Actor Danny Trejo Is Opening A Vegan Taqueria In L.A. The plant-based menu isn't the restaurant's only virtue. After service is over, any leftover food will be donated to a local homeless shelter. Credit: Jenn Harris / LA Times Google's making it easy for you to get solar panels onto your roof Adding solar panels to your roof can be frustrating, since it's often difficult to know if your home receives enough light to justify the investment. Google Maps, however, has satellite, navigation and sunlight data for every property in the world, so it's ideally placed to tell you how many rays hit your crib on a daily basis. That's why the firm is launching Sunroof, a database of how much solar energy hits each building in a city, helping people work out if it's worth the effort.
Volkswagen's appalling clean diesel scandal, explained It sounds like the sinister plot of some straight-to-DVD movie. Since 2009, Volkswagen had been installing elaborate software in 482,000 "clean diesel" vehicles sold in the US, so that the cars' pollution controls only worked when being tested for emissions. The rest of the time, the vehicles could freely spew hazardous, smog-forming compounds.
Making a Living on the Bayou After a Decade of Disasters SHELL BEACH, La.—On a warm Wednesday morning in early June, Frank Campo sits behind his desk, “shooting the bull,” as he puts it, with a fisher who has pulled up a chair after returning with the day’s catch. It’s not yet noon, but both Campo and his friend have already worked an eight-hour shift. Shielded from the hot Louisiana sun, they’re in the office at Campo’s Marina, the business where Campo, 73, has worked his entire life and that he’s owned and operated for the last 10 years. It’s a 40-foot, air-conditioned trailer parked on a sliver of land, with a dock on the bayou out back.
America Needs to Start Paying Attention to How Denmark Is Generating Its Elec... Claire BernishJanuary 19, 2016 (ANTIMEDIA) Denmark — Setting a sustainable example for the rest of the world, Denmark generated a record-breaking 42% of its electricity last year from wind turbines — upping the country’s previous world record, set in 2014, by 3%. “Hopefully, Denmark can serve as an example to other countries that it is possible to have both ambitious green policies with a high proportion of wind energy and other renewables in the energy supply, and still have a high security of supply and competitive prices on electricity,” said Lars Christian Lilleholt, Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities, and Climate, calling the accomplishment significant, the Guardian reported. According to the report by Energinet, energy produced by wind power actually exceeded total Danish electricity consumption for 409 hours in 2015, though the western part of the energy system had surplus production for 1,460 of the year’s 8,760 total hours, or 16% of the time.
King County becomes largest government in U.S. to use new energy-tracking system used by Microsoft Story Executive Dow Constantine announced a two-year pilot project that will make King County the largest government in the United States to use a new energy tracking system that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. The energy tracking software will be installed at five King County buildings and will provide maintenance staff with real-time analytics that help them operate the facilities more efficiency, identify HVAC problems faster, and better prioritize maintenance work. The EPA's big crackdown on smog, explained The lobbying battle over smog has been one of the most bitter environmental fights of the Obama era. Public health advocates have long argued that cities like Los Angeles still have dangerous levels of smog, a leading cause of respiratory illness for millions of Americans, and have pushed to tighten existing rules. Industry groups, meanwhile, have been adamant that doing so would be exorbitantly expensive. On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency finally weighed in, setting brand new standards on ground-level ozone pollution, the key ingredient in smog. And the Obama administration appears to have largely sided with industry on this. They've tightened the ozone standard moderately, but not nearly as much as environmentalists and some health experts were calling for.
Farmers market vouchers may boost produce consumption in low-income families Vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets increase the amount of produce in the diets of some families on food assistance, according to research led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The study, which appears online in Food Policy, suggests that farmers market vouchers can be useful tools in improving access to healthy food. This finding validates a new program created by the Agricultural Act of 2014, or farm bill, that incentivizes low-income families to buy produce at farmers markets. "In terms of healthy food options, farmers market incentives may be able to bring a low-income person onto the same playing field as those with greater means," said Carolyn Dimitri, an associate professor of food studies at NYU Steinhardt and the study's lead author. Economically disadvantaged families tend to consume diets low in fruits and vegetables, partially due to poor access to healthy food and their inability to pay for it.
Here's how new buildings can actually help salmon June 25, 2015 By JILL JAGOGLY Construction More often than not discussions about the health of Puget Sound and regional water quality are framed as environmental issues. Although a common enough term and apparently self-explanatory, what is an environmental issue really? The problem is not exclusively the environment. Nature has been doing its thing for billions of years. Nation's water challenges are many, but so are the solutions This Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo shows construction of the Carlsbad, Calif., desalination plant between Interstate 5 and the Pacific Ocean. Climate change and drought have stretched water supplies from coast to coast. The vast majority of 50 state water officials surveyed by the federal government expect shortages to affect them over the next 10 years. Photo: Lenny Ignelzi, AP
In times of drought, should I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands? Q. Several years ago, in consideration of our ongoing water woes here in California, I started using hand sanitizer almost exclusively. However, I have always wondered if this actually saves water. I have no idea of the amount of water it takes to produce sanitizers. Am I way off base? Kathleen K. Finally an Idea That Could Bring About World Peace — and It's Going Viral Michaela WhittonFebruary 5, 2016 (ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — A group of activists dedicated to ending the relentless cycle of war have raised over $100,000 towards their goal in a month. The appeal from World Citizen Solutions to those who are sick and tired of their taxes being used to fund wars they vehemently disagree with, has resulted in a remarkable outpouring of financial support.
The Key to Saving Billions of Gallons of Water is Sitting in Your Shower California’s crackdown on water wasting has targeted the most intimate of settings: your shower. New rules approved by the state’s Energy Commission last week will change the current showerhead flow rates of 2.5 gallons per minute to 2 gallons per minute by July 2016. By July 2018, showerheads must meet a rate of 1.8 gallons per minute, the nation’s strictest standard for one of the biggest residential indoor water uses. When the new faucets fully replace the current models—the commission estimates that could be realistically accomplished by 2028—as many as 38 billion gallons of water, 20.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1,322 gigawatt hours of electricity could be saved each year. RELATED: The Billions of Gallons of Water Wasted by Accident Every Year “We are hoping for the best, but planning for the worst in the face of the state’s historic drought,” said energy commissioner Andrew McAllister in a statement.
‘Rebuild by Design’ Joins 100RC to Bring Collaborative Research & Design-driven Approaches to Cities 09.30.15 | By 100RC Facebook Twitter NEW YORK (September 30) – Rebuild by Design, the international design competition tasked with developing innovative plans to protect New York from another Superstorm Sandy, will now join 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), an organization pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, to help export the cutting edge program to cities in the 100RC network around the globe. By joining 100RC, Rebuild by Design will bring best-in-class design and research-driven processes to cities to ensure their long-term resilience. 100RC will direct and deploy the Rebuild by Design model under the new joint venture, and Rebuild by Design staff and management will participate as part of the 100RC prioritization process. Rebuild by Design, a partnership of The Rockefeller Foundation and the U.S.