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US Beaches Fall Victim to Federal Budget Again - by Surfrider Foundation
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Mar. 5, 2014—The White House released the federal budget for FY2015 yesterday that proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) BEACH Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 3:45AM
L.A. City Council votes to write fracking moratorium - by Dan Bacher
In a historic vote, the LA City Council voted unanimously to write a moratorium on fracking. Congratulations go to all of the people who helped make this happen, including Adam Scow, Lauren Steiner, Conner Everts, Food and Water Watch and Californians Against Fracking and many others. Below is the press release from Californians Against Fracking. Photo courtesy of Food and Water Watch.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:56PM
Los Angeles City Council Approves Moratorium on Fracking within City Limits - by Environment California
Sacramento—The Los Angeles City Council has just voted to approve and ordinance to place a moratorium on fracking within Los Angeles’ city limits. The ordinance authored by Councilmember Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin passed unanimously.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:54AM
Harnessing the wind to fight the storms of climate change - by Takver - Climate IMC
How Offshore wind turbines can win a david and goliath battle with hurricanes. Here is a lateral idea: build large offshore wind farms that provide electricity from day to day, but also substantially decrease damaging hurricane or tropical cyclone wind speed and storm surge.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:44PM
Vergara v. California: Teachers’ rights under attack - by David Feldman
Teachers are currently being attacked on many fronts. Our professionalism is questioned and a bipartisan consensus in congress blames teacher unions for the deficiencies in public education, while the schools we work in are underfunded and under of privatization. Powerful interests including the Walton family of Walmart infamy, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Los Angeles based billionaire Eli Broad have demonized public schools and pushed for more charters while dismissing the demands of teacher...
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:44PM
Family and activists shut down Tustin Police Chief, City Council - by Answer Coalition
On Feb. 18, outraged community members marched to the Tustin, Calif. City Hall to attend the City Council meeting and demand answers in the death of 23-year-old Robert Villa at the hands of Tustin Police on Feb. 10.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:39PM
California Solar Jobs Grew 8% in 2013 - by Environment California
California has more than 47,000 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released on February 11 by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, California continues to rank 1st in nation for total solar jobs, with approximately one-third of all solar jobs in the country. Growth in the state’s solar jobs is expected to surge by over 22% by the end of 2014.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:00PM
New Poll Shows Californians Aware of Drought, Want Action - by Steven Maviglio
Strategies to Stretch Local Water Supplies Favored
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:00AM
FracNatural The Unconventional Energy Boost - by Tomas DiFiore
Two studies: One study is based on algorithms of expansion under economic models with unquantified terms such as 'prudent development' of the Monterey Shale. And one study is based on the geologic strata, actual well numbers, production records per well, core analysis by industry logs, source rocks vs migration and trapping timescales, production trends over the course of time, maturity of fields and known reservoir assets vs new exploration, and shifting company profiles and investments.
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:44PM
EPA Releases Guidelines on the Use of Diesel Fuel in Fracking Fluid - by Environment California
Sacramento, CA. – On February 11, as we learn more every day about the chemicals used in fracking that threaten our environment and health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited guidance for regulating the use of diesel fuel in fracking fluid under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Investigations show that diesel fuel, known to be hazardous to human health, has been used in fracking operations in California.
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:31AM
Rufino Contreras asked for ‘a more just share’ of what he produced; bullets were the reply - by United Farm Workers
Thirty-five years ago, on Feb. 10, 1979, 22 days into a bitter vegetable strike, Rufino Contreras, 28, and half a dozen fellow strikers walked into an Imperial Valley lettuce field owned by Mario Saikhon to talk with a crew of imported scabs. Three armed company foremen opened up with a vicious crossfire. Rufino fell face down in a muddy row, shot in the face. His father Lorenzo, brother Jose Luis, and other Saikhon strikers tried to aid Rufino, but they were kept away for more than an hour b...
Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:04PM
Audubon California derides San Joaquin water bill (HR 3964) as ‘nothing but a step back’ - by Audobon California
San Francisco, CA - Audubon California on February 4 voiced strong opposition to a cynical legislative effort to take advantage of the ongoing drought to derail California water policy and environmental protections. House Resolution 3964, which is being rushed to the floor Wednesday without committee debate, would overturn years of negotiations over Central Valley water policy that have balanced the interests of communities, agriculture, and the environment.
Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:26PM
Salaam Love (audio/mpeg 24.7MB) - by Tara Dorabji
Salaam Love is an anthology of American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy.
Posted: Fri Feb 7, 2014 10:28AM
Contaminate Migration Expected Under SB 4 “Well Stimulation Regulations” for California - by Tomas DiFiore
Well Casing Failures a.k.a. Sustained Casing Pressures - It's really quite simple to understand, cement shrinks, and cracks. Five per cent of all wells drilled show a cement failure immediately. Based on the history of conventional wells, and recent peer reviewed research: “Probablistically, the range of events expected for longer wells, with higher pressures, larger volumes of frac fluids, and more wells per pad, are that we should expect a higher accident rate. And that is what we're seei...
Posted: Thu Feb 6, 2014 4:05PM
2014 Ocean Fracking Investigation Coastal Commission Report - by Tomas DiFiore
The California Coastal Commission Has Authority to Halt Offshore Fracking. “Approximately half the oil platforms in federal waters in the Santa Barbara Channel discharge all or a portion of their wastewater directly to the ocean, according to a California Coastal Commission document. This produced wastewater contains all of the chemicals injected originally into the fracked wells, with the addition of toxins gathered from the subsurface environment.”
Posted: Thu Feb 6, 2014 4:49AM
California Rosa Parks Birthday Celebration ~ Global Intermodal Transportation Systems - by Khubaka, Michael Harris
California is the only state to officially recognize the birth of Rosa Parks, through legislation to honor our American icon. February 4 is the birth date of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks and the Interstate Commerce Commission, a date with destiny was written long ago. From the back of the bus, train, plane, ship, space shuttle and sidewalk people of African ancestry in America have a unique relationship with transportation systems. Today, a new paradigm is at hand, standing on the shoulders ...
Posted: Mon Feb 3, 2014 6:45PM
Statement on Joint Plastic Bag Ban Bill - by Environment California
Sacramento— Senator Alex Padilla, Senator Kevin de León, and Senator Ricardo Lara have announced a new, joint bill to phase out single-use plastic bags in California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:
Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:06PM
Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Colorado - by Environmental Health Perspectives
Birth defects are a leading cause of neonatal mortality. Natural gas development (NGD) emits several potential teratogens and US production is expanding. We examined associations between maternal residential proximity to NGD and birth outcomes in a retrospective cohort study of 124,842 births between 1996 and 2009 in rural Colorado. (For full report see PDF)
Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:02PM
Shalefield Stories: Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking Tell Their Personal Stories - by Environment America
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Environment America Research & Policy Center joined residents living on the frontlines of fracking who recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations in a new booklet called Shalefield Stories. The new booklet was released today even as President Obama touted natural gas development in his State of the Union speech and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asserted last week that the impacts of frack...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:14PM
Judge Cynthia Gomez, Amy D. Kyle, Ph.D. and Mikayla Torres Honored - by California Safe Schools
Celebrating Humanitarians, Environmental Victories, & Future Actions to Protect the Planet!
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:46PM