Got an opinion about the new proposed vehicle fuel economy stickers we wrote about yesterday? Voice them at the Motor Vehicle Fuel Economy Label Public Hearing with the U.S. EPA. Streetsblog LA reports the L.A. meeting happens Thu., Oct. 21 from noon to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, 711 S. Hope St., Los Angeles. You must email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for a chance to testify in person.
Drivers in the San Joaquin Valley could face higher car registration fees. “The San Joaquin Valley’s air quality regulators are proposing an annual surcharge of $10 to $24 on registration fees for the region’s 2.7 million cars and trucks beginning next year,” reports NY Times’ Green. The fees would help pay fines for exceeding federal ozone limits — fines that come to at least $29 million.
Pacific Coast forests store the most carbon, reports Ecotrope, citing new estimates from the U.S. Forest Service. “The wet, temperate conifer forest types growing along the Pacific Coast from northern California to southeast Alaska have … three times the carbon stored in drier forests in the Southwest, according to the forest service.”
However in the Southwest, Aspen trees are still struggling to recover. “The phenomenon known as sudden aspen decline, or SAD, appears to have stabilized,” reports NY Times, but “stable aspen climate could be lost in at least two-thirds of the tree’s habitat area in Colorado and southern Wyoming alone by 2060″ according to researchers.
Lake Mead’s hit a record low, dropping to 1,083.09 feet above sea level on Monday morning. “Lake Mead’s levels are still eight feet above the level at which a shortage is officially declared and limited rationing could go into effect for users in Nevada and Arizona,” reports NY Times’ Green.
Did Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff” convinced you to reduce and reuse? Inspire your kids to do the same. Annie Leonard’s teamed up with PBS KIDS to create Loop Scoops, a new web-based series on sustainability, reports MNN.
Lastly and eggily: Remember the gigantic egg recall? One of the two companies involved, Hillandale Farms, has been cleared by the FDA to sell eggs again. However, Wright County Egg and Quality Egg got another FDA warning. “Among other things, the company needs to seal out rodents and wild birds that may be tracking in salmonella,” reports NPR’s Shots.