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  • Great Lawn Substitutes!

    Rickie Avrutin
    BeGREEN-Here’s a question I get a lot, “Rickie, what I can grow instead of lawn, that’s (1) green, (2) doesn’t need mowing, (3) drought tolerant, (4) walkable and (5) under 8 inches high? And I answer, you’re in luck! Among the candidates, here are some hardy ones to consider. All of these grow…
  • Stop! Before You Rip Out Your Lawn, Read This!

    Rickie Avrutin
    GREEN ROSETTE-People are tearing out their lawns right and left. We’re told our lawns are water guzzlers, and in this severe drought, we must get rid of them. We’re bad citizens if we don’t. Right? Wrong! The truth is, NOT all lawns guzzle water! That they do is a myth! Before you even think about…
  • There Was No Global Warming 'Hiatus'

    Nathan Collins
    PLANET WATCH-A review of the data shows global warming has continued at the same rate since 1950, NOAA researchers report. News of a supposed global warming hiatus a few years back caused all sorts of trouble. Otherwise respectable reporters hinted that climate researchers had some explaining to…
  • Good News: WaterSmart Rebates Redux

    Rickie Avrutin
    GREEN ROSETTE- Yipee! The turf removal rebates are back! If, like me, you held your breath last week when the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) announced were just about ran out of rebate funds. On May 26, though, came the good news that more money has been allocated. You see, the MWD contributes…
  • The Next Decade Will Decide What the World Looks Like for Thousands of Decades to Come

    Bill McKibben
    FUTURE EARTH-The next 10 years will be decisive when it comes to the planet's future -- what we do (or don't) will play out over geologic time. It could, if we set our minds to it, be the decade when the planet's use of fossil fuels peaks and then rapidly declines. We've built a movement that, for…
  • Bank of America Backs Away From Funding Coal Mining

    Kate Sheppard
    CORPORATE AND CLIMATE-- Bank of America is cutting off its financing for coal extraction projects, the company announced at its shareholder meeting Wednesday. "With regard to coal, over the past several years, we have been gradually and consistently reducing our credit exposure to companies focused…
  • How to Save California Now: Field Liners, Floppy Sprinklers and Big Data

    Dylan Ratigan
    When it comes to water in California, the dry lawns and short showers are a novelty, but as you may already know the bulk of the water in California is consumed in commercial agriculture. A combination of field liners, floppy sprinklers and big data could reduce California agricultural water use by…
  • Drink Outside the Box

    Jill Richardson
    PLANET WATCH-If you want to be eco-conscious about your drinking water, get it from the tap. I recently checked out an upscale yoga studio here in Madison, Wisconsin and discovered a new and disturbing trend: boxed water. Boxed water? OK, I’ve heard of boxed wine — and maybe even drunk a little.…
  • Pope Francis and the Growing Movement for Climate Justice

    Frances Beinecke
    PLANET WATCH- Here in Rome, people crowd the streets to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis. His wise pronouncements and humble manner inspire thousands of pilgrims and tourists to pack his appearances at St. Peter's Basilica. This week the pope is drawing yet another group to the Eternal City:…
  • Parent Alert: Schools Should Stop Dousing Classrooms with Toxic Cleaning Products

    Allison Rich
    HEALTHY SCHOOLS. GREEN CLEANING. What’s that smell in the air? It’s fresh and floral — and probably filled with formaldehyde. It’s spring-cleaning time once again. And in the name of cleanliness, people everywhere are dousing their homes and workplaces with dangerous, even toxic, cleaning products.…
  • How Big Is Your Water Footprint? You'll Be Surprised.

    Peter Hanlon
    DROUGHT NATION- Drought is all over the news. California is at the center of the coverage and rightly so, given the severity of the situation here. But take a look around the rest of the country and the Golden State is not alone. Washington and Oregon, states many associate with constant drizzle,…
  • Feeding the Future through Agroecology

    M. Jahi Chappell, Tara Ritter
    FEEDING THE WORLD- The devastating drought in California, home to much of the country’s fruit and vegetable production, is spurring discussions about the future of food production in a new age of climate change. When broaching the topic of solving the future food dilemma—feeding a growing…
  • Here’s Why Keystone XL Is the Wrong Choice for Our Nation

    Robert Redford
    PLANET WATCH-The new Republican majority in Congress wants to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil. President Obama announced he will veto bills that bypass the official review of Keystone XL. There are plenty of reasons to block these bills and this pipeline. Keystone…
  • The Bay Foundation and LADWP Launch Energy and Water Conservation Program to Engage Public

