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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

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We Need to Go Beyond the Paris Agreement | Dan Jacobson

As the dust settles on the final hours of COP 21—the United Nations’ attempt to stave off the worst impacts of global warming by getting countries to agree to limit global warming pollution—there is a lot to learn and a roadmap of next steps that need to happen.

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News Release | Environment California

Paris Agreement Great News for California’s Environment

World leaders are voting today on a final agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a benchmark scientists say is critical to avoid devastating impacts of global warming that could render the planet uninhabitable.

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California as Lighthouse | Dan Jacobson

The bottom line is, California is a great place to look for many of the answers the UN is struggling with as an agreement is negotiated. Governor Brown, Air Resources Board Chair Nichols, Senate Pro-Tem De León, Speaker Atkins and Speaker-elect Rendon, Senator Lara and more, all have experience tackling these hard issues and can offer strong leadership.

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Why we need the Clean Water Rule | John Rumpler

Why do we need federal protection under the Clean Water Act if there are also state laws designed to protect our rivers and streams? The answer is that, all too often, state officials fail to enforce their own laws or side with politically-powerful polluters.

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Turning to the Wind

In 2014 alone, wind-generated electricity averted an estimated 143 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – as much as would be produced by 37 typical coal-fired power plants.

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