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A Path to Carbon Neutrality

Linda Katehi | Posted 11.03.2015 | College
Linda Katehi

All our campuses are engaged in the effort, and if you pay a visit to UC Davis, I am very proud of the fact that you will see some compelling and successful examples of steps taken to reduce our carbon footprint.

California Bans Ivory And Rhino Horn Trade

David Thomson | Posted 10.09.2015 | Green
David Thomson

If the demand for ivory products is strong, then the demand to ban ivory trade and protect elephants must be stronger. For every consumer out there who feels compelled to buy rhino horn, there should be twice as many rhino advocates out there dispelling the dangerous myths and raising awareness.

Waiting for Brown: Sign California Voting Reform

Michael Waldman | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Waldman

One reason for our shamefully low turnout is America's ramshackle voter registration system. States have slowly improved the process over the last decade. But this year, a bold new reform has caught on -- automatic voter registration, starting at DMVs.

Dear Governor Brown: I Don't Want to Die on Cancer's Terms

Naomi Sichler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Naomi Sichler

Governor Brown: I urge you to sign ABX2-15. Give me and the dozens of other amazing humans I've met on my journey with cancer (and the countless others I've never met) some peace and relief from the dread of those final months.

Reclaiming the Master Plan for Higher Education in California

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.26.2015 | College
Joseph A. Palermo

We must take on the naysayers directly, wrest the machinery of government from their dead cold hands, and make the necessary investments in our public colleges and universities. Only then will we be standing up for the original intent of California's path-breaking Master Plan for Higher Education.

The Climate Elephant in the Room

Marc Boyd | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

While Republican presidential candidates and members of Congress voiced their support for defunding Planned Parenthood, nearly 2,700 structures were destroyed by two unpredictable California wildfires, California's four year drought reached epic proportions, and the summer of 2015 became the warmest summer ever recorded on planet Earth.

A Climate Change Denier Is Unlikely to Become President

Marc Boyd | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

Ultimately, the Republican Party is unlikely to win the White House if front runners continue to deny climate change. A poll released this year revealed that 77 percent of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of independents believe Congress needs to take bold action.

A Climate Change Denier Is Unlikely to Win White House

Marc Boyd | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

While Republican presidential candidates and members of Congress voiced their support for defunding Planned Parenthood, nearly 2,700 structures were destroyed by two unpredictable California wildfires, California's four year drought reached epic proportions, and the summer of 2015 became the warmest summer ever recorded on planet Earth.

Big Oil Slick Captures Round 1 of CA Climate Change Drive

Jamie Court | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Jamie Court

The power of California's oil refiners is always felt but rarely visible in Sacramento. It was on full display at Wednesday's press conference when it was acknowledged that California's effort to lead the world by cutting petroleum use in half was dead for the year due to oil company lobbying and advertising.

Starved for Democracy? California Says Pay $2K

Jamie Court | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Jamie Court

Governor Brown's signature on legislation increasing the filing fee for citizens who file ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000 is the modern equivalent of the famous salvo attributed to Marie Antoinette upon hearing of a famine among the French peasants, "Let Them Eat Cake."

Pope Francis and Governor Brown Team Up on a Mission to Save Humanity

Marc Boyd | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

If the Paris talks are successful, their work together on climate change will be remembered as a major contribution to a monumental achievement of the 21st Century. It may even be considered a partnership made in heaven.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

Jack Johnson Takes Out Trash to Beat Plastic Pollution

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Musician and surfer Jack Johnson may seem laid back, but not when it comes to fighting plastic pollution.

A New State Of Mind In California

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

California's state of mind, as much as its magnificent landscape, has always loomed large in the global imagination. And just when many were beginning to believe that the future of the Golden State had passed it by, California is breaking new ground again on many fronts.

Are We All (Elon Musk Excepted) Confused?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Last week was startling -- but confusing -- on the energy/water nexus innovation front.

The Liquid Dream of Governor Moonbeam

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Drycephalus Water is poetry. Loose-limbed and supple. Deserts are prose. Hard, inflected, and jagged. Water is the condition of civilization. Lim...

Jerry Brown Drops Out of Stealth Mode In Washington to Talk Presidential Politics

William Bradley | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Brown gets widespread praise for California's comeback. And though some landowners in the Central Valley are trying to drag out the otherwise greenlit high-speed rail project there, he has more good news of late.

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

Duncan Hosie | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Sometimes the sky doesn't fall. It lifts. Acting on climate change is reaping incredible benefits for California. Ultimately, none of the AB 32 dooms-day scenarios came true. Now, more than ever, we should not buy into conservatives' Chicken Little politics on environmental policy. They were wrong in the past and they are wrong now.

Flood Tide for the Climate Movement

Carl Pope | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

But when the tide comes, Shakespeare is right - you must seize it. This is time for boldness, a time for vision, and a time above all to concentrate our strength and effort where we can move big ideas and game changing projects. Slow and steady won't win this race.

California Governor's Record Spending Plan Is Major Boost To Education

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

Days after beginning an unprecedented fourth term, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) released a record $113 billion budget, with a five percent incr...

California Governor Unveils Ambitious Energy Goals

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

In a historic swearing-in ceremony Monday, Jerry Brown began an unprecedented fourth term as the governor of California. “No pressure,” Chief ...

Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.

An Astonishing Number Of Californians Don't Know Who's Running For Governor

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Even with Election Day fast approaching, 4 out of 10 California voters don’t know that incumbent Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking re-election....

GOP Candidate Is Not Sorry For Ad With Drowning Child

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is standing by an eyebrow-raising ad in which he's shown saving a child apparently drowning in a swim...

Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

With a 20-point lead over his GOP challenger and $23 million burning a hole in his pocket, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is funding and appearing in...