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Wildfires have destroyed more than 60,000 acres across three states and are spreading rapidly

Firefighters across three states are battling wildfires that have destroyed more than 60,000 acres in the US West.
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California scientists want to know if pollution makes COVID-19 worse

California has emerged as one of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus nationwide. Now, scientists across the Golden State are launching research to better understand the reasons, including studying whether air pollution from Los Angeles to the Central Valley is to blame.

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Oakland A's sue state agency over alleged pollution at opponent of waterfront stadium site

A's President Dave Kaval said West Oakland residents deserve cleaner air, while Schnitzer Steel believes the legal action is a ploy to make room for a new stadium.
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Fossil fuel setbacks rejected by California senate committee

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Pandemic pollution wreaking havoc on San Diego County beaches

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As wildfire season nears, pulmonologists fear smoke will worsen COVID-19 symptoms

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California is ahead of other states in cutting carbon emissions, report says

Households emit 33 percent less carbon than any other state. The per capita footprint in San Francisco is nearly three times lower than the national average.
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California's air pollution cops are eyeing Uber and Lyft

California is working on first-of-their-kind rules to limit emissions from ride-hail vehicles, which could force the companies to get about one-third of their drivers into electric vehicles by the end of 2030. To which the ride-hail companies say (with some qualifications): Bring it on.

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Moving away from fossil fuel: The escalating push for setbacks from drilling sites

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Oil and gas in flux: After a series of stunning defeats, what's next for the industry?

Environmental, economic and political forces have converged, threatening to finally upend fossil fuel dominance.
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How PG&E is racing to improve safety as fire season approaches

The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.
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California beats Trump in suit over cap-and-trade program

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