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Ecosystems and Rural Communities Will Bear the Brunt of Intensifying Drought

Drought, human-caused climate change, invasive species and a “legacy” of environmental issues are permanently altering California’s landscape and placing some communities and ecosystems at increasing risk.

(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
Santa Cruz Program Seeks to Curb Residents’ Carbon Footprint

Resilient Santa Cruz program attempts to curb residents’ carbon emissions through an online platform.

(Nov. 24, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report

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Santa Cruz food-waste bins get mixed participation

Program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at city landfill.

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Pilot program launches to recycle agricultural plastic

A new program launched by the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF), ReGen Monterey and Flipping Iron, Inc. is joining a growing effort to recycle more plastic from local farms and ranches. CMSF, an organization aiming to protect California’s coastal ecosystems …

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What the Election Means for South County’s Future

Proponents of competing urban growth measures say they have the key to building a better community

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Watsonville’s urban growth is a key issue before voters

WATSONVILLE—This fall, Watsonville voters face a decision that has been 20 years in the making. Should the city’s urban growth restrictions put in place in 2002 be extended through 2040, or should residents and their elected leaders have an opportunity …

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With the proliferation of rechargeable batteries, a problem has emerged for waste collectors: fire.

Consumers may not know it, but their cellphones and laptops – if improperly disposed of – could become an incendiary device. Ditto that for anything with a rechargeable battery, like a toothbrush, drill, or any number of now-common household appliances

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Torched Trees Given New Life as Fencing For Landmark

Those familiar with the popular Vancouver Island lumberjack show “Big Timber” on Netflix, know the riveting storylines that emerge from working with giant trees—and the care it takes to do historic preservation right. Down here in California, in the state’s …

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New Seymour Center Exhibit Makes Learning About Water Fun

‘Water’s Extreme Journey’ is designed like a game to inform visitors about the challenges local watersheds are facing

Image caption: Ecology Action promotes alternative transportation year round, not just during Bike Month.
Action Heroes

For half a century, this group has reduced waste, reimagined local transportation and redesigned buildings. It’s all part of Ecology Action’s quest for sustainability.

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Coastal Cleanup Day Returns to the Monterey Bay

Plus, the National Marine Sanctuary commemorates its 30th anniversary

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