California’s Carbon Mitigation Efforts May Be Thwarted by Climate Change Itself

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California’s Carbon Mitigation Efforts May Be Thwarted by Climate Change Itself

Governor calls for reduced water usage amid 2021 California drought

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Governor Gavin Newsom has placed 50 of California's 58 counties under a drought emergency order, and the number may grow

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Worlds first 3D-printed neighborhood planned for Rancho Mirage, California

Inhabitant

Located in Rancho Mirage, California in Coachella Valley, the community will feature 15 net-zero homes on a five-acre parcel of land

California couple fined $18,000 for destroying Joshua trees

Inhabitant

A California-based couple, Jeffrey Walter and Jonetta Nordberg-Walter, face a fine of $18,000 after destroying 36 Joshua trees to build a new house

Biden administration plans for offshore wind near California

Inhabitant

The Biden administration has struck a deal with the Department of Defense to open the California coast to wind power exploration

Poll Results: California’s Drought

Environmental Economics

Only one economic expert ( a co-editor of the AER ) from the IGM forum disagreed: Californians would be better off on average if all final users in the state paid the same price for water — adjusted for quality, place and time — even if, as a result, some food prices rose sharply and some farms failed. via www.igmchicago.org

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California teenager invents AI-powered tool for early wildfire detection

Inhabitant

Ryan Honary talks to Inhabitat about how he is using technology and artificial intelligence to better predict and mitigate wildfires

Forward Together on Northern California Fire Recovery

Green Living Guy

By John Andersen / Across the country, news reports shared the gripping images of fire roaring through Northern California. Northern California Wildfires The Northern California firestorm was a record-setter, causing at least $9.4

Governor calls for reduced water usage amid 2021 California drought

AGreenLiving

Governor Gavin Newsom has placed 50 of California’s 58 counties under a drought emergency order, and the number may grow. “I think in the state of California , we’ve moved beyond the debate and are moving toward finding a solution.” California has allocated $5.1

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Field Research: Water Conservation in California

Environmental Economics

Spending a few days visiting family in Southern California.    Went to Catalina Island for the day today.    First I took a quick tour of the island.   Then I observed the extent of the water shortage on the island:     Finally I observed the economic solution to the water shortage.      They charged $0.50 for water at lunch.   So I ordered beer

Forward Together – A Ground-Level Take on the Northern California Fire Recovery

Green Living Guy

Across the country, news reports shared the gripping images of fire roaring through Northern California. Background The Northern California firestorm was a record-setter, causing at least $9.4

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California mandates solar panels on all new homes

Environmental Economics

If you want to build a new home in California, you will have to build one with rooftop solar, according to a new mandate from the California Energy Commission.    Both of them know a lot about energy and environmental economics, and about California's electricity markets in particular.  Home prices have soared in California, and housing stock has failed to keep up with demand.

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The Oil Industry’s California Playbook

Sightline Daily

Last week, after intense lobbying from the oil industry, California legislators killed part of a bill that would have set a landmark goal of decreasing statewide petroleum use by 50 percent by 2030. Under his leadership, California has been a model for the rest of the world on climate legislation and has even led other subnational provinces and states to join its carbon trading market. “This is how California can really shake up the national conversation on climate.”

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Common Resources: Climate Policy in California

Environmental Economics

Dallas Burtraw: I recently testified before a California Senate Select Committee on the state’s climate policies about California’s interactions in the development of policy across the country and internationally. California is not alone. But California is the leader in designing climate policy. California’s leadership is accelerating the erosion of climate gridlock at the international level.

Where California goes, so goes.Coke?

Environmental Economics

are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with a cancer warning label. They've already been made for drinks sold in California. said all its caramel coloring now meet the new California standard. Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.

California, Here We Come

Sightline Daily

Welcome to California by Curtis Perry used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Now, Alan Durning and Kristin Eberhard share the argument for Washington to join California’s cap-and-trade club. The other good news is that Washington does not have to start from scratch; it can adopt California’s off-the-rack state cap-and-trade system. Below, we describe the benefits of joining California, and recommend the ways Washington could improve on California’s excellent system.

