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How does one house use 11.8 million gallons of water?

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s time for a little drought shaming, but anonymous drought shaming.
Now it stands to reason that the wealthiest among us would use more water – they have bigger properties, swimming pools and lots of cars to wash.
But a new report by the Web site Reveal, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some of the most affluent residents of the state are …

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The drought is killing off Lake Balboa’s cherry trees

Posted October 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Lake Balboa – in the middle of San Fernando Valley – once featured more than 900 cherry trees, delighting park-goers with their annual pink and white blossoms.
But more than half of those trees have died in the past five years, according to the L.A. Daily News, falling victim to too little rain, warm winters and drainage issues in the Sepulveda Basin. Most of the …

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State pitching in to buy key piece of L.A. River ‘puzzle’

Posted September 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River are getting a boost from the state of California.
Senate leader Kevin de Leon says the state will contribute $25 million to buy part of an old rail yard in Cypress Park that Mayor Eric Garcetti has called a “crown jewel” of the restoration plan. De Leon announced the funding yesterday at an annual Garden Party held by …

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How the Prius became a cultural icon

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Toyota just unveiled the new Prius, a third generation of a car that revolutionized the hybrid car market. Chances are you’re next to, or within eyesight of, a Prius at this very moment in the greater Los Angeles area. The Prius is more than a car – it’s become a cultural touchstone.
And for the even bigger enviro-car crowd, Toyota is about to announce a new hydrogen …

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State is poised to act on long-delayed pollution rules

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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State Air regulators today are expected to restore a climate change program that would require a 10 percent reduction in pollution from gas and diesel fuel emissions over the next five years.
The rule was first adopted years ago, but it’s been on hold amid a lengthy legal challenge by oil industry groups.
Environmentalists and some business groups have hailed the low carbon fuel standard as …

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How to fish a protected ocean

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

In 2003, California established thirteen Marine Protected Areas around the Channel Islands. Referred to as “MPAs,” they were designed to study and restore marine life. But, restoring meant banning all commercial fishing, or “fisheries,” from operating within the protected areas.
Scientists have gradually been collecting data about the impact of these MPAs. Last week, experts with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute released a comprehensive 10-year study.
By all …

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Impact of air pollution rules coming into clearer focus

Posted September 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Have you been breathing a little easier?
A new study by state air regulators says that risk of getting cancer because of toxic air in California dropped by 76 percent over a span of more than two decades.
The authors of the report say the decrease in pollution is due to stringent regulations on everything from trucks and gasoline vapors to emissions from dry cleaning businesses.
Air …

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No damage this time around, but tsunami risk is real

Posted September 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

We got off easy this time. There are no reports of damage or flooding from a tsunami that rolled into Southern California this morning following a huge, magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Chile.
But the tsunami has affected tides and currents, and officials are asking boaters, swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water for several hours until things calm down.
The tsunami hit San Diego …

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U.S., Chinese leaders take on climate at L.A. summit

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Can local government leaders in the U.S. and China take the lead on fighting climate change?
We could find out over the next couple of days.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be delivering the keynote speech and Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance as officials from the U.S. and China open a two-day climate summit in Los Angeles today.
The goal of the summit is …

Environment, News, Water and the Drought »

Giant sequoias in the path of fast-moving wildfire

Posted September 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The largest wildfire of the year in California is now threatening one of the state’s natural treasures.
Flames from the stubborn Rough Fire have reversed course and are now closing in on Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, The now-evacuated grove is named for the towering General Grant tree, which stands more than 260 feet tall and is the second largest tree in the …

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Brown’s climate change agenda hits Capitol roadblock

Posted September 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s been a hectic and eventful week at the State Capitol.
With lawmakers facing a deadline tomorrow to pass bills in the current legislative session, a slew of important measures have been considered, some making it to the governor, and others getting shot down.
One of the biggest stories to come out of the session is the setback delivered to a key component of Gov. Jerry …

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Subsidence is giving Gov. Brown that sinking feeling

Posted August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Gov. Jerry Brown says California plans to get tougher with farmers who have been pumping record amounts of groundwater during the drought.
Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown responded to a new NASA report that shows vast areas of the Central Valley sinking rapidly in a process known as subsidence because huge amounts of groundwater are being siphoned from underground aquifers.
Brown recently signed …

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What’s to come in California if the drought persists?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

What would California look like if the drought lasts another two years? Three years?
A new study says the state’s economy would probably hold up pretty well, including agriculture. But it finds that continued dry winters could prove devastating for small, rural communities that depend on well water, for the state’s wetlands and for wildlife in general.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California …

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How the Inland Empire became home to massive warehouses

Posted August 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
A constant flow of big rigs streams down Etiwanda Ave. in Jurupa Valley on the way from logistics facilities to any number of major freeways in the area.

Almost half of the country’s imports move through the Ports of LA and Long Beach. That massive volume of stuff has to go somewhere, and somewhere isn’t that far away – only about 40 miles east to the Inland Empire. The inland region is dotted with warehouses ranging from semi-automated fulfilment centers for Amazon to vast distribution centers for Restoration Hardware and Costco.

Sitting where …

Education, Environment, News, Politics »

Critics of green energy measure: ‘Where are the jobs?’

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

When California voters passed Proposition 39 three years ago, they were told thousands of green jobs would be created and that more than half-a-billion dollars a year would go to a new Clean Air Energy Fund.
But so far the state has been unable to deliver on those promises.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act closed a corporate tax loophole, with the money earmarked for energy-efficient projects …

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Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

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Mountain lion P-32 killed while crossing the 5 Freeway

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Some sad news now about a young mountain lion known as P-32 – the only male known to have successfully ventured to the north out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
He was struck and killed by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
P-32 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway and three other highways in the Thousand Oaks and Simi …

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Drum beat gets louder for new restrictions on drones

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Forget the War on Drugs, California officials are launching a War on Drones.
Up in Fresno, authorities say a privately operated drone just missed colliding with a medical helicopter that was flying a snake bite victim to a hospital yesterday. The pilot encountered the drone while flying at about 1,000 feet. He maneuvered away from the device, reportedly missing it by just 20 feet or …

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Mixer: El Niño to the rescue?

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scattered thunderstorms have been battering the mountain and high desert areas this week with flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail.
Monsoonal moisture continues across Southern California, and where it’s not raining, there’s plenty of moisture in the air.
Forecasters say the added moisture is part of a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that could continue to have a big effect on California weather in the next …

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A hike through fracked wilderness

Posted July 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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This month, the first state-wide Environmental Impact Review on fracking was published. The report spans over 2,500 pages and will be used to guide future proposals to frack anywhere in California. It focuses on three specific proposals at oil and gas fields. One of which is in the Sespe Wilderness, just a short drive from Santa Barbara.

Goodenough Road gets you to from downtown Fillmore to …

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