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    CASTRO VALLEY — Separated from her offspring, a terrified mother cow darts into an arena chased by a rodeo cowboy on horseback – a pursuit that continues until the heifer is lassoed and a second cowboy tackles and slams the animal into the dirt. As the crowd roars, the cowboy ties down the struggling cow with a rope and forcibly milks her into a bottle. That is what signals victory in wild-cow milking, a popular event at rodeos, which trace back through the history of the American West and the cattle industry that defined early settlements in California. But that contest could end for good in Alameda County. Next month, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will consider banning the act of tackling or milking bovine animals — such as steers, calves, bulls, oxen, heifers or cows — for entertainment or sport. The policy has been sought for years by animal-rights activists, who consider the stunt cruel and inhumane. And the proposed ordinance doesn’t stop at cow milking contests. It also seeks to ban the spurs and straps used...
    MONTEREY — As the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary turns 30 this year, it will be celebrated by the United States Postal Service, which will feature it on a postal stamp. The stamp will be one of 16 representing the National Marine Sanctuary System, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Marine Sanctuary System, the stamps feature photography of the abundant wildlife and diverse ecosystems that can be found in the waters of America’s national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. “I think it’s incredible,” said Lisa Uttal, an education and outreach specialist with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “We often do think about national parks, the sanctuaries are your underwater national forests.” The Monterey Bay sanctuary will be represented with a sea otter stamp. Other images include a breaching humpback whale in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts and sea lions in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Southern California. A sea otter stamp representing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be released Friday. (Courtesy...
    As the drought punishing California drags on, water is a top — and growing — worry for residents of our parched state, outpacing wildfires and climate change, according to a new poll about environmental issues. With reservoirs and snowpack shrinking, Californians listed the state’s water supply as their number one environmental worry, with 68% of adults saying it’s a big problem — up from 63% a year ago. But while most have water on their minds, fewer than half said they have done a lot to reduce their water use, and 16% say they have done nothing. At the same time, people are pointing fingers at their neighbors — 69% of Californians said people in their area are not doing enough to conserve. “This is maybe one of the reasons they are so concerned about it,” said Mark Baldassare, president and survey director for the Public Policy Institute of California, which conducted the poll earlier this month. “Because they know they’re going to be asked to do a lot more, and there are a lot of people who haven’t done...
    The entire staff of a small North Carolina police department has suddenly resigned, citing a 'hostile' work environment created by the town’s newly elected manager. The mass exodus transpired Wednesday, and saw five cops, including the force's chief of 20 years, hand in resignation letters to the town manager and city council.   The maneuver left the town of Kenly, home to about 2,000 residents, with just three part-time officers to man the waning force. Even before the resignations, the department had been short-staffed, down from a norm of eight officers to five, the cops said - one of several complaints aired in the letter. They were joined by two town clerks who also accused the new manager, a progressive black woman who unsuccessfully sued her previous employer for gender and racial discrimination. Those accusations came after she had been terminated, and her suit was subsequently dismissed.  The manager, Justine Jones, was hired last month - nearly eight years after her firing - an acquisition the town touted in a press release at the time.  Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson, however, did...
    PAGE, Ariz. — White sandstone cliffs create a ring around Lake Powell in contrast to the honey- and red-colored desert rock nearby. Evidence that water once, not all that long ago, filled America’s second-largest reservoir. Fed by the Colorado River, Lake Powell, in south-central Utah, has seen wet years and dry years over the past two decades. Mostly dry years. Buoys no longer bob, they tilt, sitting on dry sand. Beer cans, punctured pontoons and deck chairs litter miles of waterless lake bed. The last time entire sections of Lake Powell were this dry, the place was actually called Glen Canyon. That was before the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, which flooded the canyon and created the reservoir. The reservoir’s water is receding because the Colorado River is drying. Climatologists aren’t sure when, or if, Powell will ever fill again. Rather, they expect conditions to worsen. “They knew this was a problem and they elected to kick the can down the road. They knew better and they did it anyway.” — Brad Udall, water and climate scientist The...
    BORIS Johnson's ousting from power was a political assassination, his dad insisted. And the fallen Prime Minister was the victim of opportunism from politicians of both sides, Stanley Johnson told Piers Morgan. 1Stanley Johnson said Boris Johnson was politically assassinatedCredit: TalkTV He also rejected claims that his son's lying, the Partygate scandal and the Pincher debacle led to his fall from power. It comes after Boris Johnson last night lashed out at what he called a "deep state" plot that ousted him from office. He resigned earlier this month after suffering more government resignations than any PM in 90 years. Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is now a favourite to replace him, was among the first to go. READ MORE ON BORIS' FALLREJOIN PLOT Boris slams 'deep state' plot that ousted him & warns Brexit could be reversed Dad Stanley told Piers on TalkTV:  “Let's call it political assassination, it’s all I can say at this point. "A squalid political assasination which bears no reference to the administration he put out. "Obviously I wasn't a Brexiteer,...
