Articles Tagged With ‘Environment’




Plastics industry editing California textbooks

Under pressure from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry, schools officials in California edited a new environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show. [CaliforniaWatch] The rewritten textbooks and... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s proposed bag ban moving forward

Single-use paper and plastic bags could be banned at San Luis Obispo County’s larger grocery stores as early as Jan. 1, 2013, under an ordinance proposed by the county’s Integrated Waste Management Authority. At an authority meeting last week, board... (Continue reading)

Feds approve coastal fireworks

Federal regulators on Tuesday gave the green light to July Fourth fireworks shows along the San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Cruz county coasts. Activists have argued that explosions from popular annual pyrotechnics shows along the coast disturb marine life,... (Continue reading)

COLAB sues over wildlife guidelines

A group of business owners is suing Ventura County over an environmental policy passed by the Board of Supervisors in April. The policy, adopted to protect plants and animals, requires land owners to produce environmental impact reports when “important” species... (Continue reading)

Aviation fuel polluting air and water with lead?

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is taking legal action against several major oil companies and suppliers for allegedly causing the pollution of drinking water sources and air around 25 airports throughout California, including San Pedro Creek in Goleta and... (Continue reading)

California ranks worst state for business

For the seventh year in a row, California tops the list as the worst state to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine's annual "Best & Worst States" survey which took the pulse of 550 CEOs across America. The executives evaluated... (Continue reading)

McCarthy chops away at wilderness protection

Cong. Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes much of San Luis Obispo County, introduced legislation Friday designed to cut back wilderness protection efforts. [San Francisco Chronicle] McCarthy, the third ranking Republican in the House proposed a bill that would roll back the... (Continue reading)

Why did California approve a toxic pesticide?

This week, the state Assembly began hearings on why California regulators approved a cancer-causing pesticide for use in strawberry fields and other crops last December. [San Francisco Chronicle] The hearings come as environmentalists and farm workers have filed lawsuits against... (Continue reading)

Major sewage spills in San Luis Obispo County

Health officials are warning the public to stay away from San Luis Obispo Creek, Arroyo Grande Creek, Meadow Creek, Oceano Lagoon and places where the creeks drain into the ocean because of two weekend sewage spills. The catastrophic failure of... (Continue reading)

Mercury might cause homosexual behavior in birds

Mercury poison is being blamed for causing some male birds to display homosexual behavior. [NatureNews] American white ibises exposed to mercury are more likely to engage in same-sex pairings than unexposed American white ibises. Peter Frederick, an ecologist at the... (Continue reading)