California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal

Inhabitant

A 2020 gender reveal ceremony sparked a major wildfire. Now, the couple responsible is being charged with involuntary manslaughter

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Worlds first 3D-printed neighborhood planned for Rancho Mirage, California

AGreenLiving

Located in Rancho Mirage, California in Coachella Valley, the community will feature 15 homes on a 5-acre parcel of land. Originally posted here: Worlds first 3D-printed neighborhood planned for Rancho Mirage, California.

California Officially Requires Solar on New Homes in 2020

Green Living Guy

Yes folks, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) unanimously confirmed the new standards. Standards that require solar on new homes in California starting in 2020. This final regulatory vote confirms that the California Energy Commission (CEC).

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"On Campus Quads in California, 'Brown Is the New Green'"

Environmental Economics

Perhaps it’s a sign of how dire the drought has gotten in California: Water-saving projects long on the drawing board, despite being cheap and easy, are finally coming to campuses. Last month at the University of California at Davis, workers rerouted recycled sewer water to the chiller plant, which supplies air conditioning. Shouldn't the headline be more like green ($) is the new green?

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California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip

Green Traveler Guides

| Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […] California wine country: 10 great places to hike, bike and sip is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal

AGreenLiving

and Angela Renee Jimenez, a Southern California couple responsible for starting a forest fire last year, have recently been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The state of California experienced thousands of fires last year, with El Dorado being just one of the many. Go here to see the original: California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal. Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr.

"California Governor Orders New Target for Emissions Cuts"

Environmental Economics

Under the law put into place by Mr. Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state was required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 on the way to reach the 2050 target; California is already well on its way to meeting the 2020 goal, and may exceed it, officials said Wednesday. Unless I'm told otherwise, I'm attributing California's ability achieve additional emissions reductions to cap-and-trade

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California couple fined $18,000 for destroying Joshua trees

AGreenLiving

A California-based couple, Jeffrey Walter and Jonetta Nordberg-Walter, face a fine of $18,000 after uprooting 36 Joshua trees to build a new house. The couple was fined after an anonymous neighbor sent a tip to the California Fish and Wildlife Department. According to California Fish and Wildlife Department officials, the neighbor had warned the Morongo Basin couple about the consequences of bulldozing the trees , but the couple ignored the warning.

It sounds worse in California

Environmental Economics

This fall, for the first time, the University of California will take in more money from student tuition than from state finances. The state’s two-tier system has long been seen as a model of public higher education, with the University of California’s 10 campuses as major research hubs and the California State University’s network of 23 campuses graduating tens of thousands each year.

California plans to end new fracking permits by 2024

AGreenLiving

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that the state will stop issuing fracking permits by 2024 and will ban all oil drilling activities by 2045. If it is successful, California will be the first state in the country to set a deadline for fracking.

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More angst about California's cap-and-trade program

Environmental Economics

Severin Borenstein: So, can California’s cap-and-trade program be saved? The current program has a small buffer of allowances that can be released at high prices, but would have still risked skyrocketing prices if California’s economy had experienced more robust growth.   But should California’s cap-and-trade program be saved? But it will require moderating the view that there is one single emissions target that the state must hit.

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California farmers find ways to work with less water

AGreenLiving

Water scarcity due to persistent droughts in California’s Central Valley is forcing scientists and farmers to find innovative and sustainable ways of utilizing this precious resource. “So irrigation matters to everybody who eats in California ,” Hillyer said.

Five Steps Toward a Brighter Water Future for California

Cool Green Science

Measure it, so we can manage it: Currently, there’s no way to accurately measure total water needs, water use and available supply in California. Water efficiency and smart use of water surpluses are important for all California stakeholders, especially farmers. Chris Helzer Better manage infrastructure: California’s vast network of reservoirs, aqueducts and tunnels is the largest “plumbing system” on the planet, but it’s not living up to its full potential.

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Ethanol Industry Sues California

Green Living Ideas

California has state legislation called the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 calling for car fuels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The California Air Resources Board counts indirect GHG’s created in the production of [.] [ Ethanol Industry Sues California from Green Living Ideas ]. The Federal government is asking the fuel industry to incrementally raise the levels of ethanol in the country’s gas.

California Bans Plastic Bags! WooHoo!!!

