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April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Grand Canyon Railway is sprucing up its 90-year-old steam train with a green makeover for Earth Day, which is Monday (today). The former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train will run on eco-friendly recycled vegetable oil for the ride to the Grand Canyon. Grab a seat this month and receive half off a future visit. The deal: Diesel trains operate daily from Williams, Ariz., to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a 130-mile round-trip ride with observation cars that provide a front-row seat to the spectacular desert landscape.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos
Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not noticing that the ashtrays were empty and askew. The electrical engineering graduate student had no idea that the university had enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. He was profoundly apologetic. “I know others don't like the smell around them, but I know [the library] is a popular place to smoke so I thought I'd be OK,” he said, while flicking the cigarette butt into the tray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not noticing the ashtrays were empty and askew. The graduate student in electrical engineering had no idea the university had enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. "I know others don't like the smell around them, but I know [the library] is a popular place to smoke, so I thought I'd be OK," Yan said, flicking the butt into an ashtray. UCLA is the first school in the UC system to implement the ban, following a call by President Mark G. Yudof for all 10 UC campuses to go smoke-free by 2014.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Yellowstone, Yosemite and Sequoia were the first national parks, and Pinnacles in Central California the most recently designated one, though the land had been set aside as a national monument since 1908. National Park Week provides an incentive to go see "America's best idea" firsthand with free entry and free events on Earth Day and beyond. The deal: The 401 national parklands - parks, monuments, historic sites, etc. - will be fee-free for five days during National Park Week, which runs Saturday through April 28. Not all parks charge an entrance fee, but those that do will waive them.
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | By Karin Klein
No two ways about it, it's terrific that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been a longtime, unwavering and vocal supporter of gay rights , including same-sex marriage, as The Times reported Wednesday. That's also the day when the mayor's office sent out a press release announcing that for much of this month, the movie-star-famous face of City Hall would be bathed in lavender light in acknowledgment of LGBT Heritage Month. Lavender? Opinion seems divided on whether that's a firmly adopted color of the gay rights movement or a derogatory reference to homosexuality.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
You might expect Earth Day to be trumpeted with pictures of melting ice packs, disappearing glaciers and sad-looking polar bears. But that's so 47 seconds ago. Instead, we bring you a stunning photo gallery documenting the ways in which the world's explosive population growth has aggressively changed the landscape. The aerial photos above are just one example. They illustrate deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon between 1992 and 2006; the clearing in the Mato Grosso state in southwest Brazil is occurring at a rate of about 22,000 square kilometers per year.
NEWS
April 22, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As Earth Day directs our attention to how to live more gently, here are 10 tips for greener travel, gathered with the help of David Owen, author of the recently released book “The Conundrum,” and with eco-destination operators, hoteliers, travel experts and environmentalists from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 1. Make every trip count. “The environmental key to travel is not how you go, but how much you go and how far you go,” says Owen, whose book is subtitled, “How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse.” Owen notes that trains aren't necessarily greener than planes.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Earth Day 2012 arrives with sticker shock: Brace yourself for the $60 light bulb. Light bulb manufacturer Philips is flipping the switch Sunday on its new super-duper energy-efficient LED light bulb; that's when the bulb will go on sale at various outlets, including Home Depot . The full retail price is $60, but consumers will be able to find online deals, rebates and subsidies that will cut the price by $10 or more,  according ...
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Earth Day , marked each year on April 22, has mushroomed into a longer outdoorsy celebration with the advent of National Park Week , John Muir 's birthday and National Junior Ranger Day. Whatever you're celebrating, here are some of the best places in Southern California and points north for getting in tune with nature. Santa Monica Mountains : Bring the kids to one (or both) of these Adventure in Nature: Let's G.O. play dates on Saturday. Learn about the mountains in your backyard through two hours of stories, music, art and exploration at 11 a.m. at Temescal Gateway Park (15601 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades)
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Two apps that feature national parks have arrived just in time for Earth Day. And they're free, which goes nicely with the Saturday start of fee-free National Park Week . So download the app, pick a park to visit and go. The deal: These apps are available to download to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (sorry, Android users and others, you're out of luck). Fotopedia National Parks features photos taken with a large-format camera (which means super-sharp images)
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