Environment Forum

Onion grower powers up on its own juice

July 17, 2009

The green industry prides itself on innovation, perhaps especially in California, one of the most environmentally progressive states.

MINI leases not good enough for some electric car champions

July 1, 2009

Sometimes, even electric vehicles aren’t good enough for the die-hard green car set.

Compost — or else! San Fran’s not just asking

June 24, 2009

No more Mr. Nice Green! San Francisco passed what it called the first mandatory requirement to throw carrot peels, moldy bread and other icky compostable material into separate bins in order to improve recycling. Total recycling would rise to 90 percent from a current 72 percent if all of the paper and scraps currently in the garbage were put in the right cans, the city said.

Made Green in California (TM)?

June 24, 2009

California’s environmental and other regulations are helping to send manufacturers running, but the state can capitalize on its green image (and should streamline regulations) a new study by the Milken Institute says.

That will be $115 bln for clean energy, please

June 12, 2009

Yikes. Seems it ain’t easy, or at least ain’t cheap, being green.

It will cost California some $115 billion for (pretty much) hitting 33 percent renewable energy by 2020. That’s more than twice the price tag of sticking with a goal of 20 percent. The difference, according to a long-delayed report issued today by the state’s Public Utilities Commission is due to the speed of building fast. There are all sorts of other problems outlined in exquisite detail. It’s all quite handy for those trying to get a sense of just what needs to be done to go green. A lot, it seems.

Concerns about fed probe of First Solar deal overblown, some analysts say

June 3, 2009

Shares of U.S. solar company First Solarhave dropped about 7 percent this week on concerns about a federal review of the company’s recent acquisition of rival OptiSolar, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Energy from — molten salt?

May 29, 2009

In these green times energy producers are leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for new sources of energy.

The other plan to cut car pollution? Drive less

May 21, 2009

The feds are taking on California’s plan to limit tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and discussing the idea of low carbon fuel, but California has one other major idea to curb vehicle pollution, says the state senator who pushed through the tailpipe emissions law, Fran Pavley. The idea: drive less.

California moves toward beach smoking ban

May 15, 2009

The California State Senate passed a bill on Friday that would ban smoking at all state parks and beaches — and imposing a $100 fine for anyone caught lighting up on the sand.

Wacky windmill forces California highway shutdown

May 4, 2009

Turns out birds aren’t the only ones with a reason to steer clear of wind farms.