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White House Study Links Land Use Policies to Inequality

Sep 27, 2016
White House Study Links Land Use Policies to Inequality

In a “white paper” released on Monday, the Obama administration likens restrictive land use policies to income inequality.  The report notes, “Over the past three decades, local barriers to housing development have intensified, particularly in the high-growth metropolitan areas increasingly fueling the national economy.” The paper finds that, among other things, income inequality, plodding...

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Benicia City Council Defeats Oil Train Proposal

Benicia City Council Defeats Oil Train Proposal

(From Press Release) Today, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board denied Valero’s  (NYSE: VLO) request for a ruling that the Benicia Planning Commission’s denial of the company’s permit for an oil train facility was preempted by federal law. This decision came hours before the Benicia City Council voted to kill the project in a unanimous...

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Latest Climate Change Spending Plan is a Hard Sell for Some Democrats

Latest Climate Change Spending Plan is a Hard Sell for Some Democrats

Effectiveness and Fairness of Programs Questioned By Leanna Sweha Governor Brown signed a bill last week to fund climate change programs with $900 million from the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) .  This brings total spending from the GGRF to $3.2 billion. The $900 million in spending was not an easy sell for...

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My View: California Passes Climate Change Policy with Teeth

Sep 10, 2016
My View: California Passes Climate Change Policy with Teeth

This week Governor Brown signed legislation that introduces truly radical levels of climate change policy.  The legislation signed by the Governor on Wednesday requires the state to cut emissions at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and invest in the communities hardest hit by climate change. “Climate change is real, and knowing...

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The Shrinking Life of Krill

Sep 7, 2016
The Shrinking Life of Krill

By Debra Chase Krill is said to be the largest biomass on the planet, outweighing the human population of the world. Yet in size it is tiny, relative in size to a paper clip, measuring on average about two inches in length. These small, shrimp like crustaceans run the Earths marine ecosystem and surprisingly,...

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The Crack That May Soon Destabilize Antarctic’s Largest Ice Shelf

The Crack That May Soon Destabilize Antarctic’s Largest Ice Shelf

By Debra Chase Antarctica has 15 major ice shelf areas and, for the past 20 years or so, warming earth temperatures have pushed two major sections of the Larsen ice shelf in Antarctica to collapse into the ocean. A third shelf, as large as the states of New Hampshire and Vermont combined, has thinned...

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Commentary: Zipcar’s Success Shows Lack of Forward Thinking Among Some in Davis

Sep 2, 2016
Commentary: Zipcar’s Success Shows Lack of Forward Thinking Among Some in Davis

Go to any college town and many other communities and you will find the Zipcar.  What began as a small startup has proliferated.  As Uber is to the taxi, Zipcar is to car rentals and car sharing. This week, the city has announced the further expansion of Zipcar.  In a press release, it notes,...

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Residential Infill in Davis and the Death of Governor Brown’s Affordable Housing Trailer Bill

Aug 23, 2016
Residential Infill in Davis and the Death of Governor Brown’s Affordable Housing Trailer Bill

By Leanna Sweha Last Friday’s article about campus housing generated a range of comments with competing views on where best to house students.  Included was debate on the proposed Sterling 5th Street Apartments, which is undergoing CEQA review. Competing views last week also led to the breakdown of talks on Governor Brown’s proposal to...

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On Explaining Science…

On Explaining Science…

by John Berg As a scientist, I was astounded  when I read this comment in the Vanguard this week: “Humans practice science.  Humans are flawed, therefore science is flawed.  Apply that to capitalism, math, democracy…” The beauty of science and mathematics is that the truths discovered do not depend on the flaws of individual...

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Troubling Headlines Show Climate Change Is Moving Faster than Predicted

Troubling Headlines Show Climate Change Is Moving Faster than Predicted

By Debra Chase Some of the worst impacts of climate change that were thought to be events that could or would take place far into the future are here now, faster than expected, much faster than science predicted. The earth can no longer take the assault, and is reflecting a deep pattern of climatic...

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