One more reason to move away from fossil fuels: A study just published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters suggests that air pollution has the potential to reduce solar output by as much as 17-25 percent in some regions. “Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) has the potential to diminish solar energy production by direct and indirect radiative forcing Read more about Study: Air Pollution Reducing Solar Energy Production[…]
It’s a familiar story for anyone concerned with environmental issues: the more we learn about the natural systems with which human activities interact, the more we discover that we don’t know enough about them to predict unwanted consequences. Science Daily reports that new climate calculations from researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the University of Cardiff suggest that even Read more about Study: Gradual Rises in CO2 Can Lead to Climate Tipping Points[…]
Beijing smog: Studies have found that auto exhaust is the main source of pollution. In the face of proposed changes in federal efforts to fight climate change, California’s aggressive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have become more important than ever. Federal officials have said that rolling back climate programs will allow the EPA to focus Read more about California Climate Fight More Urgent Than Ever[…]
As of January 2017, businesses, government buildings and multifamily structures in California that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week are legally required to recycle it. Specialists working to support implementation of the law are finding that there are twists and turns on the road to compliance. A concurrent session at the Green California Summit Read more about Recycling Organic Waste: Summit Training[…]
There’s no doubt that 2017 has been a wet year. California mountains are covered with snow, and most reservoirs are above their long-term averages. While we won’t see a surface water shortage in 2017, UC Davis notes that some remnants of the drought will persist for decades.
An emerging network of distributed, interactive energy generation, storage and delivery, described as the “enernet,” is expected to be the foundation for smart cities and the “internet of things.”
In just over three decades, 70 percent of Earth’s population is expected to live in cities. A study from The Economist asks citizens and businesses in 12 diverse cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Shanghai, for their thoughts about the potential benefits of smart cities.
The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute includes demonstration center & living laboratory for emerging energy technologies LOS ANGELES – June 6, 2016 – Today marked the opening of the nation’s largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit, the Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) located in Greater Los Angeles. The 144,000-square-foot demonstration center and living Read more about Nation’s Largest Net Zero Plus™ Commercial Building Retrofit Opens in Los Angeles[…]
The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California’s highest environmental honor. Established in1993, the award recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that demonstrate exceptional leadership in conserving resources, protecting the environment and building partnerships to strengthen the State’s economy. Award winners are featured on the CalEPA website, promoted via social media and press release, Read more about Potential GEELA Nominees: Meet with CalEPA at the Green California Summit[…]
JPL Scientist Bill Patzert What will the winter bring? A “Godzilla” El Niño sits in the Pacific, and some have wondered if the recent mudslides that shut down the Grapevine are a preview of what the winter will bring. Even if record rainfall does arrive, what will that mean? What are the prospects for Sierra Nevada snowpack? Read more about El Niño, Drought, Mudslides, Hurricanes: Schools Keynote Offers Insights[…]