THE NEW NORM: HOTTER THAN HADES

The dichotomy between grass and desertification provides an insightful representation of California's record-breaking warmest January through August. ...more

BRIC Was It, Now EMIC Is the Thing

"Daring for Big Impact" was held at the Greifenstein Castle in Switzerland....more

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink….

Californians hope to avoid a desolate future with the development of desalination systems across the state. Photo by Bruce Rolff....more

Look to Sam Champion to Keep Us Safe and Smart on The Weather Channel

No, Sam Champion is not just another handsome talking head. To prove it, he has taken the bold step of leaving perhaps the number one weatherperson position in the world at ABC's Good Morning America to become Managing Editor at The Weather Channel. His new show is called AMHQ, for America's Morning Headquarters. It is an amalgam of news, sports, lifestyle and, of course, weather forecasting and reporting, running each weekday from 7-10 a.m. ET. ...more
I enjoyed watching him on GMA until I realized he's not actually a meteorologist, like Ginger ...more

Mother Nature: The Omnipotent

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post....more

Red, White, & Waterless

PARK CITY, UTAH -- Over July 4th, I was hiking in the breathtaking mountains of Park City, clipping along at a steady pace at 8,000-plus feet with the Blind Melon song "No Rain" providing musical backup. I came upon a near-empty snowmaking reservoir that is usually full at this time of year. Realizing I never paid much attention to the lyrics since the song's hook is so unique, I suddenly thought, "No rain, indeed." The small puddle in the center of this receptacle won't provide much fuel for snowmaking unless the rains come a lot more frequently, and for long showers. ...more

The Great Downsizing Debate Continues

Jennifer Schwab Director of Sustainability, www.SierraClubGreenHome.com...more

Car Collecting, The Ultimate Reuse, Restore, Repair, and Recycle

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – I spent Saturday morning at one of the world’s best car museums, viewing a mind-blowing collection of classic automobiles from the 1930s–arguably the modern era’s high point of car design as art. These cars are owned by General William Lyon, an octogenarian renaissance man who has accumulated dozens of one-of-a-kind classics that are the automotive equivalent of Renoir, Pissaro, de Kooning, Rothko , you get the idea....more

Downsizing -- A Thousand Square Feet Per Person, A New American Standard

Let's face it, the Great Recession has not been a plus for the green movement overall. Most ordinary Americans are still sympathetic to the cause, but their willingness to spend even a penny extra for environmentally friendly products has been dampened by four dollar gas, five dollar cereal and loss of equity in their homes....more
I too was waiting for the punch line. 1000 square feet per person??? I'm a single parent. Even ...more