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California has hit its goal for lowering climate change-causing emissions early.  The state Air Resources Board announced yesterday (Wednesday) that greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels four years earlier than a target set last decade.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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Conservation groups have reached a settlement that will stop the Nestle corporation from drawing water from the San Bernardino National Forest.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Half-a-century ago, there were only 30 pairs of bald eagles mating in California.  Today, that populaiton has jumped, thanks to a nationwide effort.  But it still isn't easy.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the lengths wildlife experts go to save America's national bird.

The Trump administration has launched its second lawsuit against the state of California, this time over public lands.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A bill reintroduced into the California legislature for the third time would make the sale of filtered cigarettes illegal.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

In San Francisco today (Wednesday), the nation's first-ever curt hearing on the science of climate change will take place.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains.

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A new bill in Congress to reform biofuel policy and favor newer options over ethanol is attracting support from conservation groups.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

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You would not be able to drink out of a straw at a sit-down restaurant unless you request one under a new bill inching through the California legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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A judge ordered the California Department of Agriculture to stop spraying dozens of pesticides.  Some environmental groups count this as a win.  However, a UC Riverside researcher warns the move to stop the spraying will hurt efforts to fight a damaging citrus disease.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

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Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in the state by up to 40 percent by 2050. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on research that suggests warming temperatures are altering the world of agriculture. 

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More than three-quarters of Californians oppose the Trump administration's plan to shrink two national monuments in Utah, and want to see California's national monuments protected.  That's according to a new poll from the non-profit Hispanic Access Foundation.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Conservation groups are vowing to fight President Donald Trump's decision to open up almost all federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including all of California's coast.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition finds that the Trunmp Administration is putting endangered species further at risk by putting political needs above science.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.

A California appeals court has ordered three major paint companies to pay for removing lead paint, but only in older homes.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

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A year after California enacted a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, environmental groups say early data shows a significant dip in plastic trash.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

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Nearly two-dozen California business groups are urging legislators to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 100, which would mandate that California get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources in less than 30 years.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

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A California farmer faces a nearly $3 million fine for plowing his field without first getting a permit.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, a trial begins this week to determine whether the fines are appropriate for violating the federal Clean Water Act.

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A recent study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and the non-profit group Next 10 provided a cost-/benefit analysis of how California's progressive climate policies have affected the economy of the Inland Empire.  In part 1 of a two-part series continued tomorrow, KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with the founder of Next 10, Noel Perry, and UC Berkeley's Betony Jones.

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Thousands of bee colonies died this winter during almond pollination in Fresno.  The County AG commissioner is leading an investigation to find out what happened.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited one beekeeper who's rebuilding hives after a devastating loss. 

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A new report that gauges the health of California salmon, steelhead, and trout paints an alarming picture.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, it shows nearly half are likely to be extinct in 50 years if conditions don't change.

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California state Senate Democrats have proposed a major overhaul to the state's key climate change program.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the legislation would extend the state's cap and trade system.

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California officials have proposed spending more than $400 million over ten years to slow the shrinkage of the state's largest lake, the Salton Sea, southeast of the Coachella Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Trump administration can expect a litigious confrontation with California after it announced a review of fuel efficiency rules for cars and trucks.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, state officials have made clear California won't back down from pursuing its own course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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A new collaboration between the state of California and the federal government is getting resources from the Obama Administration and good reviews from local leaders trying to save the Salton Sea - California's largest inland body of water - from drying up.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has a short report.

The oil industry's lead advocate at the California Capitol says the industry supports Governor Jerry Brown's effort to extend the state's fight against climate change - but only with some significant changes.  And she's downplaying Brown's threat to take the issue to voters if a deal isn't reached.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Riverside County Supervisors are drafting a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell voicing their displeasure with the Obama Administration's conservation plan for huge swaths of the county's desert.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem says future solar development is a key factor in the dispute.

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California air regulators want the state's cap-and-trade program to operate for another decade.  The Air Resources Board released new draft rules last night that would continue emissions reductions through 2030 -- a decade longer than the program is due to expire.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, opponents of expanding cap-and-trade are vehemently opposing the proposed extension.

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Before Congress goes on summer vacation, a bevy of conservationists from California are hoping to safeguard more wilderness in the Golden State.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the push to set aside some of the state's most pristine shores.

The U.S. Senate last week passed an energy bill that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which gives billions in funding for parks and open space around the country.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada has this report.

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