15 ways to stop microfiber pollution now

Plastic fibers are now showing up in fish and shellfish sold in in California and Indonesia for human consumption. And one paper showed that microfibers are responsible for 85 percent of shoreline pollution across the globe. How can we stop this pollution?

One key way soggy California could save water for the next dry spell

There is so much water in the state’s vast plumbing system that for weeks, the big government water projects have reduced exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Yet there is more room than ever in one of the state’s most capacious storage spaces: the San Joaquin Valley aquifer.

World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study.

Plastic waste has gotten out of hand. Ban plastic foam take-out boxes

Disposable plastic waste has gotten way out of hand, and recycling programs don’t appear to be solving the problem. The conditions are ripe for another attempt to enact a statewide restriction on polystyrene takeout containers. Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) has written one, and lawmakers should pass it.

Cancer-Causing Chemical TCP Plagues California Drinking Water

In the Central Valley of California, hundreds of wells that provide water to a million people are tainted with a chemical that some experts say is one of the most powerful cancer-causing agents in the world. The state is poised to take the first step Tuesday to regulate the substance — called 1,2,3, TCP — but test data compiled by an activist group show it's also been detected by utilities across the country.

Why it’s important to save our seas’ pristine places

Yet the ocean is still home to treasure troves of biodiversity, and evidence is mounting that protecting such significant local areas builds resilience to climate change—and can even help regenerate what has been lost.

California proposes strict limit on toxic chemical in drinking water

California would be the second state, after Hawaii, to establish a threshold for the former pesticide ingredient and industrial solvent known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane) in drinking water.

California could have stored abundant water underground

California has much more potential to store water underground in aquifers than in surface reservoirs. The state should be focused on this opportunity for future years, writes scientist Mohammad Safeeq.

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save Its beaches

Without human intervention, many of the region’s beautiful beaches may disappear by 2100 as sea levels rise. If the Golden State wants to save its golden shores, it will have to add sand to them—and lots of it.

One man’s plan to transform a major city into a national park

Raven-Ellison’s home isn’t the mountains—it’s London, a city founded in 43 AD, a metropolis today of almost nine million people, with 14,000 of them, on average, living in each square mile. Raven-Ellison is lobbying for the entire city to be declared a National Park.

Why Peter Thiel believes in this 22-year-old's dream to clean up the oceans

The Ocean Cleanup's technology uses long floating rubber barriers with nets below the surface that act as a sort of artificial coastline, passively catching and concentrating debris using the power of the ocean's natural currents.

California’s ‘new’ environmentalism: Toxic air, tainted water driving climate-change debate

“We’ve done a lot for this global environment, but we’ve done very little for the needs of these communities,” said Garcia, a Mexican-American who heads the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security

In 2015, the U.N. Refugee Agency counted 65.3 million people around the world as “forcibly displaced,” including about 40 million within their home countries. Wars, ethnic conflicts, economic stresses, famines and disasters are among the reasons people leave their homes.

The urban common spaces that show us we belong to something larger

Even in large, gritty cities such as New York and Berlin, these urban commons connect us to each other and to the land, water, plants, and animal life of our home. We experience what it means to belong to something larger, to be welcome simply because we are alive.

Aquariums pool resources to fight global plastic

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is teaming up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and others to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics like straws and beverage bottles from their cafes and gift shops.

Climate change clues revealed by ice sheet collapse

The rapid decline of ancient ice sheets could help scientists predict the impact of modern-day climate and sea-level change, according to research by the universities of Stirling in Scotland and Tromsø in Norway.

These cities are replacing the worst kind of infrastructure with the best

In Santa Monica, a flat, sprawling 7.4-acre parking lot became a green park with meadows and rolling hills. In Chicago, an unused parking lot next to a former movie theater will become a park. In the nearby suburb of Aurora, overflow parking for a shopping mall may also become a park. In Washington D.C., parking lots next to the unused RFK Stadium may become sports fields and a food market.

California’s landmark climate-change program would also fight air pollution under proposal

Air pollution — not just climate-warming greenhouse gases — would be melded into the complex cap-and-trade program under Assembly Bill 378, by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia. Garcia heads the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, which passed the proposal.

