Noteworthy News

After 20 years, California’s whale tail license plates remain one of state’s most successful environmental programs ever
What started as a simple picture of a whale’s tail emblazoned on a specialized California license plate decades ago has morphed into one of the most successful environmental programs in the state.
From oil refineries to solar plants, unions bend California climate change policies in their favor
No contour of California’s vast landscape inspires such passionate devotion as its coastline, so state lawmakers recoiled when President Trump announced in April that he wanted to expand offshore drilling. The outrage was channeled into a proposal for preventing any new infrastructure along the water, pipelines or
Bay Area cities sue major oil companies over climate change
San Francisco and Oakland are suing to get five oil companies, including San Ramon-based Chevron, to pay for the cost of protecting the Bay Area from rising sea levels and other effects of global warming.
The US And Syria Are Now The Only Countries To Reject The Paris Climate Accord
Nicaragua, one of only two countries to initially reject the Paris climate accord, now plans to sign the agreement.
Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments
The Trump administration’s plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America’s national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation’s most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves.
Will the Southland wind up holding much of the $17-billion bill for the delta water tunnels?
Some of the state’s biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering the failing heart of California’s water system.
Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show
Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets.
Nike Agrees To Help Watchdog Group Inspect Its Overseas Factories
After allowing its longtime licensing agreement with Nike to expire in December, Georgetown University has struck a deal with the apparel giant that all sides say will help improve conditions for vulnerable garment workers in Asia.
California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy
California lawmakers are considering a future without the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, a step that would boost the renewable energy industry and expand the scope of the state’s battle against global warming.
Yes, ExxonMobil misled the public
In late August, we published the first academic analysis of ExxonMobil’s 40-year history of communications on climate change. We published our findings in an open-access, peer-reviewed journal and made our method and evidence transparent and auditable by publishing 121 pages of supplementary materials.