Environment

El Cajon toxic plume still a problem for mobile home residents

El Cajon toxic plume still a problem for mobile home residents

Ana Hayes moved into her home at the Starlight Mobile Home Park in El Cajon in 1969. It’s where she raised her three children, and it’s where she and her husband still live. Hers is one of the 457 mobile homes that sits above a toxic groundwater plume that residents first learned about in October 2016, though state officials and ... Read More »

Home buyers moving into Otay Ranch development; methane problem resolved

Home buyers moving into Otay Ranch development; methane problem resolved

People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch’s Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday — later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site. The 450-acre, multimillion-dollar project in eastern Chula Vista stalled late last year when the Otay Water District wouldn’t provide meters for the homes until issues surrounding methane ... Read More »

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 »