    Governor Glenn Youngkin’s environmental policy is frustrating both environmentalists and hard-line Republicans. Since he took office, Youngkin has touted a middle road on energy policy although some Republicans think solar and wind are harmful for Virginia. On the other hand, Youngkin has reversed a plan to phase out single-use plastics for state agencies and tried unsuccessfully to withdraw from a regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. “We were obviously very disappointed in the direction that the administration is taking regarding offshore wind, but we’re not the only ones,” SUVGOP Senior Advisor Terry Johnson, a former Bush appointee, told The Virginia Star. SUVGOP calls for repealing the Virginia Clean Economy Act and has hosted sessions for Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) insiders highlighting problems with solar farms and the Coastal Offshore Wind Project. Johnson’s also a senior advisor to Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a conservative nonprofit. Environmental groups are also displeased. “Thus far, Governor Youngkin has been at odds with Virginia’s conservation community’s policy goals,” Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) Communications and Campaigns Manager Nicole Duimstra told The Star. Duimstra...
    By Matthew Daly | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in Northern California eliminated the Trump-era rules even as two wildlife agencies under President Joe Biden are reviewing or rescinding the regulations. The decision restores a range of protections under the Endangered Species Act — including some that date to the 1970s — while the reviews are completed. Environmental groups hailed the decision, which they said sped up needed protections and critical habitat designations for threatened species, including salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Tigar’s ruling “spoke for species desperately in need of comprehensive federal protections without compromise,” said Kristen Boyles, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice. “Threatened and endangered species do not have the luxury of waiting under rules that do not protect them.” The court ruling comes as two federal agencies — the U.S. Fish and...
    The White House's hands are tied when it comes to opening abortion access in states that have banned the medical procedure after Roe v. Wade was overturned, Health Secretary Xavier Becerra admitted on Sunday. President Joe Biden and his administration have led Democrats nationwide in outrage over the Supreme Court's decision to do away with federal abortion protections.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, another member of Biden's Cabinet, warned Sunday that the increased tension over the ruling has 'heightened the threat environment' around the Supreme Court as well as its Justices and their families.  It comes after his department sent out multiple warnings indicating an increased likelihood of violence from both the anti-abortion and pro-choice sides in the wake of Roe being overturned. But there is apparently little the White House can do to mitigate the fallout, Becerra suggested on NBC News' Meet The Press, as criticism mounts on the president's party for failing to act sooner to protect abortion rights. 'If you look at our laws and the way we administer them, when the Supreme Court speaks, unless we're...
    The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk A woman demonstrates the art of falcon handling in the United Arab Emirates area of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk Chrissie Orr, the co-founder of the SeedBroadcast Collective from New Mexico, shares a collection of seeds with visitors at her Folklife Festival Booth. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk Emma Caamano, a student at Rhode Island School of Design, shows visitors how she’s working with plants to make fabric. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk) WTOP/Valerie Bonk (1/8) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via...
    The Second United Nations Ocean Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from June 27 to July 1, 2022. The Second United Nations Ocean Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from June 27 to July 1, 2022 in the presence of government and government leaders with the participation of international and financial organizations, voluntary organizations, the scientific community and the private sector. Aiming to present this important international event, the United Nations Information Center in Rabat organized an information conference on Thursday, June 23 to shed light on the conference, which coincides with the end of an epidemic that clearly exposed the world’s entrenched roots. Development issues. The meeting was chaired by Mr..Mohammed Dr. Yassin El Aroosi, Head of the Cooperation Division of the Department of Marine Fisheries and Director of the Science Project at the UNESCO office. The Second Ocean Conference of the United Nations, the world is facing a threefold crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, threatening the health of the oceans and the continuity of the economic activities that depend on...
    An open-source wargame to gauge “how climate change could affect a future conflict” has been scheduled for the U.S. Navy in a continuation of President Joe Biden’s executive order on sustainability. The half-day exercise next week will feature staff from Capitol Hill, the Defense Department, the defense industry, think tanks and academia. Navy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment Meredith Berger previewed the planned table-top exercise during a Defense Writers Group breakfast, as reported by USNI News. The purpose of the June 29 event is “to come together and really think about and experience what it means to operate in a climate-impacted environment,” Berger said. “We’re going to create the right level of stress in a very responsible way to see that it is hard to make these choices and there [are] unanticipated consequences and there’re costs and impacts and all sorts of intervening circumstances that we need to think about from each other’s perspectives,” she added. The Navy recently hosted an “inaugural diversity, equity, and inclusion summit” for information warfare sailors. https://t.co/tzrYpInMC9 — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 13, 2022...
    ACHIEVING a happy work-life balance can prove elusive for many of us . . . but not it seems for Jack Johnson. You’ll probably feel a twinge of envy when you consider how the 47-year-old singer from Hawaii, noted for his laidback acoustic vibe, spends his days. 3The 47-year-old singer from Hawaii is noted for his laidback acoustic vibeCredit: Morgan Maassen 3He spends his days with his family, surfing, pursuing environmental initiatives... and writing musicCredit: Morgan Maassen His chief priorities are his family, his abiding passion for surfing, environmental initiatives and, when the mood takes him, music. With wife Kim and their three teenage children, he lives on the North Shore of Oahu where he grew up and where he keeps The Mango Tree Studio. Just picture the white sand, the palm trees and the big, foam-crested waves crashing into the world-renowned Sunset Beach. Then consider that Jack is the son of a legendary surfer, the late Jeff Johnson, and that he started learning the thrilling sport when he was five. READ MORE ON MUSICFAMILY FESTIVAL All we know about Glastonbury site Worthy...
    Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Mosaic Journalism Workshop for Bay Area high school students, a two-week intensive course in journalism. Students in the program report and photograph stories under the guidance of professional journalists. If you were to visit Anderson Reservoir in Morgan Hill, there would be nothing but a dried-up gorge, with bleached stones to show old water levels. While the empty lake is attributed to its dam’s 10-year restoration program, future water levels post-construction may remain dangerously low due to the drought. This could be the future of many nearby water sources. With this year’s drought looming over the western and southwestern United States, lower water output from local, state and federal reservoirs has put the agricultural industry and farmers at risk. California’s major reservoirs, Lakes Shasta and Oroville, are currently under 50% maximum capacity, which has reduced harvests. A dried up river is seen from above at at Santa Clara Central Park in San Jose, California on Thursday, June 16 2022. (Steven Arreola for Mosaic Journalism)  “This year we produced less than expected,”...
    Houses on the east coast of England, photographed in 2020. On Tuesday, the chief executive of the U.K.'s Environment Agency said climate change meant some coastal communities would have to move.Owen Humphreys | PA Images | Getty Images The chief executive of the U.K.'s Environment Agency has issued a stark warning to coastal communities, acknowledging that the effects of climate change will force people — both in the U.K. and abroad — to relocate due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Referring to what he described as the "hardest of all the inconvenient truths," James Bevan said that in the long term, climate change meant "some of our communities, both in this country and around the world, cannot stay where they are." "That's because while we can come back safely and build back better after most river flooding, there is no coming back for land that coastal erosion has simply taken away or which a rising sea level has put permanently, or frequently, underwater," he said.   Rising sea levels pose a threat to many coastal communities around the...
    The third pillar of our esteemed federal system is entering a chaotic phase as the investigation heats up into the premature and embarrassing leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that overrules Roe v. Wade. The focus at present is on the individual justices’ law clerks—the folks who actually do the lion’s share of the research and writing that informs the court’s learned pronouncements. As CNN’s Joan Biskupic reports, apparently no one has yet copped to sending the Alito screed to Politico, despite what had to have been a tense meeting with Chief Justice John Roberts, who is busy watching his judicial legacy circle the bowl. Supreme Court officials are escalating their search for the source of the leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, taking steps to require law clerks to provide cell phone records and sign affidavits, three sources with knowledge of the efforts have told CNN. Some clerks are apparently so alarmed over the moves, particularly the sudden requests for private cell data, that they have begun exploring whether to hire outside counsel. The fact that no one...
    Every year June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day. On this occasion, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called for the protection of the planet “our only home.” In his message to the world, Guterres warned that the Earth’s ecosystems “can not provide us with everything we currently expect.” “We must fully protect the purity of its atmosphere, the richness and diversity of life on Earth, its ecosystems and its finite resources. But we cannot. We ask too much on our planet to preserve sustainable life forms. Earth’s ecosystems cannot provide us with everything we currently expect.” He said. Recalling that not only Earth was affected, he affirmed that “we are also affected by it” and that a healthy planet is essential for its citizens and to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals. Earth provides food, clean water and medicine, regulates the climate and protects us from extreme weather events. “It is important to manage nature wisely and ensure equal access to the services it provides, especially for the most vulnerable people and communities,” he said. More...
    (CNN)Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's abysmal track record on the environment is long standing, with his policies instrumental in rolling back the country's once-stringent environmental protections and weakening its environmental agencies.Under Bolsonaro's tenure, destruction of the world's largest rainforest has deepened, with the portion of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest impacted by deforestation in the first three months of this year the highest ever recorded -- measuring to an area nearly the size of Dallas, Texas, according to data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. Meanwhile, more than nearly 700 public servants working in the environmental sector have been let go or dismissed from their positions since 2018, according to data from the Ministry of Economy. Last year, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a 15-year record high. But last week, the far-right leader appeared to make a U-turn, signing an environmental decree that establishes higher fines for deforestation, illegal logging, burning, fishing and hunting. It also introduces heftier fines on repeat offenders, and changes the rules for "reconciliation" hearings between offenders and environmental agencies by placing a time limit on...
    Facebook employees were told to stop discussing abortion at work after the subject has become 'the most divisive and reported topic' on the company's internal chat system. Executives at Meta, its parent company, allege abortion discussions on Workplace, an internal social media platform, have put the organization at 'an increased risk' of being seen as a 'hostile work environment,' The Verge reported. VP of HR Janelle Gale, during a town hall meeting Thursday, told staff the abortion discussions isolate certain employees and are harmful to the work environment. 'Even if people are respectful, and they're attempting to be respectful about their view on abortion, it can still leave people feeling like they're being targeted based on their gender or religion,' she said. 'It's the one unique topic that kind of trips that line on a protected class pretty much in every instance.'  Executives also argued that discussing abortion on company platforms was a violation of Meta's Respectful Communication Policy, which prohibits employees from discussing 'opinions or debates about abortion being right or wrong, availability or rights of abortion, and political, religious, and...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set an example for the Canadian public by wearing a face mask for a meeting with Prince Charles in Ottawa today.  Mr Trudeau hosted Charles at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General, saying it was a 'pleasure' to welcome the royal couple to the country. The Canadian Prime Minister wore a black face mask as he shook hands with Prince Charles but removed it minutes later when they took their seats.  He also wore the face mask to walk down a corridor but removed it again to take part in a roundtable discussion on the environment.   The Canadian Prime Minister wore a black face mask as he shook hands with Prince Charles but removed it minutes later when they took their seats Mr Trudeau also left his face uncovered as he took part in a roundtable discussion on climate change Yesterday Mr Trudeau wore a face mask as he welcomed Charles and Camilla to St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador The Canadian Prime Minister removed his mask shortly afterwards to deliver a welcome...
