Environment

Two ways natural gas may be escaping at your meter

Two ways natural gas may be escaping at your meter

Natural gas is leaking – sometimes deliberately – from residential gas meters up and down the state of California. That surprise is buried in state documents, a review by inewsource has found. The leaks don’t mean you’re in danger of an explosion. But tiny amounts of natural gas escaping from gas meters not only cost you money, they can be ... Read More »

Electricity alone powers one quarter of U.S. homes

Electricity alone powers one quarter of U.S. homes

Recently we reported that for climate reasons, some environmental groups are starting to advocate for all-electric homes. Those are homes in which all the appliances including heaters, hot water heaters and stoves run on electricity, not natural gas. When it is burned, or particularly if it leaks out unburned, natural gas contributes to climate change. The electricity we get from ... Read More »

Your climate this week

Your climate this week

Here are a couple of items of climate news from the last few days you might not want to miss. One is a call by two climate scientists. They want us to spend a little more time contemplating what life on Earth could be like by mid-century: the 5 percent possibility that global warming will be catastrophic by 2050. Imagine ... Read More »

El Cajon family endures months, possibly years of toxic indoor air

El Cajon family endures months, possibly years of toxic indoor air

Alex and Vicki Masters are devoted parents. Their 8-year-old son Vincent has his own area of the living room for his Lego bricks, and a baby gate keeps his 8-month-old brother, Gabriel, away from the small choking hazards. The baby can crawl across a brightly blanketed room, all under the gaze of his brother and stay-at-home dad. Eight months ago, ... Read More »

Company offers air testing to all El Cajon mobile home residents

Company offers air testing to all El Cajon mobile home residents

Ametek, Inc. is offering to test the air in any home in the three mobile home communities located over an increasingly high profile chemical plume that runs underground through part of El Cajon. The company is among those responsible for disposing of waste chemicals from a manufacturing site decades ago, and is now the sole responsible party. Another, Ketema Aerospace, ... Read More »