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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.

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.

UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims

The historic ruling marks the first decision by a UN human rights treaty body based on a complaint filed by an individual seeking protection from the effects of climate change.

PFAS Containmination of Tap Water Far More Prevalent Than Previoulsly Reported

New laboratory test commissioned by EWG have for the first time found the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in the dirnking wáter of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitian areas

The Coming National Water-Quality Crisis

New California testing guidelines that take effect this month are expected to reveal widespread groundwater contamination from the chemicals associated with Teflon.

Fecal bacteria at record levels in some California waterways

Despite investing $1.75 billion to increase California’s housing supply last year, the state’s homeless population increased.

The Ocean Cleanup reveals the Interceptor to remove plastic pollution from rivers

After recently announcing its first success at collecting plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Cleanup team is widening efforts by addressing the main entry point of litter — rivers.

On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.

Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia’s ancient giant kelp was cooked.

Tony SF Restaurants Adopt Surcharge to Fight Climate Change

Diners at some of San Francisco most popular restaurants might notice a new line item on their bills this month, a one percent add-on that’s known as the Restore California surcharge

The missing 99%: why can't we find the vast majority of ocean plastic?

What scientists can see and measure, in the garbage patches and on beaches, accounts for only a tiny fraction of the total plastic entering the water

California Teachers Could Be Required To Teach About Climate Change

California schools may soon be required to teach about the causes and effects of climate change under a bill introduced on Monday.

"FACT: Less than 1% of the trash in the ocean is from the United States."

Not all news about the environment is bad these days, at least according to the conservative Young America’s Foundation.

The Surprising Link Between Parks and Violence Prevention

Studies that connect green space to mental health and wellbeing abound. And this connection is intuitive—people have long retreated to parks and natural places to recharge from the pressures of daily life.

How climate change influenced Australia's unprecedented fires

The climate factors contributing to Australia's bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California.

Citing plastic pollution, state Dems would ban cigarette filters

Recycling efforts increased in the last decade, but so has the use of single-serve plastics.

NYC is celebrating Black History Month with an exhibit honoring African Americans in NYC Parks

NYC Parks is marking Black History Month with a new exhibit – “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” at the Arsenal Gallery

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.