FROM Matt Petersen
Mayor Garcetti aims to make LA 3 degrees cooler Climate models show that LA will keep getting hotter. Mayor Garcetti wants to do something about it -- reduce our average temperature by 3 degrees over the next 20 years. We find out how.
San Diego Takes the Lead against Global Warming Republican Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, calls it "the right thing to do." He persuaded conservative businesses it was in their interests. The City Council, controlled by Democrats, approved it unanimously. San Diego is now the largest American city to establish mandatory deadlines for reduction of greenhouse emissions. That means 100% renewable energy generation by 2035 -- enforceable by law, as we hear from Joshua Smith, environmental reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune .
Can the Southland Become Water Self-Sufficient? LA exists thanks to imported water. But does it have to? From underground cisterns and "thirsty concrete" to expanding spreading grounds, Southland cities and water agencies are working their way towards "water self-sufficiency" -- with home owners becoming participants in management of our water. Pico Library water cistern Photos by Avishay Artsy
Turning the Water Off…and On With years of reduced rain and snow now predicted, Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to reduce LA's dependence on imported water. He also wants to cut water usage by 20% in less than two years. But efficiency and conservation won't be enough. Garcetti says the City that once rejected what was called "toilet to tap" is now ready to recycle wastewater — like Orange County already does . Can LA capture the rain that does fall instead of washing it out to sea?
'Green Power,' Jobs and City Hall Politics The LA City Council wants the Department of Water and Power to install solar panels on government, commercial and industrial roofs all over the city. They would generate 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 100,000 homes. Friday, the Council put a bond measure on the March ballot, bypassing the appointed commission that oversees the DWP and without getting an outside analysis of the cost. But even supporters of alternative energy are raising questions. Why will the DWP install and own them, even on private buildings? What did the DWP's employee union have to do with getting Council approval? We look for answers.
Live Earth and the Greening of Pop Culture and Commerce Live Earth was a 24-hour concert at nine venues on seven continents featuring a galaxy of world-class pop stars along with local acts aimed at reaching across the planet--plus Al Gore on the Washington Mall. In the words of Al Gore , its creator and organizer, the event was designed to "trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis." Were the 24 hours of music, commercials for ecological products and political exhortations a high point of the "Green Revolution" or just another high-tech spectacle? Will millions of people change their lifestyles? Will they force governments and corporations to act on the message, or will the massive audience be lulled into feeling better without insisting on the changes that could make a difference?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?