Environment Forum

Hollywood’s greenest stars honor U.S. environmental group

April 27, 2009

Dozens of the world’s top movie, television and music stars showed off their green cred on Saturday night at a Hollywood-style fundraiser honoring the Natural Resource Defense Council‘s 20 years in Southern California.

Students use “Dracula Sneeze” to fend off swine flu

April 27, 2009

To keep the swine flu from spreading, California public school students are being told to practice what they have dubbed the “Dracula Sneeze.”

Seeking sentiment on drilling, Salazar gets an earful

April 17, 2009

There is no doubt that Californians made themselves clear on Thursday when they gathered to tell U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that they had had enough of offshore oil drilling and were ready to turn their attention to solar, wind and other renewables.

Will Obama like his lichen?

April 17, 2009

A scientist at the University of California, Riverside has named a newly discovered lichen after President Obama, a gesture he clearly intends as an honor.

Paper or plastic? Oh, and 25 cents please!

April 14, 2009

California, always seeking to be a trendsetter on environmental policy, is weighing a proposal to charge 25 cents for every paper or plastic bag distributed at grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. The money raised would go into a state fund used to clean up trash and prevent litter related to what the bill calls “single-use” bags.

Going closer to the sun for solar power

April 13, 2009

Somebody alert Capt. Kirk.

California utility PG&E and solar power company Solaren say they have inked a first-of-its-kind deal to produce renewable solar power from space satellites beginning in the year 2016.

Water! (gasp) California needs water!

April 3, 2009

The results are in and no surprise — California’s lean snowpack means a third year of drought for the state whose farms supply about half the nation’s fruit and vegetables.

Fetid swimming pools: the mortgage meltdown’s latest collateral damage

April 3, 2009

The subprime meltdown, housing market crash and tough economic times have left behind more than broken dreams and empty bank accounts in California. 

California gas stations defy new pollution rule

April 1, 2009

Wednesday is the deadline for California’s gas stations to install sophisticated nozzles and hoses to control vapor emissions at the pump, and the Los Angeles Times reports that some one in five station owners are in open defiance of the new state order.

Is California really banning black cars?

March 27, 2009

Has it come to this in California? Is the Golden State really banning black cars from its famous freeways, as reported in various auto industry blogs – and even The Washington Post – on the grounds that they require more air conditioning to cool?