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More Wildfires Bring Focus On How All That Smoke May Harm Firefighters

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Wildland firefighters face a growing danger from smoke, as wildfires become more frequent and intense. It's a hazard that scientists and fire agencies are only beginning to understand.

Residents React to Fontana Earthquake Swarm

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There have been hundreds of small earthquakes in the Fontana area since Memorial Day. Some residents are jittery, but others say they haven't even felt them.

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Contentious Oregon Climate Plan Takes Lessons From California's Mistakes

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Oregon will be the second state to pass an economywide system to regulate carbon emissions. Critics say a similar program in California has not had much impact.

Protection Versus Pollution: The Road Ahead For The Long Beach Breakwater

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It won't come down completely, but changes could be made to the Long Beach breakwater that could transform the city's offshore ecosystem.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Hit With $20 Million Penalty For Environmental Crimes

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The company has a long history of dumping plastic trash and oily waste from its ships, with violations dating back to 1993. In 2016, its Princess subsidiary agreed to pay $40 million for pollution.

South Africa's Carbon Tax Set To Go Into Effect Next Week

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President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the measure into law on Sunday. Some 40 countries have adopted various programs aimed at changing the price of carbon.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Continues On For Thousands Of Plaintiffs

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Attorneys for alleged victims of the nation’s largest-ever natural gas leak spoke to reporters today in Porter Ranch, near the site of the 2015 disaster at the Aliso Canyon gas storage field.

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More Than Just A Pile Of Rocks: A Closer Look At The Long Beach Breakwater

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For decades, a two-mile long breakwater has protected coastal areas of Long Beach from potentially destructive ocean waves.

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Bills To Curb Single-Use Plastics in CA Clear Key Hurdle

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A pair of bills designed to drastically reduce plastic waste in California passed the Senate and Assembly appropriations committees on Thursday.

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Oil Spill Seeping Into Gulf Of Mexico Contained After 14 Years, Coast Guard Says

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The Taylor Energy oil spill began after Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide and caused the company's oil platform to topple and sink.

How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

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It involves using the excess wind and solar power L.A.'s renewable energy sites produce during the day to pump water from Castaic Lake uphill 7.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. Then, late in the day, when the sun goes down and the city's energy demand spikes, the water gets run downhill through hydroelectric generators at Castaic Lake.

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Much like earthquakes, marsquakes can teach us about the interior of the planet

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By analyzing how waves created by marsquakes travel through the interior of the red planet, scientists hope to better understand how it was created. That's what the InSight spacecraft was hoping for when the first-ever witnessed quake struck earlier this month.

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LA cut its carbon footprint from city operations by 40% since 2008.

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A full 95 percent of the emissions savings was from power generation, by cutting out a coal plant.

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New Jersey Governor Signs Public Beach Access Law

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As summer months approach, the state is trying to codify the principle that shorelines and waterways are a public trust. But some environmentalists say the new law isn't strong enough.

Traces Of Cocaine, Pesticides Detected In U.K. Shrimp

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Scientists collected freshwater shrimp at 15 locations in Suffolk. Animals from all of the sites were found to have detectable amounts of cocaine, and many had other drugs or pesticides.

The environmental disaster that shook L.A.'s reliance on natural gas

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The nation’s largest-ever gas leak poured 100,000 metric tons of methane from the Aliso Canyon gas storage field into the atmosphere. The 2015 blowout near Porter Ranch has cost Southern California Gas Company more than one billion dollars, and generated lawsuits from thousands of plaintiffs, many who say they were sickened by the gas.

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