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Bay Area Advocates Applaud Environmental Justice Commitment from SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission

The community groups are calling BCDC’s vote a historic moment given the deep-seated inequities that have resulted in people of color and low-income communities disproportionately bearing the environmental and public health burdens of the climate crisis.

Equity groups encouraged by State Lands Commission’s new Environmental Justice Policy

On Dec 3rd, 2018, the State Lands Commission voted unanimously to adopt a new Environmental Justice Policy designed to support more fair and inclusive management of California’s public lands. The revised policy incorporates many of the recommendations released in June by the Environmental Justice Working Group, a coalition of organizations representing environmental justice and Tribal communities throughout the state. The Working Group called the new policy a step in the right direction to honor the relationship of Indigenous Peoples to state lands, accelerate a just transition to clean energy, and reduce the impact of transportation and commercial activities on low-income communities and people of color.

Environmental Justice Working Group Case Studies - Appendix To The Recommendations For The California State Lands Commission Environmental Justice Policy Update

Environmental Justice Working Group released case studies that are drawn from the experience of California Native American Tribes and environmental justice (EJ) communities to illustrate the need for a strong Environmental Justice Policy at the California State Lands Commission (SLC).

2018 Environmental Justice Scorecard

The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action) are proud to release our 6th Environmental Justice Scorecard for the 2018 Legislative Session. is scorecard is the only one in the state that assesses how well California’s elected o cials 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.

Advancing climate justice in California: guiding principles and recommendations for policy and funding decisions

The Climate Justice Working Group developed a climate justice policy and funding strategy to address the physical, environmental, economic, and health impacts on vulnerable communities caused by 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.

Tackling degraded oceans could mitigate climate crisis – report

Halting overfishing and the plastic pollution of the oceans could help tackle the climate emergency by improving the degraded state of the world’s biggest carbon sink, a report has found.

Climate change could affect pregnancies and newborns’ health, California study shows

A new study that rising temperatures brought on by climate change could be shortening pregnancies by as many as two weeks suggests worrisome implications for babies’ health and children’s later development.

Thousands of Mysterious Holes Have Been Found in The Ocean Floor Off The Californian Coast

There's a mystery lurking in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Big Sur, California. An underwater survey has found thousands of small, round divots scooped out of the soft sediment on the seafloor.

California voters now rank climate change as their top priority

After years of scorching summers, storms of fire and ash, floods, and drought, Californians now rank climate change as their No. 1 political priority, according to a new poll of Democratic primary voters.

EPA says new testing will expand number of PFAS measured in drinking water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency validated new testing methods Thursday to measure the presence of widespread contaminates called PFAS in the nation's drinking water.

Huge amounts of greenhouse gases lurk in the oceans, and could make warming far worse

Scientists are finding hidden climate time bombs—vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide and methane—scattered under the seafloor across the planet.

Tiny shells reveal waters off California are acidifying twice as fast as the global ocean

In first-of-its-kind research, NOAA scientists and academic partners used 100 years of microscopic shells to show that the coastal waters off California are acidifying twice as fast as the global ocean average—with the seafood supply in the crosshairs.

Ever Hear Of A Nurdle? This New Form Of Pollution Could Be Coming To The Ohio River

When the petrochemical plant being built by Shell Chemical Appalachia in Beaver County, Pennsylvania is complete, it’s anticipated to bring 600 jobs as well as spinoff industries.

Dutch court rules people have a fundamental right to be protected from climate change

The highest court in the Netherlands ruled Friday that the nation's government must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of next year.

Ballona Wetlands: Final EIR Released for Great Park Project

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project near Marina Del Rey.

Study Shows How Pollution, Climate Change Could Make Us Dumber

If our society is being dumb for not taking more urgent action about human pollution and human pollution can make us dumber, will we get to a point to where we can’t even understand how stupid we are being?

Water chief praises Colorado River deal

States in the U.S. West that have agreed to begin taking less water next month from the drought-stricken Colorado River got praise and a push for more action Thursday from the nation’s top water official.

19,200 gallons of liquid from San Onofre being released into ocean in routine process

Southern California Edison was set to release 19,200 gallons of “non-radiological and radiological” liquids a mile offshore today, Dec. 19, from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating site.

Why are whales important to our ecosystem?

Whales are a critical part of our marine ecosystems and vital to the health of ocean waters and the environment. The giant and majestic mammals help to keep thousands of species alive and thriving.

When it comes to access to clean water, 'race is still strongest determinant,' report says

When it comes to access to safe potable water, “race is still the strongest determinant," according to a recent report that found that more than 2 million people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico don't have access to running water and basic indoor plumbing.

71% of California voters support tax on plastics manufacturers according to survey

A new survey of California voters found that 71 percent support key policies of a 2020 ballot initiative to tax plastic manufacturers, officials with San Francisco-based Recology said Thursday.