    Virtual reality has become an excellent training tool for many corporate applications. But what if your company is ready to explore Mars? NASA’s primary task is to develop a virtual reality simulator for Mars exploration. In particular, the White House has ordered the US space agency to land a man on Mars by 2023. If the mission seems too ambitious, it will not stop NASA from moving forward. It is part of a public competition organized by video game publisher Epic Games and on the Grout sourcing platform, in partnership with Pionda, which specializes in real-time graphic simulation. The goal is to create contributions to the VR test bed environment that reflect the experiences the astronaut encounters on Mars. Seb Loss, Unreal Engine’s Business Manager for Simulation at Epic Games, says: “Creators can use the Unreal Engine to create realistic simulation scenes to prepare for NASA’s future missions.” Whether you’re a game designer, architect, entertainer or rocket scientist, We can not wait to see the rapid simulation of community. “ Unreal 5 for redemption This is not...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Big names with big influence are part of a climate conference this week in Miami Beach. “This is God‘s creation and what are we doing,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. READ MORE: Fiery Crash Involving Tractor Trailer In Miami Gardens, One Person HospitalizedPelosi was among the participants at the inaugural Aspen Climate Change Conference on Miami Beach. Another prominent attendee is Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava who said the issues being discussed are especially important to South Florida “We are ground zero for climate change and sea-level rise, it’s totally fitting that Aspen would come to Miami Beach,“ said Levine Cava. The goal of the event isn’t just to talk about the problem but to come up with solutions. Native American Cheyenne Kippenberger, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and former Miss Indian World, said she’s seen the impact of climate change firsthand. “We’ve seen the Everglades be neglected and poisoned and it’s polluted. I’ve seen development take over the place I called home and more than anything it’s changed every relationship...
    A coyote that was fatally shot by Huntington Beach police was confirmed to be the one that bit a child on the beach, state wildlife officials said Sunday. The 2-year-old girl was just a few steps behind her mother when one of the coyotes knocked her down and attacked her on the beach at around 9:45 p.m. Thursday,  California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy said. The attack lasted about 10 seconds. The child suffered bites to her head that were not considered life-threatening, Foy said. Huntington Beach police then shot two coyotes found in the area, police Lt. Shawn Randell said. DNA samples taken from the girl’s wounds were used to confirm that one of the animals was the coyote that attacked her. One was shot and killed by officers near Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest Street, but was not believed to have been involved in the attack, police said. The coyote that injured the toddler was seen later on the beach and shot, but managed to flee into nearby wetlands. It was then found beneath a...
    After New York state’s top court this week crushed Democratic hopes of coming out ahead in this decade’s redistricting cycle, the party faces an increasingly precarious legal environment in the hyper-partisan battle over drawing legislative lines. New York’s Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a map that Democrats muscled through the state legislature there, deciding that a nonpartisan expert will instead draw the lines for the state’s 26 congressional districts. It was at least the fifth time this cycle a state court has ruled that maps drawn by its state legislature were too partisan, with a Democratic map in Maryland also falling and Republican-drawn ones in Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio being tossed out as well. Still, Republicans are favored to win state Supreme Court races in North Carolina and Ohio in November that’d enable those GOP-controlled legislatures to implement more partisan maps before 2024. In contrast, the 4-3 New York decision came from a court appointed entirely by Democrats, a party that now finds itself bound to a bipartisan process written into the state’s constitution. “Democratic judges are not...
    SALEM (CBS) – If you head to the Peabody-Essex Museum over the next few months, you’ll find yourself looking at all kinds of very unique art. Curator for the Climate Action: Inspiring Change Exhibit Jane Winchell says they’ll be looking at climate and environment from a variety of different perspectives. Twenty-eight artists of all ages, from Massachusetts and beyond, contributed pieces with the same subject — our changing climate. Winchell says that art speaks to people in ways that statistics or reports can’t. “It’s so important connecting with people at an emotional level. Helping them see this issue in a different way,” she said. The museum sees the time around Earth Day as an opportunity to raise awareness for an otherwise hard-to-discuss topic. “There are many known solutions and a lot of people are feeling in despair about the current situation. There are things we can do at this moment,” said Winchell. Like re-examine our impact on the climate through the food pyramid. Rubber replicas of food items like soup, French fries, and a...
