“Our ethic must therefore be one of belonging, an imperative made all the more urgent by the many ways that human actions are fraying, rewiring, and severing biological networks worldwide. To listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, is therefore to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty.” ... See MoreSee Less
"Over the long term, land use planning is probably the most effective tool available for creating safer communities. We must be more deliberate about how we develop on fire-prone landscapes, taking advantage of emerging hazard-mapping techniques." #ourLA2040 ... See MoreSee Less
Policy and planning shortfalls in how we assess fire risk need to be addressed because we’re likely to see more wildfires tearing through urban neighborhoods, says fire expert Max Moritz of the University of California, Berkeley.
“We recognize there are serious issues about affordability. [Poorer families] can’t afford to have flood insurance, but they can’t afford to be without it.” - Joel Scata, NRDC Project Attorney ... See MoreSee Less
Central Valley for the win. If we would stop pretending that the LA River is just a design icon and development opportunity, we could also begin the meaningful planning that would allow us to realize our waterways' significant benefits. ... See MoreSee Less
A century of levee building confined the state’s major rivers to narrow channels. A new policy aims to free them again, which could not only reduce flood risk but also recharge groundwater and improve wildlife habitat.