Washington Post: World’s richest 1% pollute more than the poorest two-thirds, Oxfam says

Nov 20 – Rich People Will Cause A Million Deaths This Decade As They Ruin The Planet: The world’s richest 1% created more carbon emissions than 66% of the rest of the world’s population in 2019, a new analysis from Oxfam finds. The report, which analyzes the lifestyles and emissions of the wealthiest people on Earth— a cohort of about 77 million people making over US$140,000 a year — finds that emissions from this group will have major impacts on the rest of the world’s population, as their pollution was 16% of all CO2 emissions in 2019, a quantity sufficient to raise the temperatures enough to spur over a million deaths from excess heat. During this decade, emissions from the world’s wealthiest 1% alone will cause at least 1.3 million more additional deaths due to heat stress, while activities from these wealthy people in 2019 were enough to cancel out the benefits of 1 million wind turbines. Deeper read HERE.

E&E News: EPA readies $2B for environmental justice grants

Nov 21 – EPA Will Spend Big on Environmental Justice. The U.S. EPA this week announced that it would begin rolling out $2 billion worth of grants for lower-income communities on the front lines of climate change — the largest investment in environmental justice in U.S. history. The Community Change Grants were appropriated for in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act. Biden is expected to make environmental justice a large plank of his platform once again. The grants will be provided in a number of areas, including for programs that address urban heat islands and wildfires, assess the impact of climate change on health, work to clean toxic pollution, and accelerate clean energy development and workforce training. Read ON.

Monterey Bay Air Resources Board: Take the LEEP! Transition to zero-emission equipment!

There is currently a total of $80,000 available for residential funding and a total of $315,000 available for commercial funding. The Monterey Bay Air Resources District is pleased to offer the Landscape Equipment Exchange Program (LEEP) to residents and commercial operations of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. This program will provide financial incentives to replace old, combustion landscaping equipment with new, cordless, electric, zero-emission landscape equipment. Info and application HERE.

Frans Lanting Supporting Monarch Protection in Mexico

“In 1996 Frans Lanting photographed Alejandro Mondragon Posadas when he worked with Monarch butterflies as a community guard at El Rosario, an important overwintering reserve that is owned and managed by local people in Michoacan, Mexico. When he returned to El Rosario this year, Frans presented Alejandro with a print from 1996 showing Alejandro in a meadow full of Monarch butterflies—a memory both treasured. Go HERE to learn how you can support Monarch conservation.”

Optimist Daily: Caribbean Marine Protected Area

In a monumental move for marine conservation, the Caribbean gem, Dominica, is set to establish the world’s inaugural marine protected area dedicated to safeguarding the endangered sperm whale. This reserve, which covers approximately 300 square miles of the island’s western waterways, is a huge step in protecting these majestic creatures and their important ecosystems. With an estimated 500 sperm whales in the waters near Dominica, protecting this matrilineal community becomes critical. The vulnerability of female calves, as well as the sociocultural system, highlight the importance of conservation measures. Gero emphasizes the delicate balance, stating that “one calf being entangled can mean the end of a family.” More DEPTH.

Earthjustice: The Sacred Kept Safe From Drilling

For more than 10,000 years, the Badger-Two Medicine area near Glacier National Park in Montana has provided strength, subsistence, and cultural identity for members of the Blackfeet Nation. But the Blackfeet aren’t the only ones who value the region. Oil and gas companies long sought to drill here. And they got a toe-hold in the form of leases issued by the Reagan administration in the early 1980s. Over the next 40 years, Tribal leaders, conservationists, hunters and anglers, and other Montanans banded together to prevent drilling in this wild, roadless area of national forest lands. Their persistence and tenacity finally paid off. A settlement announced on Sept 1, 2023, permanently retired the last of the leases. More INFO.

TIME: Sustaining The Cold Chain – Cruz Foam Recognition

TIME revealed its annual list of the Best Inventions, which features 200 extraordinary innovations changing our lives. Cruz Foam is proud to announce that we have been named to TIME’s prestigious list of the Best Inventions for our Cruz Cool™ product in the Reuse & Recycle category. This award is such a massive honor, and we are so proud to be included on the list! The Cruz Cool cooler, which can insulate frozen goods for 48 hours, is made out of chitin, a polymer that’s found in fungi, insects, and shrimp. But the real difference is how it’s produced. Typically, eco-friendly alternatives to styrofoam come in odd shapes and sizes that flummox supply chains. Parent company Cruz Foam compounds the chitin with other ingredients into large flat pellets that feed into a partner’s current processing plant. Read MORE.

Earthjustice: Cracking Down on Crypto Plants

In late September, a judge affirmed that the Greenidge Generation cryptocurrency mining plant is inconsistent with New York’s landmark Climate Law. Greenidge is a gas-fired power plant in upstate New York that previously supplied power to New York’s grid in times of peak demand. Now, it burns fracked gas round-the-clock to mine Bitcoin. In 2022, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied Greenidge’s air permit renewal. Earthjustice stepped in to help defend the air permit denial, working with local community groups. Read MORE.

