Updates

We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

Supreme Court deals major blow to kids' health

This morning in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from power plants. The standards would have applied to roughly 600 plants, cutting mercury pollution up to 90 percent and preventing an estimated 11,000 deaths each year.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Report: Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs

Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more value to power customers and society than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

> Keep Reading
Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Net energy metering has been instrumental in the growth of solar energy, particularly on homes and businesses. Net energy metering enables solar panel owners to earn fair compensation for benefits they provide to other users of the electricity grid, and makes “going solar” an affordable option for more people. A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment California

Obama Administration Accelerates Drive to Less Polluting Trucks and Buses

Eighteen-wheelers, school and transit buses, and other large vehicles will be much more efficient and less polluting by the end of the next decade, according to a proposal issued today by the Obama administration. The medium and heavy-duty vehicles covered by the rule account for a significant portion of California’s global warming pollution.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment California

Senate leaders use spending bill to continue assault on air, water, and climate

Senate appropriators continued their full-scale attack on the nation’s air, water, and climate today, adopting a spending bill riddled with anti-environmental policy riders that also severely underfunds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and land conservation.

> Keep Reading

Pages