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Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

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The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

Your Urban Drool (aka Polluted Runoff) Isn't Being Cleaned Up Quickly Enough, Says Heal The Bay

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Angelenos are used to looking up Heal the Bay's annual beach water quality report card each May as we search out the cleanest places to swim and surf.

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Let's give thanks to this Thanksgiving storm

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We’ve spent a lot of time recently stressing out about bad weather here in Southern California. It’s been too hot, too dry and too smoky. So, we thought it'd be appropriate on Thanksgiving to give thanks to this latest storm, which should leave you feeling good.

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Edison's New Policy Of Public Safety Power Shutoffs Burdens Rural Residents

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Large utilities cut off power to millions of Californians over the past two months to reduce the risk that power lines might spark new fires. Nearly 200,000 Southern California Edison customers were blacked out, some for days at a time.

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A New Hope for an Endangered SoCal Species

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Somewhere in the ocean off Southern California, there's an effort underway to help the endangered white abalone make a comeback.

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What Exactly Is A Red Flag Warning?

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They're some of the most dreaded words in fire-prone California. By what does the term "red flag warning" actually mean?

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Councilman calls for investigation of Playa del Rey gas field

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The Aliso Canyon gas leak broke out near Porter Ranch nearly four years ago. On Tuesday a City Councilman called for an investigation of a different underground gas field after troubling images surfaced on video.

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When Climate Change Confronts Chinese Restaurants In the San Gabriel Valley

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California has set a goal of going carbon-neutral by 2045.

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RIP Pacific Coast Highway

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You may not know this, but oftentimes in newsrooms we write obituaries ahead of time so that they're ready to publish when the person passes away. But what if the obit wasn't for a person, but for a place that's been the home of magical memories for generations?

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The Perseids are back for their 2019 show

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It's August, which means the spectacular Perseids meteor shower is upon us. That said, they're not going to be nearly as bright as they could be given the moon.

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Crumbling cliffs could become more common with climate change

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When you're laying on the beach, beware of the crumbling cliffs above you. They could be deadly.

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Years After The Gas Blowout, Recriminations Continue In Porter Ranch

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It’s been nearly four years since the smell and chemicals from a ruptured gas well at an underground storage field forced thousands of Porter Ranch residents to leave their neighborhood for months.

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As Climate Changes, Taxpayers Will Shoulder Larger U.S. Payouts To Farmers

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That's good for farmers but bad for taxpayers, who subsidize government-backed crop insurance. The fate of research that forecasts these costs is in doubt as economists and scientists leave the USDA.

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City Urges Residents To Make Neighborhood-Wide Plans For Earthquakes

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The City of L.A. wants residents to register for workshops that help neighborhoods prepare for earthquakes and other disasters.

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New Law Allows Use Of Personal Carryout Containers

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Festival-goers and restaurant patrons will soon be able to bring their own reusable containers to carry out their favorite foods and beverages.

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How A Grocery Store's Plan To Shame Customers Into Using Reusable Bags Backfired

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A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans on plastic bags, such as "Wart Ointment Wholesale" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium" to get customers to use reusable shopping bags.