Eco Chic

I only moved to California 5 weeks ago, and already, I’m rubbing off on the state. But seriously, this evening, governor Jerry Brown announced a plastic bag ban for the ENTIRE state —and check your maps, California is HUGE! CONGRATULATIONS CALIFORNIA! California joins cities including Seattle, Chicago, Austin, and Washington, D.C. The post California Bans Plastic Bags! Ecology California garbage gyre plastic bag ban Pollution Reusable Bags waste

The 10 best tiny homes in California

AGreenLiving

If you’re looking for some cool tiny home retreats to try out a more minimalist style of living or just looking for a serene vacation spot, well, California is definitely the place to be. We’ve scoured the beautiful coastal state for some of the best tiny homes in California.

Does California prefer an energy shortage?

Environmental Economics

Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S. California utilities and other electricity providers have until the end of 2020 to draw 33% of their power from solar panels, windmills and other renewable sources. Previous California law required utilities to get 20% of their power from renewable sources. USAToday : Gov.

Fremont California Police Gone Tesla. You’re all in Trouble Now!

Green Living Guy

This Fremont California Police DEPARTMENT’S New Cop Car is a Tesla! The post Fremont California Police Gone Tesla. JANUARY 24TH by VICTOR TANGERMANN. FILED UNDER: ADVANCED TRANSPORT. You’re all in Trouble Now! appeared first on Green Living Guy.

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Carpool Lane Access Granted to California Chevy Volt Drivers

Eco Auto Ninja

2012 buyers of the Chevy Volt , a hybrid-electric vehicle introduced in 2010, will now be allowed to drive in the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in the state of California. Having an additional carrot to draw in customers is key, especially in a state such as California which tends to be more willing to adopt new green technology before the rest of the country or world. Government / Industry Hybrids California Air Resources Board Chevy Volt chevy volt california

"Assessing Progress under California’s AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Program"

Environmental Economics

California adopted a landmark climate law (AB 32) in 2006 and initiated a cap-and-trade program six years later. At this RFF seminar, experts from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will examine the market, emissions, and economic data behind California’s successful climate agenda as detailed in their recent report: Carbon Market California: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State's Cap-and-Trade Program, Year Two. Something to do at lunch time: RFF Seminar.

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Price of California Carbon Allowance Futures over time

Environmental Economics

Source: [link]. Hat tip: TM

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How Do We Tackle California’s Pollution Problem?

Greentumble

California has some of the strictest. However, cities in California consistently rank as some of the most polluted cities in the country. But as anyone who lives in the golden state knows, the current state of California’s awful air quality pales in comparison to pollution levels seen just decades ago in the 1990s. California has certainly made headway in the fight against air pollution. Why is California’s air so bad?

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Apparently common sense water use isn't common in California

Environmental Economics

Tough new statewide regulations restricting outdoor water use took effect Tuesday, the same day millions of gallons of water gushed from a ruptured water main near the UCLA campus.    Under the emergency conservation restrictions, which were approved July 15 and were prompted by the statewide drought, hosing down driveways and sidewalks is prohibited, as is watering outdoor landscapes if it causes excess runoff.

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California teenager invents AI-powered tool for early wildfire detection

AGreenLiving

Sickened by the losses people sustained in the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest wildfire, Honary turned his attention to how to mitigate future disasters. California teenager invents AI-powered tool for early wildfire detection.

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California votes to protect Joshua trees

AGreenLiving

This week, the California State Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to protect Western Joshua trees. In a move that is first of its kind, the Joshua trees will be protected for a year under the California Endangered Species Act. The Western Joshua trees are beautiful, tall trees that are native to Southern California. They have become the first plant species in California to be granted protection from climate change. California votes to protect Joshua trees.

San Francisco area: an organic ranch with a storied past

Green Traveler Guides

| Lovely, Rustic Luxury | In Marin County’s tiny Marshall, little more than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Straus Home Ranch is not just an unforgettable vacation rental and event venue.

Follow-up to "California’s First Greenhouse Gas Auction"

Environmental Economics

Kate Cell in the comments : Union of Concerned Scientist has a climate economist in California, Jasmin Ansar. She recently posted on this subject - [link] I expect she'll have some interesting news today when the auction results are released. Next day: Jasmin sent these headlines from the auction results yesterday: Price $10.09. All of 2013 allowances sold, about 14% of 2015 allowances sold. The floor price was $10.