Interview of the Week: Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) click button

Interview of the Week: Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)

This week we sat down with Congressman Ted Lieu who represents California’s 33rd Congressional district. His district also happens to be one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the nation where wildfires, extreme heat, and sea-level rise are creating conditions that necessitate comprehensive climate action from the federal government. More specifically, the Congressman told us […]

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Miami and LA Rethink Their Iconic Palm Trees

Miami and LA Rethink Their Iconic Palm Trees

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Palm trees are the iconic imagery of warm coastal cities like Los Angeles and Miami. In fact, in Miami, palms make up over 55% of the city’s total tree population. Yet climate change and rising global temperatures are forcing city leaders to rethink the prominence of the palm. Miami […]

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LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

Recently the CEO of the  L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a task force to assess how the transit system in America’s second-largest city could become free for its riders. As LAist reported, Metro CEO Phillip Washington told Metro’s board of directors he hopes the system could go fare-free as soon as “the beginning of […]

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Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Los Angeles Hits All Time High of 121 Degrees

Temperatures in Los Angeles over the weekend soared — and hit a record high of 121 degrees and the record-setting temperatures resulted in power outages to tens of thousands, and people crowded area beaches in an effort to stay cool.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is straining the state to the breaking point — between the fires around the state and extreme heat, plus the coronavirus too.

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LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

We’ve written before about the City of Los Angeles’ efforts to help protect endangered mountain lion populations in the city. There had been several ideas about how a wildlife corridor might be built in a city as bustling and populated as LA, but now officials are one step closer to building the world’s largest wildlife […]

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LA Bus Ridership Drops, Putting a Dent in Emissions Reductions Goals

LA Bus Ridership Drops, Putting a Dent in Emissions Reductions Goals

Los Angeles has never been known for its public transit but in recent years its bus ridership has been falling as Angelenos are–among other factors–capitalizing on a stronger economy by buying cars in record numbers. As the LA Times reported, experts also point to several other factors putting pressure on bus systems, including falling immigration […]

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