Noteworthy News

The American Party
My remarks when receiving the Ridenhour Courage Award were written in Union Station on my way to the event. But my concluding comment -- that we are near a point when the American people should contemplate a centrist third party -- was not an idle spur-of-the-moment reflection.
New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water
Sitting in the tidy living room of the home they built themselves, Sandra and Roger Alcon inventory what they see as the bounty of their lives: freedom, family, community, land, animals … and water.
Make Peace With Meat
I probably eat a third as much meat as I used to and, on the not-rare (three times a week?) occasions that I do indulge, I eat less of it.
Solar Industry Anxious Over Defective Panels
The solar panels covering a vast warehouse roof in the sun-soaked Inland Empire region east of Los Angeles were only two years into their expected 25-year life span when they began to fail.
Coastal Cleanup 2012: Top 10 Items Found During Trash Collection Program
The Ocean Conservancy, a Washington D.C.-based environmental organization, released its 2012 list of trash collected during its International Coastal Cleanup.
Geoengineering: Our Last Hope, or a False Promise?
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere recently surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time in three million years.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz: Climate Change Is 'Not Debatable'
Physicist Ernest Moniz was sworn in this week as U.S. Energy Secretary, and wasted little time laying out his priorities. 
Don't dilute CEQA, improve it
I remember life before the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. I grew up in Altadena and Pasadena during the late 1930s and '40s. All too often I awoke to thick smog and air quality warnings. 
A Change in Temperature
Since 1896, scientists have been trying to answer a deceptively simple question: What will happen to the temperature of the earth if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles?
Climate Warnings, Growing Louder
Given new evidence on carbon pollution, President Obama should get moving on global warming.