    People for Community Recovery Executive Director Cheryl Johnson is working to create the next generation of environmental activists."People don't think about what you breathe every day," she said.Johnson wants to transform a vacant school building in her Altgeld Gardens neighborhood on Chicago's Far South Side into a training center for environmental work.MORE COVERAGE | Chicago tree canopy needs improvement; communities connect to plant and you can too"We don't have that workforce to be able to clean up our community that has been poisoned for so many years," she said.It's just one of several projects aimed at taking care of the environment and improving the health of the community. PCR recently hosted a health fair in the housing complex.Their other priorities include conducting air quality tests and making sure South Side residents are not left out of the clean energy economy.MORE | Recycling, solar panels and more: How businesses, government agencies make green by going greenPCR was founded by Johnson's mother, Hazel Johnson. When Hazel Johnson started speaking out about environmental justice in the 1970s, she faced resistance."She being a black...
    People for Community Recovery Executive Director Cheryl Johnson is working to create the next generation of environmental activists."People don't think about what you breathe every day," she said.Johnson wants to transform a vacant school building in her Altgeld Gardens neighborhood on Chicago's Far South Side into a training center for environmental work.MORE COVERAGE | Chicago tree canopy needs improvement; communities connect to plant and you can too"We don't have that workforce to be able to clean up our community that has been poisoned for so many years," she said.It's just one of several projects aimed at taking care of the environment and improving the health of the community. PCR recently hosted a health fair in the housing complex.Their other priorities include conducting air quality tests and making sure South Side residents are not left out of the clean energy economy.MORE | Recycling, solar panels and more: How businesses, government agencies make green by going greenPCR was founded by Johnson's mother, Hazel Johnson. When Hazel Johnson started speaking out about environmental justice in the 1970s, she faced resistance."She being a black...
    By Mark Chediak | Bloomberg California, which aims to have a carbon-free power grid within 25 years, got a short glimpse of that possibility earlier this month. The state’s main grid ran on more than 97% renewable energy at 3:39 p.m. on Sunday April 3, breaking a previous record of 96.4% that was set just a week earlier, the California Independent System Operator said Thursday in a statement. RELATED: California unveils proposed measure to ban new gasoline-fueled cars “While these all-time highs are for a brief time, they solidly demonstrate the advances being made to reliably achieve California’s clean energy goals,” said California ISO CEO Elliot Mainzer said in the statement. Related Articles Environment | Court reaffirms decision that stopped development of Pittsburg’s Hills Environment | San Jose City Council votes to oppose water district measure to extend term limits, calling it deceptive Environment | Brentwood temporarily halts any future gas, oil drilling Environment | 23 injured in Texas storms; more tornadoes are expected Environment | Death toll reaches 259 as...
    Forests provide a home to millions of diverse flora and fauna around the world. But, the benefits of forests extend far beyond the wildlife who live there. They play a vital role in the world’s carbon cycle by balancing greenhouse gas emissions, making the air in our atmosphere breathable, and protecting against climate change. But, as companies cut down more and more of our forests to make room for agriculture and industry, the whole planet suffers the consequences. Deforestation threatens our environment, impacts human lives, and kills millions of animals every year. Deforestation destroys ecosystems that are vital to wildlife and humans alike. Lush green forests offer a home to some of the world’s most iconic wild animals, from the jaguar to the panda, along with countless diverse species of vegetation. But the importance of forests doesn’t stop there. Like the ocean, forests absorb excess atmospheric carbon dioxide, serving as a much-needed buffer against irreversible climate change. In short, forests help sustain life around the world—far beyond where their tree lines end. However, if humans continue to destroy forests...
    VIDEO2:0102:01'Forget FAANG' and focus on value stocks in the current inflationary environment, Jim Cramer saysMad Money with Jim Cramer CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday advised investors to turn away Big Tech and other growth stocks that are likely to be hard hit as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. "For the moment, I do think we have to forget most of FAANG and focus on the money centers. The oils. Retailers with tremendous scale. Health insurers. Big pharma — and when I say big pharma, I mean only big pharma, absolutely not biotech, because they're the losers in a high-inflation environment," the "Mad Money" host said. FAANG is Cramer's acronym for Facebook-parent Meta, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite on Monday tumbled 2.18% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 1.19%. The S&P 500 declined 1.69%. Cramer's comments come after he said last week that investors should be conservative with FAANG stocks as the market pivots to an environment that doesn't favor high-growth names. He added that investors shouldn't sell all of their tech growth names,...
    Ask nearly anyone who drives a gasoline-powered vehicle, and they’ll grumble about the sky-high prices at the pump. Driven largely by world oil prices, gasoline in the United States and other countries has spiked in recent months. It may be little consolation for people paying $80 or more now for a fill-up, but with vehicles getting higher mileage than in decades past, cars are traveling farther today on a tank, lowering the cost-per-mile-traveled. Still, the economic hardship for many people is real. And the issue is likely to factor into November elections. Daniel Sperling is director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. A professor of civil and environmental engineering, and a member of the California Air Resources Board, he has studied transportation trends for decades, authoring or co-authoring more than 250 technical papers and more than 13 books on transportation and fuels. This conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity and length. Q: Nationally, gas prices have gone up about $1.50 a gallon over the past year and about $2 a gallon in California. Why? A:...
