Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Found To Be Harmful To Kids

By Dominique Mosbergen : huffingtonpost – excerpt “Hawaii is showing the Trump administration that the states will stand up for our kids, even when Washington will not.”   Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to ban the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, a widely-used chemical that’s been linked to severe developmental delays in children and … More Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Found To Be Harmful To Kids

Bayer-Monsanto Merger and Stack and Pack housing Is Bad News for the Planet

Op-Ed by Zrants Grapes depend on birds and insects to reproduce. What will we use when the natural pollinators die off? Robotic insects? photo by zrants Merging corporations are a huge threat to every industry, including food production. Ellen Brown generally writes about the economy and public banking. This article, The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for … More Bayer-Monsanto Merger and Stack and Pack housing Is Bad News for the Planet

How affordable housing mandates make housing more expensive

By Gary M. Galles : latimes – excerpt This month the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a legal challenge to San Jose’s controversial inclusionary housing ordinance. Enacted in 2010 and upheld by California’s top court in June, this zoning law requires housing developers of 20 or more units to sell 15% of them … More How affordable housing mandates make housing more expensive

Billionaire petitions US Supreme Court to keep people off beach

By Adam Brinklow : curbed – excerpt Vinod Khoslas, the billionaire founder of Sun Microsystems, is trying to take his ten-year battle to get exclusive access to one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful and coveted public beaches all the way to the US Supreme Court. The San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday that Khosla … More Billionaire petitions US Supreme Court to keep people off beach

Fragranced products to blame for smog as much as cars, study finds

By Peter Fimrite : sfchronicle – excerpt In another blow to vanity, a new study finds that shampoos, moisturizers, colognes and other household products people use every day cause just as much smog as the exhaust spewing out of car and truck engines on the streets and highways. The study, by the National Oceanic and … More Fragranced products to blame for smog as much as cars, study finds

Restoring California’s ability to recharge groundwater a more cost-effective drought strategy

By Judy Corbett : caeconomy – excerpt Experts expect more intense cycles of drought and flooding to be a common occurrence in the future. It is imperative that we capture and bank storm water during wet years, so it is available during periods of drought. California has dramatically more storage capacity in underground aquifers than … More Restoring California’s ability to recharge groundwater a more cost-effective drought strategy