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H2 uh-0h: The Reality of Water Scarcity in Southern California

The natural West is a desert landscape, and Los Angeles is a fragile construction of a city. In fact, it would be fatally dry if not for the deliberate diversion of water that is not native to the Los Angeles basin. This … Continue reading

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Sustainability on Display

Is this the world’s greenest neighborhood? Kaid Benfield, Director of Sustainable Communities for the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), posed that question in an article for The Atlantic magazine in which he detailed his visit to Dockside Green.  The 15-acre community nestled in Victoria, British Columbia … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Is the EPA talking the talk, but not walking the walk?  In what may be viewed as an ironic twist, the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to move its Region 7 headquarters from its current location in downtown Kansas City, Kansas  to the suburbs, … Continue reading

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Is Sustainability a Scam?

“Sustainability” isn’t sustainable, so says William Anderson, Associate Professor of Economics.  Anderson, who teaches at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland says sustainability is just another term for environmentalism.  He argues that our lives have been inundated with rhetoric that preaches … Continue reading

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At Odds Over Livability

Photo: Project for Public Spaces Livability is all the rage these days.  The US Department of Transportation, under the leadership of Secretary Ray LaHood, is pushing for greener, cleaner, more sustainable communities.  According to LaHood, livability means being able to take your … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Ethical

Have you thought much about the environmental impact of your purchases?  Manufacturing a product requires enormous amounts of energy and electricity, as well as fuel for transportation.  Goods movement can degrade our roadways, pollute our oceans and have unintentional, but … Continue reading

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