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text EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, January 18, 2017 — The Environmental Protection Agency today released its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, finding that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides. Another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by the pesticide diazinon. The results released today are the final biological evaluation...
Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:11PM
text USDA Grants Final Approval for Invasive GE Grass by Center for Biological Diversity
Rushed Approval of Genetically Engineered Bentgrass Granted Despite Ongoing Threat to Agriculture, Environment...
Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:50PM
text Lighthouse Bank Vice Chairman Involved In Assault On Richmond & Mountain View Voters by Lynda Carson
According to Lighthouse Bank, the bank was founded in October 2007 by approximately 350 local residents, professionals and small business owners. During 2014, Stephen D. Pahl had 91,768 shares of Lighthouse Bank common stock, presently worth around $16.00 per share according to the Wall Street Journal!...
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:24AM
text California Agency Proposes Turning Monterey Aquifer Into Oil Waste Dump by Center for Biological Diversity
State's Proposal Shrugs Off Voters' Approval of Ban on Oil Waste Injection...
Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:01PM
text Post Office Uses Leaf Blowers to Harrass Homeless at 6AM by Free Speech Matters
In the dark of 6AM no less than three contractors use leaf blowers to "clean" the area in front of the Post Office....
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:46AM
text Army Corps Issues Blanket Approval to Destroy Tens of Thousands of Acres of U.S. Wetlands by Center for Biological Diversity
Program Allows Mass Environmental Degradation With Limited Oversight...
Posted: Mon Jan 9, 2017 1:48AM
text Federal Analysis Downplays Fracking's Threats to Public Land in California by Center for Biological Diversity
Draft Proposal Seeks to Open Hundreds of Thousands of Acres of Public Land on Central Coast to Drilling, Fracking...
Posted: Thu Jan 5, 2017 3:57PM
text Santa Cruz Sanctuary Assembly by Paul Johnston
Members of the community came together to build the sanctuary movement in Santa Cruz....
Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:39PM
text EPA Report Confirms Threat Posed By Fracking by via Sierra Club
Final Report Finds Cases of Impacts Identified For All Stakes of Process...
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:47PM
text President Grants Commutations to 153 Federal Prisoners, Including Paul Free and Steven Speal by American Civil Liberties Union
WASHINGTON, December 19, 2016 — Today, President Obama announced 153 grants of commutation. Of today's 153 grants, 82 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 1,176, of which 605 were supported by Clemency Project 2014....
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:26PM
text Despite New Jaguars in US, Feds Release Plan to Recover Endangered Jaguars Only in Mexico by Center for Biological Diversity
New Plan Fails to Guide Recovery in U.S. Southwest...
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:39PM
text Santa Cruz County has second most agricultural pesticide illnesses in the state by Lucia Calderón
Department of Pesticide Regulation report shows Santa Cruz County ranked #2 for agricultural pesticide-related illnesses in 2014...
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:31AM
text Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 8, 2016 — Federal officials this week announced receipt of a new permit application to frack an oil well in federal waters off the coast of California. If approved it would be the first offshore frack near the California coast since the federal government lifted a moratorium on the controversial oil-extraction process earlier this year....
Posted: Thu Dec 8, 2016 5:09PM
text New Study: Mounting Evidence Supports Eating Less Meat for Health of People, Planet by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A new systematic review of dietary patterns and sustainability published in the latest edition of Advances in Nutrition provides additional evidence that diets lower in animal-based foods and higher in plant-based foods are better for the health of people and the planet. The review highlights the urgency of addressing sustainability in national food policy as a matter of food security: “Long-term food security can be ensured only if we consider the sustainability of our food suppl...
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:59PM
text Forest Service Agrees to Halt Oil, Gas Leasing in Los Padres National Forest by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 6, 2016 — The U.S. Forest Service is halting new oil and gas leasing throughout the Los Padres National Forest, which prompted a federal court today to stay ongoing litigation against the agency by conservation groups. The leasing suspension will allow the Forest Service to consider the risks of fracking and drilling in the southern and central California forest to air and water quality and endangered animals like the California condor....
Posted: Tue Dec 6, 2016 1:32PM
text New Report on an Old Story: Can Santa Cruz Learn from Yale Law School? by Yale Law School, Robert Norse
On reading the summary of the Yale Law School report documenting the Criminalization of the Homeless in Connecticut, I reacted with some thoughts about Santa Cruz. Both my thoughts and the news report summarizing the report I post below. Also included are links to the Executive Summary and the full report....
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:41PM
text HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley by Robert Norse
I recently forwarded an article that contrasted principles and policies elsewhere with those of Santa Cruz authorities--which I caustically denounced in an accompanying "Notes from Norse". I believe these Notes are a useful update to some of the brutal practices ongoing in Santa Cruz and so pass them on for readers....
Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:56AM
text Trump's New Interior Department Transition Team Leader Believes Burning Fossil Fuels Is a 'Moral' Imperative by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016 — President-elect Trump today again shook up his anti-environmental transition team, naming the director of a pro-Big-Oil think tank to lead his Interior Department advisory group....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:12PM
text Feds Block Offshore Arctic Drilling, Allow New Oil and Gas Leases in Gulf by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2016 — A new offshore oil and gas plan from the U.S. Department of the Interior blocks two drilling leases in the Arctic, but allows a new lease in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and 10 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years – a step that will worsen climate change by ensuring significant greenhouse gas pollution for the next 70 years....
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:36PM
text As Commercial Crab Season Opens, Fishermen Urged to Implement Gear Modifications to Prevent Whale Entanglements by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., November 14, 2016 — As the commercial Dungeness crab season opens in California Nov. 15, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging fishermen to comply with recommended gear modifications to help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. The season’s opening days put whales at high risk because more available crab means fishermen are on the water as many days as possible....
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:23PM