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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
Frack to the Future: Interview with Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity on Fracking - by FireWorks
As the the drought, global climate chaos, and the fallout of industrial capitalism continues to be felt throughout the world, the issue of fracking looms as a potential for mass struggle against resource extraction - especially within California. Across North America, many indigenous groups are already waging various battles over fracking and the removal of resources from their lands. Catching up with the group Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity (SCIS), we asked them their thoughts on the possi...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 6:04PM
Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial Kern Water Bank - by Dan Bacher
The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network and Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release regarding the ruling on their Monterey-Plus lawsuit. The court agreed with them that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) failed to properly consider the environmental impacts of the operation of the Kern Water Bank. "We respectfully disagree with the court’s conclusion on aspects of the case involving amendments to the Stat...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 9:46AM
Map reveals tunnels will supply water for agribusiness, fracking - by Dan Bacher
Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director for Food and Water Watch, said, “It's unfair for the Governor to make Californians subsidize water use and abuse by corporate agribusiness and oil companies, especially in a drought and in a bad economy."
Posted: Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:05AM
The California Drought: Is this the big one? - by Alex Smith
Despite recent rains, California's reservoirs are near empty, snow-pack light, and groundwater depleted. Four experts on a drought that really started in 2006, impacts on economy, food, farming, and nature.Dr. Peter Gleick, Dr. Jay Famiglietti, David Schroeder, Dr. Reagan Waskom
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 4:16PM
Salmon Committee Slams Peripheral Tunnel Plan - by Dan Bacher
The letter states, "BDCP promotes the unscientific scientific hypothesis that habitat restoration can substitute for flows. However, the State Water Resources Control Board has already indicated that Delta inflows and outflows are presently insufficient to help listed species recover their former abundance. BDCP would reduce Delta outlow, which contributes to the decreases in salmon smolt survival rates modeled by BDCP."
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 9:20AM
San Rafael Passes California’s 100th Plastic Bag Ban - by Environment California
San Rafael—The City Council voted unanimously tonight to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. San Rafael is the 100th California community to ban plastic bags. Nearly 1 in 3 Californians, 12.3 million in all, now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 8:18PM
Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GMO Contamination - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — This week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture wraps up its comment period on the feasibility of genetically engineered (GMO) and non-GMO crops to coexist, Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) releases survey results (see PDF) that clearly show contamination from GMO crops is happening and it’s non-GMO farmers who are paying the price.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 7:13PM
More Whales Slaughtered in Whale Sanctuary - Bob Barker under attack for the third time - by SSCS Australia report
Today, Sunday March 2, at approximately 10:05 AEDT, Sea Shepherd located the factory vessel of the Japanese whaling fleet, the Nisshin Maru, at 74°23’ S, 178°55’ W inside the Ross Sea Dependency, with a dead, protected Minke Whale onboard, and blood running from the side of the ship. Slabs of whale meat were also photographed on the deck, along with the severed head of a recently butchered whale.
Posted: Sun Mar 2, 2014 1:24AM
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
Five large valley oaks to be cut this weekend to make way for a shopping center in Windsor - by Barrie Mason
The developers are hurrying to cut these trees before resistance can be organized. They county approved the project after no one attended an inadequately announced public comment hearing. Many people have signed a petition to save these trees.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:29AM
Carmel Valley Association Endorses Moratorium on Fracking in Monterey County - by Carmel Valley Association
The Carmel Valley Association Board of Directors, at their meeting on February 20, approved a statement endorsing a moratorium on fracking in Monterey County.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:38PM
L.A. Fracking Moratorium Leaps First Hurdle, Heads to Full City Council - by Food & Water Watch
LOS ANGELES — “Food & Water Watch commends Councilmembers Cedillo and Huizar for their support of a moratorium on fracking in Los Angeles during the February 25 Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee hearing. The moratorium motion will head to the full City Council for a vote on Friday, Feb. 28, where we look forward to celebrating its passage as the only way to protect Angelenos’ public health, environment and property from the inherently dangerous practice of fracking.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:19AM
Legal Petition Urges EPA to Ban Dumping of Fracking Chemicals Into California's Ocean - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a legal petition urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stop oil and gas companies from dumping toxic chemicals from fracking directly into ocean waters off California.
Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:38AM
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
Open Letter To SF BOS: Please Vote Down Bottled Water Ban - by John Thielking
The SF Board Of Supervisors' Land Use And Economic Development Committee is set to vote Monday, March 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM on a proposal to recommend to the full SF Board Of Supervisors that SF pass the strictest law in the nation banning the sale of 21 oz and smaller water bottles on city property. Below is my reasoning as to why this is a bad idea. The 6PM 2-24-14 kpfa evening news ran a story on this. It is archived at www.kpfa.org
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:50PM
Funding a neighboring water district emergency intertie system - by Paul Gratz
It seems the Santa Cruz City Council is playing catch up in order to address the deepening drought, dropping reservoir levels, increasing aquifer overdraft/saltwater intrusion, and climate change impacts. Today with stages 3-5 water shortage emergencies looming, the public remains increasingly vulnerable as a result of the City's failure to develop a comprehensive Plan B alternative after the overwhelming passage of Measure P in 2012.
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:31PM
The Olympic Winter Games: Catalyst for Climate Solutions - by Sam Bliss
The snow-challenged Sochi Olympics contribute to climate change rather than work to fix it, but the Games should be a force for reducing emissions and slowing global warming
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:06PM
Sen. Mitchell's Fracking Moratorium Bill Would Protect California During Drought - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A new bill from state Sen. Holly Mitchell that would impose a moratorium on fracking would protect California’s air, water and climate from pollution caused by this dangerous form of oil and gas extraction.
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:15PM