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Man charged with sparking massive fire in Sequoia National Forest by driving off-road

A man was charged Thursday with sparking a wildfire that raged through Sequoia National Forest recently after he drove his car off-road and ignited dead grass with the heat of his catalytic converter.  Angel Gilberto Garcia-Avalos, 29, of Michoacan, Mexico, was reportedly driving off-road illegally...

More California communities could see public financing of campaigns under a law signed by Gov. Brown

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 29, 2016, 3:12 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:Gun control advocates Gabby...

For Kamala Harris' Senate campaign, the state Democratic Party's endorsement has been a jackpot

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 29, 2016, 3:12 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:Gun control advocates Gabby...

Hillary Clinton blasts Donald Trump for report on Cuba business

Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump's rise draws white supremacists into the political mainstream Sept. 29, 2016, 2:51 p.m. Donald Trump campaigns Thursday in New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton swings into the battleground state of Iowa for an event in Des Moines. Employees at Donald Trump's California...

Detroit News, another paper that has long backed GOP nominees, endorses Gary Johnson

Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump's rise draws white supremacists into the political mainstream Sept. 29, 2016, 2:51 p.m. Donald Trump campaigns Thursday in New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton swings into the battleground state of Iowa for an event in Des Moines. Employees at Donald Trump's California...

EPA is breaking its own rules about protecting communities of color

It has a long history of failing to enforce anti-discrimination policies, a new report says.

Here’s another source of greenhouse gases you should be worrying about: hydropower.

Turns out reservoirs are a more significant climate problem than previously believed.

Global warming set to pass 2C threshold in 2050: report

Earth is on track to sail past the two degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold for dangerous global warming by 2050, seven of the world's top climate scientists warned Thursday.

Lawsuit: ExxonMobil polluted river, ignored climate change

ExxonMobil has polluted the Mystic River while failing to plan for the potentially severe impacts of climate change at its Boston-area fuel storage terminal, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by an environmental advocacy group.

The Clean Power Plan Oral Arguments

Greetings, Legal Planet readers! As many of you know, I left the UCLA Law community several months ago for a new position in the environmental law world. But today, I emerge from blog-retirement for one very special post: insights from Tuesday’s oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals over EPA’s Clean Power Plan. […]

U.S. says Glencore unit to pay record $27 million for biofuels compliance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Glencore Plc's bunker fuel unit has agreed to pay a $27-million penalty and retire over $71 million worth of credits for compliance with the U.S. biofuels program to resolve charges it violated the policy, the U.S. government said on Thursday.

Ocean conditions contributed to unprecedented 2015 toxic algal bloom

A study led by researchers at the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration connects the unprecedented West Coast toxic algal bloom of 2015 that closed fisheries from southern California to northern British Columbia to the unusually warm ocean conditions—nicknamed "the blob"—in winter and spring of that year.

New technique for finding weakness in Earth's crust

Scientists have developed a method to estimate weakness in the Earth's outer layers which will help explain and predict volcanic activity and earthquakes.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Matthew form over the Windward Isles

A fairly strong tropical wave that had been making its way westward across the Central Atlantic over the past several days has now finally organized itself into a tropical storm, Tropical Storm Matthew, the 13th named storm of the season, while passing through the Windward Islands. Show More Summary

Finding The First Project For Your Classroom

In his second post, guest contributor Ben Graves shares his advice for identifying a citizen science project for the classroom. Ben Graves is a fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, which supports a small cohort of early-career teachers across the United States with intensive professional development. Show More Summary

Matthew strengthens into a hurricane: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Matthew has strengthened into a hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

UL Courting Solar Market With New Acquisition

Independent global testing and certification body UL (Underwriters Laboratory) has acquired renewable energy engineering services and support firm, AWS Truepower for an unspecified sum. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) announced its AWS Truepower acquisition will strengthen its full lifecycle solutions. Show More Summary

Music producer returns home in indie drama 'Mommy's Box'

Writer-director-producer-actor Johnny Greenlaw fills his shaggy homecoming melodrama, “Mommy’s Box,” with minor characters and subplots, as though unsure where his story really lies. Though it’s mildly enjoyable throughout, the movie is ultimately just a loose collection of nice little scenes,...

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