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Just Say Bye to Your Lawns

We've been talking for decades about greening L.A., so it doesn't make sense to put forth a policy that's going to make everyone's lawns go brown. -          Matt Myerhoff, spokesman for LA City Councilman Greig Smith Huh? The Sunday LA Times had an ...

Dancing With DeLame

The DC chattering class is having a field day with the news that Tom DeLay will compete on Dancing with the Stars.  Hopefully he can burn off those calories he’s consumed over the years, eating steaks half his size (he’s ...

Channeling Rachel

Let me be frank:  I’m not what the MBA and marketing world would describe as an “early adopter.”  I’ll buy an iPhone by 2013, we still don’t have a flat-screen TV, and well, on the environmental side, it took me ...

A Terrible Warning from Taiwan

Last week's Taiwan took a an awful pummelling from Typhoon Morakot, which was especially cruel considering that many of the villages hit were still recovering from a 1999 earthquake that destroyed many towns and villages. What's chilling about Morakot and ...

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009

I maintain that doing better for the environment doesn’t just mean recycling, finding cleaner sources of energy, or conserving water—to me, it also means making the world a better place through deeds. Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away earlier this week. She ...

The Circus in Bolivia

No, I’m not talking about Evo Morales and his antics, including his threat to cut off Bolivia’s natural gas to its neighbors.  I’m talking about Bolivia’s law banning all animals—wild and domesticated—from performing in circuses, which was effective July 1.   I’ve ...

The Idle Mayor

Overall, I like Michael Bloomberg. His leadership of New York City seems solid, he is more focused on solutions than dogma, and does not seem to give a hoot what his rivals think. But I was disappointed that he has ...

Walter Cronkite, 1916 – 2009

I’m very sad to hear about Walter Cronkite passing away tonight. I remember his CBS news broadcasts as a child, with his reassuring “That’s the way it is . . . “ as he wrapped up his nightly 30 minute ...

Russian Roulette?

At the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, Russia announced that an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was unacceptable.  Developing countries applauded; developed ones cringed.  But can we really blame the Russians for balking at this goal?  We know ...

Slim Pickens

Gotta love infomercials. Admit it: a Jack La Lane juicer would nourish you, the melon cream Cindy Crawford uses would make you look younger, and who can forget slogans such as “Set it and forget it” yelled with evangelical fervor! Okay, ...

GreenPunks

Yesterday, Greenpeace pulled another stunt:  unfurling a banner at Mount Rushmore to send the G-8 a message about climate stage.  Of course my impression of most Greenpeace activists is that most can’t read a book or map:  did any of ...
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