Environment

Davis Vanguard
What’s Happening in the Arctic, is not Staying in the Arctic

Nov 29, 2016
What’s Happening in the Arctic, is not Staying in the Arctic

Tipping Points to Collapse By Debra Chase “The metaphor is so obvious. Easter Island isolated in the Pacific Ocean — once the island got into trouble, there was no way they could get free. There was no other people from whom they could get help. In the same way that we on Planet Earth,...

Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Climate Change Policies in Doubt?

Nov 28, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts: Climate Change Policies in Doubt?

Back in September, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that introduces truly radical levels of climate change policy.  The legislation signed by the governor 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...

Davis Vanguard
Yolo County and City of Davis Partner on CCE

Yolo County and City of Davis Partner on CCE

(From Press Release) – Yolo County and the City of Davis have taken an important step to bring competition to the local electricity market. Both have voted unanimously to form the Valley Clean Energy Alliance (VCEA), a locally-based, not-for-profit electricity energy provider. Scheduled to begin service in Fall 2017, VCEA is designed to deliver...

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Placer County Online
Tahoe Basin Area Plan will guide environmental restoration and land use regulation

Nov 4, 2016

After nearly five years of development, Placer County and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have released the Tahoe Basin Area Plan and final supporting environmental documents. The plan outlines how the county will achieve environmental restoration goals for Lake Tahoe and set land-use regulations for Placer County’s portion of the Tahoe Basin for the next...

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Davis Vanguard
Council Defends Local Resolution on Dakota Pipeline

Oct 5, 2016
Council Defends Local Resolution on Dakota Pipeline

While procedural misunderstandings by the public over the timing of discussion on the resolution against the Dakota Access Pipeline punctuated the evening, the main question before the council was  whether such a resolution was the proper venue of the council at all – the answer from the four councilmembers in attendance, in the absence...

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Davis Vanguard
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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Davis Vanguard
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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Davis Vanguard
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...

Davis Vanguard
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...

Davis Vanguard
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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