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Virtual Social and Talk — California Alive

California poppies cover rolling hills

Susan Deo gave a tour of California’s natural regions Feb. 21. Watch the recording.

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Racism, Covid-19 and Oil Drilling Are Conected

By Melanie Cohen, Conservation Co-Chair California has long produced some of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive crude oil in the world, with operations taking place dangerously close to homes, schools, hospitals and other sensitive sites. Proximity to oil development is associated…

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Trump Administration’s Current Assault On Environmental Laws

By Dave Wiggins, Al Sattler and Steve Dillow For several months, the attention of America’s citizens, and its press, has been focused in large part on the Covid-19 pandemic now sweeping the world, and the dramatic impact it has had…

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The Gnatcatcher Saves Coastal Habitat

By Barbara Dye, former Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy The Rancho Palos Verdes Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP), which gave us the nature preserve, all started because of a small, gray bird, the coastal California gnatcatcher,…

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Fire Drill Friday

by Bill Lavoie, Membership Chair Jane Fonda responded to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg’s alarm: “We have to act life our house is on fire–because it is!” For 14 weeks she and other activists – celebrities and unknowns – protested…

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Mitigation measures won’t stop deadly HF, says Chemical Safety Board

The SCAQMD failed the community too, but there’s still hope By Steve Dillow, Conservation Co-Chair Following the June explosion at a Philadelphia refinery, which caused it to permanently close, our local refinery spokesman bragged that it proved that their mitigation…

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AQMD Bows to Industry, Says No HF Ban

On June 22, the AQMD Refinery Committee voted 3-2 to allow tons of toxic volatile hydrogen fluoride (HF) to remain at two local refineries, Torrance PBF and Wilmington Valero. The refineries will add more water sprays, pumps, sensors, and video…

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Deadly MHF: David v. Goliath

By Steve Goldsmith, TRAA   The campaign to remove Hydrogen Fluoride (HF) from two South Bay refineries took a new turn at the Feb. 1 Southern Calif. Air Quality Management (SCAQMD) Board meeting. Been following this David-and-Goliath baLle? Then you…

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Join Us to Halt the Toxic Threat

By Al Sattler, Group Chair A crucial meeting of the AQMD Board will be held Friday morning Feb. 1 in Diamond Bar.  We need as many people as possible to attend this meeting to tell the board that we want…

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Slowing the Slide without Destroying the Preserve

By Barbara Sattler and Al Sattler The Portuguese Bend Landslide Complex is an “ancient” landslide which was reactivated in 1956 during the construction of an extension of Crenshaw Blvd.  Today it is characterized as a “creeping” landslide with continual gradual…

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Why Are Our Trees Dying?

By Emile Fiesler, environmental consultant Southern California has a new challenge: a new species of fungus. The fungus was unknown to science until 2013, when it was described and given the scientific name Fusarium euwallacea and common name fusarium dieback….

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PVPLC Volunteer Trail Watch

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Climate Change Is Here Now —

In Local Preserves and Your Backyard. What You Can Do to Lessen the Damage By Dr. Constance M. Vadheim, Emeritus Professor of Biology, CSUDH At our April quarterly meeting, Dr. Vadheim spoke on how climate change is starting to affect us…

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