California

"'Garbage' Chemical Threatens Valley Water"

"A 1974 memo from Dow Chemical describes several chemicals in a widely used farm fumigant as 'garbage.' Today, one of those useless chemicals threatens drinking water for more than 1 million people across the San Joaquin Valley. Now linked to cancer, the toxin was waste from a plastic-making process. Chemical companies often mix such leftovers to create other products to avoid the cost of disposal, says one long-time chemical engineer."

Source: Fresno Bee, 04/23/2012

"Blight Threatens California's Citrus Trees"

"In a worrisome development for citrus growers in California, or anybody there who has a beloved lemon or orange tree in the yard, the citrus disease huanglongbing, or citrus greening, has been found in southeastern Los Angeles County, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reports. It's the first time the disease, one of the most serious scourges of citrus, has been reported in the state."

Source: Green (NYT), 04/18/2012
May 1, 2012

DEADLINE: Travel Fellowships for The Ocean in a High-CO2 World

The Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (OHCO2W) takes place September 24-27, 2012 in Monterey, Cal. Scientists, experts, decision-makers, and ocean advocates from around the world will gather to discuss the latest research in ocean acidification. Apply by May 1st for a fellowship to cover travel and accommodation costs.

CA Finds Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polish Advertised as Non-Toxic

"SAN FRANCISCO — Some nail polishes commonly found in California salons and advertised as free of a so-called 'toxic trio' of chemicals actually have high levels of agents known to cause birth defects, according to state chemical regulators.

A Department of Toxic Substances Control report to be released Tuesday determined that the mislabeled nail products have the potential to harm thousands of women who work in more than 48,000 nail salons in California, and their customers.

Source: AP, 04/10/2012
June 25, 2012 to June 27, 2012

The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

This conference in Los Angeles, organized by the Council for Watershed Health, will feature leaders from five Mediterranean regions of the world gathering to discuss reducing the vulnerability of natural and human systems to the effects of climate change. NOTE: An additional panelist is needed for the June 26th lunch session "Media as a Partner in Development."

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