As Groundwater Tables Drop, So Does the Land in the Central Valley

As Groundwater Tables Drop, So Does the Land in the Central Valley

Earlier this month, we posted about how the drought is impacting different farmers in our Farmers’ Markets. One of the big impacts is that surface water delivery has been cut off in many agricultural areas of the state, so farmers have resorted to pumping groundwater to keep their farms in business.
Unlike surface water, groundwater… Read more »

Fracking in California 101, 11/19/13

Fracking in California 101, 11/19/13

Fracking is expanding all over the country, but it’s also already being used here in California. Understanding what fracking is, how to talk about it, and what can be done to protect communities from its risks are all going to be addressed at a free upcoming workshop, Tuesday, November 19th from 7 to 9 PM.… Read more »

Bay Area Big Oil Getting Bigger? Panel Discussion 11/6/13

Bay Area Big Oil Getting Bigger? Panel Discussion 11/6/13

Did you know that we live next to five oil refineries in the East Bay and that several are considering plans to process Canadian tar sands crude oil, described by the Sierra Club as “the most toxic fossil fuel on the planet”? On Wednesday, November 6th, from 7-9 PM, a panel event at the Ecology… Read more »

Supreme Court Halts Industry Attack Against EPA

Supreme Court Halts Industry Attack Against EPA

Last week, we shared a message about the EPA’s new standards for power plant emissions under the Clean Air Act. The Supreme Court also stepped up this month to defend the agency, when it refused to hear challenges to EPA findings that carbon dioxide and other pollutants endanger our health. The move by the Supreme… Read more »

One Trend to Tout: As Population Climbs, US Energy Use is Going Down

One Trend to Tout: As Population Climbs, US Energy Use is Going Down

Energy efficiency is paying off, with energy consumption decreasing every year since 2007, even as our population continues to grow. A new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council is optimistically titled “America’s (Amazingly) Good Energy News” and was cause for a big thumbs up on Grist. Here’s the recap:
“America’s energy use peaked… Read more »