Investors are betting millions of dollars that nodules packed with metals used in electric car batteries are the ticket for the U.S. to recapture supremacy over the green economy—and to keep up with a global transportation revolution started by California.…
The urgency with which The Metals Company and other ventures are moving to start scraping the seabed for these materials alarms oceanographers and advocates, who warn they are literally in uncharted waters.…
The drama playing out in the deep sea is just one act in a fast unfolding, ethically challenging and economically complex debate that stretches around the world, from the cobalt mines of Congo to fragile desert habitats throughout the West.…
The state of California is inexorably intertwined in this drama.

No state has exported more policy innovations — including on climate, the economy, equality — than California, a trend already accelerating under the Biden administration.…
In far flung patches around the country, and on some of the most pristine federal lands, extraction and mining companies are branding themselves stewards of sustainability, warning the planet will suffer if digging and scraping are delayed.…
“Our indigenous people have been here so long. This is our homeland,” said Daranda Hinkey, a tribal member and secretary of People of Red Mountain, a group of indigenous people fighting a mine used for digging lithium carbonate for electric cars.…
But all the prospecting is giving pause to some of the environmental groups championing climate action, as they assess whether the sacrifice needed to curb warming is being shared fairly.

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No state has had a bigger impact on the direction of the United States than California, a prolific incubator and exporter of outside-the-box policies and ideas.

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The great cow escape happened on a June evening. 40 cattle made a break for it through the streets of Pico Rivera in a sprint for their lives.

The fugitives were property of Manning Beef, last meatpacker of its kind in L.A.

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What ensued wasn’t exactly a chase out of “Fast & Furious.”

But it had a drama akin to a proper Los Angeles police chase, filmed by TV helicopters, with vegans and meat lovers alike almost certainly united in rooting for the pursued.…
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At least two other deputies later testified in depositions to having the tattoo, an attorney representing a man suing for excessive force said during a court hearing last year.…
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Uber and Lyft drivers joining a strike across California today are sending a message to Washington.

The strike is intended to rally support for national legislative changes to improve their working conditions.

@jmbooyah reports:…
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This proposed legislation would allow contractors to unionize if they chose, participating drivers said.…
“I’m striking simply because drivers have never had the ability to negotiate with the company,” an L.A. driver said.

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As the West descends deeper into drought, climate and water experts are growing increasingly alarmed by California’s shriveling reservoirs.…
Lake Shasta — the largest reservoir in the state — holds a scant 1.55 million acre-feet of water, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, or about 34% of its capacity.…
Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center, said “everybody should be concerned” by what they’re seeing.…
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Theater companies staging shows outdoors for the first time is one thing; doing so in nontraditional performance spaces is another.

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Entire days of tech were canceled by thunderstorms.

During lighter drizzles, the sound crew pushed through each rehearsal’s two-hour setup and two-hour breakdown — a requirement of the museum.…
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From torrential downpours to floods and wildfires, extreme weather is bearing down on regions across the globe.…
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India has experienced deadly mudslides.
In Europe, Germany has experienced flooding which has flattened entire communities.
England experienced a downpour that drastically halted the country.
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