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Energy

CA - Tapping solar canals

A California-based project aims to cover the state's water canals with solar panels to generate electricity. Water, air and climate could also benefit.

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Advocacy

CA - Roundtable Discussion Plants Flag to Support Responsible Technology for DSM

Impossible Mining's (YC W22) Renee Grogan, Chief Sustainability Officer, has this week signed the Seabed Mining Science Statement, which lists six main concerns with seabed mining shared by over 600 marine scientists.

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Engineering

CA - Desalination: Should California use the ocean to quench its thirst?

As the state’s water supplies continue to dwindle during this drought, it’s always worth weighing the pros and cons of desalinization to meet the state’s water needs

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Advocacy

CA - Companies Join Initiative to Make Maritime Shipping More Sustainable

The “Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies Program” welcomes the first three companies to join its Brand Ambassador Initiative.

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Property

CA - California Sea Level Rise Mitigation Act

‘The impacts of sea level rise on the state will be significant and pervasive’

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Science

CA - Giant Squid Mom Spotted Carrying String of Eggs 4,500 Feet Below the Pacific Ocean Off the California Coast

A giant squid mom was seen carrying a string of eggs consisting of an unknown number of her unborn babies off the California Coast, according to a report by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this week.

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Science

CA - 10-Year Scripps Oceanography Study Finds Reefs Can Recover from Warming

A 10-year study of a remote coral reef in the central Pacific Ocean by a team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography found that reefs can recover from bleaching due to higher water temperatures.

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Engineering

CA - SHIFTING SANDS | Multidisciplinary approach needed to combat beach erosion on the Central Coast

When Kiki Patsch visits the beach, she does not take sand for granted like some sunbathers and surfers might.

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Advocacy

CA - A Day at the Beach on a Disappearing

The Salton Sea in the Southern California desert has long been held up as our climate future — our waterways overrun by heat and pollution. But for the locals, it represents something much more personal

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Local

CA - Carlsbad to award $600K in grants for coastal zone mitigation projects

The city of Carlsbad is accepting applications for about $600,000 in grants to support certain agricultural, coastal or wetland restoration projects that enhance quality of life in Carlsbad.

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Property

CA - Higher interest rates, skyrocketing home prices in Bay Area make renting a better option for some

With mortgage interest rates rising and home sale prices at record highs, some experts say renting may be a better option for some people, in certain scenarios, if they want to save money.

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Engineering

CA - $300M For Plan To Move Tracks Off Crumbling Del Mar Bluffs

DEL MAR (AP) — California will provide $300 million to help relocate train tracks along a stretch of eroding seaside cliffs near San Diego, regional transportation officials said.

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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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