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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Burning just one "old style" light bulb can cost $150 or more per year

I last wrote about LED bulbs three years ago, when I was urging people...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 26, 2023
Last comment by staying home, on Dec 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm | 12 comments | 3035 Views

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The effort to fix California's electricity pricing

Effective energy pricing is key to transitioning away from fossil fuels. Americans are not always great at following rules but we are excellent at following prices....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 12, 2023
Last comment by Eduardo, on Dec 1, 2023 at 10:09 am | 23 comments | 9200 Views

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An Icelandic artist's response to climate change

Charlotta Hauksdóttir is a Palo Alto-based mixed media artist whose works incorporate the stunning natural landscapes of Iceland, her native country. As...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 19, 2023
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Nov 21, 2023 at 9:43 am | 4 comments | 4296 Views

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Confessions of a water hog

I recently got a nag email from the City of Palo Alto telling me that my house uses too much water. Not only am I using far more water than similar households,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 5, 2023
Last comment by BobB, on Nov 12, 2023 at 10:41 am | 22 comments | 7830 Views

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California must do a better job spending cap-and-trade revenue

California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund gets billions of dollars every year from fossil fuel companies via the state’s cap-and-trade program. The...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 1, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 11, 2023 at 6:20 pm | 12 comments | 9977 Views

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How to instill a love of nature in kids?

When I was a kid my family used to downhill ski pretty often. We would be on the mountain for most of the day, shivering on the way up, speeding down, slurping...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 29, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Nov 4, 2023 at 10:18 am | 10 comments | 6366 Views

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Electric Home Tour -- What were your takeaways?

Were any of you able to attend the Electric Home Tour on Saturday? If so, I’d love to hear what you took...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 15, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 16, 2023 at 4:50 pm | 2 comments | 8306 Views

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California's solar power will plummet during Saturday's near-total solar eclipse. But your lights will stay on.

On Saturday morning a solar eclipse lasting about three hours will obscure most of the sun across the full expanse of the state and beyond. The eclipse will eliminate...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 8, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 15, 2023 at 10:10 am | 7 comments | 11752 Views

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Common Ground

Sometimes it feels like there is little common ground between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to climate change. We don’t agree on the cause, the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 24, 2023
Last comment by Eddie, on Sep 30, 2023 at 6:52 pm | 4 comments | 11071 Views

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Worried about the cost of climate change? Here is some hope.

Many of us are wondering how we are going to fund efforts to limit global warming and adapt to the changes we cannot prevent. In California we are rapidly building...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 17, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 23, 2023 at 9:00 pm | 25 comments | 12764 Views

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Aspiration or commitment? Foothill College weighs its climate goals.

Foothill College has a decision to make. Last summer the school was forced to close its pool due to a substantial leak. A subsequent investigation found that the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 10, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 17, 2023 at 6:36 am | 19 comments | 9681 Views

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Palo Alto's Power Portfolio

Palo Alto is currently reviewing its power portfolio and developing a plan to guide procurement in the coming decades. Senior Resource Planner Jim Stack gave an...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 9, 2023
Last comment by BobB, on Sep 14, 2023 at 8:55 am | 16 comments | 11513 Views

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Foothill's transformational meeting about its climate goals

Two days ago I wrote about Foothill’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 12, 2023
Last comment by Eric Muller, on Sep 13, 2023 at 5:20 pm |
3 comments | 5889 Views

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Contact tracing and PCR tests ... for plant disease!

I got an email a few days ago, courtesy of Santa Clara County’s Environmental Protection Agency, warning me that a plant I had purchased was part of a nursery...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 3, 2023
Last comment by Eeyore, on Sep 6, 2023 at 10:31 pm | 2 comments | 6634 Views

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How to electrify a boiler

If a boiler powers your home’s heating system, then warm water flowing through radiant floors, hydronic baseboard heaters, radiators, or even valance heating...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 27, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 2, 2023 at 7:37 pm | 19 comments | 8258 Views

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How would you go about reducing our residential building emissions?

Two weeks ago, members of the Palo Alto Student Climate Coalition and 350 Silicon Valley spoke to Palo Alto’s City Council...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 20, 2023
Last comment by Eddie, on Sep 2, 2023 at 6:47 pm | 14 comments | 6816 Views

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Contrails and aviation emissions

Many of us enjoy flying to new places for vacation, to visit family and friends, or to connect with work colleagues. Those flights, particularly the longer, high-altitude...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 6, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 28, 2023 at 9:19 pm | 17 comments | 8247 Views

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Is it "Move fast and build things" or "Move fast and break things"? And when it's "break", who loses?

A few months ago our ex-Governor and ex-Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger penned an

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 13, 2023
Last comment by Mondoman, on Aug 20, 2023 at 11:03 pm |
12 comments | 7283 Views

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How reliable is our electricity?

How reliable is our electricity? On average it’s not bad but in many places it’s getting worse and in a few places it’s downright terrible. Customers...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 2, 2023
Last comment by Bystander, on Aug 8, 2023 at 7:51 pm | 11 comments | 9531 Views

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"I didn't want to be 'that guy'"

Last week I went hiking in Glacier National Park. It was absolutely beautiful, the meadows filled with flowers, and lakes, streams, and waterfalls brimming with...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 30, 2023
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 7, 2023 at 5:25 pm | 16 comments | 9247 Views
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