    Up and down the California coastline, centers that rescue seals, sea lions and other ocean life that has washed ashore are reporting a pretty normal season – except for a mystery that unfolded in Orange County that still hasn’t been solved. When reports of a seizing adult California sea lion found in Newport Beach came in, staff at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach were concerned. Volunteers clean the cages at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, CA, on Thursday, March 31, 2022. The posts and flags in the background show where their expansion is planned. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) A board shows info about the seals and sea lions at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, CA, on Thursday, March 31, 2022. The posts and flags in the background show where their expansion is planned. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) A California sea lion at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, CA, on Thursday, March...
    By Drew Costley and Seth Borenstein | Associated Press Proponents of clean energy and thinks tanks have long said it’s possible to reduce emissions and keep an economy growing. Now the latest report from the world’s top climate scientists says 18 countries have done just that, sustaining emissions reductions “for at least a decade” as their economies continued to grow. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) did not name the countries, citing inconsistency in the data. But using figures from Global Carbon Project, which are not part of the report, The Associated Press found 19 nations where the pre-pandemic annual carbon dioxide emissions were at least 10 million metric tons less in 2019 than in 2010. They are the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, Ukraine, France, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Mexico, Finland, Singapore, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Romania and Sweden. The IPCC identified three common factors for countries that have been able to decarbonize: They used less energy, transitioned away from fossil fuels to renewable energy and increased the energy efficiency of their...
    "Congress gave us an important mission — protecting investors, facilitating capital formation, and fostering fair, orderly, and efficient markets — and granted us sufficient regulatory authority to achieve that mission," she wrote. "This proposal steps outside our statutory limits by using the disclosure framework to achieve objectives that are not ours to pursue." Despite the clear overreach, Democrats in Washington appear happy to support the move since the rules fit with the party's aggressive approach to the climate. Many, too, likely see pressuring corporations as an effective step in accomplishing their goals. In short, the new rules aim to expose companies' track records in keeping with progressives' climate change agenda in hopes that investors will pressure the companies to adopt more environmentally friendly policies and practices. "It will make it possible for all interested stakeholders, including shareholders, to then push companies to take real action," climate change activist Bill Weihl, formerly of Google and Facebook, told the New York Times. Speaking with CNBC, Washington-based climate change think tank director Claire Healy celebrated the possibility that carbon-intensive companies may...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's administration is announcing billions in new funding for climate, clean energy and environmental justice programs as part of the President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.Several environmental and science agencies would see significant funding boosts if Congress approves Biden's budget proposal, shared first with CNN. The US Department of Energy would receive $48.2 billion, the Environmental Protection Agency would receive $11.9 billion and the US Department of Interior would get $17.6 billion -- all significant funding increases from the Trump-era funding levels each agency started with when Biden came into office.The President's budget serves as a blueprint of what the administration's priorities are, but Congress has final say and rarely approves everything on the list. Still, the clean energy and climate increases requested by the White House signal how important they are to Biden's agenda. The administration is proposing more funding for programs that can bolster clean energy produced in the US, rather than in foreign countries. And it's putting emphasis on programs to lower energy costs for Americans, including programs to weatherize low-income homes, and funding...
    New York City's new health commissioner - who sparked outrage last week for saying that children under age five should wear face masks 'indefinitely' - is being scrutinized for creating an alleged 'toxic work environment' during his previous tenure at the department. He may have also failed to declare during his current role's vetting process that he had been unemployed, according to an investigation by POLITICO. Dr. Ashwin Vasan, a former primary care physician who previously worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene starting in 2016, returned to the health department this week as commissioner - a development that has some former and current colleagues concerned. At least three ex-employees who spoke anonymously with POLITICO said he developed a reputation for being a 'bad boss' and creating a 'toxic' work environment that they say ultimately forced him out of his previous post. From 2016 to 2019, Vasan served as the founding executive director of the Health Access Equity Unit, and was in charge of building an innovative program connecting health and criminal justice - as well as...
    THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave fans a glimpse of their Caribbean tour by posting a video of them diving in the barrier reef on social media. The couple uploaded an underwater video of them exploring the second largest reef in the world – which they described as a “privilege”. 2The Cambridges got up close and personal with sea creatures during their diving sessionCredit: Instagram 2The couple pictured catching a breatherCredit: Instagram Alongside the video they posted to their official Instagram account, they wrote: “Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. "While the effects of climate change are evident, the Government of Belize and communities across the country deserve huge recognition for their efforts to restore this incredible marine environment - with a commitment to protect 30% of it by 2030. “On Sunday, we were lucky enough to spend time diving at South Water Caye, directly above the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef. "It was a privilege to see for ourselves the world-leading ocean conservation work being done here.” The video, which showed the...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland’s enforcement of water pollution laws has declined over the last two decades, but especially in the last few years, according to a new report. Environmental groups found that the Maryland Department of the Environment took 422 water pollution enforcement actions between 2016 and 2021 under Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), which was significantly lower than the 1,280 enforcement actions between 2010 and 2015, during the administration of Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D). In the past year alone, MDE took 55% fewer water pollution enforcement actions than the historical average over the last 20 years, according to the report by the Chesapeake Accountability Project, a coalition of environmental groups. The coalition reviewed the Department of the Environment’s annual enforcement and compliance reports from 2001 to 2021 “to provide a historical perspective of [water pollution] enforcement in Maryland,” said Katlyn Schmitt, a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform. But the decrease in enforcement actions does not mean that there are...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) argued that people who care about the environment should want oil produced in the United States and criticized the Biden administration for engaging in talks with authoritarian regimes in Venezuela and Iran while not engaging in talks to increase domestic oil production. Burgum said, “If you care about the environment, you should want to have every barrel of oil produced in the United States versus elsewhere. And the idea that we’re talking to authoritarian regimes like Venezuela and Iran to try to increase production, and that same administration has not and is not talking to American oil executives, it’s absolutely absurd. And it’s like this administration does not understand that energy policy and U.S. national security are completely intertwined and cannot be separated.” He added, “I’m not sure if they’re aware or not, but it seems they’re hostage to the far left environmentalists that have some kind of fantasy idea that shutting down energy production in the U.S. is good for the global...
