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Sun Feb 25 2018 (Updated 02/26/18)Bottled Water Costs Thousands of Times More Than Tap Water
After a decline during the Great Recession, bottled water sales are back and bigger than ever — even eclipsing soda sales for the first time in 2016. But people buying bottled water might not be aware that it’s nearly 2,000 times more expensive than tap water and four times more expensive than regular-grade gasoline. In its latest report on the impacts of the bottled water industry, Food & Water Watch looks at the industry’s predatory marketing, the extraction of communities’ water resources, and the powerhouse lobbying of bottled water corporations.
Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/08/18)Californians Rally Against Offshore Drilling
Hundreds of Californians rallied against President Trump’s offshore oil leasing plan on February 8 in Sacramento, marching to the plan’s only formal hearing in California. Ahead of the hearing, thousands of Californians rallied in seven cities to oppose Trump’s proposal to open up the Pacific and other U.S. oceans to offshore drilling for the first time in more than 30 years. Rallies were held February 3 in at least seven communities after the federal government ignored requests by California’s congressional delegation and state leaders to hold additional hearings closer to coastal communities threatened by offshore drilling.
Sat Feb 3 2018Western Monarch Butterflies Continue to Decline
An annual census of monarch butterflies overwintering along California’s coast reveals that populations in western North America are at their lowest point in five years, despite recovery efforts. Volunteers with the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count visited more sites this past year than have ever been counted since the survey began in 1997, yet they tallied fewer than 200,000 monarchs. Pismo Beach State Park was down by 38%, a private site in Big Sur was down by 50%, and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove was down 57%. The few sites in which monarch numbers remained stable or increased compared to 2016, include Natural Bridges State Park, Moran Lake, and Lighthouse Field State Park, all in Santa Cruz County.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/23/18)Millions of Gallons of Untreated Sewage Spill into Monterey Bay
Approximately 4.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into the waters of Monterey Bay through an ocean outfall discharge pipe 2.5 miles offshore, the result of an “equipment control failure” at the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant in Marina on January 19 and 20. In response, the Monterey County Health Department issued beach closures from Moss Landing to Stillwater Cove. All Monterey County Beaches have been posted with a rain advisory due to the current weather. The public is advised not to have ocean water contact for three days after the rain event on January 22. The department warns that contact with contaminated water may cause gastroenteritis and other waterborne illnesses.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 02/06/18)California Mobilizes to Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling
On January 4, the Trump administration released a draft five-year plan that would open federal waters in the Pacific Ocean to new oil leasing for the first time in more than thirty years. The plan proposes new offshore drilling in almost all federal waters, including the currently protected Arctic and Atlantic oceans and eastern Gulf of Mexico. Resistance to Trump's plan spread throughout California quickly. Supervisors in San Franciscio and Marin County passed resolutions opposing offshore oil drilling. North coast environmental groups vowed to do everything in their power to fight it. In Santa Cruz and Laguna Beach, environmental groups have planned protest rallies on February 3
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/21/18)Protect Monterey County to Appeal Court Decision on Measure Z
Protect Monterey County and its attorneys will appeal the Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells. The court’s decision leaves the fracking ban in place, holding that oil-industry plaintiffs lack standing to challenge it. However, the decision strikes down the ban on new oil and gas wells and wastewater injection.
Fri Dec 15 2017Governor Brown is No Climate Hero
On November 29, over a dozen climate justice activists protested Governor Jerry Brown’s speaking appearance at the Metreon in San Francisco as part of the New York Times ClimateTECH summit. They called out the hypocrisy of Brown claiming to be a “climate leader” while he promotes fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in the state. One of the organizers of the San Francisco protest was twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Gustavo Ilario of Castro Valley, who was in Bonn, Germany as a part of an indigenous delegation and was one of the protestors who interrupted Brown's speech. Ilario is a member of Idle No More San Francisco Bay, an indigenous-women-led climate justice organization.
