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News Release | Environment California

Davis Becomes 88th City to Ban Plastic Bags

Davis— The City Council fully enacted a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags in a unanimous consent vote. The ban, initially approved on October 8, had to be confirmed at a second reading to take effect per the city’s standard legislative procedure. Plastic shopping bags will be phased out in Davis starting July 1, 2014. With Davis, 88 California cities and counties have banned now plastic bags, only 12 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.

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News Release | Environment California

Martinez plastic bag ban moves forward

Martinez— The City Council has officially entered the race to reach 100 plastic bag bans, voting unanimously to pursue a phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. Next, city staff will draft an ordinance and complete environmental studies, putting Martinez on track to phase out plastic bags in 2014. To date, 87 California cities and counties have banned plastic bags, only 13 away from 100. One in three Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.

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News Release | Environment California

Environmentalists, Community Leaders Hold Press Conference During EPA Listening Session

San Francisco- While the Environmental Protection Agency holds a listening session in San Francisco today, seeking input on its forthcoming carbon pollution standard for existing power plants, local leaders, parents, scientists and environmental advocates held a press conference to highlight the urgent need for action on the unchecked carbon pollution from power plants. Bold action on carbon pollution from power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of the U.S. carbon pollution that causes climate change, is vital to protect public health.

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News Release | Environment California

Secretary Sally Jewell Makes Commitment to Conservation

Washington - Today, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a speech on conservation at the National Press Club. The following is a statement from Nathan Weaver, Environment California’s Preservation Advocate.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

San Francisco, CA — Today, a new Environment California Research and Policy Center report called “Fracking by the Numbers” measures the damage being done by dirty drilling across the country. On the heels of legislation to regulate fracking in California, the report is the first study of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking damage to date—including toxic wastewater, water use, chemical use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions. Extrapolating from the national data, this report provides key insight into what could happen to California’s water, air, and beautiful places absent a statewide ban on fracking. 

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