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Posted by· July 09, 2021 8:18 AMContinue reading → Add your reaction ShareThe proposed Solar 66 project located in the Mojave Desert community of Daggett between I-15 and Highway 40 would provide 7 megawatts of solar power on about 134 acres. MBCA's comment letter on the County's Initial Study of this project points to concerns about flooding risks, air pollution, wildlife corridors, invasive species, and aesthetics.
Posted by· July 05, 2021 9:18 PMAdd your reaction ShareFrom the weekly newsletter The Revelator, published by the Center for Biological Diversity, here is a list of recent news stories focused on the negative effects of light pollution.
- Young Clownfish Likely to Die Faster When Exposed to Artificial Light, Study Finds
- Noise and Light Pollution Changes Which Species of Birds Visit Our Backyards
- Fireflies Need Dark Nights for Their Summer Light Shows – Here’s How You Can Help
- Turning Off Half of City Lights at Night Could Cut Bird Mortality By Up to 60 Percent
- Dark Sky Havens: Where Can I Find One?
- Orbital Debris Creates a New Problem: Light Pollution
Posted by· June 26, 2021 4:30 PMAdd your reaction ShareA recently-published research project by UC Irvine scientists reviewed 34 years of satellite data to analyze vegetation changes in the Sonoran Desert and nearby southern California mountains. They found a "widespread decline in perennial vegetation cover," that is, a significant reduction in even the hardiest desert plants. Researcher Stijn Hantson commented that "They're (desert plants) already so badly beaten by drought or heat that they're at the brink of existence." Read more in the Desert Sun article or view the research study, which includes a "Plain Language Summary."Posted by 3 reactions· June 17, 2021 1:59 PM ·3 reactions ShareThe deadline for comments in support of the revised Light Trespass Ordinance for San Bernardino County is Friday, June 18. Send them to: [email protected]
We have revised our recent News item on this subject with new video footage. The presentation video (one hour) now includes post-presentation interaction of our presenters with the Commissioners, and we now have the full video of the meeting including timestamps for public comment via video from the Joshua Tree Government Center and for an oppositional presentation by a Newberry Springs resident. All these links and information are here.Posted by 2 reactions· June 04, 2021 5:11 PM ·2 reactions ShareThe Net Metering bill AB 1139 that would reduce benefits for home solar failed to pass a June 2 California Assembly vote. MBCA joined many organizations in March to oppose the bill. Several renewable energy industry news groups have provided information and commentary on the bill and the vote, including PV Tech, Solar Power World, and PV Magazine. While it is "off the table" for now, the bill could be reintroduced in January 2022.Posted by· May 14, 2021 5:09 PMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA's long-time Board member and science educator Pat Flanagan is part of a team of conservation advocates who have created detailed Science Briefs about carbon sequestration and biodiversity in the California desert. They will be used to educate lawmakers and state agency officials working on climate change and land use issues. Other writing team members were representatives of the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and Mojave Desert Land Trust.Posted by· May 12, 2021 1:34 PMAdd your reaction ShareAlong with the California Native Plant Society and sixty additional organizations, MBCA has signed a letter requesting that California's proposed emergency funding related to wildfire be allocated with a focus on science-based management practices. The letter states: "We urge the Legislature to modify this proposal to ensure that appropriate levels of funding are directed into the right locations to protect communities and ecosystems and that science-based solutions are used appropriately in California’s different regions."Posted by· May 08, 2021 9:02 AMAdd your reaction ShareWhile Assembly Bill 1139 ("Net Energy Metering") contains provisions that support expansion of clean energy, especially to low-income customers, other provisions undercut those benefits. They add costs and reduce solar customer credit for extra energy they can send back to the grid. MBCA joined more than 30 organizations in signing a letter to insist on amendments that will continue to advance clean energy for low-income consumers.See All IssuesDo you like this page?