Today’s Solutions: June 18, 2024

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What the California food additive ban means for the candy industry

In a big step forward for food safety, California recently enacted a new law known as the "Skittles ban." While the nickname may be deceptive (Skittles are not actually affected), the goal of this bill is to ban certain dangerous food additives by 2027. The additives in question, which include Read More...

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California passes landmark conservation act for Western Joshua Trees

Attention all nature lovers! We have some exciting news to share. California just enacted the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, which is a big step forward in the fight against climate change. This historic ordinance is the first of its kind in the state, protecting the spectacular Western Read More...

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With landmark legislation, California strengthens LGBTQ+ protections

Governor Gavin Newsom of California recently adopted a series of legislative measures aimed at strengthening LGBTQ+ protections and encouraging inclusivity across the state, in a landmark move to buttress LGBTQ+ rights. With these revolutionary laws, California maintained its national leadership in Read More...

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California joins the right-to-repair revolution

On September 12th, the California state Assembly passed Senate Bill 244 with a unanimous 50-0 vote, marking a historic milestone for the right-to-repair movement. This historic measure, which was also approved with an amazing 38-0 vote in the California Senate in May, now needs a final concurrence Read More...

A baby beaver sighting heralds

A baby beaver sighting heralds the reemergence of California's beaver population

Bill Leikam, the president of the Urban Wildlife Research Project and fondly known as The Fox Guy, recently had a revelation while analyzing film from a wildlife camera along a Palo Alto creekbed. Amid the familiar wildlife, an unfamiliar creature darted across the screen. Leikam, a seasoned Read More...

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Parking reform: a win for housing and climate in California

Assembly Bill 2097, signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, eliminates parking mandates for residential and commercial developments located within half a mile of major transit stops. Minimum parking requirements raise housing costs, use up valuable land, and make Read More...

Plastic waste

New California law greatly curbs plastic waste

We have written a lot about plastic alternatives you can use and consumer-focused options for reducing plastic waste. Indeed, this is often the focus of efforts to reduce plastic waste. Not enough pressure is put on manufacturers to reduce how much plastic they produce.  A new California law, Read More...

California Legislature

After Roe V. Wade, California legislature and citizens jump to help fellow Americans

We decided to revamp this important story with an important update.  With the overturning of Roe V. Wade, California is considering a host of reforms to ready itself for the influx of women from other states seeking legal and safe abortions. California’s legislature, care providers, and even Read More...

Fog nets

Fog nets from Chile to Morocco. And soon California?

Fog nets are screens of overlapping horizontal and vertical mesh that catch moisture from fog and collect it once gravity brings the droplets down. In remote villages in drought-stricken Morocco, these devices not only bring drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people but also let them Read More...

California Legislature

California doubles down as a sanctuary state for abortion rights

It remains a strong possibility that Roe V. Wade will be overturned, and sanctuary states and cities are preparing themselves for an influx of women seeking abortions. California, perhaps, is the foremost among them.  The California State Legislature is considering a package of 13 bills aiming Read More...