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The California Farmland Trust is a private, nonprofit, agricultural land trust with a mission to preserve farmland. It envisions a future where society sees sustainable farming as part of building a better economy, environment, and quality of life.

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California’s Drought Nearly Gone in Six Months


A map of California shows how trillions of gallons of water have fallen in recent months, easing the drought.

Who Buys Electric Cars in California?


Communities with high concentrations of electric cars are affluent, college-educated and at least 75% white and Asian—revealing a barrier to electrifying the state’s entire fleet.

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Image caption: The snow-lined South Fork of the American River on March 3, 2023.
Too Much, Too Early

When warm storms melt snowpack early, reservoir managers must release water to prevent flooding—which sends this precious resource into the ocean.

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Human Composting is Coming to California

Uncovering the transformative and sustainable potential of human composting in green burials

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Drought gets soaking on Central Coast

CENTRAL COAST—Forty percent of Santa Cruz County has now been deemed drought-free due to the rains that have drenched the Central Coast since the year began. Meanwhile, 17% of California is now out of drought conditions following a federal drought …

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Fear of ecological disaster prompts Monterey City Council to end cruise ship services.

For over 200 years, ships at sea have used colorful flags to communicate with passing vessels or a nearby shoreline. Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar flew his own flag to the cruise ship industry, signaling his belief the city should…

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Rainwater Capture

By Josh Reilly It might be an odd time to talk about rain barrels and rooftop rainwater capture. As of late January, we have already picked up about 40” of rainfall in the SLV. Our gardens and landscapes are now …

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How Santa Cruz’s Climate Action Plan is Addressing the Environmental Crisis

The ambitious plan includes reaching carbon neutrality by 2035, 10 years ahead of the rest of California

Image caption: Ever little bit helps in the fight against climate change.
Small Steps in the Right Direction

Don’t just be a spectator in the fight against climate change. Here are some small steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

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

California is a leading producer of agricultural crops. So it’s not surprising to find cutting-edge ideas taking root here.

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From Lochs to Levees: Flooding Terms Defined

Everything you want to know about water management-related jargon


Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance
Greener ways to feed the world’s growing population
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