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Humans are warming climate, government researchers say

The U.S. government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.
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Southern California's burning. Is climate change to blame?

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Scientists say a warming planet is likely to exacerbate the factors that led to the firestorms torching Southern California this week.

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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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.

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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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Testosterone may help protect men from asthma

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Women are more likely to have asthma than men. One possible reason? Testosterone could block a protein that helps spark an asthma attack, a study finds, while estrogen may not.

Man who thinks the earth is flat delays his rocket launch

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Mike Hughes has the small matter of a federal permission to sort out before he can blast off.

Gorgeous photos of autumn leaves to help you experience fall in SoCal

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Here in Southern California, our only seasons may be "hot" and "slightly less hot," but it's always autumn in our hearts.

High school students help NASA develop virtual reality technology

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The space agency is scaling up its use of VR, which scientists can use to study space and Earth — without leaving their offices.

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The sea level threat to cities depends on where the ice melts — not just how fast

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In New York City, the sea level would be affected more by melting ice in northern Greenland than Canada.

To save water, should you stop hand-washing dishes?

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The sustainable choice may come down to your washing style — but it's hard to beat today's efficient machines.

'Huge and unexpected drop' in California's carbon emissions

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New data shows greenhouse gas emissions from California's largest polluters fell in 2016, mostly from electricity generation.

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SoCal's great white sharks return to migrating behavior

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The baby and juvenile white sharks that spent the past couple years along Southern California's coast have largely left the area in recent weeks.

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