Rights of Nature

Sustainable Pulse: Bayer-Monsanto Hit With $175M Verdict Against Roundup

SUSTAINABLE pulse reports: A Philadelphia jury on Friday hit Bayer/Monsanto with a $175 million verdict in favor of a cancer patient who claimed the company failed to warn about known carcinogens in its best-selling herbicide, Roundup. Source: Environmental Health News The verdict is part of a string of nine- and 10-figure judgments against the Bayer […]

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New Tree Ordinance Unveiled by Permit Sonoma

New Tree Ordinance Unveiled by Permit Sonoma Tree Protection Ordinance On August 3, 2023, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider updates to current tree removal regulations. After holding a public hearing, the Commission then asked staff to return on August 31 with additional provisions to strengthen the Sonoma County Tree Protection Ordinance

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SCOTUS Ruling Opens Door to Wetlands Destruction

The EPA Removes Federal Protections for Most of the Country’s Wetlands James Doubek/NPR “This rule spells out how the Sackett decision has undermined our ability to prevent the destruction of our nation’s wetlands, which protect drinking water, absorb floods and provide habitat for wildlife,” said Jim Murphy, the National Wildlife Federation’s director of legal advocacy.

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Reminder: County wants input on Tree Ordinance

Permit Sonoma Tree Protection Survey Editor note: Survey does not have “no project” option as alternate to native tree removal. Trees play a critical role to our environment and our health. Permit Sonoma working to write a new tree protection ordinance that balances tree protection and other considerations, and we want your feedback. Your survey feedback will ensure

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EPA Sued Over Failure to Regulate Neonic-Coated Seeds Harmful to Bees and Songbirds

EPA Sued Over Failure to Regulate Neonic-Coated Seeds Harmful to Bees and Songbirds “For too long, EPA has allowed pesticide-coated seeds to jeopardize threatened and endangered species across the country,” said one advocate. COMMONDREAMS: JULIA CONLEY Jun 02, 2023 Two public health groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, demanding

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Friends of Felta Creek Update on Hearing

UPDATE: Quick afternoon update to end your week on a high note. We have just returned from the Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting. Ken Bareilles was charged with violations and fines totaling $250,891 for discharging sediment into Felta Creek  and adjoining waterways. All as a result of negligent timber harvest practices. After presentations by

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