Environment

In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in a long exposure a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, January 31, 2015 in Vandenberg, California. SMAP is NASA's first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles. (credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

NASA’s SMAP Observatory To Improve Drought Prediction, Planning For Natural Disasters

Minutes before the sun dawned on the coast of central California on Saturday, NASA looked to the skies, and launched a critical part of its Earth Sciences mission into Low-Earth Orbit.

02/01/2015

Environmentalists Lose Ally In Congress With Boxer Retiring

Environmental advocates will lose an ally in Congress when Barbara Boxer leaves the Senate at the end of her term in 2016 after more than three decades in office.

01/09/2015

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California Governor Toughens Climate Change Goals

California already is known as a leader in far-reaching environmental laws, but Brown said existing efforts were not enough.

01/05/2015

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Uncovered: Battery Facility Trucks Leaked Toxic Waste On Calif. Roads For 25 Years

One of California’s most powerful lawmakers is demanding action after documents were uncovered detailing trucks leaving toxic waste on Southern California freeways.

11/03/2014

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Local Couple Gives Disabled Children A Place To Play After Loss Of Son

Scott Williams and Catherine Curry-Williams founded Shane’s Inspiration to raise money for these special playgrounds.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/13/2014

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LA’s $430 Million Trash Train On Hold In Favor Of Local Dumps

A $430 million railway system intended to haul garbage to a desert landfill is at a standstill because Los Angeles County sanitation officials say it’s cheaper to use local dumps.

04/21/2014

The Exide Technologies plant has been closed since March. (credit: CBS)

Residents Who Live Near Battery Recycling Plant Urged To Sign-Up For Free Blood Tests

Exide has agreed to pay for 30,000 tests for people who live within a 2-mile radius.

04/03/2014

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City Council Orders Investigation Into Possible Connection Between Fracking, Seismic Activity

City Council members Tuesday called on city staff to investigate whether natural gas and oil drilling methods, such as fracking, helped trigger Monday’s magnitude-4.4 earthquake.

03/18/2014

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Ability To Obtain Clean Drinking Water From Salt Water A Near Reality, Says UCLA Professor

In light of California’s escalating drought emergency, the onetime dream of President John F. Kennedy of obtaining fresh water from salt water may become a reality in the very near future.

02/03/2014

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Claremont Residents Want City To Buy Water Company Accused Of Price Gouging

Claremont residents raised questions tonight about rate hikes implemented by a controversial Golden State Water Company.

CBS2 / KCAL9–11/06/2013

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Antelope Valley Residents Divided On ‘Eco-Friendly’ Solar Farms

First Solar, Inc. is behind an effort to make the region more environmentally friendly, with plans to put in 3.7 million solar modules in the region.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/29/2013

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Los Angeles Labor Force Expanding With Green-Collar Jobs

“Green-related jobs are among the fastest growing sector,” says Geoff Atkins of American Solar Direct.

04/22/2013

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OC’s Best Earth Day 2013 Celebrations

Many people are becoming more environmentally conscious, and Earth Day is a good reminder of just how important nature is.

CBS Los Angeles–04/01/2013

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Californians Offered Chance To Swap Out Fume-Generating Lawn Mowers

For the 10th year, the Southern California smog regulatory agency is accepting applications from lawn mower owners to swap their fume-generating gas machines for subsidized and quiet, clean electrical mowers.

05/06/2012

Earth Day music

5 Songs For Earth Day

Here are 5 songs for Earth Day, to keep you rocking and keep you thinking about the environment.

04/09/2012

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