August 8 is Earth Overshoot Day

Today, Monday, August 8, is Earth Overshoot Day. This is the estimated date – as determined annually by the Global Footprint Network (GFN) – when humankind’s aggregate demand for natural resources and ecological services in the current year exceeds what Earth is able to regenerate in one year.

California’s Amazing Trees

When it comes to trees, California is a land of superlatives. It has always struck me as incredible that this one state can boast that it has the world’s tallest tree, the world’s largest tree and the world’s oldest tree. When it comes to diverse natural endowments, California is truly the Golden State.

Once-Wild West Disappearing Under Development

But Shhh! Mustn’t Mention that Rampant Population Growth is a Major Reason Why

Acid Rain: Still with Us

With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, we began spewing billions of tons of smoke and noxious fumes into Earth’s biosphere annually, but few people understood the ramifications on their lives.

Aided and Abetted by Humans, Wildfires are Torching Canada, California, the Planet

Ironies abound as a massive forest fire, nicknamed “the Beast,” recently brought tar sands production to a halt in the Canadian province of Alberta. It’s been more than two weeks since the Beast roared through Fort McMurray and its surroundings with 200-foot high flames destroying everything in their hellish path.

The Onion: We Must Preserve The Earth's Dwindling Resources For My Five Children

Since its origins in 1988, the satirical online “news magazine” The Onion has evolved into one of America’s sharpest-witted purveyors of fake news. Sometimes fake news and satire get closer to the truth – as does other fiction and mythology – than real new channels and newspapers do, with all their biases, blinders, limitations, constraints and, nowadays, political correctness.

California Not Alone in Suffering through a Water Crisis; India is Baking, Blistering

Killer Heat Wave, Drought Devastate India

Most Creative Water Conservation Award Goes to San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Team

As California enters its summer and early fall months – the mostly rainless June, July, August and September – Hollywood’s rich and famous are likely to keep their lawns green despite Sacramento’s restrictions and their conservation-minded neighbors’ scorn. The technique known throughout the state as drought-shaming has had little effect on Kim Kardashian, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Lopez.

Kauai Fights to Reduce Traffic Congestion, Preserve its Environment in Hawaii

Every year, INRIX, Inc., a traffic data and insights organization, releases its findings about the most awful cities to drive in. Not much changes from year to year. In 2015, just as it did in 2014, Los Angeles topped the list for the nation’s most congested cities, with the added headache of having four of the worst ten stretches of highway – globally.

The Myth of Sustainable Growth

You hear about “sustainable growth” at city council meetings all over America. You hear how community leaders hire developers to create romantic housing tracts that attract the very best of homeowners. You see graphic plans for growth in city after city in America.