Massive toxic dump site discovered on ocean floor between Long Beach and Catalina Island

Some 3,000 feet below the ocean's surface between Long Beach and Catalina Island, scientists believe the area may contain anywhere from 336,000–504,000 barrels of acid sludge waste from the production of DDT — a powerful pesticide that was banned from use in the U.S. in 1972 due to its adverse environmental effects, such as those to wildlife, as well as its potential human health risks.

California lawmaker proposes ban on fracking by 2027

Heeding the call of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a state senator introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban all fracking in the nation’s most populated state by 2027 and halt the oil and gas extraction method around schools and homes by Jan. 1.

Biden names John Kerry as climate envoy

President-elect Joe Biden has picked climate-change older statesman John Kerry for a newly created role of climate envoy for national security.