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California representatives announce new California Coastal Caucus

SAUSALITO, CA — In an effort to address policy issues of importance to coastal California, congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) announced the launch of the Congressional California Coastal Caucus on August 20, 2021. The announcement took place at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, and was followed by a panel discussion with both congressmen, Dr. Jeff Boehm, Chief Executive Officer of The Marine Mammal Center, and Dr. Cara Field, Medical Director of The Marine Mammal Center and moderated by Carol Costello. One important focus of the caucus is climate change.

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Opinion: Why you can’t blame the Pemex oil fire on capitalism

If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve likely seen the striking image of a massive, hellish oil fire burning on the surface of the ocean. The fire began on July 2 as the result of a pipeline leak in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) offshore oil field in the Gulf of Mexico before being extinguished over 17 hours later. The KMZ field has been the major producer of Mexico’s crude oil since 2009, contributing to 46% of its national production, according to a column in the online Mexican news magazine Gatopardo.

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Economy

How climate change is creating the new normal of California wildfires

Wildfires are getting bigger and wildfire seasons are getting longer as a result of the impact of climate change. The recent massive heatwave across the Western United States set new heat records on top of a decades long megadrought. The high temperatures and dry conditions makes California the perfect environment for massive wildfires.

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Four questions about harmful algal blooms, answered

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are large outgrowths of algae in bodies of water that result from an excess of nutrients, sunlight and other conditions that allow for such growth. Humans have a direct hand in causing some of these conditions. These blooms are fed by nutrients, like phosphorus, from fertilizer runoff in agriculture operations. Increasing temperatures from climate change only add to the growth.

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Energy

Five questions about natural gas, answered

A group of Los Angeles activists are demanding that SoCalGas shut down its natural gas storage facility in Playa Del Rey. They worry about a potential blowout that could harm hundreds in the nearby community. Here’s five quick things to know.

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Economy

Organic cotton farming proves to have environmental benefits, yet still lacks popularity among cotton farmers and businesses

When the cold weather comes around and people start searching for their most durable and fashionable heavy coats, brands such as Patagonia and Everlane are among the best rated clothing brands worn. However, in addition to being top manufactures for outdoor wear, Patagonia and Everlane are also renowned for their sustainable and transparent production practices, zero waste initiatives and environmental activism. Furthermore, they are celebrated for their commitment to using organic cotton over conventionally grown cotton.

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Energy

When did climate change become political?

Some topics should be political, but when it comes to climate change and rising global temperatures, it’s remarkable how even basic facts and science continue to be disputed. Renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben speaks to reporter Veronica BP on the topic of when and how climate change became so politicized.

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Opinion: Climate change is everybody’s problem

Rising global temperatures and the inevitable havoc they cause on our planet will go down in history as the greatest threat faced by humanity in the 21st century. It is far past the time for all of us to come together and do whatever it takes to meet this challenge.

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Opinion: Brace our campus for perpetual fires

With finals on the horizon and the stresses of returning to campus after over a year of COVID-19, many Lions likely couldn’t care less about anything else, no matter how urgent a problem it might be. This is especially true for hyper-local environmentalist issues.

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