Noteworthy News

Los Angeles, City of Water

LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away to slake the thirst of its ever-expanding population. As a character in “Chinatown,” the noirish 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson that churns through the city’s water history, puts it, “Either you bring the water to L.A., or you bring L.A. to the water.”

Yes, Richer Countries Produce More Waste. But Do They Have To?

When it’s garbage day in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, you won’t see abandoned trash bags on the streets waiting for pickup, as you might in Manhattan. Instead, you’ll find Taiwanese citizens lining up to heave their own bags into the garbage truck each and every night.

Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

COPENHAGEN — On a busy road in the center of town here, a string of green lights embedded in the bike path — the “Green Wave” — flashes on, helping cyclists avoid red traffic lights. On a main artery into the city, truck drivers can see on smartphones when the next light will change. And in a nearby suburb, new LED streetlights brighten only as vehicles approach, dimming once they pass.

Coal Rush in India Could Tip Balance on Climate Change

DHANBAD, India — Decades of strip mining have left this town in the heart of India’s coal fields a fiery moonscape, with mountains of black slag, sulfurous air and sickened residents.

But rather than reclaim these hills or rethink their exploitation, the government is digging deeper in a coal rush that could push the world into irreversible climate change and make India’s cities, already among the world’s most polluted, even more unlivable, scientists say.

California leads on climate change, says 50-state tool

California has completed the highest number of goals to prepare for climate change, followed by Massachusetts and New York, according to a first-of-its-kind 50-state tracking tool unveiled Thursday.

Californians make big cuts in water usage, report says

After months of appeals to conserve water, Californians appear to be finally getting the message, making substantial cuts in water consumption in the face of the state's drought.

Cal State Fullerton Is Among Top 10 Solar Campuses

Cal State Fullerton is seventh in a Top 10 ranking of universities across the nation for its use of solar, according to a listing by Energy Digital Magazine. Others on the list included Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the United States Air Force Academy and Arizona State.

China seeks to fight smog by brainstorm: All ideas welcome

The city of Wuhan is considering building skyscrapers coated with a high-tech substance that can "eat" air pollutants. An artist is offering to suck particulates out of Beijing's dirty skies using a giant vacuum-cleaner-type device and sell jewelry made with the collected contaminants.

Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species, Study Says

The Baltimore oriole will probably no longer live in Maryland, the common loon might leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan could be entirely gone.

City programs running in advance of mandatory water cuts

Santa Monica is preparing for mandatory water cuts and officials are hoping a variety of programs will prompt locals to make some water-wise changes in the near future.

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