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2019 Environmental Justice Scorecard

The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action) are proud to release our 7th Environmental Justice Scorecard for the 2019 Legislative Session. is scorecard is the only one in the state that assesses how well California’s elected officials have supported actions to address environmental issues that impact low-income communities and communities of color.

California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment - Climate Justice Report

California is a global leader in using, investing in, and advancing research to set proactive climate change policy, and its Climate Change Assessments provide the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions. The Climate Change Assessments directly inform State policies, plans, programs, and guidance to promote effective and integrated action to safeguard California from climate change.

Summary of EMC Research’s California voters of color poll

How do voters of color perceive climate change in California? They see it as a major threat to the future generations and an issue we must address before it’s too late.

New Report Finds Latino Connections to the Ocean and the Coast Provide Opportunities for Community Engagement and Advocacy in its Protection

As the world celebrates #OceanWeek, the news@HispanicAccesssreport “Nuestro Océano y la Costa: Latino Connections to the Ocean and Coast” finds that Latinos could become one of the leading voices in its protection.

The Indisposible Podcast - Step Inside With Letise Lafeir

Like millions around the world right now, at UPSTREAM we’ve been talking a lot about racial justice in America. We’ve been holding in our hearts the countless Black Americans who’ve effectively been treated as disposable in our society and justice system.

Plastic pollution: World’s oceans may have more than double the amount of tiny plastic particles than scientists thought

There might be more than double the amount of tiny plastic particles in the world’s oceans than previously thought.

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Carlsberg and Coca-Cola back pioneering project to make ‘all-plant’ drinks bottles

Boiling Point: Why climate change matters more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic

Welcome to the first edition of Boiling Point, a newsletter about climate change, energy and the environment in California and the American West.

Coronavirus pandemic threatens to undo progress on plastic pollution

Environmentalists and recyclers express concerns that hard-fought gains are being rapidly reversed as the sustainability debate is "parked."

In South LA., oil wells owned by the archdiocese were making people sick long before the coronavirus

The 21 oil wells down the street from Marco Sanchez front door are named after one of the 12 apostles.

State water board must act to protect the Bay-Delta and California’s fishing industry

State law requires the board to protect all aspects of the Bay-Delta estuary, including wildlife habitat, fishing, drinking water quality and more.

How Much Water Do We Really Need To Drink?

The humble liquid comprises about 60% of our body weight and allows our internal organs to perform at their best.

Trump is fuming about California water. A federal judge just gave him another reason to vent

President Donald Trump has been an eager fighter in California’s water wars. As a presidential candidate, he vowed to bring more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers during a rally in Fresno.

Climate change and Covid-19 increase pressure on potable water resources

Last summer was among the hottest on record in Europe, with record high temperatures that sent millions of people across the continent seeking shelter from the heat.

Opinion: Pandemic Underscores Importance of Access to Parks for All Californians

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded across the country, Californians have found solace in close-to-home parks and open spaces.

California’s ocean waters are glowing in the dark — and the videos are stunning

Southern California’s ocean waters are glowing in the dark thanks to cool science.

San Diego shakes up citywide approach to parks with focus on access, amenities

In new planning document, the city is throwing out a tried-and-tested acreage formula for a system that should mean better parks for all neighborhoods

World Climate Change Makes Repeat 'Dust Bowl' Twice As Likely

Due to global warming, the United States is today more than twice as likely to endure a devastating "dust bowl" scenario than during the Great Depression, researchers said Monday.

Six Places Where Oceans, Rivers And Marine Life Have Rebounded During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The vibrancy with which the planet has rebounded to the global lockdowns (covering half the world’s population), has revealed how resilient wildlife is, and how quickly nature can recover if given a break.

Mussels that clump together in reefs may ingest triple the plastic

The impact of plastic on the many species that call the ocean home is a huge unknown, but scientists are starting to piece together the kinds of risks this pollution poses to the marine ecosystem.

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Researchers Find

An analysis of satellite imagery from the past four decades suggests that global warming has increased the chances of storms reaching Category 3 or higher.

Coronavirus is causing a flurry of plastic waste. Campaigners fear it may be permanent

All of the defining images of the coronavirus pandemic seem to feature one thing: plastic.

Silence is golden for whales as lockdown reduces ocean noise

Curtailing of shipping due to coronavirus allows scientists to study effects of quieter oceans on marine wildlife

How urban parks promote public health

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered humans’ relationship with natural landscapes in ways that may be long-lasting.

How to Read and Understand Plastic Recycling Symbols

What can and can't be recycled confuses many people, so before you drop another bottle into the recycling bin, take look on the bottom

Climate change has doubled extreme fire weather days in California, study shows

While the world wrestles with the immediate impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the more gradual climate crisis continues to accelerate in the background.

