Jon Christensen and Mark Gold keep an eye on the environment and environmental science, politics, and culture in Los Angeles, and how environmental stories connect us to California and the world. Christensen has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years, writing for the New York Times, Nature, High Country News, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, radio, and television programs. A former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford and Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State, he is now an adjunct assistant professor, senior researcher, and journalist-in-residence at UCLA, and editor of Boom: A Journal of California, published by the University of California Press. Gold led Heal the Bay—an environmental group dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean—for nearly 20 years. His research, education and activism has focused on water quality, coastal resource conservation, integrated water management, and urban sustainability. In 2012, he was appointed associate director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, where he is also an adjunct professor and director of the Coastal Center.
"Wherever you go, there you are," says Buckaroo Banzai. Jon Christensen reads the new book "Trees in Paradise: A California History" on the long flight from LAX to Melbourne and reflects on what we can learn from history in a cosmopolitan era in which local diversity--biological and cultural--may be increasing rapidly, while the differences between places continue to shrink.
With public trust of the DWP at such a low point, will the public, the city council, and mayor Garcetti support the long-term rate increases that will be needed to transform LA's water system for the future?
Last week, UCLA announced a grand challenge--a major research initiative throwing the full weight of the university behind an effort to wean LA completely of imported water and become fully reliant on renewable energy by 2050, while preserving biodiversity and improving the quality of life in the city. Can we get it done?
True. We need big plans to guide LA toward environmental sustainability. But we need lots of little plans and action too.
The LA Aqueduct centennial is this week. When a peace agreement is finally signed at Owens Lake, we'll really have cause for celebration.
The fact that the centenary of the LA Aqueduct coincides with a new mayoral administration in Los Angeles adds real politics to the symbolism.
Sydney's audacious sustainability plan provides a surprisingly pragmatic blueprint for how to achieve energy and water sustainability in other cities, such as Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is home to more single-family residences exposed to wildfire risk that any city in the American West And we can't get city plan checks to let people use rain barrels the way they were intended?
"The guy's got water on the brain," Jake Gittes's assistant Walsh says of Hollis Mulwray in "Chinatown." And, yes, we suffer the same affliction these days.
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