New airplane flight paths raising noise levels for residents in their wake

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Volunteer whale-watching training opens at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s whale-watching naturalist training program kicks off on Oct. 3. The volunteer opportunity includes weekly Tuesday night trainings through March. Volunteers who graduate the training program will be placed on wh...

By staff reports|


  • Environment

    Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced

    Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration. But Southern California’s monuments appeared to be spared in the cuts proposed by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. No changes were offered for two local monuments — the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, a 346,177-acre swath of the Angeles...

    From staff and wire reports|

  • Electric vehicles

    California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough?

    California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives. The Legislature is poised to send the governor a bill—outlining how to spend $1.5 billion in proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions—that includes $140 million replenish the state air board’s...

    By Julie Cart CALmatters|

  • Pollution clean-up

    Knives, wheelchair, drug pipe, unopened wine bottle among finds at Coastal Cleanup Day

    They came to the beaches and got their gloves dirty and feet sandy. They dipped under the water’s surface and searched harbor bottoms below the boats. And they worked upstream, along creeks and at parks, with one common goal: To clean the junk that litters our playgrounds, whether at the beach or further inland. To take one day to give back by doing an after-summer cleanse for the coast. Tens of thousands of volunteers turned out for California Coastal Cleanup Day, and...

    Laylan Connelly

  • Solar power

    CSULB powers up campus solar panel installation

    Cal State Long Beach on Friday debuted a new 11,040-panel solar installation expected to supply power for approximately one-third of the campus’ peak electricity demand. In addition to providing solar power, the new system adds 44 electric vehicle chargers to campus where there previously were only four. Other new features include a 1-megawatt battery energy storage system, along with the campus’ first net-zero energy classroom building, which is currently under...

    Courtney Tompkins

  • Wildlife population control

    The Hawk Pros keep pigeons, other pesky birds away

    Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what The Hawk Pros hopes will happen. The Camarillo-based business provides trained hawks and falcons whose job is to keep pigeons and other problem birds away, whether they’ve left their mess at an outside dining area or near the entrance to a public...

    Kevin Smith

  • Pollution clean-up

    You can clean up Long Beach’s coastline - and rest of state’s beaches, too - this weekend

    Long Beach is calling all volunteers interested in helping with the annual statewide coastal spruce-up on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Armed with gloves, bags and buckets, and a steward spirit, an estimated 60,000 volunteers will come out to about 900 locations throughout the state Saturday, Sept. 16, for California Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event, in its 33rd year, results in hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash being plucked from beaches, lakes, creeks and parks to keep...

  • Recreational swimming

    Swimmer who conquered Atlantic now plans to cross Pacific — and AltaSea will help

    Some are in awe at such a daring plan. Others? Well, they just think he’s crazy. But long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, 50, won’t be deterred in the dream that he’s dubbed “The Longest Swim.” “That’s fine,” he said of those who question his sanity. After all, he swam across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998, becoming the first — and so far only — person to have done so. The Paris-born...

    Donna Littlejohn

  • Wildlife health

    Reducing whale deaths: Rep. Alan Lowenthal bill aimed at curbing fatal ship strikes

    The 79-foot endangered blue whale that washed ashore in Northern California in May was no match for the ship that hit it. Nor was the 56-foot endangered fin whale found floating near the Port of Los Angeles two years ago. More than 80...

    Rachel Uranga

  • Rivers and streams

    Public urged to stay out of LA River due to high bacteria levels

    LOS ANGELES >> Nonprofit environmental group Heal the Bay has urged the public to avoid the waters of the Los Angeles River this weekend due to “alarmingly” high levels of bacterial pollution. “I would recommend stay out of the water,” Heal the Bay watershed scientist Katherine Pease said on Saturday. “If you go in, take certain precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick. Avoid any hand to mouth contact. Avoid getting water in the mouth...

    By staff and wire reports|

  • Wildlife

    Dead fish discovered at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach

    Large numbers of fish died recently at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. The dead fish turned up Wednesday at a lake north of Wardlow Road, at El Dorado East Regional Park, as well as at a duck pond at El Dorado Park West. City spokeswoman Anabell Chavez said it’s unknown how many fish died, but she said at most “maybe a couple hundred” fish died at El...

    Andrew Edwards

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