News from the Center

Successful Event In August, we had another very enjoyable summer event supporting the NEC. Thanks to everyone who made it to our Summer Patio Party...
The Butt Walkers at the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. Submitted photo.

Volunteer Spotlight: the Butt Walkers

The Butt Walkers The self-named “Butt Walkers” at Humboldt County’s Environmental Health office have removed over 2,000 toxic cigarette butts and picked up 58.5 pounds...
King Salmon and PG&E’s HBGS, HBPP, and ISFSI with 3.3 feet (1.0 meter) of sea level rise at king tide. Image: Aldaron Laird, 2019.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Humboldt Bay’s Nuclear Legacy

Is Humboldt Bay vulnerable to sea level rise? Yes. Unfortunately, in addition to buildings and roadways, we must also consider the risks to spent...
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Caltrans Punts Sea Level Rise Planning for 101 Corridor Project

In August, the California Coastal Commission met in Eureka to consider the long-anticipated permit for Caltrans’ “Eureka-Arcata Highway 101 Corridor Safety Improvement Project,”...
A prescribed burn in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, October 2018. Photo: Liz Younger, USFS.

Trinity Prescribed Burn Plans Spark Concern

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) recently closed the comment period on its plans to introduce prescribed fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The proposed...
Forest defense supporters rally at the Humboldt Redwood Company office in Scotia in September. Photo: @blockade.babes, Instagram.

Forest Defense Not Giving Up on Mattole: Mature Forests Need Protection

by Ellen Taylor Forest defense in the Mattole is recovering from the painful losses incurred by the recent logging by Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) on...
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CA Legislature Missed Opportunity to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

The Zero Waste movement has stirred consumers, taxpayers, ratepayers, and climate change activists to adopt less wasteful practices in their daily lives. Awareness is...
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Available Parking Leads to More Driving

People drive cars, so there needs to be places for them to park. Development standards in practically every American community require developers and property...

Enviro Groups Concerned About Wind Energy Project

In September, a coalition of local environmental groups sent a letter to the director of the Humboldt Planning Department to express concerns and recommendations...
Black plastic pipe oyster culture debris found on Clam Beach. Photo: Robin Hamlin.

Adopt-a-Beach Volunteers find Aquaculture Debris

This edition of Casey's Coastal Column features guest author Robin Hamlin, Adopt-a-Beach volunteer. Have you ever found small pieces of 3/4 inch black plastic pipe...
An artistic rendering of the proposed hotel project at Cher-Ae Heights Casino off Scenic Drive south of Trinidad, as submitted to the North Coast Journal.

‘Conditional’ Approval for Trinidad Hotel Depends on Water

On August 8, at its only North Coast hearing of 2019, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) reversed the recommendations of its staff and issued...
The amount of carbon dioxide emitted annually in New York City visualized as one-tonne spheres. Graphic by Carbon Visuals, CC.

The Crude Reality of California’s Carbon Market: More Pollution

Cap-and-trade, the popular name for California’s carbon market, is touted as the global warming salvation of humanity. This market-based scheme of commercializing carbon is...
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New Water Permit for Dairies / North Group Sponsors Campers

Water Board Adopts New Permit for Dairies At its August meeting in Santa Rosa, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted a new...
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EPIC Honors Civil Rights Attorney Dennis Cunningham

Dennis Cunningham is a legendary civil rights attorney who has spent his lifetime defending activists since the 1960s. From suing the Chicago Police Department...
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Eye on Washington

Correction notice: In the Aug/Sep issue of EcoNews a sentence was accidentally changed in the editing process. The sentence should read: “Congressman Huffman was...
Dr. Lew Ziska, former Senior Researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory. Submitted photo.

Brave Climate Change Scientists Choose Hope Over Politics

This article is the result of interviews conducted by the author with Drs. Ziska and Caffrey in August of 2019. Full disclosure: Dr. Caffrey...
Spent nuclear fuel stored on-site in dry storage casks at the Humboldt Bay power plant. File photo.

High Costs and Risks of Nuclear Waste

by Mike Manetas The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public hearing in Eureka on August 26 to gather input and ideas on formulating a...

A New Approach to Social Change: Community Benefits Agreements

We have an opportunity here in Humboldt County to form a more perfect democracy and vibrant positive economy through the use of Community Benefits...

Pachamama Alliance Comes to Humboldt

by Donna Luckey In recent weeks the news of increased fires in the Amazon has been overwhelming. The accelerating destruction of the rainforest is tragic,...
Right: Autumn Peltier, 15, Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation. Photo: Global Landscapes Forum, Flickr CC.

Youth Taking the Lead

Greta Thunberg and other youth activists around the world demand climate action. Earlier this year in the Feb/Mar issue of EcoNews, the Kin to the...
Endangered northern spotted owlets. Photo: USFWS, Wikimedia Commons.

UN Report: Unprecedented Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Press Release, United Nations The following is excerpted from a press release from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), May 2019 Up...

We Need to Talk About Global Grief

by Dorine Leisz Grief about the world. It’s a pervasive feeling these days, whether or not we register it and recognize it for what it...
Dark-eyed junco, one of the common backyard birds that are declining . Photo: Michael Stubblefield.

Birds in Decline

Press Release, American Bird Conservancy New study finds one in four birds in North America have disappeared in last 50 years A study recently published in the...