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Global Witness today revealed the highest number of land and environmental defenders murdered in one year

July 29, 2020 – Global Witness today revealed the highest number of land and environmental defenders murdered on record in a single year, with 212 people killed in 2019 for peacefully defending their homes and standing up to the destruction of nature. The NGO’s annual report also shed a light on the urgent role land and environmental […]

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Lawsuit: Government illegally ‘cut corners’ to ram through NEPA changes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, July 29, 2020 – SELC is representing a group of 17 environmental organizations in a lawsuit filed today accusing the government of racing through an industry-friendly rewrite of the National Environmental Policy Act by “cutting corners” and discarding decades of rule-making policies that ensure major legal changes are done fairly and transparently. If allowed to […]

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UN Human Rights Committee publishes interpretation on the right of peaceful assembly

GENEVA, July 29, 2020 – The UN Human Rights Committee today published its interpretation on the right of peaceful assembly, defining the scope of assembly that applies to both physical meetings and virtual or online gatherings, and outlining governments’ obligations. The UN Human Rights Committee, made up of 18 individual experts who monitor implementation of […]

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Social distancing varies by income in U.S.

July 29, 2020 – Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a study by the University of California, Davis. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

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“Mysterious and Unsolicited Seed” shipments from China – do not open, plant or dispose of them

July 29, 2020 – Recently, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has become aware of a number of reports regarding “mysterious and unsolicited seeds from China and other parts of Asia”. The seed packages, often labeled as jewelry, toys, etc., are being shipped to homeowners throughout the U.S., including Nevada County. The CDFA […]

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S-4, Cedarville

S-4, Northern California District, BLM. Forty miles northeast of Cedarville, CA. Timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with isolated torching and smoldering. Structures and sage-grouse habitat threatened. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping. August 1, 2020 at 9:52 AM The threat remains to Private ranches and associated structures, Yellow Peak Lookout […]

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Local students host online concert to raise funds for BIPOC organizations

Nevada County, California July 29, 2020 – Addressing current racial injustice and inequity, recent Nevada Union High School graduates are producing an online fundraiser for organizations both locally and nationwide that work to support Black and Brown communities. Held on July 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM, the virtual concert will support seven organizations that address […]

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Dry and seasonably hot conditions will continue into the weekend

July 29, 2020 – Seasonably hot conditions are expected across the region through the week with dry weather forecast to prevail. Discussion Infrared satellite imagery reveals clear skies across central and northern California this early Wednesday morning. Marine stratus is blanketing almost the entire California coastline with a depth of around 1,200 ft at the […]

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Bell, Bell Road near Lone Star Road in Auburn. July 28, 2020 at 3:22 PM Air Attack 230 is leaving the incident, firefighters are starting mop-up operations. Units still en route are being canceled. July 28, 2020 at 3:15 PM Bell Air Attack is releasing Tanker 88 back to Grass Valley. Ground resources are making […]

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Trump Campaign Hides $170 Million in Spending from Donors and Voters, Says CLC Complaint

Washington, DC, July 28, 2020 –  Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and joint fundraising committee. The campaign and its committee violated the law by laundering nearly $170 million in campaign spending through firms headed by Trump’s former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and other […]

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Alaska is getting wetter. That’s bad news for permafrost and the climate

July 28, 2020 – Alaska is getting wetter. A new study spells out what that means for the permafrost that underlies about 85% of the state, and the consequences for Earth’s global climate. The study, published today in Nature Publishing Group journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, is the first to compare how rainfall is affecting permafrost thaw […]