    Julie Du Brow
    As part of a Community Partnership Outreach grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), The Bay Foundation (TBF) has launched an online public survey and the first of three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to engage the public and promote energy and water conservation. The…
  • Top Scientists to Media: Stoop Using ‘Skeptic’ to Describe Climate Science Deniers

    Joe Romm
    PLANET WATCH-Four dozen leading scientists and science journalists/communicators have issued a statement urging the media to “Please stop using the word ‘skeptic’ to describe deniers” of climate science. 
  • Study Shows 270,000 Tons of Plastic Float In the Ocean

    Audrey McAvoy
    PLANET WATCH-A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks. The plastic is broken up into more than 5 trillion pieces, said the study published Wednesday in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. 
  • Pre-History Proof: Climate is a Seesaw

    Tim Radfor
    PLANET WATCH-It doesn’t take much to change a planet’s climate—just a little shift in the Northern hemisphere glacial ice sheet and a bit more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. After that, the response is rapid. The tropical rain belt moves north and the southern hemisphere cools a bit, in some…
  • Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

    Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    PLANET WATCH-With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall. 
  • City’s Resiliency a Hot Topic for USGBC-L.A.

    Dominique Smith, Executive Director, USGBC-LA
    We at the US Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) chapter like to think we can do it all, and just returning from Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, another incredible urban coastal city, we are inspired to continue transforming LA's built environment by supporting sustainability, resiliency,…
  • There Will Be No Fresh Water' by 2040? Anywhere!

    Nadia Prupis
    PLANET WATCH-The world risks an "insurmountable" water crisis by 2040 without an immediate and significant overhaul of energy consumption and demand, a research team reported on Wednesday. A snapshot of the world we are leaving our children. "There will be no water by 2040 if we keep doing what…
  • Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change

    Carey L. Biron
    PLANET WATCH-The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests. In what researchers say is the most detailed study on the issue to date, new analysis suggests…
  • The $6,800, 84-mpg Elio

    Jim Motavalli
    Elio Motors is a brand new car manufacturer with a brand new car. The prototype is bright orange, has one door, three wheels and two seats. With 49 MPG in the city, 84 MPG on the highway and a $6,800 sticker price, the Elio is going to make driving a car far more affordable for many people. The…
  • When No One Is to Blame - Rome Burns!

    Sten Odenwald
    BE-GREEN-It has already been a bad decade for the Western United States, but it looks like it's about to get far worse. NOAA just released its images of the essentially vanished snowpack for 2014 in the western United States. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post ran a story about President Obama's return…
  • Walmart Is the Last Place Obama Should Be Making a Clean Energy Speech

    Stacy Mitchell
    Today President Obama is speaking about clean energy and energy efficiency at a Walmart in Mountain View, Calif. Of all the places he might give a big speech on energy, a Walmart supercenter is a baffling and disconcerting choice. Walmart -- despite its skill in attracting publicity like this -- is…
  • Richard Branson and NRG test clean microgrid on private island

    Martin LaMonica
    Necker Island, a small Caribbean island owned by business icon Richard Branson, has signed a contract to slash its diesel fuel use by building a renewable energy-powered microgrid. On the surface, it may look like a way for Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, and the island’s visitors to lower…
  • World Economic Forum: Water is a top 3 global risk

    Brett Walton
    Too much, too little, too dirty. For the third consecutive year, reckless use and abuse of water is seen by global authorities as having the potential to seriously disrupt social stability, upend business supply chains, imperil food and energy production, and generally make life miserable for…
  • October 16 is World Food Day

    Lester Brown
    October 16 is World Food Day. It offers the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the fight to end hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. With falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures making it difficult to feed growing populations, control of arable…
  • New high-MPG cars for 2014

    Jerry Edgerton, MoneyWatch
    (MoneyWatch) With car owners trying to keep gas costs from busting their budget and federal rules compelling higher mileage ratings, automakers add more hybrid, electric-powered and diesel vehicles with every new model year. For 2014, mileage-boosting offerings include a new Honda Accord hybrid…
  • An LED Bulb Under $10?

    Dan Shapley
    A bulb that could save hundreds of dollars can now be found at one-quarter its original retail price. A bulb that not long ago retailed for $45 can now be had for under $10 (three pennies under $10, but still...) Philips says its LED bulb costs just over one dollar year to operate, and could last…
  • Study: New Climate Era To Reach U.S. in 2040s

    Douglas Fischer
    "Climate departures" study predicts when regions on Earth will begin to experience weather outside the bounds of recorded history. Upwards of 5 billion people in the tropics will soon find temperature and other weather conditions falling outside anything experienced in modern record-keeping,…

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