This rule, if not halted by a court challenge by the oil and gas industry and the Trump administration, would make California the first U.S. state with a plan to phase them out completely.
It will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction.
In fact, most of the Bay Area was in the green, or good, zone, a nice contrast from being in the purple, or very unhealthy zone, which had blanketed the region for many days as a result of the raging West Coast wildfires.
No Spare the Air Alert on Thursday
This year, fires have engulfed 3.3 million acres of California, about the size of eight Bay Area Counties.
According to scientists, the three-month season from June through August 2020 was the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest meteorological summer, surpassing 2019 and 2016, which were previously tied for the hottest.
The wildfires from California to Washington state have burned nearly 5 million acres, nearly the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, with many returning to find only charred rubble.
The United Nations says the world is getting hotter and is getting close to passing one of the limits set by global leaders five years ago.
“I have no patience for climate-change deniers. It’s inconsistent with the reality on the ground, the facts," he said. Later adding, "If you do not believe in science, I hope you believe in observed evidence."
A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don’t usually catch fire are in flames.
The air district has issued a long string of the alerts, which ban the burning of wood and other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors, after lightning strikes sparked wildfires around the Bay Area two weekends ago.
While the chlorine fire was being monitored as a potential health threat, Louisiana environmental spokesman Greg Langley says he knows of no other major industrial health risks from the storm in the state.
A new satellite study finds that Greenland lost 586 billion tons of ice (140 trillion gallons of water) in a record melt in 2019 — enough to cover all of California in more than four feet of water.
Many worry about how the signs would increase the amount of light pollution in the San Jose sky.
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.
A report created by Pew Charitable Trust and SystemIQ outlines a potential plan that, if implemented immediately, could eliminate plastic waste in oceans.
Officials said the Arctic is heating more than twice as fast as the global average.
An air quality advisory is being extended through Sunday in the Bay Area due to smoke migrating from a fire near Fresno.
The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovine contributions to climate change.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District along with Santa Clara County asked Bay Area employers to sign the "Cut the Commute Pledge" that extends teleworking for employees and maintains air quality progress after shelter-in-place orders are eased.