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Los Angeles becomes largest city in the US to enact plastic bag ban

May 23rd, 2012

Los Angeles became the largest city in the US to pass a plastic bag ban, when the City Council voted 13 to 1 today to disallow the use of plastic bags in supermarkets.

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Urban Roots, a film about food and Detroit + a project for schools

April 11th, 2012

In a bygone American era, Detroit shone proudly as a center of industry, home to the Model T and other symbols of American progress. The decline of the car industry in recent decades, though, has cut the city’s population in half and left poor neighborhoods in even more derelict condition. Detroit is now home to thousands of acres of vacant land, most of it unmaintained, left to collect weeds and waste. The result? Many of the city’s residents live in what is termed a
“food desert.”

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First CODA drives off the line, giving consumers another EV option

March 13th, 2012

CODA, the innocuous looking sedan that boldly promises the best range of any electric car on the market, officially entered its production phase this week.

The first fully outfitted silver, all-electric five-passenger Coda rolled off the assembly line at the plant in Benicia, Calif., on Monday, as factory workers cheered and company executives pledged to kick butt in a field that includes the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt and the pricey Tesla Roadster.

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Sunny LA plans to tap solar power from apartment rooftops

April 19th, 2011

OK, this is a hard one: What can cities in the Sunbelt do to find more energy sources?

Hint. It works best n the Sunbelt. Hmmmmm. That’s right, install solar panels!

In Los Angeles, homeowners have been installing solar panels for decades — when they can afford it. But the LA Business Council has concluded that solar power could benefit all Angelenos, and is hatching a pilot program to put apartment rooftops into solar service, especially in disadvantaged areas.

Putting solar panels on apartment rooftops could easily help add 300 megawatts of power to the city’s grid over the next five to ten years — enough to power 30,000 homes, according to a report issued by the Los Angeles Business Council’s Sustainability Summit.

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Ford’s Electric Focus lands at LA auto museum

January 27th, 2011

Ford has donated one of its two prototype Electric Ford Focuses to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

But unlike past electric car “retirements” in California, this one marks a beginning, not an end. The Focus Electric is expected to hit the consumer market late this year.

“This donation signifies Ford’s transition from a prototype version of Focus Electric to the real production vehicle,” said Matt VanDyke, Ford director of U.S. Marketing and Communications. “We still believe the Focus Electric prototype can continue to create awareness and excitement for electric vehicles like it did during the Green Car Challenge.”

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350.org captures Earth’s woes and hopes from space

November 22nd, 2010

Climate action group 350.org wants us to see, really see, what’s happening as the result of climate change here on Earth.
So it’s taken to space to get a better view. Satellites began snapping photos of giant art installations, many involving humans forming pictures, last Friday and will continue through this week. The photos include one of a giant eagle in Los Angeles, created to represent the “Earth to Sky” solutions to climate change; a mural in New York City that shows how the area would look after the seas rise; a picture of a girl on a delta in Spain and a flash flood in New Mexico created by humans with blue posters.

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2010: The heat is still on

November 4th, 2010

Is is warm out there, or is it just us?
2010 brought above-average warmth, month after month. Even October, while bringing a cool breeze to most of the U.S., was warmer than most, according to the climate scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

In fact, this past October was the second warmest one in the 32-year satellite climate record, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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EPA fines facilities across LA, San Fernando Valley for hazardous waste violations

September 24th, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing enforcement against California metal finishing companies for violations of federal hazardous waste laws discovered during inspections conducted in Los Angeles, Rosemead, Sun Valley, Compton, Van Nuys, South El Monte and Santa Clara during the current fiscal year. Nine companies paid fines ranging from $2,000 to $48,500 and have returned to compliance with federal law, EPA officials said.

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Make 10/10/10 a global workday: Be part of a community climate-change event

September 22nd, 2010

Looking for something to do on Oct. 10, also known as 10/10/10? Take the fight against climate change into your hands with a “global work party” on that once-in-a-lifetime date. The efforts are coordinated by 350.org, an action-oriented non-profit focused on creating solutions to global warming. The group’s name is a reference to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide, which scientists say is the safe limit in the atmosphere for humans, the group says. Right now, we’re at 390 parts per million. Not good.

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California considering a statewide plastic bag ban

August 6th, 2010

California stands ready to be the first state to ban disposable plastic bags, a move that supporters say would help staunch plastic waste on land and in the ocean.

The Bag Monster, festooned in 500 plastic bags, will ride in San Francisco next week.

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New software speeds detection of contaminants in drinking water

August 6th, 2010

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Scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have collaborated in developing new water quality software that enhances a water system’s ability to detect when there has been intentional or unintentional contamination. Officials said the software, called Canary, can help detect a wide variety of chemical and biological contaminants, including pesticides, metals, and pathogens. Once contamination is detected quickly, a water utility could issue a “Do Not Drink” order to prevent customers from ingesting the water.

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LEDs are lighting the road ahead in San Francisco, and other cities

July 14th, 2010

San Francisco, the city that banned plastic bags, bottled water and Styrofoam, is taking another big step down the path to sustainable urban living. In March 2011, the City of San Francisco will begin installing more than 17,000 LED street lighting fixtures, effectively replacing most city-owned street lamps.

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