California Continues to Burn

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While wildfires are a natural part of California’s landscape, a severe drought, coupled with extreme temperatures, have sustained several major fires for much of August. California Continues to Burn

Satellites View California Oil Spill

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Satellites View California Oil SpillSatellite imagers can make oil spills easier to detect in open water.

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Mapping Methane Emissions in California

Environmental News Network

Mapping Methane Emissions in CaliforniaUsing precision instruments and new mapping and machine-learning tools, a research team has been pinpointing sources of the greenhouse gas.

New Limits on Water Use Spur Conservation Measures Among Farmers in California’s Central Valley

Environmental News Network

A 2014 California law intended to protect the state’s depleted aquifers is going into effect, requiring farms not to pump groundwater faster than it can be replenished. . New Limits on Water Use Spur Conservation Measures Among Farmers in California’s Central Valley

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires?

Environmental News Network

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires Heat waves and droughts supercharged by climate change, a century of fire suppression, and fast-growing populations have made large, destructive fires more likely.

Four Lessons from California’s Big Zoning Reform

Sightline Daily

That’s what we told the New York Times this week when they asked for Sightline’s take on California’s proposed state-level legalization of duplexes and lot splits of all residential lots. Urban housing shortages aren’t just a cause of climate change.

First fully solar-powered compost facility opens in California

Inhabitant

California state law (SB 1383) takes effect January 1, 2022, requiring the majority of homes and businesses in the area to recycle all food and yard waste in their yard debris carts. In response to the increased demands of processing the compostable materials, Republic Services spent the past three years building the Otay Compost Facility and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in October

NASA’s MISR Instrument Sees California Wildfire Smoke Plumes From Space

Environmental News Network

Smoke from several large wildfires burning in Northern California can be seen traveling miles into the atmosphere. NASA’s MISR Instrument Sees California Wildfire Smoke Plumes From Space

California Utility Expands Use Of Texas A&M Wildfire Prevention System

Environmental News Network

California Utility Expands Use Of Texas A&M Wildfire Prevention SystemPG&E engineers call outage prediction tool ‘fundamental’ to reducing risk.

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Southern California’s largest orchid producer Westerlay sets sustainability standards

Green Prophet

And some companies like Westerlay Orchids in California are going the extra mile. . And some companies like Westerlay Orchids in California are going the extra mile. . This Cascade orchid creates a statement.

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

Environmental News Network

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

Governor calls for reduced water usage amid 2021 California drought

Inhabitant

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

California Dixie fire growing too fast for warning systems

Inhabitant

The Northern California Dixie Fire that erupted last month continues to make history. The elusive fire officially became the largest active wildfire in the U.S. last weekend

California climate policy at risk in recall election

Inhabitant

California may risk its climate reform progress in the upcoming recall elections. On September 14, California residents will vote to either affirm Governor Gavin Newsom or elect a new governor. Many worry that a loss for Newsom would prove detrimental to both the state and national fights against climate change

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

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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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

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

The entire state of California is now under drought emergency

Inhabitant

A drought emergency has been declared for California. On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom made a statement urging residents to use water responsibly. The statewide drought emergency declaration comes just a few months after the governor declared a drought emergency in selected counties

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Green Earth Journey

The Mamas and Papas- California Dreaming Labels: Random, Video

One-of-a-kind San Francisco building is a first in California

Inhabitant

In a space that used to be a gravel, 1 De Haro designed by architecture Perks&Will is the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) building in San Francisco and the first multistory, fully mass timber building in California. And if you don't already know why that matters, you will soon

California law seeks to improve conditions for pigs

Inhabitant

While eating meat is the norm in the U.S., many people wish farm animals a happier life pre-burger. Which is why Californians overwhelmingly passed animal welfare initiative Proposition 12 in 2018

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California Caldor Fire destroys town, keeps raging

AGreenLiving

What started as a little blaze last weekend in El Dorado County, California , has turned into a town-gobbling inferno. This will help California access federal funds to fight the fire. California Caldor Fire destroys town, keeps raging.

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

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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

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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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 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

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.

First fully solar-powered compost facility opens in California

AGreenLiving

California state law (SB 1383) takes effect January 1, 2022, requiring the majority of homes and businesses in the area to recycle all food and yard waste in their yard debris carts. First fully solar-powered compost facility opens in California. Business Eco Green Recycle a-recipe-for california climate change compost-bin composting eco-friendly- environment green architecture primary-sources recycling facilities republic windows

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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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.

"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 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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"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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The entire state of California is now under drought emergency

AGreenLiving

A drought emergency has been declared for California. Joaquin Esquivel, the chair of the California water board, residents have been responsive in controlling water use. Experts say that California would have to receive up to 140% of its average annual precipitation to end the drought. California recently recorded its driest year in almost a century. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the 2021 year was the driest since 1924.

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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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.

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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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 just took a huge step towards building electrification

AGreenLiving

The new code passed by the California Energy Commission will include electric heat pumps as a baseline technology for new construction starting in 2023, taking a towards removing natural gas from buildings and requiring all new builds to be electric-ready. See more here: California just took a huge step towards building electrification.

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.