame for causing them to develop cancer.

PG&E Pleads Guilty On 2018 California Camp Fire: 'Our Equipment Started That Fire'

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California's largest utility company pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. It marks the first time that any major utility has been charged with homicide.

A $4.6 Billion Plan To Storm-Proof Miami

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The federal government is planning a massive system of floodwalls, pumps and surge barriers for Miami. But it doesn't address the more frequently felt threat from rising sea levels.

Farmers Find Ways To Save Millions Of Pigs From Slaughter

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When COVID-19 infections forced pork companies to close processing plants, some farmers predicted that it would force them to euthanize millions of hogs. The actual number has been much lower.

Trump Waives Environmental Reviews, Citing Pandemic Economic Emergency

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A White House executive order aims to expedite infrastructure projects to boost economic recovery. It lets federal agencies waive environmental protections, but critics question its legality.

Carbon Emissions Are Falling, But Still Not Enough, Scientists Say

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The global slowdown could create a historic drop in carbon emissions, but it's still not enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions Standards

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The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.

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Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

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Commercial fishermen are fighting to stay afloat while restaurants and global markets are shutting down to contain the spread of the virus.

Why China's Air Has Been Cleaner During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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Air pollution levels have dropped dramatically as power plants and factories have slowed down — potentially saving lives. But the public health benefits aren't so simple to calculate.

Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

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The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

Your Urban Drool (aka Polluted Runoff) Isn't Being Cleaned Up Quickly Enough, Says Heal The Bay

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Angelenos are used to looking up Heal the Bay's annual beach water quality report card each May as we search out the cleanest places to swim and surf.

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Let's give thanks to this Thanksgiving storm

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We’ve spent a lot of time recently stressing out about bad weather here in Southern California. It’s been too hot, too dry and too smoky. So, we thought it'd be appropriate on Thanksgiving to give thanks to this latest storm, which should leave you feeling good.

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Edison's New Policy Of Public Safety Power Shutoffs Burdens Rural Residents

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Large utilities cut off power to millions of Californians over the past two months to reduce the risk that power lines might spark new fires. Nearly 200,000 Southern California Edison customers were blacked out, some for days at a time.

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A New Hope for an Endangered SoCal Species

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Somewhere in the ocean off Southern California, there's an effort underway to help the endangered white abalone make a comeback.

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What Exactly Is A Red Flag Warning?

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They're some of the most dreaded words in fire-prone California. By what does the term "red flag warning" actually mean?

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Councilman calls for investigation of Playa del Rey gas field

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The Aliso Canyon gas leak broke out near Porter Ranch nearly four years ago. On Tuesday a City Councilman called for an investigation of a different underground gas field after troubling images surfaced on video.

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