Environment

Last November’s Woolsey Fire burned down hundreds of homes in LA and Ventura counties.

from Greater LA

Nine months after the Woolsey Fire destroyed nearly 500 single-family homes, the city is focused on rebuilding. But how can we make new homes more fire resistant?

from Greater LA

Drug-resistant infections are one of the biggest threats to the 7.5 billion people on this planet.

Powerful players in U.S. pork industry block scientists from inspecting farms

Drug-resistant infections are one of the biggest threats to the 7.5 billion people on this planet.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Los Angeles and the rest of California are committed to getting 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

The future of LA’s clean energy could be under a salt dome

Los Angeles and the rest of California are committed to getting 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

from Greater LA

Leave the city tonight and look up, and you may be in for a show of lights streaking across the sky.

Tips for catching the Perseid meteor shower

Leave the city tonight and look up, and you may be in for a show of lights streaking across the sky.

from Greater LA

The first ingredient in most cleaning products is water. In some cases, water makes up more than 90% of household cleaners, like detergent, floor cleaner, and shampoo.

The environmental push to remove water from cleaning products

The first ingredient in most cleaning products is water. In some cases, water makes up more than 90% of household cleaners, like detergent, floor cleaner, and shampoo.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Recycling centers -- those places where you bring your bottles and cans and get a little change in return – are closing.

Why are hundreds of California recycling centers closing?

Recycling centers -- those places where you bring your bottles and cans and get a little change in return – are closing.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry.   

After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. 

Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. 

Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations.  He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors  in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all.  He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics.

Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s.  She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom.  

She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

California v. Trump on auto emissions

California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

from To the Point

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

“Biggest Little Farm” shows the triumphs and troubles of sustainable farming

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

from Good Food

The environment is a top issue for California voters, according to a new    survey    from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Californians' biggest environmental concerns

The environment is a top issue for California voters, according to a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

After more than a month of negotiations, the California Air Resources Board and Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen have agreed to reach a fuel economy standard of about 50 miles per…

California and four automakers reach climate deal to bypass Trump

After more than a month of negotiations, the California Air Resources Board and Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen have agreed to reach a fuel economy standard of about 50 miles per…

from Greater LA

The Van Wingerden family has a robust farming legacy of growing cut flowers and avocados in the coastal city of Carpinteria.

Flower and fruit farming family embraces California’s 'green rush'

The Van Wingerden family has a robust farming legacy of growing cut flowers and avocados in the coastal city of Carpinteria.

from Greater LA

Agriculture is big business in California. But the industry faces a reckoning with the threat of climate change, especially in the Central Valley.

How climate change is transforming California’s farms

Agriculture is big business in California. But the industry faces a reckoning with the threat of climate change, especially in the Central Valley.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On full and new moons, during their spring and summer mating season, thousands of grunion ride the high tide up onto the beach to spawn.

Why do Angelenos love grunion runs?

On full and new moons, during their spring and summer mating season, thousands of grunion ride the high tide up onto the beach to spawn.

from Greater LA

Climate scientists project that the Pacific Ocean could rise anywhere from three to more than nine feet along the California coast by the end of this century.

OC Line: Will Seal Beach be underwater by 2100?

Climate scientists project that the Pacific Ocean could rise anywhere from three to more than nine feet along the California coast by the end of this century.

from Greater LA

Bears, wolves and mountain lions are some of the fiercest predators on earth. But the human voice terrifies them all.

Why does the human voice scare animals?

Bears, wolves and mountain lions are some of the fiercest predators on earth. But the human voice terrifies them all.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will not ban the use of a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, which is used on fruit, nuts, soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, and other…

EPA won't ban chlorpyrifos pesticide, despite researchers' concerns

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will not ban the use of a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, which is used on fruit, nuts, soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, and other…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Southern California Edison announced this week it will restart transfer operations of nuclear waste in San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in San Diego County.

The dangerous future of San Onofre’s nuclear waste

Southern California Edison announced this week it will restart transfer operations of nuclear waste in San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in San Diego County.

from Greater LA

Some bats have white noses, and that's a sign of a disease that’s killed millions of bats across North America. Now it's arrived in California.

White-nose syndrome reaches California, threatens bats

Some bats have white noses, and that's a sign of a disease that’s killed millions of bats across North America. Now it's arrived in California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It would cost $416 billion to build enough seawalls to protect American cities against rising sea levels. That's according to a new    report    by the Center for Climate Integrity.

More than $400 billion needed to build seawalls to protect U.S. cities

It would cost $416 billion to build enough seawalls to protect American cities against rising sea levels. That's according to a new report by the Center for Climate Integrity.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand