Fuel Economy Standards Are Essential to Our Health, Environment and Economy

Conservancy Talk

It starts on the highways of Southern California in the 1950s and 60s with tens of thousands of cars stuck in traffic emitting noxious pollutants as their fuel evaporates from carburetors, engines and gas tanks. California sued.

Bird Litigation: Hindsight and the California Condor

10,000 Birds

As many birders know, the last wild California Condors were captured by the U.S. Both parties — FWS and Audubon — wanted the same thing: preservation of the California Condor. Photos : California Condors 1 , 2 , 3 by Pacific Southwest Region USFWS.

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17 Things to Know About California’s Carbon Cap

Sightline Daily

While Cascadian climate hawks have been fighting rearguard actions against proposed pipelines and coal trains, California has been rolling out an ambitious carbon cap. California actually designed its carbon market so that other states can plug themselves into it. California’s does not.

Remember That Catastrophic Natural Gas Leak in California? Yeah, That Could Happen Again

Nature Conservancy - Science

It was a disaster for public health, the environment, and the state of California’s energy supply. But not all the country’s underground natural gas storage is on par with modern standards because wells were built or repurposed (or both) for storage before those construction standards.

Renewable portfolio standards don't raise prices?

Environmental Economics

 The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that a state's utilities purchase a given percentage of their power from low carbon sources such as wind, solar and hydro.  In California, the RPS is set to rise to 33% by the year 2020.  As of 2009, 12% of California's power comes from renewables. What the CAP article does not discuss is the incidence of the RPS standards. Matt Kahn : An interesting debate is playing out.

California May Get Its Emission Standard Afterall

Eco Friendly Daily

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a request by the California government to allow a state-wide car emissions standard below the national standard.

European Union And California Proposing Television Standards

Eco Friendly Daily

With this knowledge, the European Union wants television standards to enforce low energy usage. These standards are set to be implemented sometime this year, with the EU eliminating high-energy usage televisions and beginning a labeling program like our Energy Guide for their televisions.

The Future of Energy in a World of 400ppm and Rising

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dan Kammen, class of 1935 distinguished professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, said we can look to California or Germany for signs of progress. California’s goal to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 is spurring new innovations.

Sugarcane ethanol already meets California low carbon fuel standard, says Brazilian Sugarcane Association

Green (Living) Review

Industry comments submitted to California Air Resources Board underscore sugarcane ethanol's recognized carbon reduction levels By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sugarcane ethanol's carbon intensity is even lower than initially calculated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), according to comments submitted today by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). CARB is scheduled to vote on the first-of-its-kind Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) on April 23-24.

California Approves Even Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards


On January 27 th , the California Air Resources Board (ARB) made history by unanimously approving a comprehensive package of new emissions rules for cars and light trucks, including a mandate that promises to put 1.4 The news emissions standards are stricter than most federal rules. ARB chairman, Mary Nichols, said in a news release , “The California Advanced Clean

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 Focuses Attention on Cars to Meet It’s Emission Goals

Eco Friendly Daily

California has to meet an emission target that says greenhouse gases should be kept to 1990 levels by 2020. California is the largest car market in the U.S. That’s a tough task, but regulators have found a likely ally (or target) – Cars.

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 ]. low carbon fuel standard Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers the American Coalition for Ethanol the Renewable Fuels Association the Rocky Mountain Farmers union

Communities call for strong EPA pollution standards near oil refineries

Sierra Club Compass

The EPA is also proposing to require monitoring of air concentrations at the fenceline of refinery facilities to ensure proposed standards are being met and that neighboring communities are not being exposed to unintended emissions.

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"California Governor Orders New Target for Emissions Cuts"

Environmental Economics

One feature of economic incentive-based environmental policy is that it is possible to achieve (1) a given amount of emissions reductions at lower cost and/or (2) additional emissions reductions at the same cost relative to environmental standards (i.e., Unless I'm told otherwise, I'm attributing California's ability achieve additional emissions reductions to cap-and-trade

Cruise Ships Graded On Environmental Standards

Eco Friendly Daily

California and Alaska has much more strict regulations. The port in Los Angeles, California will have land-based power for their ships soon in hopes of decreasing emissions further.

Read more - Eco-Vegan Gal: Live healthy, live green

Eco-Vegan Girl

bad theyre impossible to find online (Ill have to get their website this weekend) CalNaturale wine ~ an organic, vegan wine from California in an eco-friendly cartons (Tetra Pak).

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California’s Fishing Industry Regains Its Sea Legs

Conservancy Talk

It’s nearly 500 miles from Point Conception, just north of Los Angeles, to Fort Bragg, California. In between these port towns, the California Coast is peppered with picturesque fishing villages where nature is the main attraction and locally caught seafood is the meal du jour.

Roofs of Central Texas and Northern California to get Powerhouse Solar Shingles


Ishan Sidhu: A division of Dow Chemical named Dow Solar has announced that it is going to sell its Powerhouse Solar Shingles that were earlier available only in Colorado in Northern California and Central Texas. A roofer can also install these shingles along with the standard materials used for roofing.

Standards and Frameworks for Sustainable Cities

The Green Changemakers

Urban Environmental Accords The Urban Environmental Accords were developed and signed by over 60 international mayors during the United Nations Environment Programme World Environment Day, on June 5th,2005 in San Francisco, California. [link] This section is focused on systems used by cities and communities to plan, implement and monitor sustainability programs. Please share information and resources on this vitally important subject.

So You Think You Might Like Home-Based Geothermal Energy?

Green Home Blog

These geothermal fields currently exist in California and Oregon, with more across the Pacific Northwest as far inland as Montana in the north and New Mexico in the south. For California, this standard is 33 percent (of energy from renewable resources) by 2020.

The Verdict is In: We Can Grow Safe Food and Conserve Nature at the Same Time

Nature Conservancy - Science

NatureNet Science Fellow Danny Karp at work in the lettuce fields of California’s Central Coast. Though the source of the outbreak was eventually traced to organic spinach harvested from a field on the Central Coast of California — the region where approximately 70 percent of U.S.

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Announces California Sustainable Winegrowing Certification

Green (Living) Review

Lohr's success as one of the first 17 California vineyards and wineries to earn third-party certification through the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance J. The CSWA, which oversees the certification, was established as a non-profit organization by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) in 2003 to promote the benefits of sustainable winegrowing practices. Pilot program benchmarks J.

Can We Grow Safe Produce and Conserve Nature at the Same Time?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Romaine lettuce growing on a farm on California’s Central Coast, the region responsible for growing around 70% of U.S. coli O157:H7 strain to a farm in the Central Coast of California, the region responsible for growing ~70% of U.S.

Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

Green Home Blog

the clear renewable energy leader is California, which at the end of 2010 had 1022 MW of installed solar, or 48 percent of the national total.

California Governor signs 33% Renewables Commitment and Hints at More


On the 12th April , Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 2 (First Extraordinary Session) which extends the current 20% renewables portfolio standard target in 2010 to a 33% renewables portfolio standard by December 31, 2020.

California Passes Windshield Requirement To Reduce A/C Use

Eco Friendly Daily

The California Air Resources Board recently passed another mandate for auto manufacturers selling vehicles in California. As of 2014, all vehicles sold in California will be required to have windshields which reflect the sun. Starting in 2012, one-quarter of vehicles sold in the state of California will require the sun-reflecting windshields. However, this is just a drop in the bucket when you consider the 22 million vehicles in California.

California Utilities To Attain 33 Percent Of Energy From Renewables By 2020

Eco Friendly Daily

The State of California is well known in the United States for setting a precedence in the environmental realm. California is setting further energy standards with new legislation recently signed into law by the state’s governor Jerry Brown.

SkyTran: World’s First Levitating Transit System Heads to Tel Aviv

Green Prophet

SkyTran CEO Jerry Sanders says that a standard SkyTran trip will be more expensive than a bus ride, but faster, and cheaper than a taxi ride.

Designed in California, Inspired by India: Satva’s Organic Cotton Leggings

Eco Chic

Organic cotton farmers in Satva’s partner program use Non- GMO seeds & practice all-natural growing methods in accordance to the GOTS standard. The post Designed in California, Inspired by India: Satva’s Organic Cotton Leggings appeared first on Eco-Chick.

The (Fishery-Monitoring) Cameras Never Blink

Nature Conservancy - Science

This approval of electronic monitoring by one of 8 regional fishery management councils, ushers in a new technology for data collection that will help not just fisheries in California, but fisheries around the world as well.

Is it odd that I get excited when the expected price of backstop energy sources shift?

Environmental Economics

Researchers at the University of California , Los Angeles have developed a transparent film that may be affixed to glass and other surfaces to capture sunlight and generate electricity. AAPL) ’s iPad, Yang Yang, a professor at UCLA’s California. This technique would make solar systems easier to install than the rigid panels made from polysilicon or thin films that are the industry’s standard product now. “It’s

Experts: Economic models "grossly underestimate" costs of global warming

Green Blog

In California a tonne of carbon emissions - despite having one of the world’s highest carbon price - only costs around $12. It is extremely important to understand the severe limitations of standard economic models, such as those cited in the IPCC report, which have made assumptions that simply do not reflect current knowledge about climate change and its [.] New research shows that our existing economic models “grossly underestimate” the costs of climate change.


Will the Real Humans Please Stand Up

Green Home Blog

Some, appalled by the developed world’s insistence that corporations be given equal rights with persons, wanted to insure that, when using native resources, they left enough for future generations to meet the same, or higher, standards of living as they themselves enjoyed.

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Prisons go vegetarian to save money, but why are there so many prisoners in the first place?


A vegan diet is far more healthy than the Standard American Diet, and with an American prison system that does little for the health of its inmates, this can be seen as a step forward. The state average in California is over 90%.” Vegan is the new… what?

Can Traditional Agriculture Restore the Reef?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The standard conservation narrative is that farming leads to increased sedimentation: exactly what the reef doesn’t need. By almost any of those standards, the Heʻeia wetlands would fail. A lot of our food right now comes from California.

5 Ways We Can Turn Paris Climate Commitments into Action

Conservancy Talk

For example, California — the world’s eighth-largest economy — has a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions. states have instituted renewable electricity standards that are making wind and solar prices competitive with fossil fuels.

Profiles in Xeriscaping: Habitat for a Disease-Fighting Lizard

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the case of fence lizards, if all they find is the standard green grass of a typical suburban yard, chances are they’ll perish. Western fence lizard. Photo: Wikimedia user Calibas under a Creative Commons license. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

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Map the Evidence: What Don’t We Know about Conservation & Human Well-being?

Nature Conservancy - Science

For example, the relationship between area protection or land/water management and economic living standards is comparatively well studied. What good is scientific research if no one ever knows about it?

Israeli tech brings wireless phone charging to Starbucks

Green Prophet

Stores in San Jose, California and Boston, Massachusetts are already using the technology, but most other stores across the nation will have to wait until 2015.

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