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Trump plan could open this giant sequoia monument to logging

Undertaking a review of more than two dozen national monuments declared since the 1990s is part of the Trump Administration's determination to roll back regulation and open public land to private industry.

Billions in new spending for housing, water, parks and more could be on the 2018 ballot

Californians could vote on billions of dollars in new spending for low-income housing developments and water and parks improvements next year.

Why we are naively optimistic about climate change

Seventy takes us near the end of this century, when predictions from climate models describe terrifying scenarios. If the world as we know it would cease to be in 70 years, people should start to take notice now.

Sailing to the pacific ocean’s trash vortex

Now, ocean plastic pollution had its Frankenstein trash island. Sea captain Marcus Eriksen and surfer Charles Moore discovered the Pacific trash vortex and the island of floating trash.

How neighborhoods affect the social and economic mobility of their residents

Understanding the mechanisms through which neighborhood conditions can affect long-term social and economic outcomes is a crucial step in promoting mobility from poverty.

How the insurance industry can push us to prepare for climate change

Climate change risk is rising, and yet behavioral economics research argues that we are collectively underinvesting in protecting ourselves. Private insurance has a significant role to play.

Clean water plan for long-suffering San Joaquin Valley Towns derailed

An innovative project would see seven Tulare County towns plagued by polluted wells sharing a water treatment plant, but political infighting stalled the proposal days before a funding deadline.

U.N. report: little known about ocean plastic’s impact on human health

An FAO study finds that more than 100 commercial seafood species ingest microplastic, which can be contaminated with toxins. More worrying are the unknown health effects of even smaller nanoplastics.

Freshwater to sea, the resilience of oceans

Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly encourages us to join together to develop a concerted global action to deliver on the targets of SDG 6.

Trump gets report that could open national marine sanctuaries to oil drilling

Oil drilling was banned along the entire Sonoma County coast when President Obama expanded Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in 2016. Now the Trump administration is considering reversing that decision.

Los Angeles’ Sustainable City “pLAn,” a four-part series (part IV)

Mayor Eric Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn claims that building equity in our city ensures all Angelenos have access to healthy, livable neighborhoods.

California towns tackle nitrate pollution with local solutions

It will take decades to slow nitrate contamination in groundwater from industrial agriculture in parts of the state of California, so communities are taking matters into their own hands to get clean drinking water.

How climate change canceled the grizzly salmon run

On an Alaskan island, one of nature’s greatest spectacles is shutting down, as brown bears abandon fish in favor of a surprising alternative.

Breakthrough could help predict a catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen

The ocean is losing oxygen due to nutrient pollution, the effects of climate change, and decreased mixing of marine layers. These are a few ways that could help predict catastrophic loss of ocean oxygen.

Meet the brothers kayaking down the world's most polluted river

Plastic Bottle Citarum has been launched to help make people think about the dangers that pollution has on human health to inspire positive change.

Oceans Deeply talks: drowning in plastic

Oceans Deeply talks with experts about the plastic pollution that’s threatening the ocean: What we know, what we don’t know and, crucially, what we can do about it.

5 ways underwater drones are helping citizens save the ocean

Later this year, an army of small swimming robots is set to plumb the mysteries of oceans around the world. Each one will have its own mission, as defined by citizen scientists interested in everything from reefs to "robomussels" that can self-monitor temperature.

California’s plan to tackle a carcinogen widespread in water

Decades after declaring 1,2,3-TCP a carcinogen, California is finally regulating the toxin. But the cost of remediation will be high and communities are turning toward litigation to pay for water treatment.

Trump administration reverses bottled water ban in national parks

The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era policy put in place to encourage national parks to end the sale of bottled water.

Climate change could make flights longer and bumpier

Climate change could affect the maximum takeoff weight of planes, which may result in more weight restrictions and even flight cancellations.

Just 10 river systems contribute up to 95 percent of plastic in oceans

We've known that the plastics we throw away — empty water bottles and grocery bags, for instance — pollute our oceans. Every year, about 8.8 million tons (8 million metric tons) of this material ends up in the deep blue sea, imperiling marine ecosystems.

5 years after Superstorm Sandy, the lessons haven't sunk in

Five years after Superstorm Sandy was supposed to have taught the U.S. a lesson about the dangers of living along the coast, disaster planning experts say there is no place in America truly prepared for climate change and the tempests it could bring.

California state parks' blueprint for a more diverse future

Park visitorship should reflect the state’s “ethnic, age and income diversity” and a state park unit providing a “relevant educational, interpretive, spiritual, cultural, familial, community, and recreational experience”.

New global study shows the production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made

A new global study published yesterday estimated that 8,300 million metric tons of plastics have been produced to date Ndthe vast majority has ended up in our environment.

A nearly $17-billion water project is being planned for California. What will it cost the Southland?

Decision time is approaching for the agencies that will have to pick up the nearly $17-billion tab for building two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the heart of the state’s water works.