Inside Climate News: New Research Increases Urgency to For COP28 Action

Nov 17 – Research released this week raises new questions about how much more Earth may warm, or cool, if and when human carbon dioxide emissions zero out. Best estimates to date suggest that the global surface temperature would stabilize within a few decades, but the new paper in the journal Frontiers in Science examines the uncertainties around that conclusion, including how the planet’s key carbon dioxide-absorbing systems, like forests and oceans, will respond. “There is a non-negligible chance that global warming will continue after net zero and intensify dangerous climate change,” he said. Without immediate emissions cuts, global temperatures will breach the Paris Agreement’s goals sooner than expected, scientists say. Read ON.

Save The Redwoods League: Beacon of renewal: A new welcome center opens

A new gateway to the western side of Big Basin State park is reconnecting visitors to Rancho del Oso. California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, and Waddell Creek Association opened the 684-square-foot Rancho del Oso Welcome Center, with its 480-square-foot observation deck on Oct. 28. Here, in a valley, with views of a captivating marsh and the ocean, visitors can learn from interactive exhibits about the area’s plants, animals, human history, fire recovery, and recreational opportunities. From the center, visitors can explore nearby trails, including the Marsh Trail, which leads past delicate ferns, lichen-draped trees, placid Waddell Creek, and thickets alive with birdsong and the ribbits of frogs. Learn MORE.

CalMatters: California reduces payments for rooftop solar power — for second time in a year

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California Public Utilities Commission appointees voted to slash financial incentives for rooftop solar power — for the second time. The Nov 16 5-0 vote by the CPUC will make solar panels less economically enticing for apartment dwellers, farmers, schools and strip malls, solar companies say. The commission said it altered the rates because paying solar panel owners near-retail prices allows these mostly wealthy property owners to avoid paying a fair share of maintaining the grid, while saddling everyone else with higher electric bills, including low-income customers. The commission approved similarly dramatic solar incentive cuts for single-family homes in December — a decision that the solar industry says has prompted a steep drop-off in sales. Read MORE.

Pocket: From Yosemite to Bears Ears, Erasing Native Americans From U.S. National Parks

Immersed in the American West during the early 19th century, artist George Catlin made it his goal to capture idyllic scenes of nature, often featuring the frontier’s many Native American inhabitants. Catlin was concerned about the destruction white settlers would bring as they moved west. (However) the foundational myth of America’s National Parks revolves around the heroic preservation of “pristine wilderness,” places supposedly devoid of human inhabitants that were saved in an unaltered state for future generations. This is obviously a falsehood: Places like Yosemite were already home to thriving communities that had long cherished—and changed—the environment around them. As is common on interpretive material regarding Native Americans, the National Park Service’s pressure on indigenous people to relinquish access to their land is masked by a blameless narrative of “natural” population decline and economic shifts. Read ON.

Good News – Canary Media: Michigan just passed one of the country’s most ambitious clean energy bills

Nov 9 – Michigan’s Democrat-controlled legislature has passed a package of clean energy bills that includes one of the most aggressive state-level clean energy targets in the nation. Senate Bill 271, which requires the state’s major utilities to achieve 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2040, as well as bills 273, 502 and 519, were passed on party-line votes in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate, where Democrats hold narrow majorities. Michigan is now one of several states in which Democrats won governing ​“trifectas” in the 2022 midterm elections and then proceeded to enact significant climate policy. Read ON.

Inside Climate News: Five Decades and a Mountain of Evidence: Study Explores How Toxic Chemicals are ‘Stealing Children’s Future Potential’

Oct 23, 2023 – A newly released review of more than 200 studies has concluded that children from low-income families and families of color are exposed to more neurotoxic chemicals—and experience greater harm from them—than young people from higher-income and white families. Children of color and from low-income families are not only exposed to more dangerous substances but also experience disproportionate harm to their brain development, researchers report. “The whole issue is, children are not exposed to one neurotoxicant at a time—it’s many,” said Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges, a co-lead author. “And so, you know, policies that allow these exposures to continue are really just stealing children’s future potential. Read ON.

Good News – Cal Matters: The World’s Largest Dam Demolition Has Begun

Removing the dams on the Klamath River is expected to reopen more than 400 miles of habitat for steelhead and other threatened and iconic fish, and restore flows that can better flush away toxic algae and disease. The smallest of the four dams, the 33-foot Copco Number 2, located in Siskiyou County, is already …. gone. By October of 2024, the river will flow freely past the other three dams as well — the J.C. Boyle dam in Oregon and the Copco Number 1 and Iron Gate dams in California’s Siskiyou County. Tribal members, researchers, rural residents near the dams, conservationists and the fishing industry are all anxiously waiting to see how this river, dammed for decades, will change — and with it, its fish, wildlife and human neighbors. Dive in HERE.

