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Pre-History Proof: Climate is a Seesaw

Tim Radfor
Aug 25, 2014
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… Read More...

Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
Aug 14, 2014
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.  Read More...

There Will Be No Fresh Water' by 2040? Anywhere!

Nadia Prupis
Aug 04, 2014
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… Read More...

Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change

Carey L. Biron
Jul 24, 2014
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… Read More...

The $6,800, 84-mpg Elio

Jim Motavalli
Jul 02, 2014
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… Read More...

When No One Is to Blame - Rome Burns!

Sten Odenwald
May 15, 2014
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… Read More...

Walmart Is the Last Place Obama Should Be Making a Clean Energy Speech

Stacy Mitchell
May 15, 2014
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… Read More...

Richard Branson and NRG test clean microgrid on private island

Martin LaMonica
Feb 06, 2014
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… Read More...

World Economic Forum: Water is a top 3 global risk

Brett Walton
Feb 06, 2014
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… Read More...

October 16 is World Food Day

Lester Brown
Oct 12, 2013
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… Read More...

New high-MPG cars for 2014

Jerry Edgerton, MoneyWatch
Oct 12, 2013
(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… Read More...

An LED Bulb Under $10?

Dan Shapley
Oct 12, 2013
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… Read More...

Study: New Climate Era To Reach U.S. in 2040s

Douglas Fischer
Oct 12, 2013
"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,… Read More...

25 Green Facts about Los Angeles

Jun 01, 2011
LA has a vast amount of natural open space, more than 214,000 acres, including the nation’s largest municipal park – 4,014 acre Griffith Park – plus 22 miles of beaches in addition to countless parks and recreation areas. LA’s top nature reserves include the 153,095-acre Santa Monica National… Read More...

Study: Arctic Methane Burp Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion

Nina Chestney
Jul 25, 2013
BE GREEN - A release of methane in the Arctic could speed the melting of sea ice and climate change with a cost to the global economy of up to $60 trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. Read More...

Overseas Demand Breathes New Life into US Coal

Kieran Cooke
Apr 20, 2013
The good news is that U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are continuing to decline. “Over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen,” said President Obama in his State of the Union address.  Read More...

Tailpipe Pollution Rule: EPA to Unveil Proposal To Clean Up Gas, Automobile Emissions

Dina Cappiello
Apr 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will unveil a proposal Friday to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, a step that officials say will result in cleaner air across the U.S. and slightly higher prices at the pump. Read More...


Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles
Mar 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES – Mayor Villaraigosa today announced historic actions by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) that will eliminate Los Angeles’ reliance on coal power by no later than 2025. Getting off coal power will reduce LADWP carbon emissions by 59 percent and citywide emissions by… Read More...

Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities

Fran Korten, YES! Magazine
Dec 28, 2012
I’ve long had suspicions that the recycling I put out in my driveway doesn’t really get recycled. My doubts went up when my town went to “single stream” recycling. Now we toss paper, plastic, cans, and bottles all into one big bin. Can they really sort that stuff out? So I jumped at the chance to… Read More...

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