Wed Nov 29 2017The Gusher of Big Oil Lobbying Money in Sacramento
The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and other publications have touted Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials as the “resistance” to Donald Trump’s pro-oil industry policies in recent articles, but the reality on the ground is much different. In fact, the oil industry is the single largest corporate lobby in Sacramento — and dominates spending on lobbying every legislative session. Every bill opposed by the oil industry with the exception of one has failed to pass out of the Legislature over the past three years, due to the gusher of Big Oil lobbying money. The oil industry spent more on lobbying in California, $16,360,618, in the first six months of 2017 than was spent by the industry in all of 2016, $16.0 million.
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Day of the Dead Action Demands Ban on Chlorpyrifos
Spicing up their press conference with a Day of the Dead theme, health advocates from Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties rallied outside the central regional office of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on November 1 in Clovis. Their action was part of a continuing campaign to get DPR to urge the state to suspend agricultural use of brain-harming chlorpyrifos. Last May, the deadly pesticide was implicated in a drift incident that sickened dozens of farmworkers near Bakersfield; health advocates say that more than twenty years of research links the pesticide to neurological disorders in children.
6:30PM Thursday Mar 22 Wasted (film about food waste)
1PM Saturday Mar 24 Baywood Forest School Campus Tour-Hike
1:30PM Sunday Mar 25 Film In Berkeley "Nuclear Cattle" Documentary and...
7PM Tuesday Mar 27 East Bay premier, Nat Bates for Mayor documentary
11AM Saturday Apr 21 Earth Day San Francisco 2018: Festival Celebration &...
10AM Sunday Apr 22 Berkeley Earth Day
11AM Sunday Apr 22 Sacramento Earth Day Festival
7:30PM Friday May 11 DJ Spooky | Transform Fest Spring 2018
UC Santa Cruz: The Case For the Meadow (1 comment) Mon Mar 19th 4:10pm
2018 National Agriculture Week ~ Toward resolving the National SNAP-GAP Mon Mar 19th 1:31pm
Exposing the Big Myth: Offshore drilling has increased off California under Jerry Brown Sat Mar 17th 9:18am
Scientists Urge Action to Protect Waters from Neonicotinoid Insecticides Fri Mar 16th 10:45am
ForestWatch Takes Trump Administration to Court Over Public Access to Carrizo Plain Review Documents Fri Mar 16th 10:08am
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Pacific Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills Thu Mar 15th 11:31am
White paper commissioned by Delta Tunnels proponents claims CAWaterFix would benefit fish Thu Mar 15th 9:14am
Smith River Easter Lily Bulbs - A Case For Economic Withdrawal Tue Mar 13th 12:33pmMore Local News...
Holy Ground Desecrated at Site of Apache Resistance to Arizona Mine Mon Mar 19th 1:28pm
Feds Propose Increasing Destructive Off-road Vehicle Access in Mojave Desert Fri Mar 16th 5:42pm
A Different Kind of Wall - Across the Gulf of Mexico (1 comment) Tue Mar 13th 10:20pm
Wyoming Proposes Cruel Grizzly Bear Hunt Fri Mar 9th 4:48pm
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Protect Walrus Fri Mar 9th 10:40am
Over 40 New Products Added to Nanotechnology Database Wed Mar 7th 4:52pm
Senate Committee to Consider Bill Exempting Factory Farms From Hazardous Waste Reporting Wed Mar 7th 4:26pm
Analysis: 60 Million Acres of Monarch Habitat to Be Doused With Toxic Weed Killer Fri Mar 2nd 11:48amMore Global News...
Letter: Support for Loma Prieta Sanborn Master Plan Southern Area Christmas Tree Farm Site Tue Mar 6th 10:50am
Newly released monarch overwintering site management plan provides blueprint for protecting and managing monarch groves Sun Mar 4th 1:27am
As Electric Cars Revolutionize the Vehicle Market, New Study Helps California Cities Address Infrastructure & Parking Challenges Wed Feb 28th 8:18pm
Stone Bill Protects Monarch Butterfly Habitat Tue Feb 27th 4:51pm
Sempervirens Fund Acquires Cotoni-Coast Ridge Property Sun Jan 21st 8:44pm
Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan Thu Jan 11th 8:14pm
California Adopts Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools and Day-Care Centers Tue Nov 7th 2:01pm
Mark Davis on Governance for Survival Wed Oct 25th 9:43amOpen Newswire...
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