Common Roots Farm: Farm Manager, Nina Vukicevic, Chosen For Award

The award grant was provided by the American Farmland Trust’s Brighter Futures Fund. This story was recently published on the AGDAILY website and in it, Nina observes: “Our farm is unique in that we are a production farm that welcomes people with disabilities to participate in our growing operation. I am super interested in how we can farm ecologically, even regeneratively, on a human scale using mostly hand tools and lots of volunteers. This farm lets me integrate my health and ecological priorities with a social mission I support. We see a lot of disabilities here and we work within that human diversity to grow great food, give people purposeful work, and donate produce to local food programs.” Congratulations, Nina! More INFO.

Good News – Coastal Watershed Council: A San Lorenzo River “Win” – Preserving Plants on the Levee

“Managing plants on the levee perfectly illustrates a challenge facing urban rivers like the lower San Lorenzo: how to balance healthy river habitat with a safe structure for flood control. The City is required to follow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations and maintenance requirements for the levee and cut back vegetation each fall to maintain flood control. When done carefully, this management can ensure that maximum benefits for people, fish and wildlife are kept in place. A few things we love about the new management strategy: willow trees and native plants left standing, newly planted natives were preserved at CWC’s habitat enhancement sites, and mowed vegetation left to nourish the soil. More DEPTH.

DrugWatch: Alternatives To Roundup

“Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in several popular weed killers, including Roundup. It is known for its effectiveness in killing a broad spectrum of weeds and plants, making it a valuable tool in agriculture, landscaping, and home gardening. However, there are concerns about its potential hazards, so that’s why you can opt for alternatives. Natural Roundup alternatives don’t contain glyphosate. Most available products contain plant-based oils or soaps. They may also have acetic acid, or vinegar, that damages the leaf cuticle and causes cell leakage to rapidly kill weeds. Various soap, vinegar and salt combinations are readily available, safe and natural Roundup alternatives. These products also kill other plants on contact, so you should only apply them directly to weeds. Learn more HERE

Positive.News: The UK U-turned in support of ocean conservation

Nov 2, 2023 – A proposed moratorium on deep-sea mining has found support in Westminster in a surprising about-face by the UK government. Rishi Sunak’s administration had drawn heavy criticism from environmentalists for previously backing exploitation of the seabed for critical minerals such as cobalt and lithium. But environment secretary Thérèse Coffey announced on Monday that the government would add its voice to 24 other countries calling for a ‘precautionary pause’ on exploitation licences until the impact on marine ecosystems had been assessed. The moratorium is on the agenda this week during ongoing negotiations in Jamaica at the International Seabed Authority, the global regulator for mining in international waters. Keep READING.

Beyond Plastics: New Report Debunks Chemical Recycling’s False Promises to Manage Plastic Waste, Investigates All 11 U.S. Facilities

Oct 31, 2023 – Beyond Plastics and IPEN (the International Pollutants Elimination Network) — two leading organizations committed to addressing plastic pollution — released “Chemical Recycling: A Dangerous Deception,” a critical examination of the technology’s long history of failure and the threats it poses to the environment, human health, and environmental justice.Chemical recycling, or what the plastics industry often calls “advanced recycling,” refers to a set of technologies and processes that attempt to melt and boil waste plastics down to gasses, chemicals, oils, tars, and waxes, and inevitably creates toxic substances. It is rarely successful in turning old plastic into new plastic. While industry promotes chemical recycling as the solution to the plastics crisis, the report notes that only 11 chemical recycling facilities are constructed in the U.S., and combined they process just a tiny fraction of the nation’s plastic waste, mostly into fuels.  More DETAILS.

The Nature Conservancy: An Amazing Win For Migratory Birds

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has awarded a three-year, $15 million contract to expand TNC’s BirdReturns program in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science and Audubon California. Our state has lost more than 95% of its historic wetlands, leading to chronic habitat shortages for migratory waterbirds. For almost a decade, BirdReturns has helped birds in the Central Valley by creating temporary wetlands when and where they need them most. The program is working, but more work is needed. This investment is the largest of its kind given to a single entity, a testament to BirdReturns’ track record and the trust we’ve built with CDFW. These funds are going toward habitat creation and supporting our BirdReturns team so they can make sure the program endures as long as migratory birds need it. More DEPTH.

Surfrider: Santa Barbara Exxon Trucking Oil Plan Denied in Court

GOOD NEWS – On Sept 27, 2023, United States District Court Judge Dolly Gee ruled in favor of the County of Santa Barbara and Environmental Non-profits, affirming the County Board of Supervisor’s denial of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s oil trucking plan. Surfrider Foundation, along with a strong coalition of environmental and community groups, challenged the proposal and successfully advocated for the County Board of Supervisors to deny the trucking plan. “ExxonMobil’s plan to restart its offshore platforms and truck millions of gallons per week through Santa Barbara County is reckless, dangerous, and totally unwelcome by this community,” said Linda Krop, chief counsel of the Environmental Defense Center, which represents Surfrider. “Recent oil tanker truck accidents and offshore oil spills show just how dangerous this plan is. Read ON.

