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Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise, study says

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California's Sierra Nevada rose nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015 due to loss of water from rocks during drought.

Drought kills 27 million more trees in California

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But the death rate is slowing down thanks to the wet winter.

The invasive, flammable plants making California's fires worse

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The hills of Southern California are lined with invasive grasses, which after a hot, dry year, were ready to ignite with a spark.

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Prepare yourself. The world’s air conditioner is breaking down

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The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

How the food industry uses cavitation, the ocean's most powerful punch

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Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

Can drones and peanut butter save endangered ferrets?

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To increase populations of the black-footed ferret, scientists first need to save prairie dogs, a main food source.

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China's ban on foreign waste means chaos for US recyclers

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What happens when no one wants recycled goods? "It has no value. There is no demand for it in the marketplace. It's garbage."

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Southern California is burning. Is climate change to blame?

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Scientists say a warming planet is likely to exacerbate the factors that led to this week's firestorms.

SoCal fires strain power and water systems

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Power outages due this week's high winds and wildfires have left about 10,300 customers without electricity, according to the major power utilities.

California sues EPA alleging failure to enforce smog rules

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The suit, joined by 13 other states and the District of Columbia, says the Environmental Protection Agency has not designated any areas of the country as having unhealthy air, missing an October 1 deadline.

Trump orders largest national monument reduction in US history

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In a speech in Utah on Monday, President Trump announced that his administration will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 85 percent and the Grand Staircase by about half its size.

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California's elk are back. What do we do with them?

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Over the past four decades, the state's elk population has nearly quadrupled — to 13,000. Officials are working on a plan to manage the animals.

Credit rating agency issues warning on climate change to cities

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Moody's Investor Services says it might downgrade U.S. cities' credit rating if they don't deal with the risks posed by climate change.

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Scientists train bacteria to build unnatural proteins

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This new life form, the latest development in a field called "synthetic biology," could eventually be used to produce novel drugs.

Environmental activists seek to block Mojave Desert water project

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A lawsuit claims a plan to pump water from fragile desert aquifers and sell it to Southern California cities and counties would dry up streams that are important for plants and wildlife and increase dust pollution.

Why driving an electric car in LA could be cheaper than gas

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Southern Californians can save as much as $884 a year in fuel costs by switching to an electric car, according to a new report. But they'd have to charge at off-peak times.

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