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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.

News Release | Environment California

Statewide plastic bag ban moves forward

Sacramento – California is a step closer to banning single-use plastic bags statewide. The Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted this morning to approve SB 270, moving the legislation closer to a final vote on the Assembly floor later this session. Introduced by Senator Alex Padilla, Kevin de León, and Ricardo Lara, SB 270 will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and food marts.

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News Release | Environment California

Global Warming Is Worsening Water Scarcity in California

On Tuesday, the U.S. Global Change Research Program published the third National Climate Assessment. The report found that nationally, average U.S. temperature has increased 1.5 degrees since 1895, and global warming is worsening water scarcity in California.

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News Release | Environment California

New Federal Programs Good News for Growing Solar Energy

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Today President Obama announced several federal programs and policies to expand solar and make it easier for businesses, governments and homeowners to harness the power of the sun.

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News Release | Environment California

As Santa Barbara Looks to Revamp New Desalination Plant, Local Residents and Others Call for a Ban on Fracking in California

A statement by Daniel Jacobson, Legislative Director of Environment California and member of Californians Against Fracking.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon Pollution in California: Berkeley Awarded for Progress

Berkeley – As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, California is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. 

Key findings from the report include:

  • Renewable electricity standards have helped California develop enough renewable energy to offset as much carbon pollution as 443,750 cars produce in a year.
  • Energy efficiency policies have helped avoid as much carbon pollution as 1,700,000 cars produce in a year.
  • National limits on carbon pollution from power plants would build on California’s success in using wind, solar, and energy efficiency to reduce carbon pollution.
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