Nitrates in Groundwater Pose Health Risk to Rural Farming Communities

Nitrates in Groundwater Pose Health Risk to Rural Farming Communities

From California Watch, a newly published UC Davis study on nitrate pollution in groundwater draws some grim conclusions. The study examined the sources, impact, costs and potential solutions in five California counties, representing the biggest agricultural producers in the state, and found 10% of the 2.6 million residents of those counties might be drinking nitrate-contaminated… Read more »

Update on Methyl Iodide Use

Update on Methyl Iodide Use

Lose the battle, but win the war? The bad news was that methyl iodide was approved for use in California in 2011, over the protests of scientists, environmentalists, and health care experts. But activists have been so effective at publicizing the pesticide’s dangers that growers have been reluctant to use it, and thereby garner bad… Read more »

Environmental Justice Groups Challenge Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32

Environmental Justice Groups Challenge Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32

Just as California’s Climate Change legislation AB 32 is getting ready to be implemented, some Bay Area environmental justice groups have filed a motion against the Air Resource Board, concerned that the legislation might make situations worse for low-income and minority communities:
“AB 32 requires 360 businesses representing more than 600 facilities to limit greenhouse… Read more »