    Many laundry detergents, while they may smell good and remove stains from your clothes, can be bad for your skin. They can leave it feeling dry, itchy, and can even cause nasty rashes. On top of that, the toxic chemicals that are used in most commercial detergents can contaminate the environment. This is why it’s important to be selective when finding a soap to wash your clothes. Luckily, there are a ton of options nowadays that are free from common allergens, toxic chemicals and can still be as tough on stains as their more poisonous competitors. This list will help you find the best one for you. 1. Sheets Laundry Club Laundry Sheets Sheets Laundry Club Laundry Sheets/Amazon.com These dye-free, artificial brightener-free laundry sheets come in eco-friendly packaging and are vegan. Sheets Laundry Club Laundry Sheets are made without ingredients that cause skin irritation and don’t contain any phosphates, bleach, or parabens. 50 sheets will cost you $16.65. Teresa Brooks says “No more carrying heavy plastic jugs of detergent. These come in a box about the same size as...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Helping the environment could be as simple as changing up your fashion habits and choices, and sustainable fashion is growing in Baltimore. Sustainability is key to minimizing the impact of our buying decisions. Illicit Rag Vintage, a Baltimore-based store, understands that. READ MORE: Witnesses Describe Chaos After Car Slams Into Perry Hall Salon, Injuring 4The cost of being trendy is far more than the price tag on that piece of clothing you’ve been eyeing. We often hear about how climate change is affecting us, but now eco-friendly consumers are turning to thrifting instead of shopping at traditional stores. Danyell Williams owns and operates the store. He repurposes vintage clothes, making old things new. Williams said his customers “still want to be trendy, they still want to give a cool look, but they just want their transaction to count towards something.” Customers want to express themselves without contributing to the cycle of fast fashion. READ MORE: City Councilmember Introduces Bill To Establish New Safety Restrictions For Firefighters“I think people want unique items (but) we’ve been in a really...
    More On: brad pitt Brad Pitt sues Angelina Jolie for selling her stake in French estate Château Miraval Katrina victims who bought Brad Pitt’s homes ‘believed dream he sold them’ Brad Pitt not dating Lykke Li, hasn’t seen her ‘in years’ Alia Shawkat says Brad Pitt had no ‘awareness’ of 2019 dating rumors 2 Brad, 2 furious. Scott Eastwood has confirmed for the first time that he and his co-star Shia LaBeouf got into a fight so “volatile” while filming 2014’s “Fury” that Brad Pitt had to break it up. “[LaBeouf] got mad at me and it turned into a volatile moment that Brad Pitt ultimately got in the middle of,” Clint Eastwood’s son told Insider in an interview published Friday. “You’ve got to put things in perspective. This is make-believe, it’s fun, and at times it’s serious and you’re doing emotional work and you give people space to do that in, but everything has to have its parameters.” Pitt, 58, previously discussed the contentious on-set environment of the World War II flick in his GQ 2014 cover story, telling...
    BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — Thousands of prospective UC Berkeley students have found out their chance of admission might be greatly decreased thanks to an ongoing battle between the university and the community in Berkeley. A letter sent out Tuesday warned that 3,000 spaces at the school might not be available this coming year because of the environmental impact of increased enrollment. READ MORE: Victim Of Napa County Atlas Fire Takes Home Hardening To Another Level“This is a court ruling that is asking the university to treat enrollment increases as if it was a construction project. We’ve been asked to analyze the environmental impacts of enrollment increases,” said university spokesman Dan Mogulof. “For example, the court wants the university to study how an enrollment increase impacts homelessness. That’s never been done. There are no tools, no processes.” The problem dates back to 2005 when UC Berkeley submitted a long-range campus plan with projected enrollment numbers and studied the effect under CEQA – the California Environmental Quality Act. “The actual levels of enrollment are much higher than the levels of enrollment that...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office filed the first environmental complaint against Mexico Thursday for failing to protect the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise. The office said it had asked for “environment consultations” with Mexico, the first such case it has filed under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade pact. Consultations are the first step in the dispute resolution process under the trade agreement, which entered into force in 2020. If not resolved, it could eventually lead to trade sanctions. Mexico’s government has largely abandoned attempts to enforce a fishing-free zone around an area where the last few vaquitas are believed to live. Nets set illegally for another fish, the totoaba, drown vaquitas. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that “USTR is committed to protecting the environment and is requesting this consultation to ensure Mexico lives up to its USMCA environment commitments,” adding “We look forward to working with Mexico to address these issues.” Sarah Uhlemann, international program director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said “this is a big move that could save...