Tweet streams: how social media can help keep tabs on ocean health

Environmental monitoring is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. One solution: Tap data stored in tweets and Instagram photos to track the health of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.

A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news

A controversial California climate program got a shot of good news this month when a study suggested it is successfully reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and providing other environmental benefits on the side.

Scientists have figured out how much plastic we’ve made since 1950. It’s not pretty.

In just 70 years, more than 8 billion metric tons of virgin plastics have been produced worldwide.

Coral triage: scientists zero in on reefs with best chance of survival

Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s 100 Island Challenge uses 3-D photography to monitor how coral reefs change over time in an effort to help local communities save crucial marine ecosystems.

Promised parks still unbuilt as lawmakers seek to build more

Lawmakers want to spend $700 million to build new parks as part of a $4 billion bond proposal, but many parks promised under the last bond in 2006 still aren't finished.

Climate change will likely trigger more deadly landslides in the alps

According to theory, a rise in temperatures can cause permafrost to thaw, destabilizing mountain slopes.

California’s biggest drought success story came with a high cost

East Porterville was the hardest-hit community during the drought, when nearly 1,000 people were without water. Efforts to find a long-term fix have been successful but came with a big price tag and some important lessons.

Marine noise pollution stresses and confuses fish

Increased noise pollution in the oceans is confusing fish and compromising their ability to recognize and avoid predators.

Turn to the volcanoes. They are our electric future.

Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling.

Plastic in the sea smells like food to fish, finds new study

Anchovies are falling into an 'evolutionary trap' created by vast amount of plastic waste being dumped in the sea.

63 million Americans exposed to unsafe drinking water

Nearly fifth of the United States from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water.

L.A. is park poor. So why is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city locked behind a fence?

Los Angeles is woefully park poor. Less than half of L.A. County residents have easy access to a park, and three-quarters of the public spaces we do have are falling apart.

Is your sunscreen poisoning the ocean?

Sunscreen contains a chemical called oxybenzone to deflect UV rays which will cause about six and a half Olympic-size swimming pool to be deadly with one single drop.

Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don't buy the science

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians lack access to safe drinking water. Let's fix that once and for all

California’s wet winter eased the immediate water shortages that affected most of the state, giving lawmakers and water agencies a bit of a breather.

How to reduce your plastic consumption & why you better start today

It's time to wake up to colossal and terrifying effects of plastic pollution.

San Francisco, Oakland sue oil giants over climate change

The lawsuits argue that Exxon, Chevron and the other companies knew the global warming risks their products were creating.

Hunting for plastic in California’s protected ocean waters

Microplastics, which are too small for water systems to catch, have continued to flow straight into San Francisco Bay.

California to sue Trump administration over plan for U.S.-Mexico border wall

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra plans to announce a lawsuit on behalf of the state that will challenge President Trump’s proposal to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, a project Becerra has called “medieval.”

UN competition encourages student innovations to tackle plastic wastes in the ocean

UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic, an innovation accelerator organization, have launched a worldwide innovation challenge for university students to fight plastic waste in oceans.

How three friends are turning plastic waste into a new retail brand

One of the hardest parts of building Nomadix has been reminding ourselves to slow down. We really want to be able to make the right decisions that align with our values, not just growth rates or profit margins.

Beyond the High Line: 8 linear parks that have transformed cities

And because it is nearly impossible to carve out more Central Parks in dense cities across the country, linear parks are an excellent way to add green space to urban areas. Their long and winding shape can provide greater access to parks for more residents.

As climate changes, Southern States will suffer more than others

As the United States confronts global warming in the decades ahead, not all states will suffer equally. Maine may benefit from milder winters. Florida, by contrast, could face major losses.

What broke the safe water drinking act?

The Environmental Protection Agency has so far found perchlorate in 45 states, tainting water supplies of roughly 16 million Americans. Yet, there is no mandate that water utilities outside of California and Massachusetts test for the toxic chemical or let residents know when it’s in their tap water.

Nature a powerful force to fight climate change

Global warming is already here. A growing number of leaders see that in order to address it, we need not only more renewable energy and cleaner transport. We must also harness the power of nature.

Environmental Bonds Should Equitably Benefit All Communities

In 2006, California voters approved Proposition 84, a bond measure authorizing $5.4 billion in spending on projects to improve parks, natural resource protection, and water quality, safety, and supply. Most of that money has now been spent.

This Pacific island is covered in 38 million pieces of trash — mostly plastic

Henderson Island is particularly hit by the plastic pollution because it’s located at the edge of the South Pacific gyre, an ocean current that tends to pick up trash.

What kind of wildlife flourishes in cities?

Biodiversity also exists in many other places. More than half of the people on Earth live in cities, and that number is growing, so it is especially important to understand how biodiversity patterns occur in our man-made environments.

6 ways to save the world’s oceans

Without oceans, there would be no life on earth as we know it. But they are under more stress than ever, thanks to overfishing, pollution, and climate change. This World Oceans Day, here are six things you can do to save the seas.

