Local Blogs | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Interested in becoming a blogger?   Show all bloggers


Sort by:  Most recent blog/comment   Most viewed   Most comments

Navigation tip: Clicking on any blog label will display all recent posts on that blog

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Power Lines, Pipelines, and the Limits of Eminent Domain

Do you notice that you are seeing more protests against oil and gas pipelines in recent years? That’s because pipeline construction is booming. When fracking...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 31, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 18, 2020 at 12:44 pm | 25 comments | 18773 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Burping Landfills?

People love to weigh in on whether it’s burping cows or farting cows that puff more methane into the air. But landfills don’t burp, or moo, or do anything...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 10, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Mar 15, 2019 at 9:51 pm | 13 comments | 18750 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Electric Buses: Challenges and Opportunities

Did you know that all new buses purchased in California will be zero-emission...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 8, 2019
Last comment by Jacquie, on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:33 am | 24 comments | 18670 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Traffic got you down? Get over it.

Most development projects in California need to do an environmental impact report as outlined by CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) before they can...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 20, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Nov 1, 2019 at 9:31 am | 48 comments | 18433 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will "two lined swimming pools connected by a pipe" help us get rid of natural gas?

A Montana-based clean energy developer described...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 19, 2020
Last comment by Concerned About Costs, on Jul 21, 2020 at 5:15 pm | 8 comments | 18371 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

A Power Play

One of the amazing things about the power grid is that when you flip on a light switch, the power for the light is generated right then. There is no “pool”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 19, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 26, 2019 at 8:29 pm | 14 comments | 18276 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Can you Pay to Reduce your Carbon Footprint?

Google’s data centers are carbon-neutral. My household is carbon-neutral. Palo Alto Utility’s natural gas service is carbon neutral. How can this be?...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 26, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm | 25 comments | 18170 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Juggling Renewables

As California pushes to reduce emissions by 40% in the next twelve years, we are increasingly betting on clean electricity. We are electrifying vehicles, electrifying...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 14, 2019
Last comment by Peter, on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:10 am | 50 comments | 18139 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is "stage 2" the time to try a more pedestrian-friendly downtown?

Should we be allocating more space for people and less space for cars in our downtowns? This question comes up

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 3, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 8, 2020 at 3:38 pm |
39 comments | 18066 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Flying: Coming soon to an airport near you...

This is the fourth post in an (intermittent) series on flying… Flying is a growing component of greenhouse gas emissions, and

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 12, 2020
Last comment by aviation review, on Apr 19, 2020 at 2:43 pm |
21 comments | 17985 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Coronavirus and Climate Change

“Coronavirus and Climate Change”. How’s that for a depressing headline? In some ways I see the former as a mini version of the latter. Both are serious problems...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 7, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 14, 2020 at 10:32 am | 25 comments | 17932 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Hey Palo Altans, how is that plastics ban going?

As of January 1, plastic straws, utensils, and stirrers are no longer allowed in Palo...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 2, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | 25 comments | 17932 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

We are testing geoengineering, and that is a good thing

Geoengineering is the “deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change”. (1) It

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 24, 2020
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jun 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm |
34 comments | 17730 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

When to use Marginal Emissions (and when not to)

This week’s post is about electricity emissions. Specifically, I want to talk about a concept called “marginal emissions”. This has come up often...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 29, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Oct 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm | 9 comments | 17583 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is our carbon-free electricity really carbon-free?

One of the most important steps we can take to cut our greenhouse gas emissions is to transition to clean power. Our local power providers are moving aggressively...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 24, 2019
Last comment by Tom, on Dec 1, 2019 at 11:14 am | 18 comments | 17517 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Altans and their Virtue Signaling

Self-righteous. Pretentious. Sanctimonious. The list of choice adjectives applied to people who take “eco-friendly” actions goes on. Why is it that we...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 17, 2019
Last comment by ForestsRForNever, on Dec 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm | 26 comments | 17407 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)

Driving an EV to Tahoe? Don’t miss your exit! I learned this and other lessons from two round trips between Palo Alto and Tahoe City in a Chevy Bolt (1). Maybe...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 14, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 22, 2019 at 9:53 pm | 16 comments | 17281 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

It is not an easy decision to go to high school in Palo Alto right now

Note: Today’s post is not about climate change, but tune in next week for more climate-related topics. On Thursday morning my tenth-grade daughter...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 14, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Mar 19, 2021 at 9:20 am | 25 comments | 17158 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is artificial turf a good option for our dry climate?

About twenty-five years ago I had a friend who managed one of the landscaping crews at Stanford. After a few years he left to work elsewhere and explained why. “When...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 29, 2021
Last comment by Trish+Bubenik+, on Sep 3, 2021 at 4:15 pm | 8 comments | 17098 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Fun and games with your electric meter

I remembered the other day that I made a New Year's resolution to decrease our electricity...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 11, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 17, 2020 at 10:20 am | 24 comments | 16997 Views
<< < 1 2 3 4 5 > >>
Page 2 of 9

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

James Beard Award winning chef Traci Des Jardins' restaurant el Alto abruptly closes its doors in Los Altos months after highly anticipated opening
By The Peninsula Foodist | 3 comments | 7,813 views

Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification
By Sherry Listgarten | 15 comments | 4,116 views

San Bruno Wins Food Trend Craze with First Plant-Based Gas Mart
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 2,352 views

The Benefits of Adding Market-Rate Housing in Palo Alto
By Steve Levy | 13 comments | 1,805 views

How Much Time do You Spend Outdoors?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,667 views