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Environment

Low-Severity Fires Like Prescribed Burns Might Not Be So Harmless To Soil

September 18, 2018 | Ezra David Romero | Ezra David Romero

Returning fire to the landscape in a managed way has been touted as an approach to better prevent large wildfires in California. But new research suggests prescribed burns might do more harm than good to soil and forest health.

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Environment

U.S. EPA, Sacramento Sanitation District Reach Settlement

September 18, 2018 | Steve Milne | Steve Milne

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District over chemical violations at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove.

Global Climate Action Summit YouTube

Environment

Citing Gravity Of Climate Crisis, 'Governor Moonbeam' Launches California Satellite Proposal

September 14, 2018 | Ben Adler | Ben Adler

The summit brought together local, regional and national governments from countries throughout the world — along with business and industry leaders.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Capitol Chat: Climate Action Summit Wraps Up

September 14, 2018

CapRadio’s environment reporter Ezra Romero has been at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week, he’ll check in to give us the event’s highlights.

David Zalubowski / AP

Environment

Gov. Brown's Biggest Climate Foe Isn't Trump. It's Car-Loving Californians

September 13, 2018

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown set the stage by signing a new state goal for 100 percent clean energy by 2045. But if California is going to reach its ambitious climate change targets, the state will have to tackle its toughest challenge yet: cars.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Environment

California Aims To Drop Fossil Fuels For Electricity By 2045

September 10, 2018

California has set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Rick Kuyper / Flickr

Insight With Beth Ruyak

How Is Climate Change Affecting California's Butterflies?

September 6, 2018

Dr. Art Shapiro and his research team have been monitoring butterflies along the Interstate 80 corridor for anywhere from 30 to 45 years to study the effects of climate change on the insects.

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Environment

Californians' Relationship With Plastic Could Change Under Bills Headed To Governor

September 4, 2018 | Ezra David Romero | Ezra David Romero

The five bills are designed to interrupt the lifecycle of plastic in the environment, such as restricting the availability of plastic straws and non-recyclable take out containers at restaurants, and increasing funding for recycling centers.