CNN: The planet is heating up faster than predicted, says scientist who sounded climate alarm in the 1980s

Nov 2 – “The planet is on track to heat up at a much faster rate than scientists have previously predicted, meaning a key global warming threshold could be breached this decade, according to a new study co-authored by James Hansen — the US scientist widely credited with being the first to publicly sound the alarm on the climate crisis in the 1980s. In the paper, published in the journal Oxford Open Climate Change, Hansen and more than a dozen other scientists used a combination of paleoclimate data, including data from polar ice cores and tree rings, climate models and observational data, to conclude that the Earth is much more sensitive to climate change than previously understood. “We are in the early phase of a climate emergency,” according to the report, which warns a surge of heat “already in the pipeline” will rapidly push global temperatures beyond what has been predicted, resulting in warming that exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in the 2020s, and above 2 degrees Celsius before 2050.” Deeper READ.

Hakai Magazine:In Graphic Detail: The Longest Southern Right Whale Migration

Nov 3 – “The satellite tracker for southern right whale 221423 had been silent for four months before researcher Matthew Germishuizen finally got a ping indicating its location. At first, he thought it was a mistake. The last time he’d heard from the whale was on December 14, 2021, in the Atlantic Ocean around 3,000 kilometers off the South African coast. The ping that came on April 19, 2022, revealed that the whale was another 4,450 kilometers away—off the coast of Argentina. Whale 221423 became the first scientifically documented case of a southern right whale crossing the Atlantic….to coastal Argentina, traveling a total of 15,288 kilometers!” Whole story HERE.

GOOD NEWS • Ingenious Solar Distiller Makes Fresh Water From Seawater For Less Than 1¢ A Gallon

Daily Kos – It’s pretty easy to get the salt out of seawater. All you have to do is boil it, freeze it, or just wait for rain! But those things take a lot of energy and/or time that many of us don’t have to spare. So people have been working on low-cost and low-energy-input ways to do it, such as solar desalination. Thanks to a collaboration between MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) this device breaks the record for rate of fresh water production from seawater by a solar device, and as awesome as that is, it’s actually kind of a charming side note. The bigger breakthrough is that the device can keep running up near this rate for a long time without getting fouled by salt accumulation, and it does this by emulating natural processes that occur in the sea. That cuts costs by about 10x compared to typical solar desalination, making the cost of the fresh water it produces comparable to that of tap water. Read MORE

The Guardian: Environmental crime money easy to stash in US due to loopholes, report finds

Secrecy and lax oversight have made the US a hiding place for dirty money accrued by environmental criminals in the Amazon rainforest, a report says. Illegal loggers and miners are parking sums ranging from millions to billions of dollars in US real estate and other assets, says the report, which calls on Congress and the White House to close loopholes in financial regulations that it says are contributing to the destruction of the world’s biggest tropical forest. “We are trying to show that the US is the easiest place to hide dirty money, which is a major problem not just in terms of national security, drug trafficking and kleptocratic corruption but also environmental crime,” said Ian Gary, the executive director of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (Fact) Coalition, which produced the report. Read ON.

Food Waste Produces More Than 50% of U.S. Landfill Methane Emissions, EPA Says

EcoWatch, Oct 31: More than a third of food produced in the U.S. ends up being thrown away, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This not only wastes the food itself, but the resources that were used to produce, process, transport and distribute it. Much of it ends up in landfills, where it breaks down and generates methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide. Earlier this month, the EPA released two new reports that quantify methane emissions from food waste in landfills and provide new recommendations for managing food waste, a press release from the EPA said. Keep READING.

Medical Xpress: Time to inform the public about the adverse effects of ultra-processed foods, researchers say

A team led by researchers from the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord and Université Paris Cité, France, has summarized where we are in our understanding of the adverse health effects related to ultra-processed food with some suggestions of how to move forward with this information. In their paper, “Ultra-processed foods and cardiometabolic health: public health policies to reduce consumption cannot wait,” published in BMJ, the authors point out that while there is convincing evidence that processed foods have adverse health risks, efforts to reduce, change or eliminate these food formulations lack sufficient support. Increasing evidence links the consumption of ultra-processed foods to various health issues, such as altered lipoprotein profiles, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Keep READING.

Pacific Forest Trust: Calif Reins In “Fast and Loose” Carbon Offsets

SB390, authored by California Senator Monique Limón, aims to limit potential abuses of voluntary carbon offsets, and it is headed to Governor Newsom’s desk for signature. The bill, supported by the Pacific Forest Trust, would require that entities selling voluntary carbon offsets provide more information about their offset projects, including data on the duration of the offsets and accountability measures if a project doesn’t reach completion. SB390 would also make it illegal for an entity to issue, certify, maintain, or sell a voluntary carbon offset if it knows that the greenhouse gas reductions from projects are neither legitimate nor quantifiable. Read ON.

