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Central Coast leads in water conservation

People living on California’s Central Coast use less water per-capita than any other Californians, according to a California drought database. [MercuryNews] Californian water consumption varies dramatically from region to region. On the Central Coast, residents use 143 gallons a day... (Continue reading)

It’s a fee: California cap and trade passes legal challenge

California’s one-year-old system of auctioning off the right to emit carbon survived a pair of legal challenges this week. [SacramentoBee] Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley rejected lawsuits filed over California’s cap and trade law, AB 32, by the California... (Continue reading)

Action needed on climate: poll

Budget concerns do not deter Californians when it comes to environmental issues like global warming and its causes. A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that residents of the Golden State think it is time now... (Continue reading)

Bill aims to give Coastal Commission teeth

A bill providing the Coastal Commission with authority to issue fines for the first time in its 37-year history is moving through the state legislature. The 1976 law that set up the commission permits the agency only tocollect money from... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles initiates plastic bag ban

There will be no more plastic bags in Los Angeles supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, and other big retailers following a resounding 11-1 vote by city council members Tuesday. (Los Angeles Times) The move is considered the first step toward a... (Continue reading)

Environmental reform stalled

Sacramento politicians have dabbled with reform of California’s far-reaching environmental law during the past few sessions, but now advocates of change fear their chances of success have significantly diminished. (San Jose Mercury News) The 43-year-old law — the California Environmental... (Continue reading)

Environmental hazards of pot farms

Marijuana growers  are siphoning water, spraying pesticides, chopping down trees and leaving California’s wilderness areas strew with litter, scientist said. [LATimes] State scientists recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, the spawning grounds for endangered... (Continue reading)

Bag ban challenge fails as ordinance takes effect

A challenge to the newly implemented San Luis Obispo County plastic bag ban failed in court Monday. [SLO Tribune] On the same day the ban went into effect, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall ruled that the county... (Continue reading)

Plastic bag ban starts Monday

San Luis Obispo County residents need to add reusable bags to their shopping lists or pay 10 cents apiece for paper bags to comply with a new ordinance that goes into effect on Monday. Following impassioned arguments for and against... (Continue reading)

Farmers hear warning about global warming

California’s agricultural industry will be faced with making major amendments to farming methods and crop plantings as Earth’s climate continues its warming evolution. [San Francisco Chronicle] “Climate change is stacking the deck,” biologist Stuart Weiss said in an article prepared... (Continue reading)

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