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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1994
The California Coastal Commission and the 4,538 volunteers who removed 22 tons of trash along Orange County beaches recently are to be commended for their efforts ("The Coast Is Clear, for a Day," Sept. 18). However, I was disappointed, if not somewhat chagrined, to learn that Peggy Blanchard of Long Beach "will never buy Styrofoam again." This statement represents the public misperception that plastics are the problem when in reality the problem is the method by which some individuals discard insulated plastic.
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TRAVEL
October 20, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Here's a website that can help you plan vacations that are socially empowering and environmentally responsible. Name: HolidaysForHumanity.com What it does: Introduces travel opportunities with transformative themes such as eco resorts and hotels, health and wellness, volunteering abroad, cultural and culinary, and expeditions and tours. What's hot: I found a trip helping to conduct whale and dolphin research in Costa Rica for less than $200 a day, and a trip to Cambodia to discover the art of rice-paper making in a local village.
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BOOKS
June 18, 1989
In reviewing James Bellini's "High Tech Holocaust" (Book Review, April 16) Kirkpatrick Sale displays an astonishing naivete about primitive societies. His bizarre claim that the "healthy cultures of the past (including those first on this continent) . . . sought harmony with, not dominance over, the precious systems of the living Earth" left me quite amazed. Wholesale species slaughter often has followed first colonizations by primitive man. Where today are the aurochs of Europe, or the elephants and hippos of the Mediterranean?
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - The seal looked appealing, a daisy on a field of green, with the words “Tested Green.” It was issued to more than 120 products as a guarantee of environmental responsibility. The problem, federal trade regulators announced in 2011, was that almost anybody who wanted to pay the $189.95 for a “rapid” certification got a logo. “It took us about 30 seconds to have the Federal Trade Commission certified as 'tested green,' and we were neither tested nor green,” Jim Kohm, head of the FTC's enforcement division, said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2008 | Bettina Boxall
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staffer who was facing discipline for joining a protest on the Los Angeles River has said goodbye to government work. In the settlement of a whistle-blower complaint, Heather Wylie left the Ventura office of the corps earlier this month but admitted no wrongdoing in her weekend kayaking trip down the L.A. River last July. According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represented Wylie, the biologist is preparing for law school and will learn how to file environmental lawsuits against her former employer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1994 | DAVID FOSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In a city known for environmental righteousness, Carl and Anya Woestwin are among the most righteous of all. Anya hoards plastic produce bags, washing and reusing them until they fall apart. Carl urinates into a milk carton, then uses it to fertilize their organic garden. What's more, Carl and Anya insist, they enjoy every minute of their low-impact lifestyle. "This is not privation," Anya said. "The basic goal is to use as few external resource inputs as possible, produce as much as possible--and have a really good time."
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - The seal looked appealing, a daisy on a field of green, with the words “Tested Green.” It was issued to more than 120 products as a guarantee of environmental responsibility. The problem, federal trade regulators announced in 2011, was that almost anybody who wanted to pay the $189.95 for a “rapid” certification got a logo. “It took us about 30 seconds to have the Federal Trade Commission certified as 'tested green,' and we were neither tested nor green,” Jim Kohm, head of the FTC's enforcement division, said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
In response to accusations by European NGOs that IKEA and its wholly owned subsidiary, Swedwood, were engaging in some questionable logging practices in Russia, Ikea is arguing that it has been cutting according to international standards that the company itself helped create. Last week in Greenspace , Swedish group Protect the Forest and Russian group the Karelian Regional Nature Conservancy (which goes by the acronym SPOK) repeated claims that Swedwood is logging old-growth trees and is logging some High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This week, filled with religious observances, is also a time to think about our environment, according to some recent publications that have come my way. In one, discussing Passover, which was celebrated earlier this week, Shomerei Adamah ("Keepers of the Earth"), an energetic new national organization for environmentalists of the Jewish faith, looks at a particular food eaten on the occasion.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2000 | From Reuters
Ford Motor Co., the world's No. 2 auto maker, on Thursday conceded for the first time that its popular--but gas-guzzling--sport utility vehicles pose problems for a company that wants to be known as an environmental leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
