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GOVERNOR SIGNS OUR PLASTIC BAG BILL

California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other ocean wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

California Senate Votes 36-0 to Expand Yosemite

Sacramento, CA – The California Senate voted 36-0 to pass SJR 5, a resolution in support of adding 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite National Park. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. The resolution would help remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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News Release | Environment California

Sen. Alex Padilla's Plastic Bag Ban Bill Moves Ahead

Sacramento – Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags across California took another step toward becoming law. The Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee voted this morning to approve SB 405, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Senate floor later this session. Written by Alex Padilla (Pacoima), the bill would ban single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug, and convenience stores.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Sacramento Ocean Day draws citizens from across the state

On Tuesday, April 16, ocean conservation advocates and experts from across California will convene at the California State Capitol for Ocean Day. Efforts to lessen sea level rise impacts, reduce marine debris, and implement the Marine Life Protection Act have created a groundswell of support for smart and science-based ocean policy. Residents and activists will meet with legislators to send the message that marine conservation should continue to be a priority for the state. With California’s ocean economy driving $43 billion in revenue and nearly 400,000 jobs each year, sustainable management is a wise investment.

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California Facing Rolling Blackouts Because of Green Energy?

The Fox Business program "Money with Melissa Francis" claims that California is facing an electricity crisis due to the state’s alleged overreliance on renewable energy. Environment California Research & Policy Center's clean energy advocate Michelle Kinman argued on air that California’s diverse mixture of renewable energy is in fact making our electricity grid more reliable and that the only question now is how to ramp up the state’s renewable energy fast enough to replace the state’s fleet of old, dirty fossil fuel and nuclear power plants.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Warnings from Schwarzenegger, Environment California

Warnings about the drastic consequences of climate change have come from two directions this week — a draft version of a National Climate Assessment issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and “In the Path of the Storm,” a report by Environment California about the consequences of climate change already observed in the United States.

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