Caltrans prepares for climate change impacts to California’s transportation system

Caltrans will conduct region-specific climate change vulnerability assessments for each of Caltrans’ 12 districts to help identify how climate change will impact California's transportation system.

There's 'Several Orders of Magnitude' More Plastic in Rivers Than Oceans, Study Finds

Humans have produced an estimated 10 billion metric tonnes of plastic since the industrial era, most of which has ended up as permanent waste in the environment that will define Homo sapiens’ legacy in the fossil record.

Thousands of animals around the world are at risk of extinction. But not jellyfish — they're thriving in warm, polluted water.

The world is in the midst of a mass extinction — the sixth time in the planet's history that species are experiencing a major global collapse in numbers.

Microplastic pollution could reduce drinking water quality

Microplastic pollution in streams may be negatively impacting our drinking water quality as well as damaging the aquatic ecosystem.

Italian Law To Require Climate Change Education In Grade School

Starting next year Italian schools will be required by law to study climate change in every grade. The announcement came on the heels of historic flooding in Venice.

Cancer-Linked Contaminants Found In CA Drinking Water: Report

Most Americans don't think twice about drinking a glass of water. A report released Wednesday, though, found more than 270 harmful contaminants in local drinking water across the nation, including California.

Klamath River Tribes in Crisis as Salmon Disappear

An ecological disaster is spawning a cultural crisis in the hills and valleys of the Klamath River and its tributaries.

How Climate Change Could Shift California’s Santa Ana Winds, Fueling Fires

For centuries, humans have experienced the fierce, hot and dry winds that are fanning California’s recent spate of wildfires.

A deadly virus is spreading in marine mammals. Scientists say climate change is to blame.

When a deadly virus that killed tens of thousands of European harbor seals in the northern Atlantic Ocean in 2002 began threatening sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean, scientists were initially puzzled.

Photos from space reveal what climate change looks like, from melting Arctic ice to rampant California fires

The more greenhouse gases we emit, the more the planet warms, and the more we experience extreme and often deadly weather events.

New Urban Recipe is Density with a Side of Amenity

Google is not the only one bringing energy and more “there there” in downtown. Three new urban parks flanked by housing are adding momentum for one of California’s oldest, largest cities that’s becoming more of a destination every day.

Microplastics, microbeads and single-use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans

Between 60 to 90 per cent of the litter that accumulates on shorelines, the surface and the sea floor is made up of plastic.

5 things to know about fighting climate change by planting trees

The idea seemed so catchy, simple and can-do. There’s room to plant enough trees, albeit many, many, many trees, to counter a big chunk of the planet-warming carbon spewed by human activities.

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.

Microplastics polluting Indonesian feeding grounds of ocean giants

New research shows that reef manta rays in Nusa Penida and Komodo National Park could be ingesting up to 63 pieces of plastic per hour of feeding, and whale sharks, which seasonally aggregate in Java, could be ingesting up to 137 pieces per hour.

California Is Spending $2.4 Million to Build the World’s Largest Permanent Installation of Climate Change-Themed Art

California’s clean-air agency has commissioned the world’s largest permanent public installation of climate changed-themed art.

Satellites are key to monitoring ocean carbon

Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.

2 million Americans don’t have access to running water and basic plumbing

This lack of access ‘makes it difficult to stay healthy, earn a living, go to school, and care for a family’

Dumped fishing gear is biggest plastic polluter in ocean, finds report

Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace.

Principles for Parks and Equitable Development

There is a frustrating truth in the world of community development: new large-scale development, no matter how much it is designed to support the existing neighborhood, often displaces or alienates some longtime residents.

As the lab-grown meat industry grows, scientists debate if it could exacerbate climate change

Companies across the world are moving quickly to bring to the market hamburgers and other meat products that are grown from animal cells in a lab.

The Story of Plastic: New Film Exposes the Source of Our Plastic Crisis

Prigi Arisandi, who founded the environmental group Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, picks through a heap of worn plastic packaging in Mojokerto, Indonesia.

Oceans could have reached carbon threshold

Each of the five mass extinctions over the last 500 million years that saw at least 75% of species disappear was accompanied by a surge in carbon entering the ocean.

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

At this very moment, we have the dubious honor of living through an event whose impact will span generations: climate change. Never before has our kind faced such omnipresent peril, from supercharged storms to rising seas to drought to crop failure to biodiversity crises.

Invasive lionfish have huge appetites. Hotter oceans will make them hungrier, new study finds

As the ocean gets warmer, lionfish get hungrier, a new study indicates. With climate change happening now, that’s bad news for the Atlantic marine ecosystems the invasive lionfish has ravaged for decades.

Tests Find Plastic in 20 Percent of Mexican Fish

Microplastics from product packaging and other sources are present in the stomachs of 20 percent of commercially important fish from three regions in Mexico, according to new tests by conservation groups and scientists from prominent Mexican universities.

