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Christmas Lights Recycling & Energy Saving Holiday Lights

‘Tis the time to be green so I wanted to pass the word along…

Christmas Light Trade-in
Bring in your old, broken or used incandescent holiday light strings to your local The Home Depot store for recycling. Get a discount for each recycled string on a single receipt, in-store purchase of LED lights. Limit 5 discounts per customer.

LED Holiday string lights:
  • Use 80% less energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lights
  • Cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire
  • Do not have moving parts, filaments or glass, so they are much more durable and shock-resistant than other lights
  • The amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs- enough to light two 24 foot strings

With those benefits we make it easy to Save Green Live Green.  Also don’t forget that November 15 is “America Recycles Day” so make sure to get out and participate. Take care and Happy Holidays.

Get your glow on with these eco-minded LED, solar, and rechargeable lights. Sunset.com

Click here for slideshow “Energy-saving Christmas lights” – Sunset.com

Swap incandescents for LEDs at Christmas light trade-in – latimes.com 

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Methyl Bromide Ban Has Almost No Effect On Measured Levels Of The Pesticide

In some of California’s top strawberry-growing counties, levels of banned methyl bromide remain nearly as high as they were a decade ago, despite a mandated phaseout, according to an analysis by New America Media

The fumigant was supposed to have been phased out completely by 2005, under a global pact to halt the thinning of the earth’s protective ozone layer. But in 2009, the latest year for which data is available, more than 5 million pounds of the pesticide were still in use, down just 50 percent from 2000.

A limited amount of methyl bromide is allowed in instances in which no alternative exists, through a “critical use exemption,” determined by treaty members in a three-year process and administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Strawberry growers in California are among the groups that can apply for an exemption.

As a result, in a handful of the state’s highest strawberry production areas, methyl bromide is nearly as ubiquitous as it was in 1999, indicating that not all communities in the state are benefiting similarly from the phaseout.

An analysis of state pesticide use data revealed that in Monterey County, the state’s main strawberry production area, methyl bromide use has fallen only 24 percent over the decade, from roughly 1.7 million pounds in 1999 to 1.3 million pounds in 2009.

Adjacent Santa Cruz County, another top strawberry-producing region, saw a similar percentage drop in use, to about 400,000 pounds from 564,000 pounds in 1999. San Luis Obispo County actually saw an uptick, to roughly 125,000 pounds in 2009 from 110,000 pounds a decade earlier.

“While overall the use of methyl bromide has declined in recent years in California, (its) use in certain crops, including strawberries, has declined very little,” said Michael Marsh, a Salinas-based attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance, a public interest law firm that advocates on behalf of farm workers. “And when you look at overall use of fumigants, including methyl bromide, chloropicrin and Telone, you find that the amount of dangerous fumigants used is much higher than it was 20 years ago.”

Methyl bromide is on the state’s Proposition 65 list as a chemical known to cause reproductive harm. At high exposure levels, it can cause acute symptoms, including eye and skin irritation, blurred or double vision, slurred speech, dizziness, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Dangerous conditions for farm workers prompted California Rural Legal Assistance and two other legal advocacy groups to file a Title VI civil rights complaint in 1999, charging that the state’s approval of methyl bromide disproportionately affected Latino children in schools near fields that were sprayed. This August, after 12 years of litigation, the EPA finally agreed.

In a settlement [PDF] with California pesticide regulators announced Aug. 26, the EPA stated that it had found a preliminary violation of Title VI “as a result of an unintentional adverse disparate impact upon Latino schoolchildren.” State regulators agreed to add one air monitor in a heavy-use area and step up outreach to the Latino community on pesticide safety.

State pesticide regulators disagree with EPA

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation said it disagrees with the EPA’s “methodology and assumptions in the analysis and disputes there were adverse or disparate effects on Latino children during the time period examined.”

“We agreed to settle without going through the process (a hearing before an EPA law judge) because we have made significant changes to ensure the safety of field workers, the public and environment in the past 12 years,” said department spokeswoman Lea Brooks. “It was not worth the investment in resources to take it to hearings. We agree to continue on the course we have been following for years.”

The agreement between the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the EPA suggests that the phaseout of methyl bromide already is a remedy to the problem.

But in the state’s strawberry bowl, the areas around Salinas (Monterey County) and Watsonville (Santa Cruz County), little has changed. Farm workers, their families and the public are exposed to higher levels of the fumigant than in other parts of the state.

In an e-mail response, the EPA said: “Since 2001, both EPA and the State of California have implemented stringent regulations that address exposure levels. For example, the State of California instituted a cap in 2010 that limits total usage within specified geographic areas in each calendar month.”

The EPA said it also has taken steps, along with the Department of Pesticide Regulation, to increase protections from methyl bromide exposure.

“Overall, EPA has mandated a suite of complementary mitigation measures to protect handlers, re-entry workers, and bystanders from risks resulting from exposure to the soil fumigant pesticides,” the agency said.

In 2000, the Department of Pesticide Regulation set an exposure limit of 210 parts per billion (ppb) for the public for “acute, single full-day exposures” and the “equivalent level for 12-hour exposure for workers,” said Anne Katten, a pesticide and work safety specialist with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in Sacramento.

State regulators set a “township cap” in 2004 to keep exposure levels to a “safe” limit of 9 ppb for the public and 16 ppb for workers for peak or monthly exposures. But the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment recommended much tighter exposure limits – 1 ppb for the public and 2 ppb for workers.

