SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - Despite record-breaking July heat, California's impressive effort to cut urban water use continued as the state exceeded mandatory conservation goals for the third consecutive month, regulators said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - California says groundwater in 21 basins in the state has dropped to critical levels, but that its findings reflect 6-year-old data rather than the current and severe drought conditions.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to investigate the safety and corporate culture of Pacific Gas & Electric, after a 5-year string of safety problems, including two explosions.
BISMARCK, N.D. - Federal prosecutors indicted a Texas oil entrepreneur on charges of illegal dumping in a saltwater disposal well in North Dakota's oil fields, a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge on Thursday suggested that part of a contested Berkeley ordinance requiring retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks of cellphones may be too broad to be constitutional.
EUREKA, Calif. (CN) - Not a fishing boat was seen off the Northern California coast in many places this week as a toxic algae bloom linked to warming water has shut down fishing, crabbing and oystering.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - Overpumping of California's dwindling groundwater supply is causing the Central Valley to sink at a historic pace, in some places 2 inches per month, according to a NASA report released Wednesday.
(CN) - Rising temperatures in the Pacific Ocean continue to reinforce the brewing El Nino "Godzilla" that forecasters said Thursday could rival the strongest on record.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CN) - A man faces up to 10 years in federal prison for illegally selling paddlefish caviar and paddlefishes in Missouri.
TRENTON, N.J. (CN) - A judge lent his stamp of approval Tuesday to the second-largest environmental settlement in New Jersey history, a landmark $225 million payout.
SAN JOSE (CN) - A federal judge Tuesday rejected a federal regulation allowing wind companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles without prosecution for 30 years, citing lack of proper environmental review.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Ruling on a constitutional challenge by fishing boat captains, a federal judge has upheld federal rules put in place as part of an international convention to protect against over-fishing of tuna and other migratory fish.
(CN) - A Southern California water district is giving golf course 25-year contracts but only 1-year deals to a wildlife preserve that shelters millions of birds and dozens of protected species, environmentalists claim in court.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Carbon monoxide exposure studies face misconduct allegations but regulators won't say what they're doing about it, activists told a federal judge.
MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - The Department of the Interior illegally approved a giant coal mining expansion northeast of Billings, three Montana environmental groups claim in court.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Costco knowingly imports and sells Thai prawns harvested with slave labor, customers said Wednesday in a federal class action.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Environmental regulators are keeping a lid on the defective vehicle-emissions model they adopted after working with oil interests, activists claim in Federal Court.
VENTURA, Calif. (CN) - A California conservation district sued Oxnard and a water district, claiming they are using its dams and pipelines in violation of a "long term water management strategy" in the drought-ridden state.
PROVIDENCE (CN) - The first off-shore wind farm in the United States will have Rhode Islanders footing the bill at $497 million above market cost, taxpayers claim in Federal Court.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Continuing to burn fossil fuels violates the Ninth Amendment rights of future generations and today's children, according to a lawsuit filed by prominent NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen and nearly two dozen children.
(CN) - An EPA proposal to expand Clean Water Act protections to watersheds and streams produced dueling lawsuits, with miners claiming it goes too far and environmentalists saying it does not go far enough.
HOUSTON (CN) - An Oklahoma company tightened its monopoly on gilsonite - a rock used for oil drilling - by hijacking a rival's contract with a Columbian supplier, the rival claims in an antitrust lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (CN) - A Washington mother says a circus' apparent support of animal rights made her purchase tickets to a July show, even though she normally avoids circuses.
SANTA BARBARA (CN) - A property owner in a wealthy coastal California community near Santa Barbara sued his water district for raising its rates, claiming it failed to give customers proper notice.
FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - More than 11 million bees died because farm workers were scared to cover them with tarps and protect them from pesticides, an apiarist claims in court.
(CN) - Monsanto made and sold polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, for nearly half a century, though it knew the chemicals were carcinogenic, caused birth defects and were accumulating in the environment, Spokane claims in Federal Court.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - A rushed logging project clearing 5,000 acres in a burned Northern California forest could hurt the threatened black-backed woodpecker, a "keystone species," environmentalists claim in court.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - In a sushi class action, a diner claims a Southern California restaurant's "white tuna" is actually escolar, a "succulent" fish that induces diarrhea.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - People who live on the slopes of Mt. Hood sued the Forest Service for failing to execute a land swap that would spare the relatively pristine north side of the mountain from development.
MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - Environmentalists are fighting a logging project in Montana national forest that will include more than 2,000 acres of clear cuts.
(CN) - A class action claims the "100 % beef" hot dogs Burger King has just started selling in select stores in Maryland and Michigan aren't all they're cracked up to be.
(CN) - A consumer advocacy organization claims a popular spice distributor is misleading the public about how much pepper is actually in its containers.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - California officials "ignored science" by approving an environmental impact report for fracking a week before the release of a state-mandated study, an environmental group claims in state court.
A food fight is under way in Congress that could decide whether genetically engineered food products are labeled as such. Read more at CNBC.
A West Virginia man has paid dearly for keeping two deer at his home. Read more at USA Today.
A tank car containing a hazardous flammable chemical derailed and caught fire just south of Knoxville, Tenn., causing the evacuation of 5,000 residents within a two-mile radius of the crash. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.
Nine long finned pilot whales have now died and seven others remain stranded off the Isle of Skye. Read more at The Telegraph.
(CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency released a lengthy proposed rule to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, as part of a national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
DENVER (CN) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put a hold on field inspections such as the one that accidentally triggered a 3 million-gallon toxic spill into the Animas River in Colorado.
WASHINGTON (CN) - A proposed regulation would prohibit imports from foreign fisheries that do not meet U.S. standards for protecting whales and dolphins under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Responding to an environmental group's petition, the National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed three foreign angelshark species for endangered status under the Endangered Species Act.
(CN) - The EPA wants to end all indoor aerosol, spray and liquid formulas of the insecticide propoxur, often used in pet collars, after a human health assessment found risks to children.
WASHINGTON (CN) - In a proposed rule published Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposes removing the eastern cougar from the Endangered Species List because it is likely extinct.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The EPA's proposed pesticide labeling change to prohibit spraying during bloom is a good first step to protect contracted pollinators, but more is needed, environmentalists say.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that all chimpanzees, whether wild or captive, will now be classified as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
WASHINGTON (CN) - The proposal to list the Mono Basin sage-grouse as a threatened species has been withdrawn due to a successful conservation action plan, the listing agency claims.
WASHINGTON (CN) - An experimental population of black-footed ferrets, one of the most endangered mammals in the world, may be re-established in Wyoming's prairie-dog habitat under a special rule.