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.
Sacramento – One hundred local businesses released a letter calling on President Obama to protect California’s Berryessa-Snow Mountain region as a national monument. The region, which spans 350,000 acres north of Napa up to the Mendocino National Forest, is a haven for rare wildlife and a popular destination for hiking, boating, and outdoor recreation.
Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report: Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, ranking California 1st in the nation for installed solar capacity and 4th for installed solar capacity per capita (up from 6th place in 2012). The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.
Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland by Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb, doctors, environmental justice advocates and transportation experts to release a new report “Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution.”
Industrial facilities dumped 2.4 million pounds of toxic chemicals into California’s waterways statewide in 2012, making California’s waterways the 26th worst in the nation according to a new report by Environment California Research & Policy Center.