Southern California environment news and trends

Morning greens: From cycling over freeways to recycling denim

Missed CicLAvia yesterday? LA Times estimates 100,000 people turned out for the inaugural Ciclavia.You missed out! KPCC’s Corey Moore covered the event, when “officials shut off streets and allowed people to bike, jog, stroll and skateboard… with no traffic to worry about.”

Yesterday also marked 10/10/10, a “Global Work Party” with more 7347 loosely organized events around the globe thrown by environmentalists who want to see national and international decisionmakers address climate change. Grist has a photo slideshow of 10/10/10 events around the world. For more, visit

Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro are the major financial backers of Prop 23, but if you’re wondering who all the other donors are, KQED’s mapped the money trail for both sides of Prop 23.

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa is set to meet with President Obama today, according to LA Daily News. The two are expected to talk about the 30/10 plan, a project to complete a dozen public transit projects in 10 years instead of 30 as currently planned.


Quick programming note: Clean water at the 'bu

Just a quick note that some well-informed local realtors asked for a quick update on Malibu's water quality issues. You can read my brief history of those issues at their site on this link.

Since I wrote that for them, however, something pretty cool happened at Malibu's Surfrider Beach - Siel mentioned it in her Morning Greens.

Surfers, scientists and others got together and made Surfrider Beach a World Surfing Reserve. Dean LaTourette - from Save the Waves, an advocacy group for surfing and environmental awareness - said spots like these are "Yosemites of the Coast." The language echoes that used by environmentalists talking about the Marine Life Protection Act and that whole process going on in California.

I found a freelance travel photographer's website: Jobi Manson was at the dedication this weekend, and here's the eyewitness report:


What's all this 10/10/10 stuff anyway?

Climate activists love their numbers. They catch the media's attention. But for the uninitiated, they may not have much of a meaning. Here's a primer.

The group - co-founded by the author Bill McKibben - advocates for the idea that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide is the safe limit for humanity to continue to thrive. That target's been considered somewhat radical - as recently as 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that helped set the more conventional-widsom-based idea of 450 parts per million. (We're around 391 ppm right now, based on annually-gathered data.) has organized global events the last two years with the idea of raising awareness and political involvement worldwide in advance of global talks about climate policy - United Nations sponsored events, previously in Poznan and Copenhagen, or this winter's upcoming UN talks in Mexico City.


Morning greens: Surfrider named World Surfing Reserve

It’s CicLAvia and 10/10/10 today! I’ll be at the Rally to Kick Coal out of L.A. at City Hall at 12:30 — then on Santa Monica beach to clean up with The Daily Ocean at 5:45 pm. Hope to see you there.

Malibu’s Surfrider Beach is officially the first-ever World Surfing Reserve, reports LA Times. “The designation is largely ceremonial and does not grant greater protection for the surf. But surfers and conservationists hope that enshrining the world’s best breaks … will one day lead to legally binding protections against development and pollution.”

Spotted a ladybug or lizard? Snap a pic, quick — for science! Anyone can be a citizen ecologist-scientist with Project NOAH: “This new mobile ecology platform is turning images of sporadic animal and plant sightings in the confines of homes, backyards, and neighborhood parks into scientific contributions on a mass scale,” writes Jill Priluck in Slate.


How will you celebrate 10/10/10?

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CicLAvia happens to fall on 10/10/10 — a “Global Work Party” day of climate action loosely coordinated by environmental organization, which has green activists around the world holding both fun and serious events aimed at pushing policymakers to address climate change. This means that eco-friendly parties are planned not just around CicLAvia — but all over L.A. and around the world tomorrow. Here are my top picks for how you can celebrate:

  • If you’re at CicLAvia, join the Rally to Kick Coal and Oil Out of Los Angeles. Organized by Green LA, Sierra Club,, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations, the event will urge the City of Los Angeles to move toward cleaner energy sources. The rally begins at 12:30 pm on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall at the corner of Main and First in downtown Los Angeles.