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Staff Picks for Winter Reading

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Chelsea’s Picks Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone (New World Library, 2022)“The challenges we face can be difficult even...

Solutions Summit | December 2022

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TOXIC MINE RESTORATION IN ALABAMA The State of Alabama has revitalized the site of an abandoned coal mine, increasing ecological stability, protecting the Cahaba River from pollution, and creating a draw for tourists. The Cahaba River...

Strike a Blow for Energy Efficiency

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Martha Walden Commercial and residential buildings account for about 13 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. That might not sound like much, but it’s something that many of us can feasibly reduce by making our homes...

Cal Poly Humboldt Food Sustainability Minor

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Steffi Puerto, EcoNews Intern This fall Cal Poly Humboldt has introduced a new sustainable food system minor. This minor is aimed to create an understanding of how our local and global food is produced, prepared,...

CAUTION: Humboldt Shellfish Poisoning

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director On November 3, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the recreational razor clam fishery in Del Norte County due to findings by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard...

OZZI Boxes: Sustainable Food Containers

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Steffi Puerto, EcoNews Intern In 2013, Humboldt State University – now Cal Poly Humboldt – integrated OZZI boxes into its food dining system. This transition was made to reduce single-use plastic on campus and promote...

City of Arcata Reduces Single-Use Disposables

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Jerry Swider & Sandrine Thompson, City of Arcata The City of Arcata is committed to reducing waste from single-use disposable foodware. The Arcata City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1527 in February of 2020 to establish...

Public Trust Values in Peril: Friends of the Eel River File Lawsuit Against Humboldt...

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist On Thursday, October 27, Friends of the Eel River (FOER) filed a lawsuit against Humboldt County seeking to protect public trust flows in the lower Eel River. In a recent press...

New California Law Bars Seabed Mining in State Waters

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Jos Hill & Robert Hayden, published 9/19/22 on the PEW Charitable Trusts blog California’s marine waters are home to ecosystems that harbor as much biodiversity as tropical rainforests and provide food, shelter, and nursery habitat...

Peacock Bar Renamed and Given New Signage

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Redwood National and State Parks & Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Press Release Redwood National and State Parks ("Parks") and the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation (“Nation”) have collaborated to rename Peacock Bar. In 2019, the Governor of California established...

Zero Waste Holidays

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Jasper Larkins, Zero Waste Humboldt According to a Stanford study, the holiday season (November through December) produces an additional 25 million tons of waste on average. Between excessive gifts, wrapping paper, single-use dinnerware, and Christmas...

California Native Plant Society | December 2022

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Evening Program December 14, 2022: From the Forefront of Botanical Science. Three Cal Poly Humboldt students who have research grants from our Chapter will describe their projects.  Kale McNeil is studying the systematic and population...
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The Sandpiper | December 2022

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Explore the Bay / Explora la Bahía 2022 Tour Season

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Jen Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper Director From April to October, Humboldt Baykeeper offers motor boat, kayak, and walking tours of Humboldt Bay and nearby coastal areas to community groups. This year, we led eleven group tours...

Logging Resumes in Jackson Demonstration State Forest Despite Public and Tribal Outcry

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Matt Simmons, EPIC Staff Attorney Hey EcoNews readers. It feels like about the fifth time I’ve written an update on the campaign to conserve Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF), but that just goes to show...

Lecciones de las Guerras de Herbicidas

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director Traduccion por Carlrey Arroyo El 25 de octubre, en respuesta a la protesta pública masiva debido a la propuesta de PG&E de rociar herbicidas a lo largo de sus derechos de...

Lessons from the Herbicide Wars

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director On October 25, in response to massive public outcry due to PG&E’s proposal to spray herbicides along its rights-of-way, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in opposition...

The Interstate Highway System and the Spread of Car Dominance Across the Country

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Colin Fiske, Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Executive Director This is the fourth in a series of articles in the EcoNews about the history of how American communities were designed for cars. The first three...

Farm Feature: Christmas Trees

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist December is a time for indoor celebration, when most people in the Northern hemisphere want to spend the majority of their time being cozy inside rather than braving the elements outdoors....

Winter Solstice Retreat

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Brittany Kleinschnitz, Nature Based Therapist The days are growing shorter and darker as we move closer to the Winter Solstice, the meeting place between day and night when the light begins to slowly creep back...

Pleasure Activism: Finding Joy in Doing the Work

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Elena Bilheimer, EcoNews Journalist At a time when the news is filled with doom and gloom headlines, it can be difficult to prioritize joy as a fundamental part of activism. Concentrating on individual pleasure can...

COP27: Tiptoeing Towards Climate Justice

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Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director “The world's elite have arrived at #COP27 on hundreds of private jets to lecture you about climate change. Sponsored by Coca-Cola.” Twitter post from the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025  On...

Letters to EcoNews: Divided We Fall

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Columnist Jamie Blatter of 350 Humboldt, describes demands for the “older generation” to face “intergenerational justice” as, "…natural responses when bearing witness to apocalyptic occurrences", (EcoNews, November 2022). Indeed, whether it’s the multigenerational greed dominating...

News from the Center | Dec. 2022

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Larry Glass, NEC Board President Caroline Griffith, NEC Executive Director The Scourge of Plastic With the fossil fuel industry currently raking in massive profits with its continued price-fixing and profiteering, one of the more unnoticed tactics of...