Dodger Stadium, Forest Lawn, the Getty, and Exposition Park seek innovative ways to conserve during the drought.
California’s drought has persisted for four years, prompting the governor to order water suppliers to cut consumption by 25 percent. So how are Los Angeles landmarks responding to the water crisis?
Before the drought, Dodger Stadium workers never had to soak trees and plants surrounding the 56,000-capacity ballpark and its sprawling parking lots. “These areas haven’t had any supplemental irrigation since somewhere in the ’80s,” says Dodgers landscape manager Chaz Perea. “Now a tremendous amount of mature trees are dying back. We’ve lost many […]
Date: December 18, 2014
Source: Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
With a population of 1.3 billion, China is under immense pressure to convert suitable areas into arable land in order to ensure a continued food supply for its people. Accordingly, China is among the top countries in the world in terms of the extent and intensity of land use change. Deforestation may change the water surface runoff conditions, leading to a negative impact on the occurrence of microorganisms in rivers and streams.
Date: January 7, 2015
Source: University of Vermont
In North America, European colonization and agriculture led to as much soil loss in just decades as would have occurred naturally in thousands of years, new research shows. Scientists have, for the first time, precisely quantified natural rates of erosion in ten US river basins to compare with modern ones.
How do we create better habits for ourselves and the planet? Catch up on highlights from our expert and reader debate.
1. Saying “be more sustainable” is not effective
“We’re not as rational as we would like to think. More information is not the answer” opened GreeNudge and CICERO’s Steffen Kallbekken. Unilever’s Richard L Wright added “Successful communication requires a very high level of engagement – making it expensive. We need cleverer, more cost-effective ways to engage people.” To illustrate this, Sainsbury’s Sarah Ellis reminded us: “Customers can spend as little as 6 seconds making a decision at the shelf.”