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December 10, 1989
These are key health effects of some of the major pollutants in the Southern California environment. AIR POLLUTANTS * Ozone: This colorless, irritant form of oxygen is the most pervasive air pollutant. At high altitudes, it protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation, but it can be formed in excess when sunlight interacts with hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides emitted by cars and industry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1999 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Southern California were a high school student, his or her parents might not be too pleased with a new report card being issued today. The Southern California Assn. of Governments, the planning agency for the six-county region, for the first time graded aspects of the area's economy, environment and quality of life. The association awarded no A's in any of the nine categories, but issued six Cs and Ds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1988
Your editorial paints a terrifying but accurate picture of the accelerated deterioration of our fragile ecosystem. But the same picture also must be painted of our immediate Southern California environment. Our congested freeways, polluted waters, toxic wastes, and oppressive living conditions are a direct result of a severely saturated and overcrowded urban concentration. Which in turn is a direct result of the pro-development policies of our current political and economic leaders.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Five thousand feet below the Mojave Desert, where molten rock comes near underground reservoirs of water, a head of natural steam holds the possibility of reshaping Southern California's energy future. The natural caldron is being tapped to power a network of geothermal power plants that produce enough electricity to light 200,000 homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
As an architect, Frank O. Gehry has borne prophetic witness to the beauty inherent in the provisional. His is an aesthetic honed by a lifetime of fearless dialogue with the material ambiguities of a Southern California environment, where everything from light to land seems always to be shifting. For that reason, as much as for his inventive and humane buildings, we take special pleasure in his receipt Monday of architecture's highest award, the Pritzker Prize. "My approach to architecture is different," Gehry once said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1999 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Southern California were a high school student, his or her parents might not be too pleased with a new report card being issued today. The Southern California Assn. of Governments, the planning agency for the six-county region, for the first time graded aspects of the area's economy, environment and quality of life. The association awarded no A's in any of the nine categories, but issued six Cs and Ds.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Agencies and organizations to call for environmental information: RIDE-SHARING * Commuter Computer: (213) 380-RIDE for ride-sharing in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. * For ride-sharing in San Diego County: (619) 237-POOL. * Orange County Transit Community Network: (714) 636-RIDE.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
AN ECOLOGICAL PANORAMA A look at major elements in the diverse geographical makeup of Southern California -- 2 major deserts -- 4 national forests -- 5 key rivers -- 6 major lakes -- 5 major mountain ranges. -- 343 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. (county by county breakdown below.) WASTE WHERE CALIFORNIA'S WASTE COMES FROM A percentage breakdown of the sources of solid waste in California. Southern California generated 67.1% of the state's waste in 1988, according to a state survey.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Five thousand feet below the Mojave Desert, where molten rock comes near underground reservoirs of water, a head of natural steam holds the possibility of reshaping Southern California's energy future. The natural caldron is being tapped to power a network of geothermal power plants that produce enough electricity to light 200,000 homes.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Smog. Ocean pollution. Ground water contamination. Coastal overpopulation. Vanishing wildlife. Solid waste. Never have environmental problems seemed so daunting and solutions so beyond reach. But how individuals live--and the choices they make each day--have an impact on the environment--for better or worse. And, there are solutions. Ride-sharing reduces traffic congestion and polluting emissions. Using products with less packaging eases the strain on landfills.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Although cigarette smoke is far more deadly, air pollutants such as ozone and fine particulate matter are the greatest environmental health threats in Southern California. Exposure to highly polluted air can cause immediate breathing difficulties as well as headaches and eye irritation. With years of exposure, the normal aging of the lungs may speed up. This may contribute to the development of disabling bronchitis and emphysema.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
A mere trickle in late summer, the last free-flowing river in Southern California surges to life in the winter with the arrival of the rainy season and plunges 55 miles down the mountains in Ventura County's Los Padres National Forest on its way to the sea. The annual awakening of Sespe Creek draws thousands of hikers, rock climbers and fly fishermen to the pristine canyon wilderness, an ancestral homeland of the Chumash Indians that is only 75 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Driving past the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast, it's hard not to think about the radiation inside the domed reactor buildings. But San Onofre's impact on the environment is caused not by radioactive contamination, which is negligible, but by the plant's cooling system. Each day, San Onofre draws enough ocean water to cover a one-square-mile area 14 feet deep. The sea water pumped into the plant from near the shoreline is often naturally murky.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Smog. Ocean pollution. Ground water contamination. Coastal overpopulation. Vanishing wildlife. Solid waste. Never have environmental problems seemed so daunting and solutions so beyond reach. But how individuals live--and the choices they make each day--have an impact on the environment--for better or worse. And, there are solutions. Ride-sharing reduces traffic congestion and polluting emissions. Using products with less packaging eases the strain on landfills.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
Agencies and organizations to call for environmental information: RIDE-SHARING * Commuter Computer: (213) 380-RIDE for ride-sharing in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. * For ride-sharing in San Diego County: (619) 237-POOL. * Orange County Transit Community Network: (714) 636-RIDE.
NEWS
December 10, 1989
For most of the 1,400-mile journey from its beginnings in the snowcapped slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River slashes its way through sun-blanched plateaus and deserts almost devoid of the trees and greenery common to other major rivers in the country. But journals left by settlers around the turn of the century suggest that it was not always this way.
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