Climate change is coming for your Cabernet

Harvest season has just begun in California's Napa Valley. But the $160 billion wine industry could dry up if something isn't done to combat a changing climate.

Stressed about climate change? Eight tips for managing eco-anxiety

If the prospect of climate change makes you stressed, anxious or depressed, you aren’t alone. With reports of some children becoming terrified by climate change and the protest group Extinction Rebellion holding “grief-tending workshops”, there is an increasing awareness of so-called eco-anxiety.

Oildale parks could soon be under scrutiny under new program aimed at increasing usage

Not all parks in Kern County are created equal. Whereas The Park at River Walk and Hart Park have recently been filled with cheerful residents out to enjoy the relatively mild weather, parks in Oildale aren’t so lucky.

99% of These Sea Turtles Are Turning Female—Here’s Why

Pacific green sea turtles spend years cruising this northern Australia feeding ground, fattening up on sea grasses before heading to nesting areas to mate and lay eggs.

Recycled plastic to soon pave Los Angeles roads

To better manage plastic waste, Los Angeles is in talks with Technisoil, an innovative manufacturing company, to viably incorporate plastic into the city’s roads.

Firefighting foam leaves toxic legacy in Californians’ drinking water

It was a Sunday tradition at Bethany Slavic Missionary Church. After morning services, Florin Ciuriuc joined the line of worshipers waiting to fill their jugs with gallons of free drinking water from a well on the property, a practice church leaders had encouraged.

The World’s Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns

Climate change is heating the oceans and altering their chemistry so dramatically that it is threatening seafood supplies, fueling cyclones and floods and posing profound risks to the hundreds of millions of people living along the coasts, according to a sweeping United Nations report issued Wednesday.

Hundreds of wells are contaminated across California. Find out where

Nearly 300 wells and other sources of drinking water across California contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, developmental issues in infants, and harm to the liver and immune system.

New Drinking Water Report: Communities of Color More Likely to Suffer Drinking Water Violations For Years

Race bears the strongest relationship to slow and ineffective enforcement of the federal drinking water law in communities across the nation, according to a new report released today.

A vast heat wave is endangering sea life in the Pacific Ocean. Is this the wave of the future?

A vast region of unusually warm water has formed in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and scientists are worried that it could devastate sea life in the area and fuel the formation of harmful algal blooms.

California Becomes First State to Ban Single-Use Hotel Toiletries

California became the first state in the nation to ban hotels from offering mini toiletries in plastic bottles Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to that effect into law.

Regenerative Agriculture Could Help Stop Climate Change -- Can Tech Help Us Get There?

Climate change dominates the headlines and our news feeds and infiltrates our daily conversations. It’s a problem that weighs heavily on our society, but a promising solution could be lying right beneath our feet — in the soil.

The biggest source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Car tires

Cars may be doing more damage to our environment than we realized. The harmful effects that fossil fuels have on our environment are well documented -- a study from March found that global fossil-fuel emissions account for nearly 70% of climate cooling.

Why Japan’s Radioactive Water May End Up In the Ocean

The Japanese utility giant Tepco is considering a plan to dump roughly 1 million cubic meters of treated radioactive water -- enough to fill 400 Olympic-size swimming pools -- from the wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, part of its nearly $200 billion effort to clean up the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl.

Climate change takes toll on oceans, ice: UN report

Loading the atmosphere with CO2 and greenhouse gases has spawned a host of consequences, starting with irreversible sea-level rise, according to a draft Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report obtained by AFP.

PFAS toxins found in drinking water throughout Southern California

Wells of nearly two dozen Southern California water agencies have reportable levels of PFAS, a chemical family increasingly linked to cancer, liver and kidney damage, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, low fertility, low birth weight and ulcerative colitis.

Move To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bottle Toiletries Gains Steam In New York

Tiny plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash in hotels may soon be a thing of the past in New York as lawmakers continue efforts to reduce plastic waste statewide.

Immediate Climate Action Is Needed to Avoid “Grim” Future, Scientists Warn

A leading group of international climate scientists is warning that “large-scale strategies” are needed immediately to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avert “catastrophic circumstances” that threaten every part of the world.

Tens of Thousands Expected to Take Out California’s Trash

It’s a big feat to get 65,000 people to do anything, let alone spend three hours picking up soiled trash. Yet, state officials are expecting around that number to turn out Saturday for the 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The event attracts volunteers who spread out across more than 1,000 coastal beaches, rivers and parks in 55 of California’s 58 counties. Merced, Sutter, and Trinity counties do not participate.

Marine plastic pollution hides a neurological toxicant in our food

In the mid-1950s, domesticated cats in Minamata, Japan mysteriously began to convulse and fall into the bay. The people of Minamata took on similar symptoms shortly after, losing their ability to speak, move, and think.

