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Urgent Alert: Take action for the Trinity and Klamath River salmon!

A new plan called the Water Year 2021 Whiskeytown Lake Drought Action could take an additional 36,000 acre feet of water out of the Klamath River at time when most of the juvenile salmon have died and the adult salmon are getting ready to come up the Klamath River, according to Save California Salmon. By […]

August 2nd

Carbon extraction farming: Cover crops

There’s a new policy to fight climate change: incentives given to farmers to plant cover crops to extract carbon out of the air. Such cover crops are able to extract carbon out of the air and into the soil. Once in the soil, the carbon acts as an exceptionally good fertilizer for consumer crops to […]

August 1st

Last Roundup: Monsanto parent Bayer will end residential sales of glyphosate

In a move that environmental groups celebrated as a “historic victory” following years of campaigning to remove Roundup and similar weedkillers from store shelves, Bayer on Thursday announced that it will halt the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to consumers in the U.S. lawn and garden market by 2023. Monsanto’s Roundup (Photo CC by Mike Mozart on Flickr) By Kenny Stancil […]

July 30th

Spending on waste: Proposed Federal compost act to create $2 billion in funding over 10 years

Currently, no federal policy exists that encourages or provides resources to mobilize a national composting effort, though several states do have policies that support and recognize the benefits of composting. Furthermore, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not yet recognize composting as an approved conservation practice, thus rendering composting ineligible for USDA conservation program funding and […]

July 24th

How climate action can reboot economies in rural America

Many rural counties in the United States face the dual challenges of lagging economic growth and increasingly severe effects of climate change. While urban areas are not uniformly prosperous and rural areas are not uniformly poor, rural communities on average lag behind their urban counterparts on most key economic indicators — from poverty rates to […]

July 22nd

Climate emergency: Nearly all the chinook salmon in the Sacramento River will die

A drumbeat of climate-fueled heatwaves, compounded by water management practices, will likely kill nearly all juvenile chinook salmon in the Sacramento River, California wildlife officials warn. “It’s an extreme set of cascading climate events pushing us into this crisis situation,” California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Jordan Traverso told reporters. Salmon need river water […]

July 16th

Shark Week looms, but don’t panic

Sharks elicit outsized fear, even though the risk of a shark bite is infinitesimally small. As a marine biologist and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, I oversee the International Shark Attack File – a global record of reported shark bites that has been maintained continuously since 1958. It’s OK, I’m a filter […]

July 11th

California DFW: ‘nearly all’ Sacramento River winter chinook salmon juveniles could perish this year

On July 6, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife published an update on the status of federally and state protected winter-run Chinook salmon that warns “it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season” as the cold water pool in Lake Shasta is depleted earlier than modeled because of increased downstream water deliveries during the hot […]

July 9th

To make agriculture more climate-friendly, carbon farming needs clear rules

As the effects of climate change intensify and paths for limiting global warming narrow, politicians, media and environmental advocates have rallied behind “carbon farming” as a mutually beneficial strategy for society, the environment and farmers. By Laura van der Pol, Colorado State University; Dale Manning, Colorado State University; Francesca Cotrufo, Colorado State University, and Megan […]