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California lacks real marine protection as offshore drilling expands in state waters

By Dan Bacher | June 7, 2018 |    
One of the big news stories neglected by both the mainstream and "alternative" media is the capture of California politics and the regulatory apparatus by Big Oil and other corporate interests in recent years - and the massive expansion of offshore drilling that has occurred in state waters under the helm of Governor Jerry Brown as a consequence of this regulatory capture.
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Environmental groups file lawsuit against Sacramento LAFCO, seek to halt Elk Grove expansion

June 5, 2018 |
Two environmental groups have a filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court seeking to halt approvals issued by the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission that would allow Elk Grove to expand its boundaries at the behest of housing developers.
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Closing the loop on sustainable aquaculture

Closing the Loop on Sustainable Aquaculture... Read More

2 new agreements between UC Davis, Australia

Global Affairs and the Office of Research recently announced separate partnerships with Australian entities: Global Affairs with Hort Innovation, for research in horticulture; and the Office of Research with CSIRO, the country’s premier national science organization, for research in agriculture and more.

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Ecologist Susan Harrison elected to National Academy

Susan Harrison, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. As an ecologist, Harrison studies the processes that shape and maintain plant species diversity at the landscape scale.

 

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Santa Clara Valley Water District Board postpones vote on Delta Tunnels

Left to right: Tony Estremera, District 6; Richard Santos, District 3; John L. Varela, District 1; Gary Kremen, District 7; Barbara Keegan, District 2; Nai Hsueh, District 5; and Linda J. LeZotte, District 4. Photo courtesy of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
By Dan Bacher | May 6, 2018 | 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors decided at a special meeting Wednesday evening to put off their decision on whether to participate in Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, citing the requests by Board Members for additional time to review the large volume of materials provided to them by staff.
The board will revisit the issue on Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the board room at the district headquarters, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118... Read More

If El Niños happen twice as often in the future, what happens to seabirds?

More frequent El Niño events in the future may have surprising impacts on seabirds and some fish species, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

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