Environment

The nonprofit Compost LA maintains community gardens where residents can drop off food scraps, but many are at capacity, and cities have different rules on what’s allowed to go into…

from Greater LA

2019 was a bad year for recycling in California. Hundreds of recycling centers closed. That’s where you go to redeem bottles and cans for five or 10 cents each.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Starting this year, new homes built in California are meant to generate as much energy as they take off the grid.

Netflix’s home puts a new angle on solar

Starting this year, new homes built in California are meant to generate as much energy as they take off the grid.

from Design and Architecture

Wintertime is when some of the most exciting and unusual citrus varieties hit the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.

Citrus galore at Santa Barbara Farmers Market

Wintertime is when some of the most exciting and unusual citrus varieties hit the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.

from KCRW Features

Malibu wants to outlaw all pesticides, including anticoagulant rodenticides that are used to kill rats, because those pesticides end up killing a lot of birds and other animals that…

Malibu’s efforts to ban all pesticides within city limits

Malibu wants to outlaw all pesticides, including anticoagulant rodenticides that are used to kill rats, because those pesticides end up killing a lot of birds and other animals that…

from Greater LA

Casitas Springs is a tiny community halfway between Ventura and Ojai, where there are mobile home parks, churches, … and a plant nursery.

Native Australian horticulturist watches in horror as her home country burns

Casitas Springs is a tiny community halfway between Ventura and Ojai, where there are mobile home parks, churches, … and a plant nursery.

from Greater LA

Australia is dealing with the worst wildfires in its history. The blazes have scorched millions of acres and destroyed more than a thousand homes.

From Santa Barbara, Australian wildlife caretaker watches her home country burn

Australia is dealing with the worst wildfires in its history. The blazes have scorched millions of acres and destroyed more than a thousand homes.

from KCRW Features

Australia’s fires have burned more than 14 million acres, an area bigger than New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

Australia fires are part of the ‘sixth extinction’ of plants and animals

Australia’s fires have burned more than 14 million acres, an area bigger than New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The number of orange groves in LA is shrinking, and the sole remaining one in the San Fernando Valley is on the way out.

LA’s last commercial orange grove might be turned into housing, and residents are trying to stop it

The number of orange groves in LA is shrinking, and the sole remaining one in the San Fernando Valley is on the way out.

from Greater LA

There aren’t many roads or people outside the small city of Lompoc. Instead you’ll see rolling hills, cattle grazing under oak trees, and rare birds like Golden Eagles.

Wind turbines won’t fix Santa Barbara’s greenhouse gas problem

There aren’t many roads or people outside the small city of Lompoc. Instead you’ll see rolling hills, cattle grazing under oak trees, and rare birds like Golden Eagles.

from KCRW Features

Cities across California are clearing out brush and invasive grasses on hillsides to help prevent wildfires from spreading. But in some towns, in addition to hired hands, they're also using goats.

California cities turn to hired hooves to help prevent massive wildfires

Cities across California are clearing out brush and invasive grasses on hillsides to help prevent wildfires from spreading. But in some towns, in addition to hired hands, they're also using goats.

from NPR

Nearly a decade ago, John and Molly Chester were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment.

‘The Biggest Little Farm’ reveals the challenges of sustainable farming

Nearly a decade ago, John and Molly Chester were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment.

from Good Food

Australian Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency this week in New South Wales due to a series of devastating bushfires forcing mass evacuations.

Australia's catastrophic fires: takeaways for California

Australian Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency this week in New South Wales due to a series of devastating bushfires forcing mass evacuations.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California and other states are challenging the Trump administration over its reversal of standards for energy-efficient lightbulbs.

California will enforce the energy-efficient lightbulb rule Trump wants to reverse

California and other states are challenging the Trump administration over its reversal of standards for energy-efficient lightbulbs.

from NPR

On April 26, 1986, in a remote corner of Ukraine, 400 times more radioactive material was released into the atmosphere than Hiroshima.

Worst nuclear accident in history becomes HBO miniseries

On April 26, 1986, in a remote corner of Ukraine, 400 times more radioactive material was released into the atmosphere than Hiroshima.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Food Forward  is a Los Angeles-based non-profit fighting the dual epidemic of food waste and hunger.

Fighting food waste and hunger at the same time

Food Forward is a Los Angeles-based non-profit fighting the dual epidemic of food waste and hunger.

from Good Food

Waters off the California Coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, and humans are to blame. That’s according to a new    study   .

Ocean acidity off California coast is decimating marine life

Waters off the California Coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, and humans are to blame. That’s according to a new study .

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Tis the season of going to a parking lot full of Christmas trees to haggle with a vendor and bring home a tree. But where do LA’s Christmas trees actually come from?

Why most Christmas trees in LA come from Oregon and North Carolina

Tis the season of going to a parking lot full of Christmas trees to haggle with a vendor and bring home a tree. But where do LA’s Christmas trees actually come from?

from Greater LA

The Trump administration is lifting a five-year ban on hydraulic fracking and oil drilling on more than a million acres of federal land across Central California, specifically in…

President Trump opens California land for oil drilling after 5-year ban

The Trump administration is lifting a five-year ban on hydraulic fracking and oil drilling on more than a million acres of federal land across Central California, specifically in…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Winter rains are great for helping end the fire season and building up drinking water supplies.

LA is doing a poor job of capturing and cleaning stormwater, report shows

Winter rains are great for helping end the fire season and building up drinking water supplies.

from Greater LA