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WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 30, 2015 - Today, WildEarth Guardians petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to list the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Multiple climate models predict severe range contractions in the next century for this iconic southwestern species. The trees will have difficulty moving...
October 1, 2015 - The University of California’s new minimum wage policy takes effect today (Oct. 1) with thousands of direct and contract employees slated to receive the first of three years of raises that will increase their earnings to at least $15 an hour by 2017.
Under UC’s Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan, all employees...
SACRAMENTO October 1, 2015 - Work by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to dismantle an emergency drought barrier that has spanned West False River between Jersey and Bradford islands since June is well underway, with breach in the barrier expected today.
The barrier was erected to block salt water from pushing into the central...
SANTA BARBARA, Sept. 30, 2015 - The Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) sent a letter on behalf of twenty-eight environmental organizations to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”), urging the agency to implement increased safety requirements prior to restart of the pipeline responsible for the May 19, 2015 Plains All American Pipeline Oil...
DAVIS, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015 – In the wake of the Valley and Butte fires, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) staffs in California are meeting with landowners and Agencies to assess damages and offer technical and financial assistance where possible.
Assistance programs through NRCS include the Emergency...
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest tracking poll finds strong support for having Medicare reimburse doctors for the time they spend discussing end-of-life options with their patients. The survey also finds lukewarm support for the so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive health plans, with respondents more likely to support the tax after they are told it...