Environment

Epic fight over diesel pollution and California’s future clean air authority

Epic fight over diesel pollution and California’s future clean air authority

Governor Jerry Brown swore last December that if the federal government stopped collecting crucial climate data, the Golden State would launch its own satellite. Repeatedly since then California leaders have vowed to continue their pursuit of clean air and climate progress, no matter how the Trump administration proceeds. The state has long cut a separate path from the federal government, ... Read More »

U.S. natural gas to Mexico skyrockets, now some worry about dependence

U.S. natural gas to Mexico skyrockets, now some worry about dependence

Drug tunnels are not the only passageways beneath the U.S.-Mexico border that transport valuable cargo. Pipelines cross the boundary too, carrying natural gas south. This trade is up 300 percent since 2010, and now is set to double again by 2019. It’s the largest natural gas export capacity expansion in U.S. history, said Victoria Zaretskaya of the U.S. Energy Information ... Read More »

‘Shot across the bow’ at California greenhouse gas rules

‘Shot across the bow’ at California greenhouse gas rules

The Trump administration put California on notice Wednesday that it’s taking another look at miles per gallon requirements for cars and pickups that were negotiated during the Obama administration. Almost simultaneously, 10 attorneys general asked the administration to leave the rules alone. The rules determine what choices are available to consumers when they visit the dealership, and how fast carbon ... Read More »

Raucous crowd opposes reopening Aliso Canyon gas field

Raucous crowd opposes reopening Aliso Canyon gas field

A fed-up crowd of San Fernando Valley residents commandeered the first of two meetings on the reopening of the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage field last night, rising to their feet, roaring, “Shut it down!” The crowd of about 350, packed to standing room, overwhelmed a mediator hired to shepherd the meeting. They demanded more time to describe health problems ... Read More »

EPA pick shows little support for California pollution authority

EPA pick shows little support for California pollution authority

EPA pick Scott Pruitt appeared before his Senate confirmation panel as a reserved man of the law, someone with a respect for process and a commitment to meeting agency deadlines. Several times President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee characterized the proper role of the EPA as a partner for the states, with states taking the lead. But when asked about California’s traditional ... Read More »

This live global map lets you see pollution in a whole new way

This live global map lets you see pollution in a whole new way

Now you can see pollution rising up from cities and spreading around the globe on wind currents in nearly real time. The airborne microfragments known as small particle pollution are important because they shorten the lives of millions of people each year. View larger air pollution map The captivating 3D visualization was created by a father living in Beijing who ... Read More »

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