Solutions Summit

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by Michael D. Pulliam FIVE CLEAR PATHS TO LOW-COST, ZERO-CARBON AMERICA A new study pioneered by Princeton University gives intricate detail on no fewer than five economic pathways for getting America to net-zero carbon emissions by...

Get On Board for the Climate- New HWMA Director Will Need Climate Champion Stripes

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by Martha Walden for the What Now Coalition   California is cracking down on methane, a greenhouse gas that traps eighty times more heat than carbon dioxide. Any organic matter that rots under anaerobic conditions --...

Poetry: Just Us

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Just Us  by Rick Rayburn Scent of pitch and decaying wet leaves  over coarse volcanic sands  above the black lake.    My wife’s shoulder rises with each breath,
 as dawn’s stars dim above sugar pines, heavy  with pulling pendulous cones.    Damp splits night...

Eye on Washington: March 2021 

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by Dan Sealy, NEC Legislative Analyst   A New Day in DC Americans are reminded once again: elections do indeed have consequences. From national to local elections, voters saw swings to both the left and right. Certainly,...

North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD):  Charged with Monitoring and Regulating the...

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by Ali Ong Lee   Here on the north coast, winter storms have roiled tributaries but have cleared the air.  We have been waking-up to the new Biden-Harris Administration clearing the way to renewed environmental protection—such...

Housing the Vulnerable and Protecting the Land Don’t Need to Conflict

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by Caroline Griffith It’s no secret that California has a housing problem. Here on the North Coast, one potential housing project has gotten a lot of media attention not because of what it is, but...

Land Trusts in Humboldt County: Alternative Ways to Protect and Conserve Resources

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NEXUS <<<>>>The intersection of human rights, the environment, social justice, and the economy<<<>>> by donna luckey How can we protect land in Humboldt County, this amazing place we call home? Different models exist for us to consider,...

Despite Widespread Opposition, Cannabis Mega-Grow Approved

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by Caroline Griffith Despite widespread opposition from citizens and environmental organizations, the Humboldt County Planning Commission recently approved a controversial cannabis grow near Weott. The decision could still be appealed to the Board of Supervisors....

Trinidad Opts Out, But Water Pipeline Study Moves Forward

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by Caroline Griffith In an controversial procedural move, the Trinidad City Council held a re-vote February 9 about whether or not to participate in a feasibility study with Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD). The...

More Than Luck – Vicki Ozaki, Kin to the Earth

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by Dan Sealy   Although there may have been some serendipity involved in the arrival of Vicki Ozaki from Sunnyvale, California to Humboldt State University in 1979, her journey as a Japanese American woman geologist is...

Save Money and the Planet – Get Zero Waste Certified!

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Caroline Griffith, EcoNews Journalist  The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, but those of us who are concerned with the growing environmental damage caused by plastic waste have learned to adapt...
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SB 1383: Reducing Food and Organic Waste to Reduce Global Warming

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 by Gifford Hall and Margaret Gainer The most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years, SB1383, was signed into law in 2016 by California Governor Jerry Brown as...

California Refineries’ Plans to Convert to Soy Raise Doubts About Biofuels

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By Gary Graham Hughes, Biofuelwatch   The recent announcements from Phillips 66 and Marathon to convert their San Francisco Bay Area refineries from processing crude petroleum to processing high deforestation-risk feedstock, such as soy, are getting...
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Trinity Public Utility District Proposes Massive Clearcuts in Name of Wildfire Safety

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By Kimberly Baker, EPIC Public Lands Advocate and Matt Simmons, EPIC   Sparsely populated Trinity County is defined by its granite peaks, national forests and wild and scenic rivers. These features make this an exceptional place...

Community Coastal Column

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  Hello! My name is Ivy Munnerlyn and I’m excited to introduce myself as the new Coastal Programs Coordinator for the NEC. I’ve been with the NEC since 2019 in the role of Coastal Programs...

Grieving the Lives Lost to Cars

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by Colin Fiske Most activists are deeply familiar with grief. Indeed, for many, it is a profound experience of loss—whether intimate or public, personal or global—that leads them to activism in the first place. Taking...
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CNPS Happenings– March 2021

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Stay Updated: www.northcoastcnps.org  https://www.facebook.com/NorthCoastCNPS/ CNPS welcomes anyone interested in native plants to join our events.  No expertise required. ................................................................. Evening Program March 10, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.  "Our Precious Prairies."  Coastal Prairies are a diverse habitat that sequesters carbon, prevents erosion,...

Soil Vapor Monitoring at NEC’s Ninth Street Property Points to Next Steps in Cleanup

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by Jennifer Kalt  Results from sampling in November are the latest in the NEC’s multi-year effort to clean up contamination at its former headquarters near the Arcata Plaza. On Nov. 18 and 19, NEC’s consultants (SHN...

When & How The Emerald Mile Came To Be A Critical Part of...

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Story and photos by Dave Van de Mark   In this day and age, there are few “pioneers” out there discovering new landscapes or exploring places for the first time.  Early mountain men of the Yellowstone...

Dear EcoNews

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Do you have an environmental query? Would you like to ask an expert? Submit your questions to [email protected] and we will find a local expert to point you in the right direction. Dear EcoNews, I moved...

Does “Vegetation Management” Equal Clearcuts? Concerns Grow Over TPUD Proposal

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by Caroline Griffith In what they are calling “Proactive right of way expansion and vegetation management” in the name of fire safety, the Trinity Public Utilities District (TPUD) and the Western Area Power Authority (WAPA)...

EcoNews in the ’80s: Who Needs Computers?

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Do you have memories of the early NEC that you’d like to share? Photos, recollections, poems or lessons learned from campaigns? Did the NEC launch you into a life of environmental activism? We want...

News From the Center

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by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully From the NEC Staff The last month has brought some big changes for the NEC staff. The biggest change we have encountered is that our Coastal Programs Coordinator, Casey Cruikshank,...

Environmental Laws Crossword

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  Across Acronym for 1986 act that provides assistance to local communities in protecting the public health from chemical hazards. The ______ Prevention Act: Passed in 1990, focused on source reduction of pollution. The...