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Morning greens: Solar panels for Calif. parks and schools

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An East L.A. park goes greener. Eugene A. Obregon Park‘s new solar roofing project was unveiled yesterday afternoon. The solar panels are expected to save the facility $17,000 a year in energy bills.

The Antelope Valley Union High School District’s getting a gigantic solar power installation — the largest school installation to date in California, according to the Los Angeles-based contractor PsomasFMG behind the project.

California’s “off-road” diesel regulation laws will be weakened, if the changes California Air Resources Board proposed yesterday are adopted. Why? SF Chronicle reports that according to the Air Board, the pollution estimates used to set the original laws were overestimated by 340 percent. (via Climate Watch)

In national news: Honda’s the greenest automaker, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Reports the L.A. Times: “The nonprofit scientists group ranked the automakers based on average per-mile smog pollution and global-warming emissions of the entire fleet of vehicles sold.”

Lastly and cornily: Genetically modified, monoculture farmed corn that’s heavily dependent on government subsidies angers environmentalists and health advocates alike, but a study shows GM corn may have benefits — for non-GM corn farmers.

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