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Judge Keeps Suction Dredge Mining Out of California Rivers This Summer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled today against an attempt by the mining community to start suction dredge mining in California waterways this summer. Suction dredge miners had asked the court to prevent the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from enforcing the current moratorium on the destructive practice, which has been in place since 2009. The moratorium is designed to prevent mercury pollution and damage to wildlife, waterways and cultur...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:30PM
Mendocino County Renews Controversial Contract with Wildlife-Killing Program - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
County Will Pay Wildlife Services to Kill Millions of Wild Animals Each Year
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:57PM
Nuclear Shutdown News May 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry. US nuke plants were designed to operate for 40 years… as many of them have approached or surpassed that mark, they have become increasingly unsafe and inefficient, threatening our health and safety. This report points out some of these problems and supports those working for a nuclear free future. Here’s our May 2015 issue.
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 3:16PM
California Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Nearly Extinct Humboldt Marten - by Center for Biological Diversity
ARCATA, Calif.— The Environmental Protection Information Center and the Center for Biological Diversity today petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the Humboldt marten under the California Endangered Species Act. The Humboldt marten is a cat-sized carnivore related to minks and otters that lives in old-growth forests in Northern California and southern Oregon. Most of the marten’s forest habitat has been destroyed by logging, and the remaining martens in California...
Posted: Mon Jun 1, 2015 11:01PM
Fracking Bohemians—more evidence - by Don Eichelberger, Bohemian Grove Action Netwo
Every mid-July for over 100 years, most of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world gather for a two week, off-the-record camp out at Bohemian Grove. This article describes some of the men who have influenced the development of hydrolic fracturing (fracking) and turned it in to another cash cow that is destroying the environment on behalf of the patriarchy.
Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 1:58PM
CSU Teaching Staff in a "Race To The Bottom: Losing Ground and Losing Faith" - by California Faculty Association
Both the quantitative and the qualitative data reveal a significant economic precariousness in the lives of many CSU faculty. From these responses (and from the salary data provided in our first paper), it is undeniable that significant numbers of faculty teaching in the CSU today are among California’s “working poor.” Many others are financially hanging on by a thread through a variety of means...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:40AM
APWU Members Fired Up for National Day of Action, May 14 "Stand With Postal Workers" - by Geoffray Dumaguit; gdumaguit [at] apwusf.org
San Francisco Location: Fox Plaza Address: 1390 Market Street San Francisco Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact: Geoffray Dumaguit; gdumaguit [at] apwusf.org
Event Date:Thu May 14, 2015 11:00AM
Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 5:11PM
New Data Shows West Coast Whale Entanglements Now at Record High Levels - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— New data reveals that a record number of whales were entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Pacific coast last year, and they are being reported at an even faster rate this year, prompting conservation groups today to urge California fishery managers to institute reforms to better protect marine mammals from injury, suffering and death.
Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:01AM
Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling - by Dan Bacher
“We have to close the loophole in state law that could allow for new offshore oil development,” Senator McGuire said. “After all of the work that we have done to protect our coast and our environment, it’s unconscionable to think that there is a loophole that could lead to additional drilling in state water. It poses too great a risk.”
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:55PM
Coastal Redwood Forests: Carbon Offsets or Climate Mitigation - by Tomas DiFiore
Private corporate industrial commercial timberlands in Mendocino County do not have the standing timber volume inventory to merit carbon sequestration offsets accreditation. Mendocino Redwood Company should not be paid a green certified cent by large scale industrial polluters to ship the remaining redwood forests to expanding markets overseas for carbon offsets. The forest carbon offset marketplace is consumer-product oriented. The short-rotation carbon-decay curve diminishes the intrinsic v...
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:06PM
Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
California's Clear Lake Hitch Closer to Federal Endangered Species Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
CLEAR LAKE, Calif.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that protecting the Clear Lake hitch — a large minnow found only in Northern California’s Clear Lake and its tributaries — under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. Clear Lake hitch were once so plentiful they were a staple food for the original Pomo inhabitants of the Clear Lake region, but have declined to near extinction due to water diversions,...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 8:14PM
California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection From Logging - by Center for Biological Diversity
YREKA, Calif.— A federal court has halted a logging plan in northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and owls. The decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, stems from a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2013 for approving a “habitat conservation plan” for Fruit Growers Supply Company that allowed it to log thousan...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 9:23AM
California Must Support 'No New Offshore Drilling' From Alaska, to North Carolina - by Tomas DiFiore
China (SINOPEC) and Malaysia (Petronas) both state owned companies, under repressive regimes, own leases and drilling rights from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. America's Resources are being exploited for the sake of foreign countries. As Americans look towards renewables and clean energy, corporate international trade policies are selling the dirty polluting resources and drilling rights, to willing buyers – Asia, which have to commit to leaving their own hydrocarbon reserves in the ground.
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:54AM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM
Petition for "Strategic Release" for Abdul Olugbala Shakur - by Steve Martinot
Abdul Olugbala Shakur is a political prisoner, one of the organizers of the Cal. prison hunger strikes, and a founder of the George Jackson University. He has stayed involved in black communities and the struggle for justice even while in prison. This is a petition to try to win parole for him.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:26AM
California Fracking Waiting On Your Comments - LAST DAY - 03162015 - by Tomas DiFiore
Concerned about loss of farmlands and forestlands? Region 6, (all) Northern California - Farmlands, Forests, Williamson Act Lands, Oil and Gas Development, Mitigations required for approval of Well Stimulation and/or new oil or gas field development include "Termination of Williamson Act Contracts"; even purchase of 'other' forestland of equal value (productivity index).
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:28AM
March 2015 is “Say No To Palm Oil Month” - by Tomas DiFiore
The recent NPR story on All Things Considered about the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and Doctor Ian Singleton, which was quite well done, made the claim that it is “illegal logging and land clearing for palm plantations” that threatens Orangutan habitat on Sumatra (Indonesia). There are many forms of legal pathways to deforestation used by Indonesia to expand plantations: the Plasma expansion for existing palm plantations, (the Small Holders option), legal interpretations of th...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:26PM
Cannabis in California: Legalization Update - by via ReformCA
There's a lot going on in our movement in California and across the nation.
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 5:15PM
Palm Oil Industry Sustainable Policies Fail Global Zero-deforestation Commitments - by Tomas DiFiore
Uganda is one of the countries of the new frontier of palm oil destruction in Africa: as in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Liberia, South-East Asian palm oil companies are leasing or buying land to produce palm oil, thereby causing the same destructive effects on communities and the environment as have been seen in Indonesia and Malaysia. PepsiCo and Proctor and Gamble both have sustainable policies that take full effect in 2020. Wilmar has announced that as of January 2016 it would no longer buy oil...
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 12:10PM