California

Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Opponents of fracking scored a handful of victories Tuesday, with voters choosing bans on the extraction process in communities in Texas, Ohio and California. One of these wins was in the birthplace of fracking—Denton, Texas. The ordinance prohibiting fracking within the city limits passed 58.64% to 41.36%, making Denton the first city in the...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
With the new prison reform measure passed, up to 10,000 California non-violent detainees may be eligible for early release. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/cc/flickr)
A California public safety measure to reclassify low-level crimes, including...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
A slew of progressive candidates were elected in Richmond, California on...

Further

Bad news on all sides on our human propensity for taking without thinking. A new study finds researchers have "grossly underestimated" the impact on the Amazon rainforest of logging and other human activity, even as California park rangers combat a surge in nightime bandits - aka "midnight burlers" - poaching the burl from old-growth redwoods to sell for furniture. The tallest trees on earth, old-growth redwoods once covered almost 2,000,000 acres of California; today, less than 5% of that...