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How can we enjoy birds and nature if it’s unhealthy to breathe the air outside?

May 7th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Pollution

The release last week of new data from the American Lung Association about the dangers of air pollution in California puts more urgency into current legislative efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The reality is that while air pollution in the form of greenhouse gas emissions is the leading cause of global warming, air pollution is also […]

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Brown’s executive order on carbon pollution is not only good for people, but also birds and nature

April 29th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Global Warming

Today’s executive order from Gov. Jerry Brown will not help secure the quality of life for current and future Californians, but also safeguard birds and other natural treasures, said representatives of Audubon California. Brown seeks to reduce carbon pollution to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, putting California at the lead of any North […]

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State Senate climate bills will help birds and people

April 24th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Global Warming, Pollution

With the national discussion on climate change stalled (to say the least), California is now leading the way in addressing this important issue. Gov. Jerry Brown stunned many political observers January when he called for the Golden State to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by as much as 50 percent in the next 15 […]

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Plant’s consultants say Ivanpah solar facility likely killed 3,500 birds in its first year

April 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

A new study by consultants hired by the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert estimate that the plant killed somewhere between 2,500 and 6,700 birds in its first year. Their best guess is the actual number is around 3,500. The facility got a lot of attention from bird conservationists when observers reported seeing birds […]

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What is up, Jonathan Franzen?

April 1st, 2015 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Birding, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society

Just got through reading author and birder Jonathan Franzen’s essay in the New Yorker about climate change and conservation. We were hardly a hundred words into the article — thinking “Hey, how cool is it that this super-famous guy is talking about bird conservation in the New Yorker!” — when we suddenly found Audubon taking […]

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Alameda County approves controversial extension for bird-killing wind turbines at Altamont

March 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Bird Habitat, S.F. Bay, Wind power

Despite opposition from Audubon California and other conservation groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved an extension for a wind company to continue using older generation wind turbines at Altamont Pass that are predicted to kill a number of protected bird species, including Golden Eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the […]

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Garry George recognized by Sea and Sage Audubon for his work on behalf of birds

March 21st, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters

Audubon California’s Garry George was recognized last night for his efforts to protect birds and habitat, and in particular his “efforts to ensure more rational use of alternative energy sources such and wind and solar power.” As renewable energy director, George advocates for proper siting of projects to minimize impacts on birds and habitat. George […]

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Study: California can embrace renewable energy without wrecking natural habitat

March 18th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Wind power

California can power itself three to five times over without embracing industrial-scale renewable energy that wrecks natural habitat, according to a new study by Stanford researchers. Researchers made this determination after reviewing the possibility of a built-out system of distributed generation (such as rooftop solar) and larger projects on already disturbed land, such as former […]

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Concerning Apple’s investment in solar energy

February 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat, Climate Change, Global Warming

You may have heard the news last week that Apple is investing $850 million in a solar project to power its new headquarters and stores, but you might also have been confused to learn that Audubon California and a bunch of other conservation groups are opposed to the idea. Well, as usual, the reality is […]

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California Legislature launches new climate proposals

February 11th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Global Warming, State Policy

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León at yesterday’s press conference. California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León yesterday announced a broad package of climate change proposals that leaders hope will further reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack was on hand at the event to support the […]

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California’s emissions goals are for the birds

January 9th, 2015 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Climate Change, Conservation research, Global Warming, National Audubon Society, Pollution

California Gov. Jerry Brown stunned many political observers when, during his unprecedented fourth inaugural speech Jan. 5, called for the Golden State to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by as much as 50 percent in the next 15 years. Many applauded. Others heaped criticism. But I’ll tell you one group that was fully in […]

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A day at Ivanpah

December 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, Climate Change

I was as shocked as everybody else when news got out this summer about the number of birds being killed at the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generating System in the Mojave Desert. All of us at Audubon California were alarmed at reports of “streamers,” birds literally set afire in midair from the intense heat generated by […]

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BLM rejects controversial solar project in Mojave Desert

November 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird Habitat

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management this week rejected an application for a controversial solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley. Conservation groups, including Audubon California, had raised concerns over the project because it was outside established development areas and included pristine habitat areas. In the end, the BLM found these arguments persuasive: Jim […]

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The eagle and the crane

November 14th, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Conservation research, Global Warming

The landmark climate change agreement announced Wednesday between the United States and China represents an incredible opportunity to move the world toward reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce some of the harsher effects that scientists have been predicting for years. Many observers believe that this agreement between the No. 1 and No. 2 greatest […]

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Uncovered toxic ponds at solar plant kill dozens of birds

October 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Alternative energy, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat

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