'Horrible hybrids': the plastic products that give recyclers nightmares

From singing birthday cards to baby food pouches, a growing trend of mixing materials is making recycling even harder

Segregation and local funding gaps drive disparities in drinking water

As droughts become more frequent and intense, the fragmentation of water service in the U.S. among tens of thousands of community systems

Estuaries are warming at twice the rate of oceans and atmosphere

Study of 166 rivers, lakes and lagoons in Australia shows fisheries face big challenges

How Climate Change Is Putting Doctors In The Hot Seat

A 4-year-old girl was rushed to the emergency room three times in one week for asthma attacks.

For Californians Without Water Access, Coronavirus Adds Another Layer of Struggle

As Californians shelter at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, an estimated 1 million of them lack access to clean drinking water, largely in rural parts of the state.

Sea-level rise could double extreme coastal flood events every five years

Extreme flooding events in some US coastal areas could double every five years if sea levels fueled by climate change continue to rise

A better way to recycle plastic

A French startup has pioneered a new way of using enzymes to recycle plastics more efficiently than current methods.

A Lot Of You Had Questions About Coronavirus In The Water. We Have Some Answers.

The coronavirus pandemic is so new to us that things that seemed so certain — like the safety of our water supply — are suddenly raising questions.

The Power of Parks in a Pandemic

For city residents, equitable access to local green space is more than a coronavirus-era amenity. It’s critical for physical, emotional, and mental health.

Seattle Parks Will Be Open This Weekend

Last weekend, mayor Jenny Durkan closed 15 of Seattle’s most frequented parks in advance of a splendid weather weekend.

Majority of young Americans say climate change affects their major life decisions

Seventy-five percent of Gen Zers and 77 percent of millennials said climate change has affected their major life decisions, according to new research.

Coronavirus lockdown giving world’s oceans much-needed breathing space

The coronavirus lockdown is giving the world’s oceans much-needed breathing space, let’s hope we don’t go back to bad habits when it ends, writes the Ocean Conservation Trust.

COVID-19 Update: Coronavirus Reportedly Found In Sewage In Surprisingly High Levels

Wastewater-based epidemiology might be an effective way to track the disease in a particular population since the deadly novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was found in the feces of those who tested positive.

Cactus juice is the new plastic?

Plastic is everywhere — the average American consumes 70,000 pieces of plastic per year

Urban land could grow fruit and veg for 15 per cent of the population, research shows

Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city's gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their 'five a day', according to new research.

California is a climate leader. But here’s why it needs to move even faster

California is aiming to slash planet-warming emissions faster than ever over the next decade — and critics say state officials aren’t acting with nearly enough urgency.

Norway has a 97% recycle rate for its plastic bottle deposit return scheme (DRS)

The most effective DRS in the world can be found in Norway, colloquially known as “panting”, which has been in operation since the early 2000s.

Lego bricks could survive 1,300 years in the ocean

The ocean around the U.K. is strewn with Lego bricks.

Greenland's melting ice raised global sea level by 2.2mm in two months

Analysis of satellite data reveals astounding loss of 600bn tons of ice last summer as Arctic experienced hottest year on record

Everyone needs their lead pipes replaced, not just those who can afford it

Across the country, over 9 million homes still get their drinking water through a lead pipe.

California Water Board: Don’t flush disinfecting wipes down toilet

Sanitizing is on everyone's mind these days because of the coronavirus pandemic, but don't flush those disinfecting wipes and paper towels down the toilet.

California State Parks Temporarily Closes All Campgrounds in the State Park System: Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches remain open

California State Parks announced today the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Plastic Pollution’s Rapidly Mounting Toll

The number of marine species affected by plastic is over 900.

8 Plastic Wrap Alternatives for an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

We all know that plastic is bad for the environment, but how bad is it really?

Stanford researcher reveals influence of global warming on extreme weather events has been frequently underestimated

Analysis shows global warming is intensifying the occurrence of unprecedented hot spells and downpours faster than predicted by historical trends.

Rising waters threaten wells, drinking water systems

Four out of the five Great Lakes set water level records for February, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

L.A. Scores $19M From State To Create, Fix Up Parks

Two existing city parks will be renovated, while two new parks will be built with the Prop 68 funds, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Greenland Ice Melt Raised Ocean Level 2.2 Millimeters In Two Months

In 2002, a satellite called GRACE — Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment — was launched.

Earth Day 2020 Will Survive The Coronavirus By Moving Online

A lot of things are closed or canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but Earth Day is not one of them.

Arsenic In Drinking Water Damages Hearts Of Young Adults, Study Says

Young adults free of diabetes and cardiovascular disease developed heart damage after only five years of exposure to low-to-moderate levels of arsenic commonly found in groundwater.

