News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California leads on cutting carbon: Now Nation stands to follow

Oakland, CA- As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows that if the United States’ fleet of coal- and gas-burning power plants were a country, it would be the 3rd-largest carbon polluter globally, behind the US as a whole and China. Environmental advocates and Oakland City Councilmembers Dan Kalb, Libby Schaaf, and Rebecca Kaplan pointed to the data to support proposed limits on carbon pollution from power plants nationwide.

News Release | Environment California

Congress to block protections for two thirds of California’s streams

Two thirds of streams across California could remain vulnerable to development and pollution under a bill expected to win approval today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The waters affected flow into the San Francisco Bay and provide drinking water for over 7.3 million Californians.

News Release | Environment California

The San Francisco Bay and other waterways key to summer fun

This year, 17.7 million people visited California National Parks that include waterways like the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River, according to Environment California’s new Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheet comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for more than 140,000 miles of the state’s rivers and streams.

News Release | Environment California

Governor speaks well of plastic bag ban

Sacramento – Governor Brown said that he would "probably" will sign a statewide plastic bag ban into law. The bill, SB 270, will phase out such bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later. Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara authored the measure, which passed out of the California State Legislature last week.

News Release | Environment California

California bans plastic bags

Sacramento – The California Senate voted 22-15 to pass a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill, SB 270, will phase out such bags in grocery stores and pharmacies beginning July 2015, and in convenience stores one year later. Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara authored the measure, which now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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