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Women of color account for a mere 5% of healthcare leadership positions in the United States, according to a recent analysis. One of them is in Colorado at Craig Hospital. (credit: CBS) “I consider it a privilege to do what I do every day,” said Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, President & CEO of Craig Hospital. “It’s an honor.” Yet Dr. Allen-Davis was surprised to learn just 5% of people who run American hospitals are women of color. She called it a sad and sobering statistic. “I feel like it’s another example of wasted potential and opportunity,” she told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann. “I’ve been called a unicorn, that rare thing that maybe you see every now and then.” The Dartmouth grad, who spent 25 years as an OB-GYN before transitioning to administration, is working to change that. “So, what I say is if I’m a unicorn, they’re not as rare as you think,” she said. “We’re just not looking.” But Allen-Davis is looking. She became President & CEO of Craig in the fall of 2018, and among her...
    President BidenJoe BidenWhite House lights up in red, white and blue to cheer Team USA for Olympics Kansas governor vetoes proposed redistricting map Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden's Fed pick draws GOP heat on climate MORE on Friday signed an executive order aimed at strengthening union jobs in construction by expanding the federal government’s use of collective bargaining agreements between unions and contractors on construction sites.  “The executive order I’m going to sign today is going to help ensure that we build a better America, we build it right, and we build it on time, and we build it cheaper than it would have been otherwise,” Biden said in remarks at the Ironworkers Local 5 located in Upper Marlboro, Md.  Biden said the collective bargaining deals, known as project labor agreements (PLAs), are aimed to “help defuse problems before they arise.” The president has promised that the bipartisan infrastructure law, which he signed in November to provide funding in part for construction projects, would create good union jobs. “As president of the United States, I award contracts…unless the project I’m purchasing for...
    Grass Valley Sub Caught on Camera Yelling at 8th Grader Over Thin Blue Line www.youtube.com Amanda McCallum, the boy's mother, said she feels "angry" and "heartbroken" over the incident. "I was angry because these types of things should never be in the classroom," McCallum said, noting that she was "mind-blown" over the teacher's behavior. “These topics need to be left at the door. The school is meant to educate our children in a safe environment and I don’t feel like this was a safe environment, but it needs to be. We are entrusting these people of authority, these teachers with our children,” McCallum told KTXL. “We are in a time where we are so divided that we need to learn to be kind and respect each other.” Lucas wears the Thin Blue Line mask to show support for his father and stepmother, who are both members of law enforcement. Lillar said he is "worried" that his father could be shot during a routine traffic stop. McCallum informed school administrators about the situation. She said that...
    San Quentin death row - where California's most macabre and twisted killers were once caged - is being shuttered and converted into a 'positive, healing environment.' The prison ward is seeped in dark history dating back to March 3, 1893 when the first of 215 prisoners was hung. It has since housed notorious murderers including Charles Manson, Richard 'the night stalker' Ramirez, and William Bonin, a serial killer who killed at least 21 young men and boys. It's the current home of Scott Peterson, who was sentenced to death in 2005 for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son. Governor Gavin Newsom placed a moratorium on executions in 2019, and is now moving to dismantle San Quentin's death row - the nation's largest  - and transfer 670 condemned inmates into the general prison population. 'We are starting the process of closing death row to repurpose and transform the current housing units into something innovative and anchored in rehabilitation,' corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters told The Associated Press.   San Quentin State Prison's death row has housed some of...
    As many readers of One Green Planet already know, climate change is progressing at a devastating pace, displacing people and animals, and wreaking havoc through natural disasters.  Biodiversity loss is skyrocketing.  But environmental destruction persists, in large part, because protecting the planet is incongruous with short-term corporate money-making.  When corporations use mega-money to influence politics, with the aim of making more money and advancing private agendas, animals and the environment are left wanting.  Consider, as one example, fossil fuel companies lobbying to dump plastic waste in Kenya and other African nations.  Protecting the environment, therefore, entails restricting corporate influence on politics. On one hand, the Biden administration has imposed new restrictions on corporate lobbying, building on Obama-era rules.  For example, President Biden “banned his senior advisers from accepting lucrative bonuses from their former employers for joining his administration.”  But as Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy for the Project On Government Oversight, told Bloomberg, such executive standards can change significantly between administrations. On the other hand, wealthy donors, corporations, and special interest groups have enjoyed heightened political influence...
    The environment is in trouble and humans are largely to blame, but there are things we can do (or not do) to help slow global warming, pollution, deforestation, and other catastrophic events. One thing that’s been especially detrimental to wildlife and the environment is microplastic. The tiny bits of plastic are infiltrating everything from baby bottles to human organs. Collectively, we should be working to reduce our use of microplastics to protect the environment, but a recent viral video on social media is encouraging the opposite. The video was shared on TikTok by jadeimogen98 and shows her “getting revenge” on her cheating ex by pouring glitter all over his things. She dumps tubes of glitter in his shoes, soap, lube, and sock drawer. @jadeimogen98 #cheater #revenge #ex ♬ abcdefu (angrier) – GAYLE The video received a lot of praise from people, with many saying they wish they’d thought of it when going through a breakup. While it may seem like an innocent way to get legal revenge, it’s actually incredibly harmful to the environment. Glitter...