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California's Solar Cities 2012

California’s solar market is thriving. Ten years ago, solar panels atop roofs were a rarity. Today, solar is taking hold in cities across the state, from coastal metropolises to agricultural and industrial hubs in the Central Valley. In the past two years alone, the solar industry has installed more than 5,000 kilowatts of solar power in each of 10 different California cities.

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Leading the Way Toward a Cleaner Ocean

Out in the Pacific Ocean, plastic debris churns in a soup called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an area twice the size of Texas where plastic bits outweigh plankton. Plastic pollution persists for hundreds of years, and can kill turtles, seabirds and other marine animals.
Throw-away plastic bags are a significant part of the problem. To reduce ocean pollution and protect the environment, more than 80 national and local governments across the planet have taken official action to ban throw-away plastic bags or to establish fees or taxes on such bags.

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Ounce for Ounce, La Mesa Tops the County for Solar Power Production

La Mesa is the Jewel of the Sun as well, it seems. A new report says our city ranks first in San Diego County—and 29th in the state—for solar power production per resident for cities of at least 50,000 population.

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San Diego tops state in solar use

"It's no longer just liberal coastal homeowners going solar," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, director of the research and policy center's clean energy programs. "It's really conservative areas, really liberal areas and everywhere in between."

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Report highlights plastic pollution.

Our 2011 report, "Leading the Way to a Clean Ocean," highlights the damage caused by plastic pollution and notes that more than 80 local and national governments worldwide have taken action to address the problem by banning or imposing fees on disposable plastic bags. Staff member Ben Davis released the report in at a Santa Barbara press conference with Mayor Helene Schneider and State Assemblymember Das Williams. 

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