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Porter Ranch Area Residents Testify and Rally about SoCalGas Misconduct - by Dan Bacher
"Residents are upset that SoCalGas initially lied about the source of the leak, and then misled the public about the health risks to the community," said Alexandra Nagy of Food and Water Watch. "In addition to the investigation, in light of recent reports that the leak has resulted in staggering emissions of methane and carbon dioxide – two potent greenhouse gases – residents also recommend shutting down the aged Aliso Canyon Storage Facility."
Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:08PM
Protesters Call on Pacific Fisheries Management Council to Close the California Driftnet Fishery - by Joanna Nasar
Protesters from Turtle Island Restoration Network, Kurmalliance, Sierra Club and other environmental organizations took to the streets this afternoon during the on going Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PMFC) meeting in which swordfish management policies are under consideration.
Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:19PM
Western Governors' Association Calls for Massive Weakening of Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— At the behest of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the Western Governors’ Association is hosting a “workshop” in Cody, Wyo., through Friday to discuss legislative changes designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act, including further delaying protection decisions and loosening scientific standards. Although the stated goal of the workshop is to encourage bipartisan conversations to improve the Endangered Species Act, the speakers at the gathering overwhelmingly represented industr...
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:08AM
Big Bucks, Big Lies, and Big Deception from Big Plastic from Novolex on California Bag Ban - by Steven Maviglio
Plastic company Formosa Plastic, fined by EPA and OSHA, also contributing big to campaign
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:09PM
Witness Venezuela’s Elections This December-6, 2015 - by Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle
This December, witness one of the most important elections in the history of Venezuela, and of the hemisphere. On December 6, the people of Venezuela will exercise their right to vote in elections for deputies to the country’s National Assembly. Voters will decide whether to carry forward the Bolivarian Revolution by retaining a Chavista majority in the National Assembly or return the political intitative to the traditional elites represented by most of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).
Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2015 2:29PM
Kern County Residents Fast Against Plan to Fast Track Fracking - by Dan Bacher
"Valley communities are already overburdened by the environmental health impacts of oil and gas drilling," according to Juan Flores of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment in a press release. "Residents expect the County to approve the ordinance and plan to fast to call attention to the County’s unwillingness to protect its people." Photo of fasters in front of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, including Madeline Stano (left) and Juan Flores (center) from the Center on Rac...
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:10PM
Los Angeles Sued Over Racially Discriminatory Oil Drilling Permitting - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, November 6, 2015 — Youth groups and community organizations sued the city of Los Angeles today for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of contaminating wells near homes without conducting mandatory environmental studies, and for exposing black and Latino residents to disproportionate health and safety risks by imposing less-protective rules in their neighborhoods.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 4:22PM
No cop out! Calling for a climate uprising - by Jesse D. Palmer -reprinted from Slingshot#119
The climate change group 350.org and others have called for a series of global marches and mass mobilizations before and after the so-called Conference of the Parties (COP 21) meeting scheduled in Paris from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11. The call to action gives us a chance to reject suicidal corporate business as usual and create a new world that is sustainable as well as just and free. (See end of article for local action info.) http://www.norcalclimatemob.net/
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:23PM
Bacon, Ham, Sausage May Be Labeled as Carcinogens in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif. — The World Health Organization today classified the consumption of processed meats like bacon, ham and sausage as carcinogenic to humans, and red meat as probably carcinogenic. Under California’s Proposition 65, today’s decision should trigger a similar classification in California, requiring these meats sold throughout the state to include a label warning that the products are known to the state of California to cause cancer.
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:43PM
Ratepayers urge MWD to use LA dollars to fix water system, not build tunnels - by Dan Bacher
Brenna Norton of Food & Water Watch said the current draft of Metropolitan’s 25-year Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP) proposes building the $67 billion dollar tunnels project, and identifying additional funds to invest in conservation and local water programs. "Mayor Garcetti should block any L.A. dollars from being used to fund the tunnels and demand that L.A. dollars fix L.A. water," she concluded.
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:01AM
Public Interest Groups Support California Intent to Label Glyphosate Carcinogenic - by via Center for Food Safety
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 19, 2015)—Today, nearly 20 food, farming, public health and environmental organizations submitted a letter (see PDF) in support of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA’s) determination to list glyphosate as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (aka Proposition 65).
Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:17PM
Californians run to provide mental healthcare to Palestine refugee children in Gaza - by Laila Mokhiber
The Gaza 5K is an annual walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA. This event raises funds for UNRWA's Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) to support thousands of refugee children in Gaza affected by PTSD and other psychological trauma.
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:06PM
Chumash Heritage Marine Sanctuary Moves Forward - by via Sierra Club
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that the nomination for a new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary has been accepted. The acceptance recognizes the site as deserving special status, and puts it officially under consideration for protec- tion as part of the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would be the first one to focus on indigenous culture and history as a primary core value along with...
Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:54PM
California Report Finds 'Systemic Problems' in Oversight of L.A.-area Oil Wells - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— California oil regulators today released a report that found “systemic problems” in the state’s regulation of oil industry underground injection in the Los Angeles area. The report admits that oil companies have been allowed to drill wells and begin injecting fluid underground before any assessment of contamination risks to underground water supplies in and around America's second-largest city.
Posted: Fri Oct 9, 2015 3:23PM
How do we honor wisdom from the elders, Ben Burkett ~ Federation of Southern Cooperatives - by Beverly Bell
Ben Burkett, a global representative of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, continues to travel the globe sharing an essential story, good stewardship of the land requires work, study and prayer. 26th National Bioneers Conference and 5th Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardner's Conference in Northern California is the next stop for Ben... How do we honor the wisdom from our elders?
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 9:13AM
Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry an...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:52PM
Author Anita Wills announces release of book, A Nation of Flaws JustUs in the Homeland - by Anita L Wills
Author Anita Wills announces the release of her book, A Nation of Flaws JustUs in the Homeland. The book is an indepth look at the state of the American Justice System and its treatment of African Americans.
Posted: Sun Oct 4, 2015 5:55PM
UC Intolerance Principles A Step in the Right Direction - by via Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace commends the University of California for discussing anti-Semitism in the context of racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bigotry
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:26AM
Court Ruling Means Greater Protections for California Sea Otters - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A judge on Friday upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to end its program that relocated California sea otters from a significant portion of southern California coastal waters, important to the survival of the species, to an island off the coast with the goal of creating a second healthy population. As a part of this program, the Fish and Wildlife Service created a “no-otter zone” in response to complaints from fishermen that moving otters to a new locat...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:35PM
San Luis Obispo Residents to Protest Oil Industry Aquifer Exemption Hearing - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.— San Luis Obispo County residents and members of the Center for Biological Diversity will protest today outside a state-run “aquifer exemption” hearing aimed at helping an oil company get federal permission to dump oil waste fluid into the county’s underground water. There are at least 100 water-supply wells within a mile of this oilfield.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:00AM