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California Lawmakers Toy With Idea Of Replacing Sales Tax With A Carbon Tax

February 19, 2019 | Ezra David Romero

The idea is to place a tax on every item sold in the state based on how much carbon is emitted when it's made. Sen. Ben Allen introduced a study bill on this requiring the California Air Resources Board to report back to the legislature by 2021.

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Cap-And-Trade Funds Sustainable Development

February 19, 2019

Last year, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded the city of Sacramento funding to build a new light rail stop and redevelop the Twin Rivers housing project as a green community using money from the state’s Cap-and-Trade program.

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The World’s Largest Rivers Often Float Above California. They Bring Rain, Flooding, And Blizzards.

February 14, 2019 | Ezra David Romero

The storms are what's known as an atmospheric river, sometimes called a Pineapple Express, and can drop inches of rain at low elevations and feet of snow in the Sierra.

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Do California Cement Factories Pollute More Than Those In China Or India? Study Suggests Time To Further Reduce Carbon Emissions.

February 7, 2019 | Ezra David Romero

A new Sierra Club report says cement production is responsible for 5 percent of carbon pollution globally. Researchers also found that California's cement factories are more polluting than their counterparts in China and India.

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Turning Wood Into Electrons: Biomass Facilities Transform Burnt Forests Into Renewable Energy, But Some Argue It’s Not An Eco-Friendly Solution

January 22, 2019 | Ezra David Romero

California’s grappling with how to manage its forest after the past years’ devastating wildfires. One possible solution is taking leftover wood waste and creating energy for homes and businesses.

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