David Attenborough calls for ban on 'devastating' deep sea mining

Proposed mining of seabed could destroy unstudied ecosystems and disrupt vital carbon-storing functions, says naturalist

One chart shows how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces like cardboard, plastic, wood, and steel

The new coronavirus typically spreads via droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets carry viral particles and can land on someone else's nose or mouth or get inhaled.

These are the 76 climate solutions we need to scale up right now to have a chance

Onshore wind power, utility-scale solar power, reduced food waste: These are just the first three of Project Drawdown’s plan to end the climate crisis with existing technologies.

Disaster Days: How megafires, guns and other 21st century crises are disrupting California schools

Disaster Days: How megafires, guns and other 21st century crises are disrupting California schoolssFrom climate-driven natural disasters to crumbling infrastructure and threats of mass shootings, modern dangers are sending California kids home from class in record numbers.

A California region’s response to global warming, floods and drought: Raise the dam

Folsom Dam sits at the edge of the foothills above the Sacramento Valley, offering California’s floodable state capital region critical protection.

Climate change will affect access to fresh water. How will we cope?

Local solutions will keep the precious resource flowing

Plastic Water Bottle Pollution: Where do all the Bottles End Up?

Plastic water bottle pollution is worse than you think.

Microplastics affect sand crabs' mortality and reproduction, PSU study finds

Sand crabs, a key species in beach ecosystems, were found to have increased adult mortality and decreased reproductive success when exposed to plastic microfibers

Urban dwellers who live near green spaces are less likely to die early, a new study says

Nature does the body good. And a sprawling new analysis of more than 8 million people suggests that to boost residents' longevity, cities should get a lot less gray and a lot more green.

Pacific Ocean’s rising acidity causes Dungeness crabs’ shells to dissolve

Acidity is making shells of crab larvae more vulnerable to predators and limiting effectiveness in supporting muscle growth

World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

As governments prepare to negotiate a Paris-style UN agreement on nature, 23 former foreign ministers have issued a call for urgent action

Your recycled plastic might be ending up in a landfill.

Recycling facilities in the US can't process most of the plastics

Boston harbor brings ashore a new enemy: Rising seas

Facing climate change, Boston must gird itself for an era of rising water — or be inundated

More Plastic Is on the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

With the recent fracking boom causing low gas prices, fossil fuel companies are seeking other ways to bolster their profits — by making more plastic.

California Wildfire Reality: New Alert Systems and Forest Management Key as Climate Change Continues

We’re living in the new California reality of catastrophic wildfires and weeks of forced power outages.

What Rising Seas Mean for San Francisco

How the Bay Area is confronting climate change.

5 Stunning Facts About Clean Water You Must Know

Water is incredibly, astonishingly precious. Water allows us to stay hydrated and quench our thirst. Water allows us to clean our bodies and maintain proper hygiene.

The Global Plastic Crisis In Numbers: 10 Shocking Facts You Need To Know

The plastic crisis is one of the biggest challenges that our planet is facing, and one that desperately needs to be tackled, especially if we want to save the fate of our oceans.

'It's Looking Quite Grim': Climate Change Could Kill All of Earth's Coral Reefs by 2100, Scientists Warn

Climate change could destroy almost all of Earth’s coral reef habitats by 2100, according to new research.

Parks are a public health solution waiting on our doorstep

It’s time to shift the conversation around parks in California. New data is illuminating the need to look at state parks in communities a bit differently

Climate change models predicted ocean currents would speed up — but not this soon

Ocean currents are the undersea conveyor belts that help regulate Earth's climate and influence weather systems around the world.

Huge ‘hot blob’ in Pacific Ocean killed nearly a million seabirds

A study released by the University of Washington found the birds, called common murres, probably died of starvation between the summer of 2015 and the spring of 2016.

Living wall garden bringing tranquility to historic downtown San Bernardino

A garden is being planted in San Bernardino, but not where you might expect.

The World’s Ocean Just Set The Record For Warmest Temperatures In Human History

2019 was a record year for global warming. This week, NASA and NOAA announced that global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern record keeping began.

California schools must eliminate lead in water, but what about nearby homes?

California authorities are addressing the problem of lead in drinking water at public schools through a statewide program to test pipes and upgrade plumbing, but experts warn the threat goes well beyond schools

Rising ocean temps increase risk of infectious disease for humans, marine life

A major new United Nations report, issued on Wednesday, warns that the Earth’s oceans are under severe strain from climate change, threatening everything from the ability to harvest seafood to the well-being of hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts.

Award Honoring Best Parks Worldwide Recognizes Presidio of San Francisco

The Presidio in San Francisco is the first park in the United States to get the award that recognizes the best parks and green spaces in the world, the park's officials said Tuesday.