GOOD NEWS • Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Free Shade Trees For Watsonville Businesses

Free shade trees are available to business owners in the City of Watsonville, through our Watsonville Community Forest and Climate Resiliency program. Save on energy, boost your property values, and help beautify our city! Shade trees also offer many environmental benefits, providing needed shade and cooling while cleaning our air and water, sequestering carbon, and offering habitat to birds and wildlife. To adopt shade trees, complete the online form at Contact us for more info: 831-728-1156 x3.

Five things to know about decarbonizing cement, steel and chemicals

Canary Media, Oct 30: – The industries that produce the building blocks of modern society — steel, cement and chemicals — are incredibly carbon-intensive. And since we’ll always be dependent on at least some amount of these materials, we need to figure out how to produce them without sending staggering quantities of planet-warming CO2 into the atmosphere. Thanks in part to a little law you may have heard of called the Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. is on pace to slash emissions from two of its most carbon-intensive sectors: transportation and power generation. But emissions from industry, which stem primarily from steel, cement and chemicals production, might not even budge over the next decade. Learn how carbon-cutting can happen right now across heavy industry. ARTICLE.

EcoWatch: Major Port in Amazon River Drops to Lowest Water Level in 121 Years

A major port in Manaus, Brazil has hit its lowest water level since records began in 1902 as a long drought continues in the region. The new low surpassed the last lowest recording from 2010. Aside from the depleting river level, the extreme weather has been causing many significant problems in the region. Over 100 Amazon river dolphins were found dead in early October, and although the exact cause is under investigation, experts suspect the drought and extreme heat could be connected to the deaths. Learn MORE.

Earthworks: Oro Cruz Gold Project Delayed

Thanks to your support, the Imperial County Planning Commission delayed its decision on the Oro Cruz Gold. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved this terrible project despite impacts to a cultural landscape held sacred by the Quechan Tribe, and without proper tribal consultation. The BLM also failed to fully analyze and mitigate impacts to rare plants and wildlife, including Mojave Desert Tortoise. Now, we are asking for a BLM State Director Review of the project. Please join us in solidarity by sending a letter to BLM today! Take ACTION.

The Guardian: Antarctic sea ice shrinks to lowest annual maximum level on record

Antarctica has likely broken a new record for the lowest annual maximum amount of sea ice around the continent, beating the previous low by a million square kilometres. The new mark is the latest in a string of records for the continent’s sea ice, as scientists fear global heating could have shifted the region into a new era of disappearing ice with far reaching consequences for the world’s climate and sea levels. Each September Antarctica’s sea ice reaches its maximum extent. Read ON

GOOD NEWS • Environment California: Neonics Pesticide Use Curtailed

California is the 10th state to ban some of the worst uses of bee-killing pesticides! (This) will help protect bees and other critical pollinators from neonicotinoids — or neonics for short. California’s new law limits some of the worst uses of bee-killing neonics. Specifically, it will ban the consumer use of neonics on lawns, gardens and golf courses. Neonics are a class of pesticides that attack bees’ brains, paralyzing and then killing them. Eliminating these needless or easily replaceable uses will make a big difference for bees in peril across the the world’s fifth largest economy, California’s action will set a strong example for the rest of the country that we don’t need to use bee-killing pesticides.

Inside Climate News: ‘Irresponsible’ Western Lifestyles Push the World to ‘the Breaking Point’ on Climate

Pope Francis, the 86-year-old leader of the 1.3 billion-member Catholic Church, bluntly urges more aggressive action to curb emissions at the next U.N. climate meeting in eight weeks. Taking aim at the United States and an “irresponsible lifestyle” with some of the world’s highest carbon emissions per capita, Pope Francis doubled down on his earlier call for urgent action to tackle climate change. (We, he writes) “have turned into highly dangerous beings, capable of threatening the lives of many beings and our own survival. We need lucidity and honesty in order to recognize in time that our power and the progress we are producing are turning against us.” (What are you’re criteria for a “responsible lifestyle”?) Read ON.

GOOD NEWS – Calif Environmental Voters: Governor Newsom Signed SB 253 And SB 261 Into Law Today!

SB 253, which requires the largest corporations to measure and publicly disclose their direct and indirect pollution (all of it!), will have global impacts in our fight to reduce pollution. It is the biggest climate bill in the country in 2023 — other countries and the White House have reached out to us in the last few months encouraging us in this fight and sharing how important this policy is for them to leverage for corporate climate accountability. The new Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas showed vision and courage taking on the biggest polluters in the state and not letting 253 fail in the Assembly.

Earthjustice: What’s Killing the Salmon in Our Urban Streams? A Mystery is Now Solved.

