April 22, 2014
A social advocacy nonprofit organization is asking a judge to void the city's approval of the IKEA expansion project , arguing that the city failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact report, records show. Citizens Advocating Rational Development alleged that the environmental impact report didn't adequately analyze water supply, air quality, greenhouse emissions and climate change, and failed to discuss any project requirements to save energy, according to a petition for writ of mandate filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
April 9, 2013
The white, discarded barrels at the food-processing plant may have looked like junk. To Justin Okin, they were a means to harvest the sky. Three of the 60-gallon barrels came home with him one day for less than $10; their previous owner was happy to see them go. With a little MacGyver ingenuity, the plastic canisters were hooked up to a homemade rain collection system, ready to eventually feed Okin's backyard garden. "It's amazing how the plants respond to water saved from your roof," the Burbank resident said.
November 2, 2012
Frankenstorm Sandy is one more dramatic demonstration that climate change and its extreme weather patterns are now part of our future. Although we're unlikely to reverse climate change, we can still mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, our energy use and our meat consumption. Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 United Nations report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18% of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50%. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals and to refrigerate their carcasses.
October 12, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, October 12. A renovated weather station was unveiled on a cloudy day in the San Fernando Valley. Pierce College's station will help scientists predict climate change , reports the L.A. Times . It looks like Glendale's business buddy Rick Caruso won't be starting a campaign to be mayor of L.A. after all . "I love Los Angeles and believe in this city but...
April 24, 2010
We’ve all heard the warnings: Global warming is a catastrophic threat to our environment, our health and our economy. But far fewer people want to believe that it will impact their own lives, including our fellow California residents. And some are actively seeking to repeal California’s landmark climate change bill. Don’t listen to the spin about loss of jobs. Climate change legislation will reinvigorate our economy, create jobs and reduce climate change-causing pollution.
October 2, 2009
BURBANK — A small group of demonstrators huddled outside NBC Studios on Monday, calling on world leaders to take decisive action on climate change as President Obama prepares for a series of meetings this week. Carrying signs and mobile phones synchronized to buzz at 12:18 p.m., the handful of protesters were part of a worldwide flash mob sending a rush of phone calls to world leaders urging action on climate change, said Ron Piasecki, organizer and local member of Avaaz, an online group that seeks stronger environmental and human rights protections.
March 29, 2008
For one hour Saturday evening, Burbank will be dark. As part of Earth Hour 2008, the city will shut off its nonessential and nonemergency lights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise awareness about the warming of the planet, partly due to carbon dioxide emissions. “This event is about increasing awareness about climate change,” said Dan Forfman, a spokesman for the World Wildlife Foundation that is organizing the event. More than 200 cities in 35 countries around the world plan to participate in the program, including Burbank, where city officials pushed for local businesses and residents to take part in the program, Burbank spokesman Michael McManus said.