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How the LA Zoo is trying to save an endangered local frog

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A frog that lives only in the San Gabriel Mountains is nearly extinct. A breeding program at the L.A. Zoo is trying to change that.

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New danger as fast-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea

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Rivers of molten rock pour into the ocean as lava from Kilauea volcano picks up speed, spewing molten rock into the air.

San Diego Zoo rhino pregnant and could help save subspecies

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Scientists will be watching closely to see if Victoria the southern white rhino can carry her calf to term over 16 to 18 months of gestation.

Despite a comeback, California's threatened sea otters are 'stuck'

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Even after decades of government protection, southern sea otters today still occupy only about a fourth of their historic range.

Etienne Trouvelot, the Victorian who brought us transcendent space paintings ... and gypsy moths

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At the Huntington, praise Étienne Trouvelot for his truly lovely chromolithographs of the night sky, and curse the Victorian for loosing a plague on our forests.

California is steadily losing groundwater

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A new study of the globe's water says drought and farming are depleting California's groundwater, but new measures could help the state sustain its supply.

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Broken pipes and limited gas storage: Why power outages might be more likely this summer

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Southern California Gas Company doesn't know when outages on four major gas pipelines will be fixed, and as a result, we'll have less gas imported this summer, heightening the possibility of power outages.

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Scientists warn of more eruptions from Hawaii's Big Island volcano

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New fissures broke out over the weekend, spewing lava and toxic gas, as earthquakes rumbled the island. Geologists are warning residents further violent explosions are possible.

This tiny helicopter from JPL will hitch a ride to Mars in 2020

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A tiny chopper being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be carried aboard the Mars 2020 rover as a technology demonstration to test its ability to scout and reach locations not accessible by ground.

To save the forest, Gov. Brown wants to burn more trees

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The order calls for accelerating forest management procedures such as cutting back dense stands of trees and setting controlled fires to burn out thick brush.

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Sick pelicans are showing up along Southern California's coast

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There's been a surge in the past week of pelicans showing signs of emaciation, hypothermia and anemia, according to International Bird Rescue, which has received more than 25 of the birds.

Gov. Brown accused of behind-the-scenes manipulation in vote of water tunnel project

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Two nonprofit groups are accusing Gov. Jerry Brown of improperly working with Metropolitan Water District board directors behind the scenes to put pressure on a key vote for a massive water tunnel project.

Baby bald eagle returns home after fall from nest

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Bald eagle chick Stormy has flown back to his nest, near Big Bear Lake, where he was seen nuzzling one of his parents.

Ballot measure aims to preserve Salton Sea

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In June, California voters will decide on Proposition 68, which would allow the state to borrow $4 billion to fund environmental projects, like this $200 million plan to preserve the Salton Sea.

WALL-E and EVE on their way to Mars with InSight

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NASA's next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks.

Cracking down on warehouses to stem pollution from trucks

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Heavy-duty diesel trucks are the biggest source of pollution in greater Los Angeles. Will making warehouses responsible for their emissions help?

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