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GOVERNOR SIGNS OUR PLASTIC BAG BILL

California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other ocean wildlife.

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The top 10 environmental victories for 2014, and 10 challenges for the New Year | Dan Jacobson

From groundbreaking commitments to solving global warming to passing a first-in-the-nation ban on single-use plastic bags, it’s clear that 2014 was a great year for protecting our environment. Thanks to the leadership of environmental champions and the activism of millions of Californians, our air is cleaner, our water is safer, and more of our power than ever before comes from solar and other renewable sources. As we celebrate our victories, let’s resolve to continue moving environmental progress forward in 2015 and defend the gains we’ve made. Here are the top 10 environmental victories for 2014 and 10 challenges for the New Year.

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News Release | Environment California

Environment California Calls on Governor Brown to Follow Governor Cuomo and Ban Fracking in California.

Sacramento - Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo became the first Governor in the country to ban fracking. The decision came after an intensive review by the New York State Department of Health, which concluded that fracking is bad for the environment and dangerous for people who live near fracking facilities. The report cites potential environmental impacts and health hazards as reasons for the ban. The research includes recent findings from multiple studies conducted across the country. Based on that knowledge and the new evidence that continues to come in on fracking, Environment California is calling on Governor Brown to stop fracking in California.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: 30% Solar in Reach for California

Solar power in California has grown 72 percent per year from 2010 to 2013. Even if this pace slowed to 16 percent, solar could still generate 30 percent of California’s electricity in less than two decades— a goal once thought improbable by many.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Star Power

California should build on the recent growth in solar energy by setting a goal of obtaining at least 30 percent of its electricity from solar power by 2030. Achieving that goal would result in a cleaner environment, less dependence on fossil fuels, and a stronger economy.

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News Release | Environment California

Congress to erode water protections, but EPA clean water rule can move forward

Washington, DC  -- Congressional leaders are poised to weaken some Clean Water Act protections in its must-pass spending bill known as the “cromnibus,” but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to restore protections to the nation’s smaller streams and wetlands remains intact.

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