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PHOTO: Providing enough land for renewable-energy development in the California desert, while protecting lands that are home to several endangered species, is the goal of a proposal that is open for public comment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The public is invited to comment on a proposed plan that would guide the future of all renewable-energy development on more than $22 million acres of the California desert. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is a joint federal and state effort to identify locations...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo credit: S. Carson.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - More than 2,300 people die and nearly 13,000 are injured annually in home fires across the United States. With that statistic in mind, the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign this month to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as much as 25 percent ov...Read More

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PHOTO: People fishing along the San Gabriel River. President Obama is designating part of the San Gabriel Mountains in northeast Los Angeles as a national monument today. Photo credit: Annette Kondo.
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LOS ANGELES - The San Gabriel Mountains are becoming the country's newest national monument. President Obama is in Southern California today to sign the designation that will protect 346,000 acres of forest lands. Claire Robinson, managing director with Amigos de los Rios, says this will increase th...Read More

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PHOTO: California's new law that requires utilities to reduce gas leaks is expected to be another boost for the state's growing methane mitigation industry, using technology to find and repair leaks in pipelines and at well sites. Photo courtesy Consumers Energy.

SAN FRANCISCO - Good jobs, cleaner air and less wasted fuel, all are the outcomes of an industry taking off in California. With the state's newest law (SB 1371) requiring utility companies to find and fix gas leaks more quickly, companies using the latest technology to do that are in high demand. A...Read More

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PHOTO: A juvenile mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Creek State Park. A wildlife crossing has been proposed along the 101 freeway near Agoura Hills, where the route crosses a major wildlife corridor between the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. Photo credit: National Park Service.

LOS ANGELES - Prompted by the discovery of a mountain lion known as P-22 in L.A.'s Griffith Park, wildlife advocates say now is the time to build a wildlife passageway over the 101 freeway. When it was built in the late 1950s, few planners were aware the route through Liberty Canyon was one of Sout...Read More

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PHOTO: Train carrying crude oil. A Bay Area environmental group has sued a Sacramento air-quality district for failing to require an environmental review of a crude-oil transfer station at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento. Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An environmental group is accusing air-quality officials of sneaking under the radar and quietly "rubber-stamping" permits for a crude-oil transfer station at a former air force base. A lawsuit filed by Earthjustice claims the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management Distr...Read More

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PHOTO: The Rim Fire burns in the Stanislaus National Forest last summer. In light of the state's current wildfires and changing climate, experts say it may be time to re-evaluate how wildfires are fought, and focus on making communities more fire-safe. Photo credit: Mike McMillan, U.S. Forest Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California's ongoing drought continues to aggravate wildfires across the state. The Boles Fire in Siskiyou County has damaged or destroyed 100 structures in Weed, and the King Fire in El Dorado County northeast of Sacramento has already burned more than 128 square miles - ...Read More

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PHOTO: California is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to institute a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. Advocates say the measure will help the environment and save tax dollars. Photo credit: Heal the Bay.

SAN DIEGO - California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags, following the passage of SB 270 in the state Legislature. While opponents argue it will cost consumers and businesses money, advocates say the ban is the first...Read More

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