Unprecedented Lawsuit Against Trump Executive Order ‘Expediting’ Fossil Fuel Project Approvals

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By Tom Wheeler In the midst of the turmoil and unrest of last week, the Trump administration quietly used the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine federal environmental laws and fast-track oil and gas drilling. In an...

Pipeline Victories: How Long Will They Last?

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by Caroline Griffith Oil pipeline opponents celebrated two victories in early July when the embattled Atlantic Coast pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline were shut down within 24 hours of each other. But, as conservation lawyers...

Are Pesticides Racist? Yes.

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by Caroline Griffith Nearly every instance of environmental degradation is, at its heart, perpetrated by those seeking to make a profit. Those who are hurt, whether plant, animal, worker or resident, are just collateral damage....

News From the Center

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by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully Sometime during the last two decades climate scientists warned that a tipping point would be reached when carbon emissions passed 400ppm. It’s now been above that level for more...

Creature Feature: A Compilation

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Ivy Munnerlyn NEC Intern, Ivy Munnerlyn, brings us a weekly dose of information on creatures large and small. Follow us on social media @your_nec for more.   We’d like to introduce you to a small, slow inhabitant...

The NEC at 50: A Half Century of Defending the Planet

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By Wesley Chesbro      On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated in Humboldt County with an Earth Fair held in Eureka. Concerned citizens of all ages and backgrounds came together as the local...

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...

Kids Ocean Day

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Friends for the Dunes is hosting their annual Kids Ocean Day for local 4th-7th graders. Students participate in a virtual classroom presentation about the health of coastal and marine environments, with an emphasis on...

Protecting the ‘Grand Canyon’ of the Eel River

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The Wildlands Conservancy is close to acquiring the 26,600 acre Lone Pine Ranch, a property with more than property more than 20 miles of river frontage, hundreds of acres of wetlands, and over 86...

Letter to EcoNews: County and State Officials are Trading Our Fish and Owls for...

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  Local officials in county government and those in relevant state agencies are trading away our fish, owls, and other important elements of our natural ecosystems for the benefit of large out-of-control cannabis grows. The...

Pressure for Truth in Packaging Over False Recycling and Composting Claims

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by Maggie Gainer, Zero Waste Humboldt   As consumers become more aware of the constant growth of single use plastics in the worldwide marketplace and the significant role that plastic production and disposal play in global...

Get on Board for the Climate: When Ammonia Smells Like Flowers

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by Martha Walden    One of the biggest climate-changing threats facing civilization flies under the radar for most people: refrigerants. Emissions from these man-made chemicals are so much more potent than carbon or methane that it...
Humboldt Board of Supervisors Candidates during May 10 2018 Candidate Forum

Who are the Board of Supervisors?

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Elections are coming up June 5, and that means it is time once again to vote for local measures and candidates, including the Board of Supervisors. For this EcoNews Report the Northcoast Environmental Center’s...

EcoNews Report Roundup October 2018

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13 Environmental stories in 30 minutes – that’s the EcoNews Roundup! For October's EcoNews Report Roundup Larry Glass, NEC’s Executive Director, and Bella Waters, NEC’s Admin & Development Director, cover the following news stories: Local News 1....

2019 Year in Review

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This Year’s Accomplishments 2019 was another successful and challenging year at the NEC! The following list features some of the many issues and events we worked on or were involved with. • Congressman Jared...

Looking to Make an Impact on Your Community? How About a Job in Environmental...

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Carolyn Hawkins, REHS   The interaction of people and their environment can bring many things...inspiration, enjoyment, health and renewal but it can also bring disease, as we have learned from the coronavirus. The field of Environmental Health...

Get On Board for the Climate: Give Democracy a Chance

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By Martha Walden 11th Hour On top of a pandemic, climate change and economic upheaval, protests and riots are shaking cities across the nation as I write this. It seems as though everything is coming apart....
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EPIC: Two Big Wins for Our Public Lands!

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by Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of EPIC Illegal “Crawford” Old-Growth Timber Sale Withdrawn In the face of litigation brought by EPIC, the Klamath Forest Alliance and the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, the Klamath National Forest has withdrawn...

Uncertain About Recycling? You’re Not Alone

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Caroline Griffith Recycling is easy, right? You just look for the little triangle symbol that says the material is recyclable, then you toss it in the blue bin and away it goes to be magically...

Tim McKay Birdathon Sets Records!

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C.John Ralph, RRAS Every year, for the past six years, the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) have held a fundraiser in honor of Tim McKay. Tim was a great friend...

Kin to the Earth: Susan Masten

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by Geneva Wiki Susan Masten is known to many people by many titles: Former Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Yurok Tribe; Past-President of the National Congress of American Indians; Founding Board Member and President of...

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...

Letter to EcoNews: Chainsaws from the past-still echo in my head

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  Dave Van de Mark’s piece on Redwood National Park brought back memories of my old summer job with USGS in summer 1974, which Bob Ziemer made happen. I was an art major at HSU...

Kid’s World Ocean Day Celebrates Our Oceans with Art

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Press release, Friends of the Dunes After a year in which distance learning became standard in California’s schools, hundreds of elementary students from cities across California will be joining together virtually to send a message...
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Summertime and the Living’s Easy without Plastic

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  By Jess Barger, ZWH Projects Manager   You may be familiar with the statistic that about 10% of plastic waste generated in the U.S. every year is recycled. One type of plastic waste that continues to...