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  • Science museums

    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 whale-watching boats to train viewers about local marine wildlife. Registration opens at the first class, which will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro. Registration closes at the...

    By staff reports|

  • Environment

    After 20 years, California’s whale tail license plates remain one of state’s most successful environmental programs ever

    What started as a simple picture of a whale’s tail emblazoned on a specialized California license plate decades ago has morphed into one of the most successful environmental programs in the state. The Whale Tail license plate — celebrating its 20th anniversary — continues to be popular among motorists. Since 1997, 243,000 plates were sold and the program has raised $95 million, according to the California Coastal Commission, the state agency that doles out cash...

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  • Wildlife

    Shark detection device that gives lifeguards early warning gets test

    There’s a growing threat along Southern California’s coastline, and officials want to arm themselves with advanced technology that could save lives. It’s not a threat of a nuclear strike that officials gathered to discuss, Friday, Sept. 22, or an attempt to get early warning for earthquakes that can rattle the region. No, this threat comes in a more sharp-toothed form and lurks below the water’s surface. “The shark population now seems to...

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  • Soil contamination

    Raw, leaking sewage compounds oil-tainted Carson neighborhood. Now what?

    Armed with a new study that blames oil pollution for leaking sewage pipes beneath Carson’s Carousel housing tract, city leaders again are asking state water regulators to step in to help residents of the contaminated neighborhood. City officials say they can’t afford to continue the investigation they launched with a...

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  • 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|

  • Electric vehicles

    Electric vehicles — from motorcycles to cars — light up LA event

    Hedda Royce of Hollywood was decked out in all black as she quietly rode on her motorcycle Saturday into the Los Angeles State Historic Park with about 20 other riders from Hollywood Electrics. Royce, 38, owns a sleek 2015 Zero SR electric motorcycle. It’s the first bike she’s ever purchased and it cost her $18,000. The quiet bike goes from 0-60 mph in about 3.6 seconds and gets about 130 miles per charge, Royce said. “I went right to this,” said the...

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  • Pollution clean-up

    Oil waste eating away plumbing in contaminated Carousel tract neighborhood, study says

    Years of state-led environmental investigations into massive oil contamination at Carson’s Carousel tract neighborhood missed a key problem for residents living amid the mess: the sewer pipes under some homes are literally corroded into dust. Beyond the high cost of replacing sewer lines, the oil-degraded pipelines could present yet another major health concern for residents across the 50-acre community, a new city-commissioned study has found. “The leaking,...

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  • 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...

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  • Wildlife management

    Worried about coyotes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula? Get this web tracking tool

    Three Palos Verdes Peninsula cities launched a web app this week to track coyote sightings in local neighborhoods. Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills Estates developed the site, which is part of an effort to manage the increasingly problematic coyote population on the Peninsula, said Rancho Palos Verdes Community Development Director Ara Mihranian. It gives residents the chance to see where coyote activity is most concentrated near them, and increases...

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