California Rural Legal Assistance sued state pesticide regulators over their failure to base rules on the those stricter recommendations and won, Katten said. In 2010, by court order, the Department of Pesticide Regulation lowered the “township cap” to 5 ppb for the public.

“Three townships – one in the Watsonville area, one in Salinas area and one is Siskiyou County, where strawberry nurseries are located – have in some past years reached or exceeded this monthly use level,” she said.

The department also has set a buffer zone around schools and prohibits spraying on properties near these zones.

“The 300-foot buffer zone … is an extra protection around schools,” Katten said, “but it doesn’t do anything for kids in residences or anywhere else.”

Other counties see bigger reductions

In several other high strawberry production areas in California, methyl bromide use has seen bigger reductions. In Santa Barbara County, use of the fumigant fell by roughly 50 percent, to 484,000 pounds in 2009. In San Diego County, methyl bromide use dropped by three-fourths, to 8,300 pounds in 2009.

The most dramatic drop is in Ventura County’s strawberry fields in coastal Oxnard.

Strawberry production has nearly doubled there, while methyl bromide use has dropped to about 131,000 pounds from 1.6 million pounds in 1999. California Rural Legal Assistance’s Marsh said the county has been under added pressure to phase out the fumigant because of tougher state limits on volatile organic compounds to combat smog.

But like Monterey County, Ventura County has seen a big increase in the use of other fumigants, including Telone and chloropicrin. On the state’s Prop. 65 list, Telone is a chemical known to cause cancer. Chloropicrin causes acute symptoms, including irritation to the nose, eyes, throat and upper respiratory track, according to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

With the EPA’s preliminary finding in the California Rural Legal Assistance case behind them, farm worker and pesticide reform advocates have shifted to the fight brewing over a long-awaited alternative to methyl bromide: methyl iodide. As the season to fumigate strawberry fields nears, several groups are challenging last year’s decision by state regulators to OK methyl iodide for use in California.

“We won this (the agreement on methyl bromide),” said Erik Nicholson, United Farm Workers’ national vice president. “In the meantime, the growers have a chemical that is even worse.”
Story comes courtesy of New America Media, via California Watch.

Ngoc Nguyen is an editor and reporter at New America Media, and frequently covers environment/health topics. She completed a 10-month reporting fellowship at the Sacramento Bee through the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. In 2008, she won The California Endowment Health Journalism fellowship. Nguyen was previously editor of NHA Magazine, a national bilingual Vietnamese American publication. She also worked as a healthcare journalist for SavvyHealth.com and About.comameri, and was an assistant producer at Marketplace, the radio program about business and global economics distributed by American Public Media.

Methyl Bromide Ban Has Almost No Effect On Measured Levels Of The Pesticide

Beetle devours San Diego County oaks — rest of state may be next


A hungry pest called the goldspotted oak borer is devouring enormous numbers of oak trees in San Diego County, and its devastation could spread to trees throughout California, according to researchers at UC Riverside.
More than 80,000 oak trees in the county have been killed in the past decade. Unless the march of the half-inch-long beetle is stopped, it could threaten 10 million acres of red oak woodlands in the state, researchers said.
“This may be the biggest oak mortality event since the Pleistocene (12,000 years ago),” UC Riverside natural resource specialist Tom Scott said in a report issued this week.
The goldspotted oak borer is native to Arizona but may have immigrated to California in a load of infested firewood, Scott said. Dead trees have been found from the backcountry communities of Descanso and Guatay to the seaside neighborhood of La Jolla.
So many trees have died in the Burnt Rancheria campground in the Cleveland National Forest that the U.S. Forest Service has erected shade structures for campers in lieu of what was once a canopy of coast live oaks.
The live oaks, black oaks and canyon live oaks seem defenseless against the goldspotted oak borer, and the beetle has no natural enemies to keep it in check.
The females lay eggs in the trees and the larvae burrow into the interior. Adults bore through the bark. The trees turn brown and die.
The UC Riverside researchers, the UC Cooperative Extension, UC Agricultural and Natural Resources, the Forest Service and other agencies are working with woodcutters, arborists and consumers to discourage the transportation of infected wood from San Diego County to other locations.
Firewood production is one of the least regulated industries in California, said the researchers, who have received $635,000 of a $1.5-million federal grant to study the sudden oak death.
— Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: A goldspotted oak borer. Credit: UC Riverside

Beetle devours San Diego County oaks — rest of state may be next

IKEA Solar Parade Marches Into San Diego | EarthTechling

If it seems just a bit brighter as you peruse the aisles of San Diego’s IKEA store, it’s not some new Swedish super light bulb. It’s clean, green solar power.

The retailer recently flicked the switch on its new roof-mounted solar power system. The 30,000-squar-foot photoelectric array consists of 1,120 panels and a 252-kilowatt system which will provide approximately 366,400 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually – enough to power about 32 homes. The new IKEA array will lower the store’s carbon footprint by 290 tons of carbon dioxide, the company said.

The solar project at the 198,000-square-foot San Diego store is IKEA’s 10th in the United States. Two more projects are under way in California and eight more are in the works elsewhere in the country, including locations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
“We at IKEA believe in the never-ending job of striving to improve the sustainability of our day-to-day business,” said Jim Tilley, IKEA San Diego store manager. “The IKEA coworkers in San Diego are excited to help contribute to this goal with our newly operational solar energy system. We appreciate the support of the City of San Diego, SDG&E, and Gloria Solar, our partners in this project.”