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We won permanent protection for Stornetta Public Lands.

President Barack Obama has expanded the California Coastal National Monument, permanently protecting California’s Stornetta Public Lands. The monument expansion will save over 1,600 acres of beach, wetlands, dunes, and waterways along northern California’s scenic coastline. Environment California's Nathan Weaver attended the dedication event.

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The Way Forward on Global Warming, Vol. 1

By adopting a suite of clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, the United States could curb emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use by as much as 20 percent by 2020 and 34 percent by 2030 (compared with 2005 levels).

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Plastic Bag Ban Advances In Pasadena

Pasadena officials have moved forward with a plastic bag ban that will require grocers, convenience stores and vendors to stop offering plastic bags and to charge 10 cents for paper bags.

Officials have unanimously approved a recommendation that an ordinance be drafted within 60 days; then the City Council will vote.

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Sunny Los Angeles Lags on Solar Energy, Says UCLA/USC Report

Statewide, one gigawatt of rooftop power has been installed, the Environment California Research & Policy Center announced last week on the progress of a state's 2006 Million Solar Roofs Initiative. The law mandates 3 gigawatts of rooftop solar statewide by 2016. LADWP's contribution - 280 megawatts - was only 8% realized by July of this year.

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San Francisco Bag Ban Includes Paper Charge

The question "paper or plastic" is already more or less a moot point in San Francisco -- the 2007 passage of a partial ban on plastic bags in the city saw to that.

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California Legislature Will Reconsider Browneley Bag Ban in 2012

In an interview last week with Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, California Progress Report has learned the Santa Monica Democrat plans to fight once more to make California first in the nation to ban single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags.

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