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Farmers Are Supposed to Consider Safer Alternatives to Toxic Pesticides. UCLA Report Says That’s Not Working Out Well

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Sun, 03/24/2019 - 7:06pm

Just under 200 million pounds of pesticides a year are used on California’s crops. When it comes to using them safely, 56 county agricultural officers are local communities final line of defense.

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California’s wildfire threat could be an opportunity for clean-energy microgrids

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Fri, 03/22/2019 - 6:48pm

To the untrained eye, the shipping containers clustered on the outskirts of Borrego Springs don’t look like an innovative clean-energy technology that could help California cope with wildfires.

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U.S. weakens first global commitment on curbing single-use plastics

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Fri, 03/22/2019 - 7:42pm

Nations made their first global commitment towards curtailing the surging consumption of single-use plastics on Friday, but critics said it failed to confront the planet's pollution crisis with the United States blocking efforts for more radical action.

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Spring Is Around the Corner — Time to Lettuce Grow

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Thu, 03/14/2019 - 6:50pm

Temperatures in Los Angeles have finally hit a balmy 70 degrees, signaling spring is around the corner, and our gardening gloves are getting itchy. Even if you don’t have a garden, a new membership program called Lettuce Grow provides people with the tools, encouragement and inspiration to grow 20 percent of their food at home on balconies, patios and rooftops in decorative and functional containers.

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Students are striking for action on climate change — a truancy everyone should applaud

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Thu, 03/14/2019 - 7:04pm

Consider this a note explaining why one of us will be absent from school on March 15 — and why everyone else should applaud this truancy.