Governor Proposes $536 Million To Fight 2021 California Wildfire Season

Governor Proposes $536 Million To Fight 2021 California Wildfire Season

As California’s wildfire season approaches, Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing $536 million in emergency and other funding to combat and prevent fires this year. The plan invests in additional firefighters, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, and wildfire response capacity.  

Why This Matters: California’s 2020 fire season burned a record-breaking 4.2 million acres and experts say that severe drought may make this season even more destructive.

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“Solar Canals” Could Provide California with Power, Conserve Water Resources

“Solar Canals” Could Provide California with Power, Conserve Water Resources

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz has found that establishing “solar canals” using California’s 4,000-mile freshwater canal system could provide half of the power capacity needed to meet the state’s decarbonization goals. By laying solar panels over the canal system, the state could produce 13 gigawatts of power, prevent evaporation of […]

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A Policy Solution to California’s Coastal Housing Crisis?

A Policy Solution to California’s Coastal Housing Crisis?

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Southern California’s famed coastline is home to some of the nation’s most desirable real estate, yet rising seas are quickly putting these homes in jeopardy. And over the next decades, $100 billion worth of American homes could potentially suffer massive damage from chronic flooding. California state legislator Ben Allen […]

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California’s Kelp Forests in Climate Peril

California’s Kelp Forests in Climate Peril

Kelp forests are some of California’s most iconic ecosystems and a new satellite study show they’re almost gone. As the Ocean Conservancy explained, kelp forests are the anchor of nearshore ocean wildlife communities, sustaining marine biodiversity by providing shelter, habitat, and even food for an array of fish and invertebrates. They’re also important to coastal […]

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Petaluma, CA Becomes First City to Ban New Gas Stations and Pumps

Petaluma, CA Becomes First City to Ban New Gas Stations and Pumps

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The city of Petaluma, California is the first American city to ban new gas stations and pumps in an effort to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.  The city unanimously passed a bill extending a two-year moratorium indefinitely, and while the town’s 16 gas stations will still be permitted to operate, advocates […]

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Atmospheric Rivers Threaten Once-in-a-Millennium Flooding click button

Atmospheric Rivers Threaten Once-in-a-Millennium Flooding

In 2020, many Californians prayed for rain as wildfires in the region destroyed millions of acres of land. But they got more than they bargained for when what weather forecasters described as an “atmospheric river” set a course for the state, causing storms that triggered catastrophic mudslides and washed out a section of Highway 1. 

Why This Matters: Atmospheric rivers can carry as much water through the atmosphere as land rivers, and at similar speeds. Between 1978 and 2017, just 10 atmospheric rivers caused over half of all flood damage in the Western U.S.   

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