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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The bold headline of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial by the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” The write-up quickly made the social media rounds, prompting both panic and the usual blame game: It’s because of the meat ...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
ON THE WESTERN side of the San Fernando Valley, behind the bleachers of Canoga Park High School, two concrete drainage ditches merge. Here in parched Southern California, barely a trickle runs through these channels. Most days it’s more like a sheen of greenish moisture, a puddle filtering across cl...
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Posted by on in Transportation
Los Angeles could one day battle snarling traffic with a fleet of self-driving cars — at least if Mayor Eric Garcetti gets his way. Speaking Monday at an event sponsored by The Atlantic magazine, he outlined his vision for a ride-sharing service, much like Uber or Lyft, that would depend on automat...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
A recent article on The National Geographic website titled Los Angeles River: Concrete Ditch to Urban Oasis tells us that a restoration plan has been made for the practically empty 51 miles that was once a river. Success for the city of angels, indeed! Make sure to read up on the plans, it is really...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was a Los Angeles? A common misconception—one that resonates with genuine concerns about the city's aridity and reliance on imported water—is that the city's natural state is desert. But early accounts of the landscape painted a different picture, ...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
A team of seven UCLA environmental science students has created a website that shows how emissions from local factories are impacting air quality in Los Angeles County. Cal EcoMaps, launched this month, features an interactive map with detailed information about 172 facilities representing the top ...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
A new air quality study from USC’s Keck School of Medicine has found pollution from jet airplanes affects more neighborhoods east of Los Angeles International Airport than previously believed. As far as the USC team knows, nobody’s ever done what they did: drive north to south along neighborhood st...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst. A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of an i...
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Posted by on in Transportation
On Saturday, May 10, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with the Eastside Bike Club, will lead a community bicycle ride, “Old Roots, New Routes Ride!” As part of the ...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. Drought has settled over the state like a dusty blanket, leaving much of the...
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Posted by on in Green Products/Services
Very exciting news for Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, June 18 to approve a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The Council voted 11 to 1 in favor of the ordinance, and a final vote is scheduled for next week. Last year, the Council voted 13 to 1 to move f...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Los Angeles County's appeal of a lower court decision requiring the county to clean up polluted runoff that flows to the ocean through two urban waterways. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year sided with environmental groups in finding the county a...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Plastic bags are perhaps the largest source of waste from our modern consumer culture. Stores give them out without question for all products big and small. Later, they can be found littered on the sides of roads and highways, hanging from tree branches, floating in rivers and clogging up our landfi...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a hard-fought victory to environmentalists and promising to change the way Angelenos do their grocery shopping.The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the n...
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