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High-Speed Rail Project Connecting SoCal to Las Vegas Wins Grant


Private company Brightline secured a $3 billion grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation toward a 218-mile high-speed rail line from Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas. The line would allow people to make the trip to Sin City in a little over two hours.

Oakland Might Have to Pay Developers Millions Over Coal Terminal


An Alameda County judge ruled on Nov. 22 that the city of Oakland thwarted a proposed coal export terminal. The judge will rule if the developer who sued is entitled to $159 million in damages or moving forward with the project.

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Fishermen are reeling from closures that threaten the outlook for the local industry.

The first big industry in Monterey Bay was whaling. Then came fishing, and in recent decades, tourism. But the local fishing industry has hung on, if only by a thread. That thread is starting to fray.

Image caption: Ocean waves may be good for more than surfing. They may play a role in reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions.
California Looks to Ocean Waves For New Clean Energy Source

Only a few small demonstration projects off the West Coast have harnessed the power of waves and tides. Costs are high and hurdles are challenging.

Image caption: Even as the state has set ambitious clean energy goals, California is once again slashing incentives for rooftop solar power.
California Slashes Rooftop Solar Incentives—Again

The utilities commission reduced payments to apartments, schools and businesses selling solar power to the grid despite a barrage of criticism. Commissioners say it reverses unfair subsidies.

Image caption: A definitive federal report says California’s economy suffers more than almost all states from the effects of climate change.
California Among Top 5 Worst Climate Change States, Report Says

California ranks among the top states suffering economic damage from climate-related disasters. The report describes food shortages, floods, droughts, wildfires, pollution, disease—all linked to climate change.

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A new report on marine debris identifies the challenges, but also the opportunities, for keeping trash out of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier here, thinking about taking a walk (or a run) along the coast. It’s one of my favorite things to do after a busy day—breathing in crisp ocean air is an excellent way to clear one's head. I also…

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High presence of humpback whales off the Central Coast delays opening of crab fishing season.

As concerns about whale entanglements caused by standard crab fishing gear continue to be at the top of mind for environmental watchdogs and state and federal regulators, Charlton Bonham, director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, announced Friday,…

Monterey Bay History: Sardine and Abalone Fisheries

Tim Thomas is the recipient of the Ed Ricketts Award from NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary along with Rumsen-Ohlone Tribal member Linda Yamane. In this interview, Tim Thomas discusses the sardine and abalone fishery in the Monterey Bay, and …

Image caption: California is considering an end to a program that gives tax credits for cow poop–based biofuels.
Climate Credits for Cow Manure: Program May End Soon

California grants climate credits for fuel made from cow manure, but there’s a paradox: The state’s program encourages collection of methane yet promotes natural gas.

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Rancho Cielo vocational students win big in an international sustainable building competition.

In a stunning win, construction students from Rancho Cielo in Salinas won the top prize at the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon on Saturday, Oct. 14, beating out students from top universities in the U.S. and England. Out of 10 categories,…


Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
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