Heartbreaking images that show the impact of plastic on animals in the oceans

These distressing photos reveal the devastating impact of the plastic crisis that is blighting the planet's oceans. The images, which have been taken by photographers around the world, show everything from turtles trapped in fishing nets to dead whales with their bellies full of debris.

Climate change is coming for your wine. What the world's wineries are doing to save grapes

The estate house grounds at Spottswoode Winery look like a postcard from a 19th-century dream. A sprawling Victorian mansion commands a view of lush gardens, a shimmering swimming pool and 45 acres of grape-filled vines that soon will be harvested.

Climate Anxiety Groups Are the New Self-Care

There were dance parties, DJ sets, drum classes and tutu-making workshops. Still, despite the buoyant mood it wasn’t just another festival tailor-made for glossy Instagram photos. Instead, Catharsis on the Mall, which was inspired by Burning Man and took place on the National Mall in May, had a different aim— healing.

Hundreds Of California Schools Haven’t Released Results Of Water Testing For Lead

This summer, we reported that one out of five California schools found detectable levels of lead in drinking water, but we also told you, hundreds of schools still hadn’t reported the required lead test results.

California sues Trump administration over auto emissions

California and 23 other states on Friday sued the Trump administration over its bid to restrict their authority to limit auto emissions, setting the stage for a bitter court battle over states' rights and climate change.

Climate Scientists Alarmed by Trump’s Move to Undercut Auto Emission Rules

In the fight against climate change, gas-guzzling cars are increasingly seen as the biggest enemy. Carbon dioxide from automobiles has surged in the U.S. at the same time that the emissions have declined from power plants. The transportation sector is now the nation’s single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions -- beyond electrical generation from coal, leaking oil wells and burping cows.

Is Your Drinking Water Safe? Are You So Sure?

The United States boasts some of the cleanest tap water in the world thanks to a slate of laws — notably the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 —sthat set standards for permissible levels of pollution.

Caribbean Islands Are The Biggest Plastic Polluters Per Capita In The World

In 2016, global plastic waste amounted to some 242 million metric tons. Of this, 137 million tonnes (or more than 57%) originated in East Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Central Asia and North America, much of which made its way into the ocean.

Fire and hail push insurers to rethink climate change risks

By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers' market, a wildfire in California's Capay Valley had burnt both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to pay out a sixth of his losses.

5 things to know about the heat 'blobs' threatening oceans

Ocean heat wave “blobs” are emerging in the world’s oceans, posing a serious threat to marine life. The heat waves have been reported recently near both California and Uruguay, according The Washington Post. Marine heat waves have also been observed near Australia.

Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here's how worried you should be

A study from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found that contaminants in US drinking water could lead to nearly 100,000 cases of cancer among people who drink it for a lifetime.

Plastic pollution has entered fossil record, says study

A new study has found that plastic pollution is being deposited into the fossil record, with deposits increasing exponentially since 1945.

Southern California Ocean Temperature Breaks 103-Year Record For September

Southern California waters, famous for being much cooler than Atlantic Ocean waters, are warming up. Scientists recorded a temperature of 78.3 degrees Thursday in the water off Scripps Pier in La Jolla – the warmest September temperature recorded since 1916.

Serenity, now: Where to find a quiet spot amid the bustle of L.A.

A couple of times a week, I find myself in the early morning hours alone on a quiet bluff over the Pacific Ocean at the Korean Friendship Bell not far from my home in San Pedro. I love these stolen moments of quiet, but it never occurred to me that my brain did too.

As the climate crisis worsens, cities turn to parks

City parks have long been a place for urban residents surrounded by the gray of asphalt and concrete to get a small dose of green. As cities increasingly feel the impacts of rising seas and temperatures, city planners are rethinking the roles of urban parks.

Ocean heatwave known as 'The Blob' is warming up the West Coast – and endangering animals

A mass of warm water extending from Baja California in Mexico all the way to Alaska and the Bering Sea could result in death for many sea lions and salmon, as well as toxic algae blooms that can poison mussels, crabs and other sea life.

Opinion: California’s Largest Landowner Can Achieve Environmental Justice

Every year, the state Lands Commission makes decisions that impact the lives of millions of Californians and over 150 indigenous nations. This little-known agency manages more than four million acres of the state’s public lands. From managing oil and gas leases along the coast, to overseeing development in the vicinity of the Tijuana River in the south, and Goose Lake in the north, the commission’s decisions have consequences that last for generations.

With Ocean Noise Increasing, Scientists Explore Relief for Marine Life

Each year, the level of sound caused by humans increases in the world’s oceans. This noise—from a host of sources, including shipping, military exercises, and oil and gas industry activity—disturbs marine life, including fish, sea turtles, invertebrates, and mammals.