For years, a mysterious phenomenon called “urban runoff mortality syndrome” has been decimating salmon returning to freshwater streams to spawn in the Pacific Northwest. The syndrome can kill up to 100% of salmon in an affected area before they are able to spawn and lay their eggs. Now, researchers have finally solved the mystery. The culprit is our tires. Or, more specifically, a chemical called 6PPD used in tires since the 1950s to prevent degradation. During normal use, tires made with 6PPD release a breakdown product known as 6PPD-q, which washes into waterways during storms. 6PPD-q is the second most toxic chemical to aquatic species ever evaluated. To put an end to this existential threat to wild salmon populations, the Yurok, Port Gamble S’Klallam, and Puyallup Tribes are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish regulations prohibiting the manufacturing, processing, use, and distribution of 6PPD for tires. Read ON.

GOOD NEWS • Raptors Are The Solution: California Expands Toxic Rat Poison Ban

Governor Newsom signed AB 1322 into law today! It will crack down on deadly diphacinone and prevent more poisonings of raptors including great horned owls (like this beautiful one in flight by Pamela Rose Hawken) and many other raptors as well as mountain lions, bobcats and more — we are thrilled and thank all of you for your help making calls and sending emails! “Rat poison indiscriminately harms animals up and down the food chain, making them more susceptible to disease and causing internal bleeding and death. It’s heartening to know that California will take the necessary steps toward ending this torture”, said Tiffany Yap, Center For Biological Diversity the Co-sponsor of this bill. More INFO.

Canary Media, Sept 25: Is graphene a cleantech supermaterial? This startup thinks so

Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has been heralded as a miracle material. Lighter and stronger than steel and as hard as a diamond, it’s also a robust and flexible conductor of electrical and thermal energy. These properties are why graphene holds great promise for a range of clean energy applications — as long as it can be built inexpensively and at scale. Lyten, a San Jose, California–based startup, aims to perfect advanced graphene production in order to harness its potential performance and cost benefits. Earlier this month, the company announced it had raised $200 million to scale manufacturing of its 3D graphene material with a range of initial applications and production, including next-gen batteries. More HERE.

Calif Marine Sanctuary Foundation: California’s Newest Gold Rush – Floating Offshore Wind

Last year California auctioned off five wind farm lease areas in the northern and central parts of our coast, with winning bids totaling $757 million dollars. The installation of floating wind turbines will help us shift towards clean energy, harnessing some of the ocean breezes that help to drive the productivity of our ocean. However, due to our steep continental shelf and extremely deep waters, entirely new technology will be needed. Our wind farms will be among the first in the world to “float” on giant platforms tethered to the seafloor in depths over 1000 ft. They will be connected to each other and land by electrical cables dangling the water column. More DEPTH

GOOD NEWS • Three California Tribal Nations Declare First U.S. Indigenous Marine Stewardship Area

Native News Online – It’s an unprecedented day for Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous-led coastal conservation as three federally-recognized California Tribal Nations announce the Yurok-Tolowa-Dee-ni’ Indigenous Marine Stewardship Area – the first-ever ocean protection area designated by Tribal governments in the United States. The Resighini Tribe of Yurok People, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria each took action to protect nearly 700 square miles of their ancestral ocean and coastal territories, and waters to advance long-term Tribal stewardship and governance, as well as Tribal and State co-management of critical ecosystems to protect and support cultural lifeways and economies, while directly addressing climate impacts. The Yurok-Tolowa-Dee-ni’ IMSA stretches from the Oregon and California border to just south of Trinidad in Humboldt County – about 290 miles north of San Francisco Read MORE., May 31: Secret industry documents reveal that makers of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ covered up their health dangers

“The chemical industry took a page out of the tobacco playbook when they discovered and suppressed their knowledge of health harms caused by exposure to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), according to an analysis of previously secret industry documents (from DuPont and 3M) by UC San Francisco (UCSF) researchers. The paper analyzes the tactics the industry used to delay public awareness of PFAS toxicity, and in turn, delay regulations governing their use. PFAS are widely used chemicals in clothing, household goods, and food products, and are highly resistant to breaking down, giving them the name “forever chemicals.” They are now ubiquitous in people and the environment. ‘These documents reveal clear evidence that the chemical industry knew about the dangers of PFAS and failed to let the public, regulators, and even their own employees know the risks’.” LINK

GOOD NEWS • Environteers Founder Carman Honored

Santa Cruz Sentinel – “For his work creating an online hub of local environmental organizations, news, volunteer opportunities and events, Andy Carman, founder and director of Environteers, was selected as a finalist in the Sentinel’s Santa Cruz County Heroes. Carman was nominated for, “his tremendous job both informing Santa Cruz residents of their power to be helpful with environmental issues and breaking down important sustainability news stories and making them digestible and interesting.” (Carman offers), “We can feel small, like what difference can I make? It’s stressful when you think at an individual level, but it’s empowering and reassuring to be on a team, because you see other people who care, and you see that your team can make a big impact.” Article HERE.

