Noteworthy News

Your Dog Won’t Be the Only One Drinking From the Toilet in the Future
The next big source of drinking water may be your toilet. As a record-breaking drought drags on in California and elsewhere, regulators and residents are overcoming squeamishness about recycling wastewater—yes, sewage—to boost scarce water supplies. These so-called toilet-to-tap projects have been taking hold in the
EPA proposes tougher mileage standards for trucks
The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to reduce pollution from carbon-emitting trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming.
California water use declines 13.5%, state board reports
Californians used 13.5% less water in April compared to the same month in 2013 in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic executive order requiring increased conservation in the fourth year of drought, the State Water Resources Board reported Tuesday.
Sustainability and Equity Champion Tapped for Top Position at Santa Monica City Hall
L.A. Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, an outspoken proponent of equity and sustainability in local government and planning and self-described progressive Catholic, will take over as city manager in Santa Monica. The City Council announced the unanimous decision at a special meeting Wednesday.
More drought-tolerant landscaping incentives could come from Metropolitan Water District
The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District will consider a proposal today to add $350 million to its budget to provide rebates and incentives for Southland residents to remove water-guzzling turf and install low-water-use fixtures.
The U.S. Could Get a Third of Its Electricity From Wind Power—and Save Billions of Gallons of Water
Could the United States get as much as 35 percent of its electricity from wind power within 35 years? Absolutely, says the U.S. Department of Energy in a new report that details the benefits of replacing fossil fuel power plants with millions of wind turbines generating carbon-free electricity.
USDA allocates $21 million to help farmers, ranchers battle drought
A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in California and other states install new irrigation systems, plant cover crops and implement other water conservation practices, officials said Monday.
How the White House plans to help the humble bee maintain its buzz
The humble bee — nuisance, threat, and linchpin of the American food supply — has won over the leader of the free world. And now President Obama is intervening on the bee’s behalf as its habitat dwindles.
Crews work to assess, control Santa Barbara-area oil spill
Efforts to clean the crude-stained Santa Barbara coastline ramped up Thursday as scientists, government officials and workers tried to get a handle on the size, extent and environmental impact of Tuesday's oil spill.
5 Charts That Show How One State Became the World’s Green Superpower
When it comes to building a low-carbon economy, California isn’t dreaming. A new report that ranks nations according to renewable energy production, consumption, efficiency, and other factors finds that world’s eighth-largest economy—California—was the second-least-carbon-intensive one on the planet in 2012.