Mirror-covered ‘Mirage’ house disappears into the California desert

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Damaged Oroville spillway in California prompts mass evacuations

California continues to be hit with a deluge of rain, but over the weekend an emergency spillway at the tallest dam in the United States in Oroville threatened to fail. Officials noticed a hole in the spillway on Sunday. Around 180,000 residents were told to evacuate, many given just one hour to flee their homes. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Renovated California cabin with star-studded history goes up for sale

This renovated lodge-inspired house preserves the star-studded legacy of the original structure and combines glamour–the house served as a fabled retreat for several Hollywood icons-and the quaint quality of a countryside lifestyle. The original home was built for 1923 silent movie “The Courtship of Miles Standish”, and was owned by Daryl Hannah before the current owner decided to renovate and expand. The owners commissioned architect Chris Peck, interior designer Lisa Strong, builder Eric Dobkin… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California officially becomes the first state to ban plastic bags

 

If you’re looking to make environmental lemonade out of the giant lemon that was this week’s presidential election, you can look toward California where citizens have voted in favor of a law that will ban plastic shopping bags throughout the state. The measure makes the state the first in the union to ban the bag.

According to Ballotpedia, the California Plastic Bag Veto Referendum (Proposition 67) was approved by voters on Nov. 8 approved by a narrow margin of 51.97% in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California voters pass Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana

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Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

“The sustainable architectural culture that aspires the coexistence of human, nature and the architecture itself” is a core value of Heerim Architects and Planners in South Korea, the team behind a sparkling orb designed for Santa Monica Pier. A finalist in the biennial site-specific 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, which promotes the uptake of energy-generating public art that informs, delights, and uplifts communities and visitors, The Clear Orb reveals a playful approach… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city, and filters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Over 82,000 people evacuated as wildfire engulfs Southern California

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California hit yet another record high in solar energy generation

In California, the solar power industry is having a field day. For the second time in as many years, the largest electricity grid in the state broke its own solar generation record with a whopping 8,030 megawatts (MW) output at 1:06pm local time July 12. California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reports that is the equivalent of the power consumed by 2 million households but, ironically, the solar energy generation record doesn’t actually include rooftop solar installations. This new record… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California End of Life Option Act a Monumental Step Forward for All Americans

When California Governor Jerry Brownon October 5 signed the End of Life Option Act into law, he made California the fourth state to enact a Death with Dignity statute and the fifth where the end-of-life option is legal.

“This is a monumental step forward for all Americans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions as well as for the entire Death with Dignity movement,” said our Executive Director Peg Sandeen. “Californians will now enjoy the same autonomy, freedom and peace of mind at the end of their lives as the residents of Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.”

With the Governor’s signature, thirty-nine million Californians joined the residents of Oregon, Washington, Vermont as well as Montana, where physician-assisted dying is legal by State Supreme Court decision, in having the option, should they be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, to end their lives in a humane and dignified manner.

“The magnitude of our victory cannot be understated,” concurred Death with Dignity Vice President George Eighmey. “All along the West Coast qualified individuals now have the option to die with dignity at the time when polls show that more and more people across the nation want to make their own decisions about how to live their last days.”

Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the California End of Life Option Act will allow adult residents of the Golden State who have had two doctors confirm a terminal diagnosis to fill a prescription medication to end their lives in a peaceful and dignified manner at the time and place of their choosing. The Act will likely go into effect in January 2016.

“The Oregon law has been implemented carefully and worked exactly as intended for 18 years,” Sandeen said. “The time was right for California to adopt this law.”

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