GOOD NEWS • California Joins The Right-To-Repair Revolution

Optimist Daily, Sept 29 – On September 12th, the California state Assembly passed Senate Bill 244 with a unanimous 50-0 vote, marking a historic milestone for the right-to-repair movement. This historic measure, which was also approved with an amazing 38-0 vote in the California Senate in May, now needs a final concurrence vote in the Senate before reaching Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. California joins Minnesota and New York as the third state to pass right-to-repair legislation. However, California’s measure differs in that it requires corporations to offer access to repair resources like parts, tools, documentation, and software for a longer period of time. This commitment lasts three years for products priced between $50 and $99.99 and seven years for those priced at $100 or higher. More INFO.

GOOD NEWS • Medellín Is Beating The Heat With Green Corridors

THE BBC – Sometimes referred to as the “City of Eternal Spring”, Medellín’s temperate climate has long helped attract tourists all year round, but increasing urbanisation had also exposed it to the urban heat island effect, where buildings and roads absorb and retain heat. Its new green corridors, however, have proven remarkably effective in reversing this impact, with a 2C temperature reduction across the city, according to local government data seen by BBC Future Planet. Immerse yourself HERE

GOOD NEWS • Save The Redwoods: Russian River Redwoods Purchased!

“Nothing like sharing some great news with our dedicated supporters like you: Save the Redwoods League has met our fundraising goal and purchased the Russian River Redwoods, ensuring the lasting protection of this terrific Sonoma County forest and its famous Clar Tree. More than 2,000 donors from across the U.S. helped raise the $6.5 million purchase price for the 394-acre property that includes one mile of Russian River frontage—and we offer our heartfelt thanks to every one of them.” Read ON.

GOOD NEWS • The Nature Conservancy: An Amazing Win For Migratory Birds

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has awarded a three-year, $15 million contract to expand TNC’s BirdReturns program in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science and Audubon California. Our state has lost more than 95% of its historic wetlands, leading to chronic habitat shortages for migratory waterbirds. For almost a decade, BirdReturns has helped birds in the Central Valley by creating temporary wetlands when and where they need them most. The program is working, but more work is needed. This investment is the largest of its kind given to a single entity, a testament to BirdReturns’ track record and the trust we’ve built with CDFW. These funds are going toward habitat creation and supporting our BirdReturns team so they can make sure the program endures as long as migratory birds need it. More DEPTH.

Ecology Action Awarded $5.8 Million Energy Efficiency Grant to Support Food Banks in Disadvantaged and Tribal Communities

“Ecology Action has been awarded a contract with the Department of Energy as part of the Renew America’s Nonprofits Program. The Renew America’s Nonprofits Program is helping nonprofits across the country reduce emissions and amplify their community impacts. Our program will serve the facilities of Food Banks and their distribution networks in Western States. We will provide turn-key energy efficiency retrofit support to improve facility operations and drive energy bill savings. To announce this award, the DOE scheduled a press conference in San Jose today with the Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm. The press conference was held at Martha’s Kitchen, a food pantry that benefitted from energy efficiency projects that we installed in 2012. Martha’s Kitchen was chosen to host the announcement because it represents the types of facilities that will directly benefit from this award.” Keep READING.

GOOD NEWS • Center For Biological Diversity: Oregon Bans Wildlife-Killing Contests On Public Lands

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission just banned wildlife-killing contests on public lands across the state. These cruel contests wreak havoc on ecosystems, disregarding the ecological roles of target animals like coyotes and foxes, who keep rodent populations in check. And when hunters kill wildlife to win money or prizes, they’re especially likely to use unethical cheats like high-powered rifles, night-vision goggles, and whistles mimicking a coyote pup’s distress call. “I’m really proud of Oregon for banning these contests,” the Center’s Collette Adkins told National Public Radio. “I think it does say something about changing values of society — that ethics should play a role in wildlife management, that suffering matters.” Oregon is the ninth state to ban these mass-slaughter events. If you’re one of the 1,000 Center supporters there who signed our petition to help make it happen, thank you. Read ON.

Earthjustice: What’s Killing The Salmon In Our Urban Streams? A Mystery Is Now Solved

For years, a mysterious phenomenon called “urban runoff mortality syndrome” has been decimating salmon returning to freshwater streams to spawn in the Pacific Northwest. The syndrome can kill up to 100% of salmon in an affected area before they are able to spawn and lay their eggs. Now, researchers have finally solved the mystery. The culprit is our tires. Or, more specifically, a chemical called 6PPD used in tires since the 1950s to prevent degradation. During normal use, tires made with 6PPD release a breakdown product known as 6PPD-q, which washes into waterways during storms. 6PPD-q is the second most toxic chemical to aquatic species ever evaluated. To put an end to this existential threat to wild salmon populations, the Yurok, Port Gamble S’Klallam, and Puyallup Tribes are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish regulations prohibiting the manufacturing, processing, use, and distribution of 6PPD for tires. Read ON.

