Recently, I was telling a friend the grim news about climate change. She wanted to know what are the top things she can do to reduce her personal global warming emissions. The chart below shows the emissions for the average...continued→
Kristin Eberhard, Legal Director, Western Energy and Climate Projects, Santa Monica
Everyone in my family except for me is a public school teacher, so they were all mightily shocked (and not necessarily in a good way) when I announced I was going to law school. They decided it was kind of OK once I got the job with NRDC.
- words and what they can convince people to do;
- science and what it allows us to understand;
- rules, and how they can help a society to grow and improve; and
- science fiction, and what it lets us imagine.
So working on energy and climate issues at NRDC is really the perfect place for me. I can imagine a post-apocalyptic world in which we stay on the path of fossil fuels and a drastically changed climate. But I can also imagine a different world, in which we harness technology and make it work for us. Hopefully our words and science here at NRDC will help us change the rules to form the latter science fiction future, not the former.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an amendment to LADWP’s contract with the Intermountain Power Project (a large coal plant in Utah from which we in LA get much of our electricity) allowing for the coal plant to...continued→
The Wall Street Journal had a front page article today about how US global warming emissions have been going down. (Side note: The opening paragraph described carbon dioxides as “the greenhouse gas widely believed to contribute to global warming”...continued→
LADWP recently released its “Energy Efficiency Portfolio Business Plan” for fiscal years 2012-2014. For the past few years, LADWP has been talking the talk about doing more energy efficiency, and (importantly) using efficiency as its top priority resource for getting...continued→
Right now, you really only have two levels of transportation options: high cost, high flexibility, high comfort, high pollution OR low cost, low flexibility, low comfort, low pollution. Various companies have been trying to fill in the middle of...continued→
Today the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) Board unanimously approved its plan to get off of coal by 2025 and replace it with cleaner energy. This is the culmination of years of work and negotiation, and sets...continued→
Last week, I presented at the UCLA Complete Streets conference and attempted to answer the question: how much better could travel be in LA if we really set our minds to it? Here’s my estimation of what’s possible. What does...continued→
When people talk about “clean energy,” they often mean wind or solar power, and when they’re discussing “energy efficiency" or "energy conservation,” they’re usually talking about doing things like remembering to turn off the lights. But energy efficiency IS clean energy,...continued→
In solidarity with the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington DC, there will be a rally here in Los Angeles! Please join fellow citizens to send President Obama a message loud and clear: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and...continued→
LA is looking for a bumper sticker slogan that encapsulates our efforts to create a city where neigborhoods are walkable, and commutes can be by bus or train instead of stuck in traffic. Something simple and catchy like "Fly the...continued→
Move LA is staging its annual “transportation conversation” with state and local leaders and the ever-expanding business-labor-enviro-civic-community coalition advocating for transit and good development. This event at Union Station on Feb. 1 also includes a conversation with LA Mayor Antonio...continued→
How does LA’s structure compare to other big US cities? Why does the census show that the LA Metropolitan region is actually more dense than the NY metropolitan region? It certainly doesn’t feel more dense here than Manhattan. And if...continued→
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), LA’s hometown utility, just received approval to buy solar power from large rooftop and parking lot owners in the city in what is being billed as the nation’s biggest such program....continued→
Recently a colleague was visiting from New York and wanted to get from her Santa Monica hotel to dinner with a friend in Studio City without renting a car or paying for a cab. Her journey is detailed below. There...continued→
Another national poll confirms that Americans increasingly believe there is solid evidence of global warming and that human activities are mostly to blame for climate change. In the second such survey released this month, the Pew Research Center for the...continued→
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