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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Best Time to Charge an EV

I was talking with my mom the other day about electric cars. Since I’d just written a blog post on our power grid, I reminded her not to charge her EV in the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 12, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm | 24 comments | 8151 Views

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Calculate your EV mileage (custom for CA)

There was an interesting discussion in the comments of a recent blog post, and I thought it would...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 30, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm | 15 comments | 6953 Views

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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 | 6646 Views

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Electric Mashups (+ Quiz!)

Utilities across the state have been told to lower emissions and use more renewable power sources. How are they doing? It’s surprisingly fun to look at the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 7, 2019
Last comment by doniya, on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 am | 13 comments | 6969 Views

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What, You're Still Driving?!

Yeah, me too. What’s up with that? Aren’t we all supposed to be on bikes and buses? A few months ago I was trying out a friend’s climate app....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 5, 2019
Last comment by 60-years young and still bike., on May 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm | 36 comments | 5818 Views

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A Peek at Power Planning

Palo Alto has 100% clean electricity and recently hit its 60% renewables target. So we are done, right? Being an electric planner for Palo Alto has got to be the...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 28, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on May 3, 2019 at 8:42 pm | 13 comments | 5527 Views

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Drivers Ed 101: Look Where You’re Going

Sometimes I give money to animal rights organizations. I like animals, and I believe they should be treated with decency. Fine. The problem is, the organizations...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 30, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm | 22 comments | 7309 Views

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If you do nothing else, do These Three Things

The bad news: The Earth is sick, and getting sicker. The good news: We know how to make it better, and we can all help! Earth Day is this Monday (April 22), so...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 21, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 29, 2019 at 10:27 am | 51 comments | 6655 Views

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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 | 7626 Views

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SB-50: To Save our Planet?

Yesterday State Senator Scott Wiener and Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen wrote an...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 26, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm |
34 comments | 5500 Views

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Geocaching for Methane

Where is the closest oil well to your home? Or your kid’s school? Is it leaking? Does anyone know? California is like a pin cushion for oil wells, and abandoned...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 31, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm | 5 comments | 5549 Views

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Looking for Leaks

You can help the planet, your home, and your wallet by looking for gas leaks. Not bad for a few minutes of work. Here’s why, and how. Along with

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 24, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 29, 2019 at 4:04 pm |
10 comments | 5949 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Composting Works

The question that I was asked the most when I started this blog was: “Can you please find out what is happening with our recycling?” There has been a...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 17, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm | 3 comments | 8256 Views

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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 | 8192 Views

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Hey! Leggo My Beef!

And now a word from our guest blogger, Sam. Thoughts? If you don’t mind, I’d like to have a real conversation here. Because if by ==I “A...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 3, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 9, 2019 at 6:57 pm | 24 comments | 6278 Views

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A Primer on Prime

A few years after grad school, I was living in an old ranch house in Los Altos Hills with some friends. Two of us biked to work along the windy roads near the house...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 24, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 3, 2019 at 6:43 am | 11 comments | 6543 Views

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The Other Greenhouse Gas

One of the things that I think has given global warming a bad name (besides, well, the fact that it’s global warming), is that it can seem like everything...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 17, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 21, 2019 at 6:41 am | 8 comments | 6481 Views

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Can Americans Be Green?

If you think the online comments in this paper can get snarky, you should read some of the popular climate authors. For example: “==I Rich people emit more carbon,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 9, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 16, 2019 at 10:25 am | 13 comments | 5618 Views

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Average Palo Alto

One of the things I find very encouraging about climate is that there is a small set of things that we can all do to have a big positive impact on climate change....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 4, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 12, 2019 at 10:45 am | 22 comments | 7373 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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