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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A report saying Orange County theme parks and Los Angeles beaches have the worst air quality among 18 popular vacation spots in the continental United States is marred by old data and flawed comparisons of urban and rural destinations, local, state and federal experts said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to overhaul the way garbage is collected from tens of thousands of businesses and apartment complexes in what city officials, labor leaders and environmental activists described as a groundbreaking plan to put L.A. at the forefront of landfill waste reduction. "This is going to be the most exacting, the most ambitious, gold-standard waste recycling system not just in the country, but in the world," said Greg Good, Mayor Eric Garcetti's director of infrastructure and a former project director with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying the Wilson Administration's conservation program has failed to live up to promises to protect the California gnatcatcher, a major environmental group has quit the effort and is urging the Administration to bring the issue back to the state Fish and Game Commission. The Natural Resources Defense Council resigned from a 12-member panel trying to agree on a voluntary strategy to safeguard the gnatcatcher, a small Southern California songbird.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south. The move comes as fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take advantage of late winter storms and ramp up pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the center of the state's water distribution system. Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, said the rule suspension would remain in effect for the next week or two and would increase delta exports by as much as 10,000 acre-feet a day. An acre-foot is equivalent to a year's water supply for two households.
NEWS
October 1, 1990 | LARRY B. STAMMER and MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Twenty years ago, John Bryson helped found one of the nation's most aggressive environmental organizations. Today, the former environmental activist takes over as chairman and chief executive officer of one of Southern California's largest polluters. The significance--and irony--of Bryson's ascendancy to the top job at Southern California Edison Co. and its corporate parent, SCECorp, has not been lost on either the business community or the environmental movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
California communities spend close to half a billion dollars each year trying to prevent litter from mucking up the sensitive ecosystems of rivers, lakes and coastal waters, according to a report released recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet urban runoff remains a serious problem for fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it: clogged intestines, restricted movement, suffocation, loss of vital nutrients and starvation. Then there is the derelict fishing gear - monofilament line, nets, poles, toxic lead sinkers and plastic lures that can last thousands of years - that can become deadly snares for marine life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | Steve Lopez
If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one: "Serious drought, help save water. " This is helpful to a point, I suppose, and I like the creative use of highway signs heretofore reserved largely for safety warnings or child abductions. If Caltrans would consider pushing the boundaries even further, I'd spring for a sign that says: "Hey, Brian D'Arcy, where's our $40 million?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south. The move comes as fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take advantage of late winter storms and ramp up pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the center of the state's water distribution system. Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, said the rule suspension would remain in effect for the next week or two and would increase delta exports by as much as 10,000 acre-feet a day. An acre-foot is equivalent to a year's water supply for two households.
SCIENCE
August 28, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
California communities spend close to half a billion dollars each year trying to prevent litter from mucking up the sensitive ecosystems of rivers, lakes and coastal waters, according to a report to be released  Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet, urban runoff remains a serious problem for fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it: clogged intestines, restricted movement, suffocation, loss of vital nutrients, starvation. Then there is the derelict fishing gear -- monofilament line, nets, poles, toxic lead sinkers and plastic lures made to last thousands of years - that can become deadly snares for marine life.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans are throwing out nearly every other bite of food, wasting up to 40% of the country's supply each year - a mass of uneaten provisions worth $165 billion, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. An average family of four squanders $2,275 in food each year, or 20 pounds per person per month, according to the nonprofit and nonpartisan environmental advocacy group. Food waste is the largest single portion of solid waste cramming American landfills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A $687.4-million emergency drought relief package is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after easily clearing the Legislature on Thursday. Brown and legislative leaders unveiled the proposal last week to free up the state's water supplies and aid residents who face hardship due to the drought. "Today we provide significant relief," state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said in a floor speech. "This is a lot of money and will help thousands of California families dealing with the drought.
SCIENCE
February 25, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
With monarch butterfly populations rapidly dwindling, a conservation organization on Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher rules for the weed killer glyphosate - first marketed under the brand name Roundup - to save America's most beloved insect from further decline. In a petition, the Natural Resources Defense Council argued that current uses of glyphosate are wiping out milkweed, the only plant upon which monarch caterpillars feed. The loss of milkweed is having a devastating effect on the life cycles of the large, fragile orange-and-black butterflies, which migrate through the United States, Canada and Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | Steve Lopez
If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one: "Serious drought, help save water. " This is helpful to a point, I suppose, and I like the creative use of highway signs heretofore reserved largely for safety warnings or child abductions. If Caltrans would consider pushing the boundaries even further, I'd spring for a sign that says: "Hey, Brian D'Arcy, where's our $40 million?"
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee and Evan Halper
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's discussion of energy and environmental issues in his State of the Union address was notable not just for what he said, but for what he didn't say. The president largely stuck to issues he had discussed before, such as how a good portion of the country's economic recovery, including the limited revival of manufacturing jobs, stems from the domestic fossil fuel boom, especially in natural gas. But he remained silent...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law when it authorized the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off Hawaii and California through 2018, an environmental group said in a lawsuit filed Monday. The agency's own analysis had determined the war games would result in 155 marine mammal deaths, more than 2,000 permanent injuries and about 9.6 million instances of temporary hearing loss and disruptions of vital behaviors - an 1,100% increase over the previous five-year period, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
OPINION
December 18, 2013
Re "Saving antibiotics for people," Editorial, Dec. 12 The Times is too optimistic. The Food and Drug Administration's proposal to curb antibiotic use in livestock addresses only part of the problem and is voluntary, an approach that has proved unsuccessful for decades. The FDA has asked companies to voluntarily stop selling growth-promoting antibiotics. Even if a company chooses to follow the guidelines, it can continue to sell many of the same antibiotics over-the-counter to prevent disease in unsick animals.
SCIENCE
February 25, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
With monarch butterfly populations rapidly dwindling, a conservation organization on Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher rules for the weed killer glyphosate - first marketed under the brand name Roundup - to save America's most beloved insect from further decline. In a petition, the Natural Resources Defense Council argued that current uses of glyphosate are wiping out milkweed, the only plant upon which monarch caterpillars feed. The loss of milkweed is having a devastating effect on the life cycles of the large, fragile orange-and-black butterflies, which migrate through the United States, Canada and Mexico.
SCIENCE
November 8, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Responding to the Food and Drug Administration's move to banish trans fats from the nation's diet, some public health advocates grumped Thursday that the agency was playing catch-up to a trend already well underway nationwide. Still, many of the same experts expressed hope that the FDA's move will open the way to a new era in the agency's regulation of food additives. By setting several new precedents, the FDA's decision on trans fats may bring some of our most beloved ingredients -- salt and sugar -- under new scrutiny by the agency, they predicted.
SCIENCE
October 24, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Wildfire smoke poses a growing health risk to millions of Americans, even for those who live hundreds of miles from the flames, a new report by an environmental group says. About two-thirds of Americans, or nearly 212 million people, lived in counties that two years ago contended with wildfire smoke linked to respiratory problems like asthma, pneumonia and chronic lung diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The group used satellite imagery of smoke plumes from the 2011 wildfire season - one of the worst in recent years - to take a nationwide snapshot of air quality.
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