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A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

A battle is brewing between California’s organic farmers and the state government over a pest management program organic producers say puts too much reliance on pesticide usage. According to Yahoo,

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional

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California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

U.S. consumers love their strawberries, and demand for the charming little red fruits just keeps on growing. In California, strawberry production is a $2.6 billion industry that provides around 90 percent

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

People can even monitor the center's energy consumption and production with an interactive iPad. Every aspect of the state-of-the-art building, from the 10kW roof-mounted solar array to individual

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California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

Proposition 1 has passed, spelling at least some good news for Californians who faced one of the worst droughts in the state’s history this summer, and the fourth drought year in a row. Also known as

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

In response to California's deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which opened this summer, may be the

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Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

Built on a gently sloping site, the cabin gradually steps down on the landscape from the master bedroom down to the light-filled living room. The sloping diagonal roof helps frame views of the forest and

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TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

With a nod toward a traditional barn house, Hupomone Ranch is clad with a peaked two story glass façade, which floods the interior with light while showcasing the rolling hills of the family’s

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Marijuana is Killing Endangered Salmon in Northern California

Marijuana is Killing Endangered Salmon in Northern California

In California, marijuana is killing endangered salmon - and they've never even smoked the stuff. According to The Dodo, marijuana growing isn’t as green as you might think – particularly when it’s

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California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

Oakland's Cat Town, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model,

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California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Just Signed the Nation’s First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation's first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the

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This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

This Agricultural “Noah’s Ark” has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional prospect

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Audi Nabs California’s First Autonomous Driving Permit

Audi Nabs California’s First Autonomous Driving Permit

Audi has a lot to celebrate as it has just announced that it is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California. A range of new autonomous vehicle laws have gone into effect in

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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of

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Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Michael Jantzen just unveiled designs for the Solar Rain Tree Oasis, a public gathering pavilion designed to help alleviate drought-stricken California. Made from a large prefabricated steel shell, the

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California Lawmakers Pass Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California Lawmakers Pass Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California just scored a major potential win for the environment last Friday, when the State Senate approved the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. The Senate passed the ban

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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous neurotoxin called

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves some hard line action

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

An earthquake early warning system for California was finalized two years ago and passed into law last year, but it has not yet been implemented pending funding. Given that estimates of the cost of last

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Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

Everyone knows that California is suffering a catastrophic water shortage, but to drive around some of the wealthier neighborhoods in the state, you might not be able to tell. That’s because some of

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow and rain to run off

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern California, Injuring Nearly 100

6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern California, Injuring Nearly 100

Early Sunday, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Northern California’s wine country near Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. At least 90 people were injured and many homes have burned down after the earthquake

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California Considers Waiving Environmental Laws to Win Tesla Gigafactory

California Considers Waiving Environmental Laws to Win Tesla Gigafactory

The office of California Governor Jerry Brown has revealed it is considering legislation to ease environmental compliance laws for Tesla Motors in an effort to woo the company to build its first

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Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

A new study by a team from Stanford presents a "roadmap" for converting California's all-purpose energy infrastructure over to renewable sources by 2050. The paper, published in the journal Energy,

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Wildfires Threatening 700 Homes in Northern California Under Control For Now

Wildfires Threatening 700 Homes in Northern California Under Control For Now

Light rain and increased humidity have helped fire fighters start to get a handle on two wildfires that are currently threatening more than 700 homes in Northern California - but residents are far from

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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there is evidence

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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state endures the worst

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