Southern California environment news and trends

2 women aim to improve your baby's carbon footprint

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Erich Soendker, 3, plays through a path of doorways as his mother shops for costumes, cleats and winter clothes during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Jessica Laura of Baldwin Park shops for clothes during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Leighann Namihira of Pasadena looks through a pile of books for her 5-year-old daughter during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Jayne Lasley, of Westlake VIllage shops for clothes next to her two grandchildren during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Consigners, VIP pass holders and volunteers shop a day early during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Consigners, VIP pass holders and volunteers shop a day early during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Consigners, VIP pass holders and volunteers shop a day early during the presale at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Jill Ordonez, left, of Granada Hills and Shannon Martin, right, of Chatsworth both have 5-year-old twins and have been regulars since 2007 at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Kristin Nelson, owner of LA Kids Consignment, shuffles items around during the presale in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.

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Consigners, VIP pass holders and volunteers shop a day early during the presalein a warehouse at LA Kids Consignment in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, September, 19, 2012. The consignment includes clothing, toys, books and other items at discounted prices and will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday.


The birth of a child means a big commitment – and a big expense – way before college tuition. From pre-natal DVDs and how-to books, to diapers, bottles, high chairs, baby carriers, car seats…the costs add up. So does the environmental impact.

A 2009 study by researchers at Oregon State University found that children born in this country add dramatically to the carbon footprint of their parents, much more so than babies born in most other countries. 

Why? One answer has to do with all the baby-toddler “stuff” produced and sold to parents across the Untied States.

Consider that a baby born in Bangladesh, with a carbon footprint 168 times smaller than an American baby, probably does not have endless disposable diapers, three kinds of baby slings, a high chair, play mats, teething toys, special cups and plates in friendly kiddy colors, developmental toys...the list goes on.

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Heat-related deaths expected to soar in U.S.

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According to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council, climate change could lead to as many 150,000 more Americans dying from heat-related causes by the end of the century.

As reported by Think Progress, the study, entitled “Killer Summer Heat,” looks at the projected numbers across 40 American cities, and it’s not pretty. With Louisville, KY (19,000 deaths) and Detroit, MI (18,000 deaths) leading the pack, Los Angeles clocks in at 1,200 projected heat-related deaths by the year 2099.

"This is a wake-up call. Climate change has a number of real life-and-death consequences. One of which is that as carbon pollution continues to grow, climate change is only going to increase the number of dangerously hot days each summer, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of lives lost," said Dan Lashof, director of NRDC's climate and clean air program in a press release. "To prevent the health impacts of climate change from getting even worse, we need to establish a comprehensive program to reduce heat-trapping pollution from all sources, by building on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposals to limit carbon pollution from new power plants and cars."

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