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  • 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,…
  • 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. 
  • 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,…
  • 25 Green Facts about Los Angeles

    From discoverlosangeles.com
    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…
  • Study: Arctic Methane Burp Due To Climate Change Could Cost Global Economy $60 Trillion

    Nina Chestney
    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.
  • Overseas Demand Breathes New Life into US Coal

    Kieran Cooke
    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. 
  • Tailpipe Pollution Rule: EPA to Unveil Proposal To Clean Up Gas, Automobile Emissions

    Dina Cappiello
    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.
  • Four Steps to Less Wasteful Communities

    Fran Korten, YES! Magazine
    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…

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