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This vegetated depression, or swale, helps storm water infiltrate into the earth rather than running rapidly off sidewalks and streets. While helping prevent damaging floods, bioswales can recharge local groundwater, beautify urban landscapes, and purify water all at the same time. This particular swale is in Seattle, but more may soon grace the streets of Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of US Environmental Protection Agency

A Watershed Moment for Los Angeles

November 14, 2014

The timing might seem odd, even self-destructive. Last month, in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in California’s historical record, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive order calling for his southern California city to...


Heinberg sees pain ahead for frackers

November 12, 2014

Note: Segment begins at 20:57. Erin sits down with Richard Heinberg – senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute – to discuss oil. Richard tells us how he interprets the potential deal between China and Russia for Western Siberian...

Drilling rig image via shutterstock.

The Peak Oil Crisis: A Reality Check

October 30, 2014

For the last four or five years, we have been bombarded with a stream of stories about the “shale revolution.” Horizontal drilling and fracking, mostly in the U.S., were said to have released oceans of new oil and a...