All schoolchildren deserve clean, safe drinking water: Connie Leyva and Eloise Gomez Reyes

As parents, we know that our first duty is to keep our children safe. We must all do our part to make sure that drinking water at California schools is safe and healthy for our children.

Climate change in the U.S. could help the rich and hurt the poor

The U.S. economy probably would lose about 0.7 percent of its GDP for each 1 degree Fahrenheit increase in global temperatures. But that financial pain won’t play out evenly.

Irma and Harvey should kill any doubt that climate change is real

Harvey and Irma are sad reminders that policy matters. At a time when damage from climate change is escalating, we need sensible policy in Washington to protect the citizens of this country, both by reducing future climate change and preparing for its consequences.

This is how climate change will shift the world’s cities

As cities get hotter, weather patterns may shift and make extreme heat even more common. That will in turn threaten public health and the economy.

In Pictures: Plastic pollution and our oceans

With millions of tons of plastic waste being dumped into the sea every year and barely any ocean area free of such pollutants, the environmental impact on marine life and species is tremendous. Take a look at the hazardous effects of plastic pollution on our oceans.

The California drought isn’t over, it just went underground

Drought conditions continue for thousands of rural residents in the San Joaquin valley who rely on groundwater. And the race to dig deeper wells is a losing game for small communities and those on private wells.

Corals keep a record of ocean pollution

Coral nitrogen analysis offers an independent measure of the effects of human activity on the ecosystem. Changes in nitrogen runoff are reflected in coral reef growth.

Why Trump’s parks and public lands attack is harmful to all Americans — especially people of color?

Our parks and national monuments deserve even greater protection, not threats and budget cuts. These lands are something we all own.

Hurricane Harvey and the inevitable question of climate change

Climate change may not have “caused” Hurricane Harvey, but it seems likely that warming temperatures — the consequence of man-made greenhouse gases trapping heat in the atmosphere — exacerbated the storm conditions.

Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

In the two minutes it took you to read this article, more than 60,000 pounds of plastic were dumped into our oceans. That plastic could very well have profound health consequences for you and the ones you love.

Doctors are prescribing park visits to boost patient health

Printed on a notepad with an “Rx” symbol in the top-left corner, a park prescription instructs a patient to take one free day at “any South Dakota state park or recreation area.”

Water: More or Less' author talks California's ever-changing water policy

Rita Sudman is longtime observer of the California water, and even led the Water Education Foundation. In 2016, she co-authored "Water: More or Less." In an interview with ABC10, Sudman talked about her book and the future of California's water policy.

Living in California’s San Joaquin Valley may harm your health

More than 1 million people in the region have been exposed to unsafe drinking water in recent years from pesticides, arsenic, nitrate and uranium. And many communities also face multiple environmental health threats.

The 10 ways we can fix climate change

A team of writers and researchers led by American environmentalist Paul Hawken has just published Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to scale back the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The book offers hope that real solutions within reach.

Californians are recycling bottles less and less. Here's what's going on

In a state that prides itself as a global leader in protecting the environment, recycling rates for beverage containers have dropped to their lowest point amid the continued closure of centers that pay for bottles and cans and the fallout from changes to California's recycling program.

Plasticity forum highlights plastics recycling issues and opportunities

Plastics recycling, ocean pollution and program investments were among the sustainability topics at the first Plasticity Forum in California. While noting that the U.S. is far from ideal on plastics recycling, California is so far ahead of other areas.

How urban parks keep seniors healthy and living stronger

As for the ways seniors interact with parks, parks are not simply a place with trees and grass, they are powerful spaces that can support gathering and mobility.

Is marine plastic pollution a threat to human heath?

Would you like a side of plastic with your fish dish? Well, you might get it whether you like it or not. Ocean plastic pollution is pervasive. Scientists are trying to figure out the impact on human health.

How affordable housing can help on climate change

Climate change policy is about saving the planet through making better choices. We will always come up short if we fail to include solutions for the people we wish to save.

T is for toxic: danger lurking in California school drinking fountains

It’s too risky for tens of thousands of children in the San Joaquin Valley to drink water at their schools due to chronic contamination by chemicals, pesticides and other toxins.

California drought: plans advance to enlarge major Bay Area Reservoir

Working to expand water supplies for California’s next drought, a coalition of 12 Bay Area water agencies took a significant step toward an $800 million expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir.

Economic benefits of green spaces

According to a research report by the Forestry Commission, investments in green space have a positive impact on constituent components such as job creation, new business start-ups and private investment.

The ocean has issues: 7 biggest problems facing our seas, and how to fix them

While it's true the oceans can provide us with some amazing eco-solutions like alternative energy, they are undergoing some serious stress factors. Here are the seven biggest problems, plus some light at the end of the tunnel.

Pacific voyage reveals depth of plastic pollution crisis

The discovery of microplastics in deep water means scientists may have underestimated the extent to which plastic trash is contaminating the ocean – and its impact on fish, marine mammals and seabed dwellers.