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Stories by Erik Anderson

Leased Solar Systems Dominate The U.S. Marketplace

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More homeowners are starting to pay for solar installations instead of leasing them. Industry watchers say leases may have peaked with 72 percent of the market.

Eyes Look To Carlsbad's Desalination Plant

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Many people are watching the Carlsbad desalination plant that could begin delivering drinking water by fall. And how the plant performs may affect how other desalination projects are viewed.

New El Niño Images Show Strong Event

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The ocean warming condition known as El Niño is looking increasingly like the last major El Niño in 1997, which brought a lot of rain to San Diego.

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety

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Barrio Logan residents are concerned after a fire broke out at a scrap recycling yard in their neighborhood on Wednesday night.

California Consumer Advocates Complain About Record Oil Industry Profits

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Oil refineries are under fire for gas prices that are sharply higher than the national average. Consumer Watchdog is asking for more oversight.

San Diego Water Rates Could Increase Sharply

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Water rates are going up if the city of San Diego's Water Department gets its way. The department is asking for a 9.8 percent increase in January and then a 6.9 percent rate hike six months later in July.

Refugee Students Experience Coronado Beach In Outreach Event

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About 50 students from El Cajon High were treated to a day at the beach on Tuesday.

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

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Environmentalists hope the newly signed California budget helps them get trash out of the Tijuana River Valley.

San Diego Prepares For Onslaught Of Holiday Beach Trash

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San Diego city officials and clean water advocates are getting ready for the holiday weekend and have plans in place to keep trash out of the ocean.

California Residents Urged To Conserve Electricity

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With a heat wave gripping parts of Southern California and power demand on the rise, the manager of the state's energy grid has issued a "flex alert," urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 9 p.m. to reduce strain on the system.

Economic Indicators For San Diego County At Highest Level In 8 Years

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The index stood at 139.7 in May, the highest mark since December 2006. The monthly hike was the 12th in a row for the index, but the size of the increase — 0.5 percent — was the smallest since last October.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant's Pipeline Now Complete

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Poseidon Water, the builder of the plant, and the water authority announced that the last 54-inch diameter section was dropped into place in Macario Canyon in Carlsbad. The section was the 2,177th of the pipeline, which runs between Carlsbad and San Marcos.

California To Start Banning Lead Ammunition

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To protect wildlife from lead poisoning, California is starting to phase out the use of lead ammunition, beginning Wednesday. That means hunters won't be allowed to use some lead bullets.

San Diego Fast Food Workers Rally For Higher Pay

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San Diego fast food workers continue to push for a $15 hourly minimum wage. They rallied Monday in support of their fellow workers asking for the same thing in New York State.

Roundtable Tackles The Chargers, Electricity Rates, Wage Theft

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Wave goodbye to the Chargers and hello to a new Padres manager. Plus, why are SDG&E's electricity rates the highest in Southern California, and is it true that many San Diego restaurants regularly steal from their workers?

San Diego County's Backcountry Residents Drill Deeper For Water

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San Diego's East County doesn't rely on imported water, but the region is still struggling as residents put pressure on the groundwater supply.

North San Diego County Seawall Is At Center Of Legal Fight

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The long running debate over seawalls has found its way to the state's highest court.

Workers Begin Dredging San Elijo Lagoon

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San Elijo Lagoon is about to get a blast of ocean water. The annual dredging of the lagoon's inlet got underway Thursday.

Water Is A Serious Issue For Many California Residents

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Water is the most worrisome issue facing California residents, and concern about water tops worries about the economy for the first time in a new poll.

San Diego Is Adding Jobs, But Are They The Right Jobs?

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San Diego is adding jobs but there is worry the job gains may not be good in the long run.

California PTA Calls Climate Change A Children's Issue

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Climate change is a legacy that California's 9 million children will have to face, according to the state's Parent Teacher Association.

Environmentalists Lobby Against A Controversial Trade Deal

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The National Sierra Club is working to galvanize opposition in San Diego to a controversial Fast Track Trade bill being debated in Washington.

