Environment

The Pink Princess Philodendron features heart-shaped leaves with streaks of pink. Plant enthusiasts are paying hundreds of dollars for it.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The tech sector has long been criticized for not being environmentally friendly. Microsoft says it’s trying to change that. The company has decided to go carbon negative by 2030 .

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Monarch butterflies are among the best known types of butterflies in North America. But the population has suffered recently, especially in California.

Troubled lives of monarch butterflies … just got worse

Monarch butterflies are among the best known types of butterflies in North America. But the population has suffered recently, especially in California.

from Greater LA

The U.S. is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, especially as the Trump administration continues to cut regulations. As the industry grows, so does the waste it produces every day.

Fracking endangers health of truckers who haul radioactive waste

The U.S. is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, especially as the Trump administration continues to cut regulations. As the industry grows, so does the waste it produces every day.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This week, Mayor Eric Garcetti    unveiled his latest effort    to fight climate change. The plan doubles down on LA’s Green New Deal, which he launched in 2019.

Mayor Garcetti’s climate change plan focuses on transit

This week, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his latest effort to fight climate change. The plan doubles down on LA’s Green New Deal, which he launched in 2019.

from Greater LA

Every Wednesday, diverse activists congregate outside the Farmer John’s slaughterhouse in Vernon to pay respect to pigs before their final moments.

Activists hold a ‘pig vigil’ outside LA slaughterhouse

Every Wednesday, diverse activists congregate outside the Farmer John’s slaughterhouse in Vernon to pay respect to pigs before their final moments.

from Greater LA

The Environmental Protection Agency is stripping protections for streams, wetlands, and groundwater nationwide.

Trump rolls back Obama-era water protections. How will that affect California?

The Environmental Protection Agency is stripping protections for streams, wetlands, and groundwater nationwide.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Carrizo Plain National Monument boasts extensive spring wildfire blooms, and it’s home to one of the highest concentrations of endangered species in California.

Threatened super bloom site is at heart of new film

The Carrizo Plain National Monument boasts extensive spring wildfire blooms, and it’s home to one of the highest concentrations of endangered species in California.

from KCRW Features

“The Delicacy,” a new documentary premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, follows sea urchin divers off the coast of Santa Barbara, and explores the impact that…

The dangers and delicacy of Santa Barbara sea urchins

“The Delicacy,” a new documentary premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, follows sea urchin divers off the coast of Santa Barbara, and explores the impact that…

from KCRW Features

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…

Composting in LA isn’t as easy as it sounds

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.

To improve recycling, state legislature wants beverage companies to take back their own containers

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