US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

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New protections on California’s Strawberry Creek watershed will ensure the bottled water industry will not overdraw the supply. The U.S. Forest Service offered Nestlé Water North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino Mountains – but with limits on how much they can take.

Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would continue to use the excess water for their Arrowhead and other water brands. Water would be drawn “when there is water available consistent with the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



California to become the first US state to require solar panels on new homes

California is expected to require solar energy for just about all new homes, the Orange County Register reported. The California Energy Commission is slated to vote this Wednesday on new standards mandating almost all new houses be equipped with solar panels, beginning in 2020, and it’s expected they’ll approve the move.

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Here’s why you might see a cancer warning on your coffee in California

The battle has been raging for years: is coffee a carcinogen or not? A judge in California wants to put the matter rest, after declaring that there’s enough evidence for risk that California coffee sellers should have to post a warning.

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VIDEO: Man saves rabbit from raging California fire

Fires continue to ravage Southern California. While the Thomas Fire rages in Ventura County, one man was captured on video trying to save a wild rabbit hopping near Highway 1 in La Conchita. As the animal jumped near the flames, the man followed until he was able to pick it up.

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Medicine drum woman builds beautiful earth home village in Joshua Tree, California

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in an earthbag dome home, here’s your chance. When Lisa Starr first purchased land in Joshua Tree, California, she wasn’t thinking about vacation rentals. Instead, the artist and drum medicine woman sought a place not too far from the coast where she could build a sustainable life for herself. After deciding to build in accordance with the Iranian architect Nader Khalili’s affordable and disaster-resilient superadobe methodology, she recruited volunteers and CalEarth… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Inferno rages through North California, killing at least 10 people

Since Sunday night, fifteen ferocious wildfires have been burning across at least 119,032 acres throughout Northern California. The inferno has claimed the lives of at least ten people, a number that is expected to grow, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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