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Justice

CO - Colorado launches environmental justice tool developed by three CSU organizations

This week marks the launch of Colorado EnviroScreen, the interactive online environmental justice tool to help disproportionately impacted communities and designed by three Colorado State University entities for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

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Science

CA - Destruction and recovery of kelp forests driven by changes in sea urchin behavior

A dramatic outbreak of kelp-eating sea urchins along the Central Coast of California in 2014, leading to a significant reduction in the region's kelp forests, was driven primarily by the emergence of sea urchins from their hiding places rather than an increase in the urchin population.

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Advocacy

CA - California bill aims for major reduction of plastic packaging, extended producer responsibility

If passed, California SB 54 will enact a 25 percent reduction in plastic packaging and foodware by weight and item count by 2032.

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Justice

CA - Officials release plan to return Bruce's Beach property

In a plan made public for the first time, Los Angeles County officials have detailed how they would complete the unprecedented transfer of Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of a Black couple who were run out of Manhattan Beach almost a century ago.

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Advocacy

CA - California, plastics recycling has largely failed. It's time to cut our use of this stuff.

Plastic waste is the legacy we are leaving our children. It is everywhere: In remote alpine lakes, in deep sea trenches, and even inside us. Studies show we consume up to a credit-card worth of plastic every week.

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Advocacy

CA - Coastal Commission compromises ability to deliver more housing

There’s no more pressing issue for California communities than the housing shortage, which is directly tied to rapidly rising rents and home prices, housing insecurity, and ultimately homelessness. Individuals and families grappling with housing insecurity face myriad economic and social challenges that could be overcome with a secure home.

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Property

CA - Coastal Commission staff leans toward denying Malibu’s Hosted Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Malibu’s Short-Term Rental Unit Hosted Ordinance, which was passed by the city on Nov. 23, 2020, requires an onsite host during short-term rentals (STRs), among a list of other items.

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Advocacy

CA - Tired of the mess: Three North Bay counties to collaborate on coastal Leave No Trace campaign

In 2008, Richard James escaped from Silicon Valley to get closer to nature, moving to Inverness, an unincorporated town on the shoreline near Point Reyes Station. “I moved up here because it's beautiful, and I love it,” James said. “And I think a lot of people come out here because it's beautiful. So, it's really ironic that when people come out to such a beautiful place, and then defile it, and tarnish it.”

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Waterways

CA - Trash-snaring vessel to clean Newport Beach waters gains Coastal Commission approval

Newport Beach is drifting closer to operating a solar-powered, trash-snaring vessel known as a water wheel to clean up its bay, following recent approval from the California Coastal Commission.

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Science

USA - AI reveals scale of eelgrass vulnerability to warming, disease

A combination of ecological field methods and cutting-edge artificial intelligence has helped an interdisciplinary research group detect eelgrass wasting disease at nearly three dozen sites along a 1,700-mile stretch of the West Coast, from San Diego to southern Alaska.

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Advocacy

USA - Angelo Villagomez: Leading ocean conservationist works to recognize the Marianas Trench as a sanctuary

A biologist-turned-environmental policy expert with Saipan roots is leading the charge in the nation’s capital to include the Marianas Trench as a National Marine Sanctuary.

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Tourism

CA - Will Coronado, Imperial Beach shorelines be closed all summer? New testing reveals rampant Tijuana sewage

South Bay officials fear beach closures could have widespread social and economic impacts, possibly ending junior lifeguards and other programs

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Property

CA - What You Need to Know About Sea Level Rise in California

Not only is California threatened by droughts and heatwaves, but also gradual sea level rise along the state’s coastal regions. In both cases, climate change is largely to blame, and as the planet continues to experience increases in temperature, these impacts are expected to worsen. Here, we examine the current state of sea level rise in California and future projections.

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Energy

CA - Fishermen join forces amid Humboldt County offshore wind development (with news compilation)

A recently formed association is seeking to afford some protection to the fishermen who will lose access to fishing grounds as the state and country transition to running on renewable energy like offshore wind.

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Engineering

CA - Marin supes to hear plans to mitigate sea level rise at Stinson Beach, Tomales Bay

The Marin Board of Supervisors will get a briefing on Tuesday about possible projects designed to tackle the affects of climate change on two beloved coastal areas in West Marin, Tomales Bay and Stinson Beach.

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Fisheries

CA - The Hail Mary Hatcheries

As wildfires, droughts, and floods deal a blow to coastal habitats, wild salmon are disappearing from waterways like California’s Russian River. Can conservation hatcheries save endangered runs?

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Local

CA - Calif. coastal town deals with prospect of no water

Nestled along the Central Coast, Cambria is a picturesque town famous for its vintage clothing and antique shops, its one-of-a-kind olallieberry pies, its scarecrow festival in the fall and its Disneyesque Christmas market and light display in December. Located right off of Highway 1 and 73 miles south of Big Sur, it’s a popular stop for those driving on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Recreation

CA - Can you own a piece of beach in California?

“No,” comes the confident — and seemingly definitive — reply from Linda Locklin, a beach access guru with the California Coastal Commission.

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Energy

CA - Appeals court blocks fracking permits for drilling off Calif. shores

Interior Department must conduct full Environmental Impact Study before issuing permits. Lower court had ordered consultations, but no EIS, in 2018

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Recreation

CA -Transit district opposes proposed beach access projects in Del Mar

Bluff-top trail, stairway to beach among measures to be considered by California Coastal Commission

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Fisheries

CA - San Francisco DA sues fisherman for nearly $1 million for 'egregious' illegal crabbing

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco fisherman, Tam Van Tran, is being sued for illegal Dungeness crab fishing off a protected area in Northern California as first reported by SF Gate on Sunday, May 29.

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Advocacy

CA - $97M Banning Ranch Conservation Project Secures Final Piece Of Funding

California's Wildlife Conservation Board approved up to a $15.5 million grant toward the purchase of Banning Ranch.

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