Tag: california

  • Recycled plastic draws focus in California

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    Legislation requiring 100 percent post-consumer plastic in beverage containers is gaining traction in California. Meanwhile, recently released data shows recycled plastic usage remains relatively low in the state’s bottling industry. Under Assembly Bill 792, beverage containers would be subject to phased-in recycled plastic mandates. By 2021, beverage containers would be made of at least 25 […]

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  • Study estimates 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in California tap water

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    Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of a lifetime. A new study finds that drinking tap water in California over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer. Researchers […]

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  • Trump plans to allow fracking near California’s national parks

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    Environmental groups are preparing for a fight against the proposal that would end a five-year fracking moratorium in central California The Trump administration has issued a plan to open more than a million acres in California to fracking, including areas close to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks. In its proposal, the government made a case that […]

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  • California could ban small hotel toiletries to save environment

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    A new bill proposed in California could make a hotel room staple disappear. Co-authored by Ash Kalra of San Jose, Assembly Bill 1162 could ban single-use mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion found in many hotels. They could be replaced with bulk dispensers, KCBS reported. The bill, if passed, would try to cut down on […]

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  • California wildfires: Seeking solutions to a wicked problem

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    More than 2.7 million Californians live in areas that are at very high risk for wildfires, according to our analysis of census data and state fire maps. They live in more than 1.1 million housing units, or in about one in 12 of the state’s homes. That’s right: one in 12 homes in California are […]

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  • California fails a big recycling challenge

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    In California, we pay deposits on the packaged beverages we buy and are entitled to get our nickels back or see them used to improve recycling and protect our environment. Instead, consumers are forfeiting almost half of every nickel, recycling centers are closing right and left, and the quality of recycling is dropping.  The consumers […]

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  • California town declares climate emergency 4 months after state’s deadliest wildfire

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    Four months after the Camp Fire destroyed the northern California towns of Paradise and Magalia, city council members in the neighboring town of Chico voted this week to declare a climate emergency that threatens their lives and well-being. Chico’s emergency declaration calls on the city to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030, […]

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  • California Seeing a Butterfly Boom After 7 Years of Drought

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    California has finally been declared drought-free after experiencing 7 years of alarmingly arid conditions – and it has resulted in a surge of butterflies and wildflowers. According to recent reports from the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center, California has been experiencing some form of drought since December 20th, 2011 – which is 376 consecutive weeks […]

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  • Clean Energy Fuels Goes All In on Renewable Natural Gas

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    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it would convert all its natural gas fuel to its renewable product, Redeem, by 2025 as it positions itself to offer the cleanest available fuel alternative to diesel through a broad distribution network. The plan comes as regulatory agencies are considering how to toughen emissions regulations for nitrogen oxide, which […]

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  • California Touts Desalination, but Take It With a Grain of Salt

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    Process is drought-resistant way to meet water demands, supporters say Desalination is harmful to environment, costly compared to other sources, according to opponents Slimming down a $17 billion plan to shunt water from Northern California to the arid south has the state considering ways to supplement water needs. Desalination is one of the methods getting […]

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