Environment

Reports focusing on the latest news and trends affecting the environment along California's Central Coast.

City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara residents will have to make a new year's resolution soon not to water their lawns. This week the city council approved a ban on lawn watering, effective January 1, 2017.

Talkin' Birds radio show host Ray Brown at Grand Canyon
Talkin' Birds radio show

Ray Brown host of “Talkin’ Birds” is a frequent contributor to NPR’s Weekend Edition is the creator of Talkin’ Birds radio show, heard on sixteen stations in New England, New York, Maryland, and internationally via iTunes and talkinbirds.com. Brown is also a regular bird-topics contributor to National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday . Join Correspondent Tom Wilmer in Michigan for a chat with Ray Brown.

Executive Chef Bill Glover in his Gallerie Bar & Bistro kitchen, Columbus, Ohio
Lara Kaylor

Columbus, Ohio is tapping into its agricultural roots to form a truly local food system, one in which farmers, chefs, and consumers can all participate. Join NPR Podcast host, Lara Kaylor with Chef Bill Glover of Gallerie Bar & Bistro at the Hilton Columbus Downtown as he leads the charge in bringing his community together to create a more sustainable way of eating.

SF Hotel Council's Jessica Lum (L) with Jo Licata, Hilton SF Union Square's Community Projects Manager
Thomas Wilmer

In addition to promoting the economic vitality of the City’s hospitality industry, The Hotel Council of San Francisco works continuously to partner with numerous non-profit organizations such as Project Homeless Connect . The recent Stay Green Forum 2016 sponsored by the Hotel Council, was specifically focused on sustainability, energy efficiency, water conservation and much more.

Mission Blue

David Helvarg is an ocean advocate and author of The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea . He will be giving a series of speeches and book signings here on the Central Coast. The Cambria Land Trust will host Helvarg on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 on November 13, in Cambria at Vet's Hall. He'll also be signing books at Barnes & Noble Saturday afternoon November 12 and give a talk at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach the evening of November 12. Note: This interview was...

Marissa Lamagna, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Green Tours
Thomas Wilmer

Come along and join Marissa Lamagna as she talks about Bay Area Green Tours where custom planned educational tours showcase the sustainable economy, both urban and rural. Primary mission is to show how people can incorporate responsible social justice in to their personal and professional lives.

San Francisco skyline at sunset
Thomas Wilmer

Join Shawn Rosenmoss, Senior Environmental Specialist with the San Francisco Department of the Environment’s Carbon Fund . The SF Carbon Fund promotes zero waste, renewable energy, enhanced energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, and electric vehicle initiatives.

Michael Bongiorni, President of non-profit SCRAP in San Francisco
SCRAP

When SCRAP was formed 40 years ago, it was America’s first creative reuse center. San Francisco based, SCRAP ( Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts) assists teachers by providing free and low cost supplies. Through donations of reusable art supplies, each year more than 200 tons of materials are diverted from landfills.

Mary Risley (L) founder of Food Runners visits with Jo Licata at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Thomas Wilmer

Ms. Jo Licata spends full-time working with San Francisco’s non-profit organizations in partnerships with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and numerous other SF hospitality enterprises. Licata's mission as Hilton's Community Projects Manager is to provide non-profits with essential goods and supplies from food to furniture, mini-fridges and so much more.

Mary Risley in her cooking school kitchen in San Francisco
Food Runners

Mary Risley, founder of San Francisco based Food Runners , talks about the grassroots organization that provides 15,000 meals every week to low income and homeless citizens. Every week, more than 200 volunteers pick up leftover food from hotels such as the Hilton San Francisco Union Square , Westin St. Francis, and Park Central, grocery stores, Starbucks, tech and law firms, schools, bakeries, restaurants, caterers, and more.

Food Shift food recovery in Oakland CA
Food Shift

Dana Frasz, Founder and Director of San Francisco Bay Area based Food Shift shares her non-profit's partnerships with hotels, corporations, grocery chains and more to reduce food waste. Dana talks about Food Shift’s primary mission, its incredible success stories, and the invaluable relationship with Jo Licata, Hilton San Francisco Union Square ’s Community Projects Manager.

