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imageNative American and Salmon Activists asks Governor, AG to Stand Against Trump Water Plan
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by Save California Salmon
Today the Trump administration released the new Biological Opinion for Long Term Operations for the Central Valley Water Project. This opinion is related to a new operation plan from the Bureau of Reclamation that prioritizes water deliveries to large Central Valley farms and maximizes power generation from the state’s dams at the expense of water quality and salmon. The Opinion replaces an earlier suppressed Biological Opinion that jeopardizes every Endangered Species Act listed fish within ...
Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:04PM
imageSeptember trawl survey finds zero Delta smelt as feds set to release weaker fish rules
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by Dan Bacher
The disturbing September data on Delta smelt comes as the Trump administration is poised to release new, much weaker, rules stripping protections for Central Valley salmon tomorrow....
Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:22PM
imageNewsom appoints two top oil and gas regulators, including a former Chevron staffer
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by Dan Bacher
The appointments of Shabazian and Ntuk come in the wake of increased opposition by environmental justice, conservation and public interest groups to the expansion of onshore and offshore drilling in California under Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom....
Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:54AM
imageAmah Mutsun Land Trust Awarded State Funding for Stewardship of Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve
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by Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT)
Santa Cruz, California, October 9, 2019 – The California Natural Resources Agency announced last week that Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) has been selected to receive $400k to carry out indigenous-based conservation and restoration work at Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve (QVCP) in Año Nuevo State Park. The award was made through the competitive statewide Cultural, Community, and Natural Resources Grant Program, funded by Prop 68....
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:56PM
imageCalifornia Agency Recommends Protecting Yellow-legged Frog Under State’s Endangered Species Act
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by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, October 9, 2019 — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended California Endangered Species Act protections for five populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The frog has disappeared from more than half of its former California range....
Posted: Wed Oct 9, 2019 12:55PM
documentSierra Club Opposes the CalAm Desalination Project
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by Sierra Club - Ventana Chapter
The City of Marina, Marina Coast Water District and Citizens for Just Water will be challenging the approval of a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for the CalAm Slant Well Desalination project at a de novo hearing before the CA Coastal Commission on November 14, 2019. This is an all-important last major approval for CalAm and the outcome will either stop the project outright or advance the project to the building stage. This project contains major flaws that were not considered by the CA Publ...
Posted: Sun Oct 6, 2019 11:28AM
textTrump Bucks Protests, Opens 725,500 Acres of California’s Central Coast to Oil Drilling by Center for Biological Diversity
MARINA, Calif., October 4, 2019 — The Trump administration today dismissed protests and made a formal decision to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling and fracking....
Posted: Fri Oct 4, 2019 10:10AM
imageUSGS report reveals oil waste fluid contaminates CA groundwater
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by Dan Bacher
“The Central Valley, particularly Kern County, ranks number one for numerous environmental injustices, including having the worst air quality in the nation. To add insult to injury, now we have confirmation of something we suspected all along: Wastewater from oil companies is contaminating our groundwater,” said Gustavo Aguirre Jr., Kern County coordinator for the Central California Environmental Justice Network....
Posted: Thu Oct 3, 2019 5:00PM
imageYoung and Old Rise Up for Climate Action in Palo Alto
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by Climate Strike Now
Grassroots action with a local face--young and old rose for Climate Action in Palo Alto on September 20. [photos: Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo, please credit the photographer]...
Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:50PM
imageSan Jose Students Demonstrate, Ready to Act for Climate Justice
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by On the Move
An estimated 1,000 students expressed their commitment to a clean climate and a more just world...not only that, they have plans to make that happen. [Photos: Chris Cassell, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]...
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:00AM
imageTies Exposed Between Westlands and Aurelia Skipwith, USFWS Director Nominee
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by Dan Bacher
“Aurelia Skipwith’s deep ties to the swamp and special interests were enough for former mega-lobbyist turned-Interior Secretary Bernhardt to consider her qualified to head up Fish and Wildlife Services, despite her strikingly scant resume,” said Jayson O’Neill, Deputy Director of Western Values Project...
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:00AM
imageClimate Strike Santa Cruz 9-27-2019
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by AutumnSun
This last week has been Climate Strike Week with the youth demonstrating and striking around our country and all around the world!...
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:02AM
imageNewsom Vetoes Bill to Protect Endangered Fish Species from Attacks by Trump
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by Dan Bacher
Mary Creasman, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), issued a statement responding to the Governor’s veto of SB 1 that accused Newsom of “siding with Trump and corporations over California’s families and wildlife” and noting that the Governor is “sending a clear message that California’s values are up for grabs.”...
Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:18AM
imageBerkeley Students Say System Change Needed, Rally and Walk Out from Campus on Global Climate Strike Day
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by To the Streets
Three days before the international Climate Strike of September 20 in which students at UC Berkeley participated on a grand scale, the University of California committed to urgent action to address the climate crisis. Students expressed despair, worry, and shock about the state of the climate already. [Photos by Bob Shonkoff, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]...
Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:24PM
imageMontgomery Street Banks Besieged, Arrests In Major Climate Action
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by Leon Kunstenaar (Photos and Text)
Wells Fargo, Chase, Citibank and Brasilian consulate blocked...
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:56AM
imageClimate Activists Shut Banks and Blocks of SF Financial District
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by Demand Banks Defund Climate Extinction
7 protesters were arrested during a demonstration which blocked streets and buildings in San Francisco’s Financial District on September 25. Demonstrators targeted banks including Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and US Bank, demanding that they stop all funding of fossil fuel producing businesses. [Photos: Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo, please credit the photographer]...
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:49AM
imageYouth Organizers lead 40,000 Marchers Across San Francisco/Make Demands for Climate Action
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by Climate Strike NOW!
On September 20, a crowd of nearly 40,000 demonstrators marched from Nancy Pelosi’s office at the San Francisco Federal Building to Embarcadero Plaza, calling for immediate climate action. [Photos: Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer]...
Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:36AM
imageExtinction Rebellion Brings Street Theater Back to Santa Cruz
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by Steve Pleich
Gimme That Old Time Rebellion...
Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:10PM
imageYouth Leads In Global Climate Strike
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by Leon Kunstenaar (Photos and Text)
Demonstrations throughout the Bay Area and the world in emergency climate protest...
Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:01PM
imageNew Report Reveals that 'Green' California Seeks to Expand Oil and Gas Operations
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by Dan Bacher
“Corporations are planning seven additional unneeded gas-fired plants for California,” the report revealed. “For years, California regulators have approved, and utilities have built, unnecessary and expensive gas power plants. Driven by deregulation, these facilities are useless given declining energy demands in California over the past decade.”...
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:18PM