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LA cut its carbon footprint from city operations by 40% since 2008.

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A new report card out shows the progress Los Angeles  has made cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  It shrank the carbon footprint from its own operations by 40 percent over the decade ending in 2017, so says a new report from the city Sanitation Bureau.

They measured emissions from city buildings, street lights and lawnmowers, trucks, and so on. Then they compared the total carbon dioxide equivalents from 2008 with the emissions from 2017.  A full 95 percent of the emissions savings was from power generation. The city has reduced the amount of dirty coal it uses to generate power, and is using more clean solar and wind energy.

KPCC's Sharon McNary has details.