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We Need a New Gold Standard for Urban Sanitation: Brian Arbogast 19.2.2019 THE CITY FIX
More than half the global population lacks access to safely managed sanitation services – 4.5 billion people. Every year, more than 340,000 children under the age of five die as a result of this problem. And we’re not solving it ...
Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a key test on his embrace of a new California water tax 17.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Thirty-four words written into California law a few years ago take a strong stance on the most basic of human needs:

“It is hereby declared to be the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption,...

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Philanthropist secures help of Tiger Woods and others to build 80-acre athletic and academic center 15.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Just days after Carol Kimmelman died of ovarian cancer in 2017, her husband Doug gathered his four children to brainstorm. He wanted to honor her with a legacy-making project that reflected her hobbies and her worldview.

Kimmelman’s children knew their mother loved tennis, having been a member...

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Read Gov. Gavin Newsom's prepared remarks for his first State of the State address 13.2.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Here are the full prepared remarks for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State address:

Mr. Speaker, thank you for being a champion for all Californians – and for welcoming Jen and me into your house today.

Madam Pro Tem – thank you for your commitment to collaboration, which has helped make...

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This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem 11.2.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Slate. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. There might be no better monument to the limits of American environmentalism in the climate change era than a parking garage in Berkeley, California. It’s got “rooftop solar, electric-vehicle charging stations and dedicated spots for car-share vehicles, rainwater capture and water treatment […]
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The Green New Deal Is Here. And It's Great for Food & Farming! 7.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The Green New Deal (GND) has arrived!  Now that we’ve passed the dangerous tipping point of 350 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (we’re at 410 ppm), we have to figure out a way to draw down that CO2—or we will continue to suffer the cascading impacts of global warming even after we’ve eliminated greenhouse gas emissions. The safest and most effective way we have of doing this is to increase the carbon content of our soils in farmland, pasture land, forests, wetlands and coastal marine ecosystems. This can be done on working lands through regenerative organic agriculture techniques that increase fertility and control pests by replacing chemicals with management practices. These include holistic planned grazing, composting, no-till, cover cropping, diverse crop mixes and rotations, and the incorporation of crops that return nutrients and organic matter to the soil. This is the piece of the puzzle that most climate activists and legislators are unaware of. That’s why it’s so ...
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How China’s big overseas initiative threatens global climate progress 4.2.2019
China’s new infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative, could transform economies — but its focus on coal-fired power plants is reckless.
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California is the only state in the country to block affordable housing in its constitution. Here's how it happened 3.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

In 1950, Californians voted to put a provision in the state Constitution that makes it harder for poor people to find a place to live.

Article 34, which remains in effect, requires voter approval before public housing is built in a community. At the time it passed, the real estate industry argued...

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Too Many Cities Are Growing Out Rather Than Up. 3 Reasons That’s a Problem 31.1.2019 THE CITY FIX
Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city’s services impossibly thin: ...
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How climate change is adding to the health risks of poor people 29.1.2019 Energy & Climate |
How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people
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The hopes and fears of transportation 26.1.2019 Energy & Climate |
Transit projects offer a plethora of benefits to communities — but also reveal deep-seated worries and anxieties.
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How Driverless Cars Could Work for Good Instead of Evil 25.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Our gas-guzzling car culture is about to change forever, but not necessarily for good. The shift from gasoline-power to electric, the rise of ridesharing, and the invention of self-driving vehicles will soon overhaul transportation. A new report, just published by the Greenlining Institute, […]
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A little optimism, a lot of pessimism: The 2019 outlook for humanitarian crises 24.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
An annual report from the U.N. humanitarian agency looks at the challenges ahead.
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UCLA and Brentwood School accused of shortchanging veterans at West L.A. facility 21.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

UCLA and the Brentwood School are under fire from advocates who say that neither institution is providing the veteran services they agreed to under their leases on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ West L.A. property.

UCLA, whose Jackie Robinson baseball stadium sits on the sprawling, 388-acre...

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“We are left with the dregs”: Heron Pond’s toxic brew spotlights obstacles in Denver’s push to regain green space 15.1.2019 Denver Post: All Political News
Denver’s willingness to embrace the contaminated Heron Pond and surrounding industrial land as a site for future parkland reflects the increasingly difficult challenge of establishing enough public green space to keep pace with population growth and development. Denver has fallen behind other U.S. cities in urban parks and open space.
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“We need more open spaces”: Denver residents feeling stifled by city’s building boom seek room to roam 14.1.2019 Denver Post: Local
Lack of sufficient green space has become a common complaint among residents as Denver morphs into a concrete metropolis. Rapid population growth and a development boom have combined to reduce green space per person. Ample backyards increasingly are relics as residents shift to condos, slot homes and high-rise buildings.
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Newsom unveils a $209-billion budget to boost schools and healthcare and fight poverty 11.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a $209-billion budget on Thursday that boosts funding for public schools and healthcare programs and includes significant one-time spending to combat the state’s homelessness epidemic and prepare for future natural disasters.

“I know it’s rote and cliché to say it’s a...

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Shifting the system — using new mobility as a tool for community goals 3.1.2019
As city populations continue to grow, city governments must manage ever-increasing demands, consider trade-offs between differing values, and achieve their goals with limited capacity and funds.
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If Los Angeles teachers strike, poor students will lose 28.12.2018 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Los Angeles is at a crossroads that demands our urgent attention.

After many months of collective bargaining, United Teachers Los Angeles has set a strike date for Jan. 10. If there’s no deal with the Los Angeles Unified School District by then, some 30,000 teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians...

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Native American tribes win big in the new farm bill 26.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A coordinated lobbying effort resulted in dozens of provisions increasing tribal authority over food and nutrition programs.
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