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El Niño: Be careful what you wish for

Jul 24, 2015
Even a strong rain storms won't end a deep drought, but they could cause havoc.
Posted In: el nino, weather, california, drought
A sign at a Mobil gas station in Pismo Beach, California.

Oil is cheap, but gas is still expensive in California

Jul 22, 2015
Shortages of the state's special blend causes prices to spike, but this feels different.
Posted In: gas prices, oil prices, california, refineries
A portion of the I-10 freeway in California. Though the Sunday bridge collapse occurred on a remote stretch of the interstate, the structure is a key pathway for the movement of goods.

A bridge in the desert is washed out, and I-10 closes

Jul 21, 2015
The bridge is on a remote stretch far from any city. The truck detour can take three hours.
Posted In: bridge, southern California, collapse

Water prices rise in California

Jul 20, 2015
Residents are cutting back on usage, but not necessarily "saving."
Posted In: drought; agriculture; water markets; California
Kathryn Ginsberg, a University of Puget Sound alumna and chemistry major, collects wastewater that will be tested for trace levels of pharmaceutical drugs from a sewer. The work was a precursor to research on marijuana.

Using sewage to measure habits in the legal pot market

Jul 13, 2015
Think of it like an anonymous, communitywide drug test.
Posted In: wastewater, sewage, marijuana

A hearing on 'misplaced' climate focus at DHS

Jul 8, 2015
'It's a life-and-death question' at the Pentagon, witness testifies.
Posted In: climate change, Homeland Security, at risk

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling

Jul 6, 2015
Is it worth it? Environmentally, yes. Economically, sometimes. Cue the ballistic separator.
Posted In: recycling efficiency glass aluminum plastic

Reduce, reuse ... rethink?

Jul 6, 2015
Market forces are making recycling less profitable.
Posted In: recycling, big oil, landfill

Five years after BP spill, financial problems persist

Jul 2, 2015
How the oil spill changed businesses on the Gulf Coast.
Posted In: BP, oil spill, deepwater horizon, bp claims, settlement, gulf coast

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