California Launching Its ‘Own Damn Satellite’
In a rebuke to the Trump administration, California will launch its "own damn satellite" to monitor pollution, Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week on the last day of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
Brown's announcement caps several days of momentum towards progressing action on climate from the leaders gathered in California. Over the course of the summit, there were more than 500 announcements from thousands of subnational leaders, mobilizing billions of dollars in new commitments to fight climate change.
"It's time to take this momentum back home," Brown said in a later statement at the Summit's close. "Climate change waits for nobody. Let's get to work."
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By 2018 Ocean Heroes: Claire MacQueen (13 years old), Sabine Thomas (13) and Ava Inskeep (14)
We despise single-use plastics. We want to keep our oceans and our beaches clean. Early last year I (Claire) lived in India for several months and became curious about plastic waste, as it was much more visible in India than back home in the U.S. Seeing all the plastic waste while I was visiting helped me to understand that much of the trash produced by the U.S. actually ends up in developing countries, like India, which does not have a proper waste management system like we do at home, which causes a ton of trash to end up in waterways and the ocean.
In a case watched closely both by polluting industries and clean water advocates across the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a Clean Water Act case out of Hawaii concerning treated sewage flowing into the Pacific Ocean from injection wells.