Environmentalists Work To Keep San Diego Beaches Clean

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Crowded beaches during Memorial Day weekend could lead to a lot of trash in the sand on Tuesday, but a local group is working to keep that from happening.

San Diego Soitec Solar Plant Sold, Future Uncertain

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A French semi-conductor company has given up on its venture into solar energy. Soitec has agreed to sell its solar business, including a San Diego factory.

Environmentalists Push For Alternatives To Adding Lanes To Route 94

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Transportation planners want to ease traffic congestion on state Route 94, which brings commuters in and out of downtown San Diego.

California Compares Favorably To Other Countries In The Clean Technology Arena

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California performs well against the rest of the world in the latest Green Innovation Index from the non-partisan think tank Next-10.

San Diego Rents Among Highest In Country

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California placed four cities in the top 10 list for residential rental rates.

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

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A rare rhinoceros is getting medical care at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego Biologists Find New Populations Of Rare Plant

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Biologists have found six new populations of a rare San Diego plant that was thought to be extinct just a few decades ago.

San Diego Protesters Urge Peters To Oppose Fast-Tracking Trade Deal

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An international trade deal has raised concern among local political activists. Protesters are asking Rep. Scott Peters to take a stand.

San Diego's Chollas Creek May Get An Environmental Boost From New State Rules

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California is implementing tough new regulations designed to get trash out of the state's waterways.

San Diego Quality Of Life Dashboard Offers Mixed Review

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A regional quality of life index was positive in most of the 15 areas measured, but got neutral marks in some areas and poor marks in others.

San Diego County's Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

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The region's surging job market is driving another significant bump in a local index that tracks the economy.

Water Use Declines In Nation, California

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Water use around the country is falling even though the economy is growing.

Survey: Majority Of Americans Think Solar Is Important

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The value of solar and other energy efficient products is rising as far as the public is concerned, according to a Clean Edge survey.

Advocates Want California To Have More Energy Efficient Standards For Computer Monitors

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Computer monitors are in the crosshairs of consumer advocates who are looking for rules that reign in energy consumption.

Tijuana Estuary May Be An Early Indicator For Climate Change

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Researchers hope one of San Diego's last remaining coastal wetlands helps them understand the potential impact of climate change.

Monarch Butterflies In Crisis On The West Coast

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Populations of Monarch butterflies are declining in the west, but officials are optimistic the iconic insect's population can be revived.

San Diego Whale Bones Airlifted By Coast Guard For Research

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The effort was a training exercise and a public service to help the San Diego Natural History Museum's research on whales.

San Diego County Reboots Efforts To Fight Climate Change

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The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind a plan that was widely panned by environmentalists and ultimately rejected by the courts.

Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

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Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use.

California Scientist Says Marijuana Farms Are Hurting Endangered Species

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Marijuana growing operations are creating problems for some endangered species because the farms are using a lot of water and that's led to dried up streams.

California Solar Industry Works To Boost Diversity

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California's solar industry is looking to make sure ethnic diversity is part of an industry that is growing rapidly.

Sea Lion Rescues Hit All Time High In Southern California

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Malnourished sea lions are being rescued in record numbers along the coast. Scientist do not yet know why the animals are struggling.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water

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The largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere remains on track to open this fall.

Scientists Use Drones To Track Whales Off California Coast

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Southern California's whale-watching industry is reporting a busier than usual season along the coast this year. Good weather gets some of the credit, but researchers are also trying to figure out why the cetaceans appear to be doing well.

San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

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The lingering California drought is impacting water quality in San Diego's watersheds.

San Diego's Balboa Park Taps Water From An Unusual Source — Air Conditioners

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An enduring drought has put pressure on officials running Balboa Park to do a better job of managing the water. Creative thinking may have uncovered a new source of water.

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

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The zoo, which is home to one northern white rhino, was awarded $110,000 by the Seaver Institute to fund whole genome sequencing.

Ban On Plastic Bags In California To Go Before Voters

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A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California's plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation's first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot.

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