6 most common sources of plastic pollution

The 5 Gyres Institute has published a report called “The Plastics BAN List.” Its purpose is to assess which plastics are most damaging to human health and the environment. Plastic waste was collected and analyzed to see in which form it’s most commonly found, which toxic chemicals are used to create the plastics, and what recovery systems (i.e. recycling, composting, reuse) exist, if any.

Ocean might swallow California sooner than you think

Last month the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that without intervention, as much as 67 percent of Southern California’s beaches could be lost to rising seas by the end of the century.

The dried-up heart of California's water dilemma

Tulare Lake is gone (although it makes a partial reappearance during very wet years like this one), but what the California Department of Water Resources now dubs the Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region is the most productive agricultural region in the state -- making it, by extension, the most productive agricultural region in the U.S. and probably the world.

Tracking down water pollution through DNA of algae

The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of organisms selected as bioindicators, due to their ecological preferences and tolerance to pollution.

Marine animals are drowning in plastic – urge congress to act against pollution

Every year, 8.8 million tons of plastic makes its way from land into the oceans, and studies now say that there will be more plastic than fish in these bodies of water by the year 2050. Already, massive plastic islands have formed in our seas.

What a year with a single tree reveals about climate change

Recorded year after year, studies brought home a global reality: The seasons are not what they used to be. On average, spring is earlier. Fall is later. And winter is getting squeezed on both ends.

Climate change is making algal blooms worse

A new study has unpicked how warming ocean temperatures have already driven an intensification of blooms around North America — the first time this link has been established at an ocean scale.

Storm damage to top $14 million for Bay Area parks — and we’re not done yet

Bay Area parks and open spaces suffered more than $14 million damage from winter storms, and the toll is expected to rise much higher as record-setting rain lingers into spring.

As climate warms, the oceans are becoming more toxic, new research shows

Researchers at Stony Brook University, in New York, analyzed the effects of rising ocean temperatures on two of the most toxic types of algae and found growths are becoming more widespread and profiling through the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.

Great Barrier Reef 'cooking and dying' as seas heat up, warn scientists

More than two-thirds of the coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing "shocking" amounts of bleaching, new aerial surveys have revealed. The Australian government says climate change is mainly to blame.

#123TCP – The Toxic Chemical in California's Tap Water

Millions of homes across the state are connected to water sources contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) and until recently, few Californians knew about it, let alone had any way to fight it.

A UK company is creating edible water blobs that it hopes will eradicate the world of plastic waste

A UK company has created a biodegradable alternative to plastic bottles which is currently crowdfunding on crowdcube. The product is a blob of water that's made from a seaweed extract, which is actually cheaper than plastic to manufacture.

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying fast

One type of beetle could kill as many as 27 million trees in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including parts of the desert. Trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

Protecting our waterways from plastic pollution starts with your straw

Plastic production has skyrocketed since it’s popularization as a consumer material in the 1950’s. A 2015 Worldwatch Institute report noted that the relatively modest launching point of 1.7 million tons of plastic generated in 1950 has ballooned into 300 million tons in 2015.

Can we fight climate change with trees and grass?

Earth's greenery comes with natural carbon-capturing abilities, but now several studies are investigating how to tweak those tendencies to have a maximum impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Why we need to respect shared water resources: environmental issues are people issues too

A significant amount of the limited freshwater resources in the world are contaminated by pollutants from industry, farming, energy generation, and other human activities.

Trillions of plastic bits, swept up by current, are littering arctic waters

A study published recently shows a major ocean current is carrying trillions of bits of plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there — in surface waters, in sea ice and possibly on the ocean floor.

Millions of discarded flip flops posing huge hazard to ocean life

Each year, tons of flip flops wash up on East African coast, including Kenyan beaches like the one pictured, posing a risk to plant and animal life.

Why green spaces are good for grey matter

Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found.

These caterpillars could eliminate plastic pollution

This would be the first of several major hurdles the scientists would need to clear, to scale plastic biodegradation beyond a caterpillar curiosity.

Researchers show connection between extreme weather and climate change

Stanford researchers have found that global warming from human emissions has made extreme hot weather events more likely across over 80 percent of the areas of the globe for which observations are possible.

Americans’ fears about water pollution hit a 16-year high

A new poll finds Americans are more concerned about their drinking water than they are about any other environmental issue. Drinking-water scares like the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, appear to have had a lingering impact on Americans’ concerns with their drinking-water supplies.

