Tag Archives: State of California

California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees.

For years, there has been a movement in California to restore floodplains, by moving levees back from rivers and planting trees, shrubs and grasses in the low-lying land between. The goal has been to go back in time, to bring back some of the habitat for birds, animals and fish that existed before the state […]
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Recycling no longer doing much good

Californians dutifully load up their recycling bins and feel good about themselves. They’re helping the environment and being good citizens. But their glow might turn to gloom if they realized that much of the stuff is headed to a landfill. That’s because there’s no longer a recycling market for a lot of the paper, cardboard, […]
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California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early

In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal early. Data released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board show that the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.7 percent in 2016 — the latest year […]
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California’s net neutrality bill is back and as tough as ever

State lawmakers have been working to restore key provisions that were stripped out last month. California lawmakers will be moving forward with tough provisions in a legislative proposal that could turn into one of the most ambitious net neutrality laws in the country. The announcement Thursday comes two weeks after members of the state assembly voted […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: Big tech is going after California’s new privacy law

Google, Amazon and Uber are massing their resources. Big tech is going after California’s new privacy law in an attempt to weaken it before it takes effect in 2020. Tech industry lobbyists representing giants like Google, Uber, Amazon and Facebook are pushing for changes to the recently passed California Consumer Privacy Act, which contains the country’s strongest […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: Why California could be the bellwether for the privacy movement 

The California Consumer Privacy Act could be a model for the rest of the country. The state that is the epicenter of Big Tech’s data collection has just adopted the strongest privacy protections in the country. After a last-minute frenzy in the legislature, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday signed the California Consumer Privacy Act into law, setting tough new restrictions […]
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California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes

A beverage industry-backed ballot measure to curb all new taxes was dropped in exchange for a ban on new soda taxes until 2031. A new push by the beverage industry is slowing the expansion of soda taxes in California and elsewhere. California cities pioneered soda taxes as a way to combat obesity, diabetes and heart […]
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California lawmakers pass ban on local soda taxes

Voters in Oregon will decide on a similar statewide ban in November. Soda taxes may stop popping up in California and elsewhere, thanks to a new push by the beverage industry to fight such measures. California lawmakers passed a bill to ban local taxes on soda for the next 12 years Thursday and sent it […]
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California legislators just adopted tough new privacy rules targeting Facebook, Google and other tech giants

California lawmakers on Thursday adopted a sweeping new online privacy law that will require companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Uber to disclose the data they collect about web users — and permit them to opt out of having their information sold to third parties, including advertisers. California legislators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules […]
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California is on the verge of passing a sweeping new online privacy law targeting Facebook, Google and other tech giants

If it passes, California’s proposed privacy rules would only apply to its citizens. But it still could force companies like Facebook and Google to change some of their practices across the country, given the difficulty in maintaining two sets of privacy protections California is hurtling toward the adoption of a new online privacy law that […]
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