Articles Tagged With ‘Environmental Quality’




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Reduce global warming, plant a tree

OPINION by ALLAN COOPER In urban “heat islands,” vast stretches of asphalt magnify and reflect sun, sending CO2 directly skyward and creating “dead zones” below. Adding street trees can actually lower summer temperatures through evaporative cooling. A tree forms an oasis... (Continue reading)

SLO County Supervisors approve oak tree and reservoir ordinances

While all five members of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors where in favor of implementing ordinances to protect the clear cutting of oak trees and the county’s underground water resources, supervisors disagreed over the best way to... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission seeking to limit whale captivity

OPINION by DAYNA BOCHCO The Coastal Commission approved SeaWorld’s Blue World project to expand its orca tanks, but prohibited the corporation from breeding or importing any new whales as part of the display. While passions ran high in the hearing... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay marine sanctuary denied

By KAREN VELIE The federal government denied a request by the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and members of the public to make a section of the Pacific Ocean between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands a national marine sanctuary. In... (Continue reading)

Brown likely to sign statewide plastic bag ban

California Govenor Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law the first statewide plastic bag ban in the U.S. [ABC News] Brown has until Tuesday to sign the bill, which would ban single-use plastic bags in large grocery stores beginning... (Continue reading)

High cancer rates near Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

A report by the World Business Academy that details negative health trends in the area surrounding the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was released Monday. Stephen W. Hosea, MD, the associate director of Internal Medicine... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay power plant to shut down in February

Dynegy announced plans to retire its 50-year old Morro Bay natural gas-fired power plant in February because the plant is no longer profitable. Company spokeswoman Katy Sullivan said Dynegy was unable to get a long-term power sales contract to keep... (Continue reading)

15 Gray Whales found dead

During the past two months, 15 dead gray whales of the Chukotka-California population have been found washed ashore in Russia. [MoscowTimes] Gray whales typically migrate from the Chukchi Sea, which is bordered by Alaska and Russia, to Baja California for... (Continue reading)

California hunters may lose lead bullets

Governor Jerry Brown may make California the first state in the country to ban the use of lead bullets for the purpose of hunting. [SF Gate] AB 711, which would require hunters to use ammunition made from a metal other... (Continue reading)

SLO seizes homeless property days after LA loses legal bid

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo calls the tents, bikes and personal belongings of homeless people “found property.” Workers for the company that gets $1,600 a day to seize and send the property to the landfill call it “homeless trash.”... (Continue reading)



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