GOOD NEWS • The Barren Island That Came Back From The Dead

Oct 18 – When guano mining operations on Redonda ceased around the start of the first world war, they left behind a legacy of rats and goats. Over the successive decades, the rats and goats stripped Redonda of its vegetation. Then in 2016, conservationists began removing the rats and goats to restore the island. They first used a rodenticide to eliminate the rats while not harming other biodiversity. Then, they captured and transported the small population of goats by helicopter off the island. Once these invasive animals were gone, Redonda transformed faster than anyone could have imagined. Native trees and grasses sprouted back. Seabirds like brown boobies (Sula leucogaster) and red-billed tropicbirds (Phaethon aethereus) recolonized the island. According to conservation experts working to restore Redonda, the population of the critically endangered and endemic Redonda ground dragon (Ameiva atrata) has increased 13-fold since 2017. More INFO.

Oceana: Tell NOAA: We Want Legally Caught And Responsibly Sourced Seafood

“American voters agree: The government must do more to ensure that consumers are purchasing safe, honestly labeled, and responsibly sourced seafood. But the United States — a country that imports up to 85% of its seafood — continues to import seafood produced by illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU). That means products cultivated using forced labor and human rights abuses may be ending up on your dinner plate. In 2019 alone, the U.S. imported $2.4 billion worth of seafood that were products of IUU fishing — an illicit activity that can include fishing without authorization, ignoring catch limits, operating in closed areas, targeting protected wildlife, severely depleting fish populations, and threatening global security. That’s why we’re asking for you to take a stand and use your voice HERE. ”

GOOD NEWS • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Celebrates Salmon Return After Century-Long Wait

Optimist Daily, Oct 17 – The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington State hoped for the reintroduction of coho salmon to the Elwha River for over a century. The river, which was vital to their way of life, was obstructed by two dams in 1911, impeding salmon migration. These dams, however, were demolished in August 2014. Now, after waiting patiently, the tribe is celebrating a remarkable reunion with coho salmon, marking a historic moment. The dam removal on the Elwha River was a massive effort, widely regarded as the most extensive dam removal in history. This long-awaited change is extremely important to the community. “It means everything,” Vanessa Castle, the tribe’s natural resources technician, says, “to have that food security, to know that I can catch a fish to feed my family.” Learn MORE.

California Coastal Commission: Calif Coastal Cleanup Day A Great Success!

Over 39,813 volunteers have participated in California Coastal Cleanup Day Sept 21, 2023. Those volunteers picked up 294,012 pounds of trash and an additional 48,191 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 342,203 pounds or 171 tons. Collectively, we brought tens of thousands of people out to help our environment, and many of them have had their eyes opened to what will be a lifetime of coastal stewardship. The impacts of this day cannot be overstated. You really are bigger than you think. THANK YOU!

Researchers Restoring California Salt Marshes From Effects Of Climate Change

CBS, Oct 12 – California’s valuable remaining salt marshes are disappearing. Climate change, with its melting glaciers and warming seas, threatens to drown the remaining coastal marshes out of existence. Between the land and the sea, salt marshes are the true guardians of our coastline. They offer many incredible services and benefits: they filter runoff and pollutants from water, prevent coastal erosion, stabilize the soil, shelter thousands of species and protect cities and towns from flooding during storm surges. They also provide what’s known as blue carbon as they capture and sequester atmospheric carbon. More than 90% of California’s coastal marshes disappeared within the past century. Near Monterey Bay within the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, a restoration project is now underway that may show the world how to protect and make salt marshes more resilient to the rising seas. Read ON.

GOOD NEWS • SB 337 Commits To State Law The International Goal Of Protecting 30 Percent Of Land And Water By 2030

Power In Nature Coalition, Oct 7 -30×30, as it’s known, solidifies California’s commitment to the preservation of its unique biodiversity, equitable access to nature’s benefits, and Tribal initiatives. President Biden’s administration supports 30×30 and Governor Newsom has made California the first state in which it’s codified into law. With this measure, California will protect biodiversity,expand equitable access to nature’s benefits, support Tribal initiatives, and safeguard places that help the state achieve climate resilience. SB 337 ensures the state’s dedication to the 30×30 goal will last beyond the current administration. More INFO.

Hakai Magazine: The Decade of Sock Hops, Poodle Skirts, and Climate Change Awareness

“In the 1950s, the science behind climate change was accepted and research was funded, but we lost sight of the future and set the world ablaze. In June 1953, Life Magazine, ran a 20-page article entitled “The Canopy of Air,” which addressed the suspected link between warming temperatures, rapid glacial retreat, and industrial CO₂. (Also in 1953, in) Time magazine, “In the hungry fires of industry, modern man burns nearly two billion tonsAlong with the smoke and soot of commerce, his furnaces belch some six billion tons [5.5 billion tonnes] of unseen carbon dioxide into the already tainted air … This spreading envelope of gas around the Earth serves as a great greenhouse.” Fascinating article HERE.