In response to accusations by European NGOs that IKEA and its wholly owned subsidiary, Swedwood, were engaging in some questionable logging practices in Russia, Ikea is arguing that it has been cutting according to international standards that the company itself helped create. Last week in Greenspace , Swedish group Protect the Forest and Russian group the Karelian Regional Nature Conservancy (which goes by the acronym SPOK) repeated claims that Swedwood is logging old-growth trees and is logging some High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2011 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
Like yoga, movie night and neighborhood taco stands, going green is now an integral part of the Angeleno lifestyle. Protecting the environment is part of the culture and part of the local economy, whether it's shops stuffed with recyclable sandwich bags, or intense competition for rooftop solar panel installation, or lobbying for greenhouse gas regulations in the state legislature. L.A. has green fever, and that's a magnet for national road shows like the Go Green Expo. Now in its third consecutive year at the L.A. Convention Center, the expo is a meeting place for companies and consumers to commingle for a weekend of Earth-saving innovations, some practical and some peculiar.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Seeking to blunt criticism of its emergency response, British oil giant BP vowed Friday to harness all of its resources to battle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the company worked frantically to stay ahead of the growing disaster and the blow to its carefully manicured image of environmental responsibility. Louisiana and federal officials said BP's efforts so far were "not adequate" and that the London company should do more — even with help from competitors — to contain the approximately 5,000 barrels of oil leaking each day after last week's sinking of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2008 | Bettina Boxall
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staffer who was facing discipline for joining a protest on the Los Angeles River has said goodbye to government work. In the settlement of a whistle-blower complaint, Heather Wylie left the Ventura office of the corps earlier this month but admitted no wrongdoing in her weekend kayaking trip down the L.A. River last July. According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represented Wylie, the biologist is preparing for law school and will learn how to file environmental lawsuits against her former employer.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2000 | From Reuters
Ford Motor Co., the world's No. 2 auto maker, on Thursday conceded for the first time that its popular--but gas-guzzling--sport utility vehicles pose problems for a company that wants to be known as an environmental leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1994 | DAVID FOSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In a city known for environmental righteousness, Carl and Anya Woestwin are among the most righteous of all. Anya hoards plastic produce bags, washing and reusing them until they fall apart. Carl urinates into a milk carton, then uses it to fertilize their organic garden. What's more, Carl and Anya insist, they enjoy every minute of their low-impact lifestyle. "This is not privation," Anya said. "The basic goal is to use as few external resource inputs as possible, produce as much as possible--and have a really good time."
TRAVEL
October 20, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Here's a website that can help you plan vacations that are socially empowering and environmentally responsible. Name: HolidaysForHumanity.com What it does: Introduces travel opportunities with transformative themes such as eco resorts and hotels, health and wellness, volunteering abroad, cultural and culinary, and expeditions and tours. What's hot: I found a trip helping to conduct whale and dolphin research in Costa Rica for less than $200 a day, and a trip to Cambodia to discover the art of rice-paper making in a local village.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Seeking to blunt criticism of its emergency response, British oil giant BP vowed Friday to harness all of its resources to battle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the company worked frantically to stay ahead of the growing disaster and the blow to its carefully manicured image of environmental responsibility. Louisiana and federal officials said BP's efforts so far were "not adequate" and that the London company should do more — even with help from competitors — to contain the approximately 5,000 barrels of oil leaking each day after last week's sinking of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1994
The California Coastal Commission and the 4,538 volunteers who removed 22 tons of trash along Orange County beaches recently are to be commended for their efforts ("The Coast Is Clear, for a Day," Sept. 18). However, I was disappointed, if not somewhat chagrined, to learn that Peggy Blanchard of Long Beach "will never buy Styrofoam again." This statement represents the public misperception that plastics are the problem when in reality the problem is the method by which some individuals discard insulated plastic.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This week, filled with religious observances, is also a time to think about our environment, according to some recent publications that have come my way. In one, discussing Passover, which was celebrated earlier this week, Shomerei Adamah ("Keepers of the Earth"), an energetic new national organization for environmentalists of the Jewish faith, looks at a particular food eaten on the occasion.
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