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Judge Puts Keystone XL Pipeline On Hold Pending Further Environmental Study

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Judge Brian Morris wrote the State Department's analysis of the pipeline's potential environmental impact fell short of a "hard look" on several items, including greenhouse gas emissions.

The future of L.A.'s drinking water is underground

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Federal drinking water regulations now require open-air reservoirs to be covered or replaced. So LADWP is building a new underground reservoir that replaces Silver Lake and Ivanhoe.

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Palau, In Western Pacific, Is First Nation To Ban 'Reef-Toxic' Sunscreens

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The bio-diverse country says it has a responsibility to conserve its reefs. However, researchers say there are more effective and less toxic sunscreens available.

The EPA Says Farmers Can Keep Using Weedkiller Blamed For Vast Crop Damage

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given farmers the OK to continue to spray the controversial weedkiller dicamba. The chemical is prone to blowing in the wind and damaging other vegetation.

Bad air quality thanks to Santa Anas, fog and climate change

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Air quality experts say Santa Ana winds push the pollution toward the coast, the heavy fog stops it from escaping, and climate change keeps the hot weather coming.

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One man's quest to create water out of thin air

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Architect David Hertz was known for his devotion to sustainability. Then he expanded into the business of water creation, and he just won $1.5 million for it.

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European Parliament Approves Ban On Single-Use Plastics

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The move would impose a complete ban on some single-use plastics across the European Union and a reduction on others, aiming to implement most measures by the mid-2020s.

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Tree death from drought moves from pines to firs

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A new US Forest aerial detection survey says even though the drought is over, trees are still dying at high rates because bark beetles thrive in arid conditions.

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Microplastics Are Turning Up Everywhere, Even In Human Excrement

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A very small study shows that microplastics are in human waste in many parts of the world. While it's not entirely clear what that means for our health, it might be a sign that we need to pull back.

Scientists gather in Glendale to debate where the Mars 2020 Rover should land

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The gathering was the culmination of a years-long process that whittled down a much longer list.

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10th annual ShakeOut earthquake drill was a big hit

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60 million people worldwide practiced how to drop, cover and hold on when the Big One hits. The City Hall event featured simulators and student safety performances.

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SoCal Edison considers planned outages in Santa Ana winds

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SoCal Edison wants to beat the increased fire risk from the fourth strongest Santa Anas in 35 years by considering planned power outages in the windiest communities.

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Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

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Many farmers in Arkansas are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit use of dicamba, a popular weedkiller. They continue to damage neighboring crops, although less often than last year.

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Grim Forecast From U.N. On Global Climate Change

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A scientific panel, convened by the U.N., lays out a challenging path to keep the global climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius — the red line for dangerous consequences.

Tropical Storm Rosa brings good news for surfers

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Tropical Storm Rosa is bringing big and frequent waves from the south. South-facing beaches are packed with surfers taking the opportunity to catch what they can.

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LA Metro is switching to electric buses. Now everyone else could too.

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The Air Resources Board could require every transit agency in the state to phase out fossil-fuel powered buses by 2040.

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