California legislature weighs 3 bills to reduce plastic pollution

State legislators are currently reviewing three bills aimed at reducing plastic pollution through recycling programs and bans.

When it rains, Los Angeles sends billions of gallons of 'free liquid gold' down the drain

As Los Angeles continues to receive more rainfall, many are advocating for the construction of storm water capture projects to maintain the region's water supply.

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

A study conducted by the US Geological Survey and California State University Fullerton revealed that past earthquakes have caused parts of the state’s coastline to sink.

In the battle over California climate policies, green projects are now in the hot seat

Lawmakers are debating how to continue the state’s fight against climate change; the system is being targeted by some environmentalists who would rather force industry to directly reduce its emissions.

6 climate tipping points: How worried should we be?

Environmentalists anticipate six "tipping events" that may occur in the future due to the acceleration of climate change.

Where does my water come from?

This article helps Californians identify their source(s) of drinking water, learn more about how drinking water is treated, and learn how to help prevent pollution of our groundwater and surface water supplies.

How Americans think about climate change, in six maps

New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication provides a deeper look at public opinion on global warming.

Why is disposable plastic a problem?

50% of the plastic we use is only used once.In the US, a study indicated that 93% of people 6 years of age or older tested positive for BPA (Bisphenol-A, a chemical containing plastics).

Over 300 L.A. neighborhoods had higher rates of children with elevated lead levels than Flint, Mich.

Los Angeles County Department of Health found that many children across the county have high levels of lead in their systems.

World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040

UNICEF predicts that 600 million children in the world's poorest countries will suffer from the effects of water scarcity by 2040.

6 ways you can help keep our water clean

Water pollution and runoff can be prevented through simple daily tasks, such as going to a car wash and not flushing no degradable products.

Huge plastic waste footprint revealed

The top global firms in the world produces more than 20 million bottles year — the weight of approximately 10,000 blue whales.

Climate change is making us sick, top U.S. doctors say

A report by top American doctors predicts that climate change will ultimately lead to the deterioration of human health in various aspects.

California's poor hit hardest by unsafe drinking water

More than 3,000 of those residents are in the San Diego region, living in poor communities near Potrero, Pauma Valley and Borrego Springs.

Marine life improved in California’s protected areas, study says

A new report finds early signs that California’s unique network of marine protected areas is successfully protecting and rebuilding marine life.

8 Million Californians have been drinking polluted water for years

California is expected to set a strict state-level maximum contaminant level for a probable human carcinogen ― 28 years after the state’s Water Resources Control Board first detected the chemical in its drinking water system.

New estimate of ocean heat finds more warming

The oceans may be storing 13 percent more heat than previously estimated, according to a new study co-authored by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Can desalination plants quench California's thirst for water in a clean way?

The development of desalination plants in California has sparked a debate about the sustainability and efficacy of water desalination.

California has its own Flint, needs funding for safe drinking water

The lack of access to clean water has left more than 300 communities in California vulnerable.

The plastic plague: Can our oceans be saved from environmental ruin?

Approximately eight million tons of plastic enter oceans every year. Experts believe that there will be more plastic than fish in oceans by 2050.

Study: 'Urgent' action against global warming needed to save coral reefs

The researchers documented the extent of the damage the reef off the coast of Australia, and found that only 8.9 percent of more than 1,000 reefs escaped with no bleaching along a stretch more than 2,300 kilometers long.

Why is plastic harmful?

Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic - water bottles, bags and straws - are used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.

10 ways to reduce plastic pollution - help keep our marine life from eating and swimming in garbage

The best thing we can do to protect our waterways is try to keep as much plastic as possible out of the waste stream in the first place. There are many small ways you can have a big impact.

Video captures moment plastic enters food chain

A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfiber is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves.

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Particles of debris from car types are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn.

The U.S. Geological Survey hails an early spring — and ties it to climate change

The arrival of an early spring in the United States is a major indicator of the sweeping changes caused by climate change. Researchers have identified the risks and disadvantages of this current phenomenon.

Do you live near toxic waste? See 1,317 of the most polluted spots in the U.S.

With 98 Superfund sites in California and more than 1,300 across the country, Americans are suffering from exposure to toxic wastes and chemicals.

Cornfield park in Chinatown reopening in April after $20M renovation

With much anticipation, Los Angeles State Historic Park will reopen after a major expansion and three years of renovation.