Matt Rz

Matt Ritter is a professor of biology at Cal Poly and an author of several natural history books. And he's going to be at the Deep Ecology Collaboratory on October 21-23 at Rancho El Chorro in San Luis Obispo. You can check out more details at ecologistics.org .

NASA

Last month, a group of 375 of the world’s top scientists signed onto a letter designed to draw attention to the risks of climate change.

US Forest Service

Fee increases of nearly 300 percent may be in the future for many campsites, trailheads, and recreational facilities in Los Padres National Forest. Several outdoor recreation organizations are raising concerns over the sites in the forest being handed over to a private organization, which is why the fees are increasing.

UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory

A disease that kills oak trees along the California coast is spreading quickly and working its way south from Northern California, according to the most recent surveys done by the UC Berkeley SOD Blitz teams.

Buffalo River
Thomas Wilmer

The Buffalo National River , situated in Northern Arkansas is free flowing for more than 135 miles. It’s one of North America’s last remaining undammed rivers. Join correspondent Tom Wilmer on the banks of the Buffalo River for a conversation with National Park Ranger, Joyce Umbach, and Ben Milburn the owner and operator of Buffalo River Outfitters .

Toxic algae detected in San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake

Sep 30, 2016

Toxic algae found in waterways throughout California has reached record levels this year and was detected in San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake in late September.

Scientists are worried about the health of the Morro Bay Estuary because of a rapid decline in a plant considered to be at the base of the system's food chain.

NASA

On Septemer 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences signed an open letter designed to draw attention to the risks of climate change as we head into the November presidential election.

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Kim Schneider

When the phrase “wilderness area” is mentioned, you probably don’t picture sharing that spot with, say, 1.7 million people. They weren’t all there at once, of course, but that’s how many people last year dropped by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore .

Mark Adams, Facebook

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to extend an urgency ordinance aimed at protecting oak woodlands.

slaughtered elephant
Thomas Wilmer

Recalling the tragedy of Cecil the Lion’s death stirred me to post on my NPR Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, the radio broadcast interview with two Big Game photographic safari guides in Botswana. Join trackers, Dave Luck and Map Ives in Botswana’s Okavango Delta as they talk about the evolution of Big Game Safaris from hunting to capturing photographic images as the best hope for the future of Africa’s big game. You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas award-winning...

KCBX News, Bree Zender

A new food recycling program is starting Monday here on the Central Coast. You’ll be able to put food directly into the green yard waste bins if you have them. Patti Toews from the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority is here to talk with us about it.

Costa Rica flower
Thomas Wilmer

Jim Damalas with Greentique Hotels in Costa Rica talks about the trend setting hotel group’s four distinctive properties, set within four of the country’s five tropical forests, and the group’s intrinsic philosophy of trendsetting environmental sustainability. Villa Blanca is set high in the cloud forest, while Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge in Manuel Antonio National Park is Cliffside overlooking the Pacific. Aguila de Osa Rainforest & Marine Adventure lodge is tucked at the edge...

Ron Coley

Ron Coley, producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary “River of Innocence” chronicling the San Marcos River in Texas has spent the past 40 years studying the legendary Aquarina Springs Lake on the outskirts of San Marcos .

John DeGRazio

If you’re planning a visit to Yosemite National Park , a guided hiking adventure is an excellent way to maximize your experience. YExplore Yosemite Adventures offers an array of customized backcountry explorations, from day hikes to multi-day backpack treks. Specialized hikes include wildflowers, birding, and snowshoeing.

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

The criminal indictments against the pipeline company at the center of last year's oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coast are now public record.

Refugio Response Join Information Center

This has not been a good week for Plains All-American Pipeline, the company at the center of last year's Refugio Oil Spill.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The State of California and Santa Barbara County announced Tuesday that they are moving forward with dozens of criminal charges against the pipeline company at the center of last year’s oil spill on the Gaviota Coast.

Jennifer O'Leary

The waters of the Central Coast have seen some radical changes in recent years, including much warmer than normal temperatures, massive algae blooms, a decline in eel grass and a mass wasting disease among sea stars.

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