CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2007 |
SACRAMENTO -- Adding a green twist to an old political tactic, an environmental group sent a mailer to 50,000 Los Angeles County homes Thursday urging residents to vote by mail to eliminate the "carbon footprint" they would leave by driving to the polls on election day. The mailer is being derided by some, while others are questioning whether it is improperly trying to influence a state Senate election in the West L.A.
August 25, 2008 |
As Adam Boesel pedals an exercise bike, he sends power to a generator that converts his workout calories into electricity. Across the room in his small eco-friendly gym are half a dozen energy-efficient treadmills. On the roof, solar arrays gather more natural energy. In Boesel's new gym, people will not only slim their waistlines, they will also shrink their carbon footprint. Welcome to people-powered exercise for a small planet. Boesel says the Green Microgym -- which is to open Friday in the eclectic Alberta Arts district of northeast Portland -- is the first fitness center in the country to use solar power as well as human-powered cycling and cardio machines to generate renewable energy.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
January 10, 2013
Re "Climate change won't wait," Opinion, Jan. 6 It is hard to understand President Obama's stand on climate change. His Energy secretary, Nobel laureate Steven Chu, said four years ago that, if we don't dramatically slow global warming, "we're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California. " He went on to question the viability of California cities. Obama is not showing the type of resolve that Chu's statement would seem to demand. Obama could get out front on climate change and tap George Shultz, Ronald Reagan's secretary of State, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a couple of guys with pretty strong conservative business credentials, to lead the way on instituting a federal carbon tax. Obama's preference for subsidies, cap-and-trade and federal policing fall short of a carbon tax's clear message.
January 17, 2010
Hackles raised over the Maldives The story the Travel section ran on the Maldives "drowning" due to rising sea levels is absurdly overblown ["Getting Their Green On," by Amanda Jones, Jan. 10]. Its leader is being taken in by some two-bit horror movie and Al Gore's unscientific blathering about sea levels rising 20 feet or more, since refuted by nearly all real scientists. The fact is that in the past, sea levels did rise by a large number of feet, but that was because the world was covered by ice such that it was 1 1/2 miles thick at what is now Chicago.