Just how park poor is Los Angeles County?

A recent study of Los Angeles County Parks found that "51 percent of county residents don't live within a 10-minute walk (half a mile) of a park.”

In Chicago and Philadelphia, the difference a park makes

The creation of new public spaces and parks have fostered a new sense of community among those living in the urban areas of Chicago and Philadelphia.

Scientists map seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers

Using Earth-imaging technologies, scientists have studied the intrusion of saltwater into freshwater aquifers along the California coast.

UCLA study unearths high lead levels in soil of Los Angeles parks

Media Park, Lennox Park, MacArthur Park South and Woodbine Park top the list of Los Angeles parks with the highest lead levels.

California’s oil is an opportunity to combat climate change

As the country's third-largest oil producing state, California must reduce its oil refinery emissions by 20 percent by 2030.

SoCal beach water quality's up, but LA County still has 3 of California's most polluted beaches

According to new reports, water quality in Southern California beaches are improving, but L.A. county leads California in the number of beaches with poor water quality.

Ocean plastic pollution at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

There is currently a dire plastic pollution problem. If nothing is done, researchers predict there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

California's reservoirs are filled with gunk, and it's crowding out room to store water

If sediment in California's dams were cleared and recycled, the state could expand water storage capacity and provide sand for beaches and spawning beds for steelhead trout.

Oroville Dam faces another risk: Earthquakes from rapid rise in water levels

Oroville Dam not only faces a spillage crisis, but a seismic one as well. Scientists say the filling of the reservoir could produce a damaging earthquake in a generation.

'Extraordinary levels' of pollution have contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

PCBs — chemicals that have been banned since 1979 — have been found to have far-reaching effects. Recently, researchers have discovered traces of the chemical in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Worst erosion in 150 years tears 180 feet from SF's Ocean Beach

Because of the powerful El Nino that hit the Pacific Ocean a year ago, scientists say that beaches lining coasts between Mexico and Canada will eat away at seaside cliffs and low-lying coastal towns.

Why L.A. needs more green space, now

A lack of green spaces has been found to correlate to poor health, crime and domestic violence. That's why L.A. needs parks more than ever.

California won't meet its climate change goals without a lot more housing density in its cities

If California is going to meet its sustainability goal by 2030, then the state must first solve its housing density problem.

Latinos Marinos - advocacy group connects California’s grassroots coastal advocates

Latinos Marinos meet with legislative staff in Sacramento as part of Ocean Day 2017.The 12th annual Ocean Day 2017 drew over 100 representatives from some of California's leading coastal advocacy organizations.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians exposed to contaminated water

Nearly 1 million people don't have access to safe, reliable drinking water at home or at school.

Climate change adds stress to California dams

Older dams may not be designed to deal with the severe weather patterns California has experienced because of global warming.

Sea levels may rise by more than 8 feet by the year 2100 due to climate change

A new report shows that under extreme future climate change, global sea levels could rise by more than eight feet by the end of the century — one of the highest estimates yet to be presented in a federal report.

Drinking water crisis brewing in California

Researches show that “more than 400 California communities have drinking water that does not meet safe standards.”

Why we should be worried about California’s coast

California State Treasurer John Chiang speaks on the need to protect the environment from offshore drilling especially in California.

Safe drinking water evades the poor

An in-depth look at the everyday challenges of a family that does not have access to clean water in California, and the culprits.

Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say

Study shows that some fish are being attracted to eating plastic and scientists have found lower levels of hatch rates among plastic polluted waters.

Food scarcity caused by climate change could cause 500,000 deaths by 2050, study suggests

A new study shows climate-related impacts on agriculture could lead to an overall global decline in food availability leading to many deaths.

California's coastal system facing collapse

Reports show an economical impact linked to the collapse of local wildlife found in Bay Area coastal ecosystems.

How climate change is leading to an ‘ecological recession’

Study shows animals are struggling trying to adapt to climate change by moving to cooler areas but still are unable to survive.

How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it

A walkthrough on how fish sold in markets have human-made debris inside them and how there are indirect environmental consequences to our everyday lives.

Toxic water plagues rural California

Contaminated water with lead and copper are not uncommon even in California and a Fresno community is heavily affected.

How climate change transformed the Earth in 2016

A stark overview of the many ways how climate change has made a global impact.