September 30, 2013
For Solar Decathlon 2013, we put a virtual microphone in front of some teams and let the competitors explain their home design, in their own words. First up: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which like the 19 other teams in the Department of Energy competition, is racing to finish construction by Wednesday, so it could open to the public Tuesday at the Orange County Great Park. Team leader Clarke Snell, a master's student in architecture, explained why the UNC Charlotte house has walls made of geopolymer concrete with "capillary tubes" and why the team had to play a little catch-up in Irvine.
April 4, 2013 |
In March, the State Department gave the president cover to open a big spigot that will hitch our country to one of the dirtiest fuels on Earth for 40 years or more. The draft environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline acknowledges tar sands are nasty stuff for the environment, but concludes that the project is OK because this oil will get to market anyway - with or without a pipeline. A public comment period is underway through April 22, after which the department will prepare a final statement to help the administration decide whether the pipeline is in the "national interest.
September 11, 2012 |
The amount of carbon dioxide emitted from energy production declined in the U.S. in 2011 -- the third time in four years and the fourth time in the last six years that has happened, the Energy Department said Tuesday. As has been the case in previous years, there wasn't necessarily a lot of good economic news behind the positive result of reduced emissions. The Energy Department, for example, cited slower economic growth as one factor in the 2.4% drop in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions last year.
August 12, 2006
AL GORE'S FAVORITE MOVIE about global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," is being touted as "the first carbon-neutral documentary ever." This does not mean that the movie's crew bicycled to shoots, used hand-cranked cameras or avoided all petroleum-based products during filming. Publicists still used up jet fuel on their promotional junkets, as did Gore. Craft services no doubt served M&Ms, poured from landfill-clogging plastic bags.
April 23, 2010 |
There will be award-winning novelists and bestselling mystery writers, leading historians and experts on nearly everything under the sun. But it wouldn't be a book festival in Los Angeles without, of course, entertainers. Stars of stage and screen have been a part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books since its inception, doing readings, interviews and book signings, often playing to packed crowds. This year is no exception, with appearances scheduled by such celebrities as Alicia Silverstone, Marlan Wayans, Bernadette Peters, Carl Reiner and Henry Winkler.
December 22, 2013
Re "On the bus, goals in sight," Column, Dec. 18 Eight or nine buses every day? A 15-hour day? What an incredible and inspiring family to read about, especially at this time of the year when we should be grateful for what we have. Carmen Mendoza is grateful, and that's why she embodies all that is positive. Her efforts show that people can achieve their goals - but that it isn't necessarily easy. I wish I could promise never to complain again about my 45-minute drive to work.
June 26, 2013 |
President Obama's omnibus proposal to combat global warming addresses the issue in all its many facets - truck emissions, high-level diplomacy, more federal land for solar and wind projects. Think of it as a target covered with water balloons. The president won't be able to keep all of them from bursting as his opponents in Congress and industry start throwing darts. The key is to not let them hit the bull's eye: new emissions standards for coal-fired plants. Power plants produce a third of all the greenhouse gases in the country, and coal plants are the biggest offenders.
July 6, 2012
Re "Global warming in our backyard," Editorial, July 2 Thank you for your wonderful synopsis of the most recent climate science and how it pertains to Southern California. However, it is regrettable that it is still necessary to even mention climate skeptics. No news organization feels the need to mention plate tectonics skeptics when reporting on earthquakes or flat-Earth believers when reporting on space. It is a grim tribute to the success of climate skeptics and their financial backers (the Koch brothers, the Heartland Institute and others)
December 9, 2012 |
By some accounts, most Americans have done it. They've repacked, rewrapped and resent unwanted presents to a new recipient. A survey in October 2011 by home fashion retailer HomeGoods found that more than half of the 1,000-plus respondents had regifted, 65% suspected they had received a regift and more than one-third were repeat regifters. An American Express survey in December 2011 found that 79% of people believe regifting is acceptable. "Due to the Great Recession we have become increasingly more thoughtful about overspending," says Dana Holmes, editor in chief of the website Gifts.com.
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December 31, 2010 |
It was September, and the Tournament of Roses was proud of its newly signed sponsor, American Honda Motor Co. The automaker, promoters said, not only was the first-ever presenting sponsor, it was "employing Honda's innovative environmental technologies to help the Rose Parade function more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint. " Leading Saturday's 122nd Tournament of Roses will be a 35-foot fairy tale castle called "A World of Dreams," the first float to be powered by fuel-efficient hybrid technology.