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Teaching Turlockers to ‘Go Green’

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This week marks the City of Turlock’s 17th annual Go Green Week, a campaign aimed at promoting environmental sustainability. Participating schools within the Turlock Unified School District have already begun touring local wastewater treatment and recycling facilities, participating in an art and recycling contest for children, and even planting new trees on their respective campuses.

“Students learn about the importance of conservation and pollution prevention strategies such as recycling, composting, water conservation and waste reduction habits,” the City of Turlock said in a release.

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Magnitude 2.7 earthquake shakes Stanislaus County

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A magnitude 2.7 earthquake shook Stanislaus County Saturday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It struck at around 10:22 a.m., the USGS said, around 3.5 miles north of the census-designated place Diablo Grande and just under 9 miles west of the city of Patterson. 

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Minor Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Ripples Near Merced, California – No Reports of Shaking Detected

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Merced, California, experienced a light magnitude 2.7 earthquake on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 2:54 pm local time. The seismic event, which occurred 45 km (28 mi) away from the city, had a very shallow depth of 22.1 km (14 mi) and, interestingly, went unnoticed as no reports of shaking were filed.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the earthquake, with the epicenter at 37.3863°N latitude and 119.9868°W longitude in Mariposa, California, United States. The quake was also near Mammoth Mountain, the nearest volcano, 89 km (55 mi) away.

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Stanislaus bus system has $64 million for switch to hydrogen. How does this help climate?

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Stanislaus County’s main bus system would run on hydrogen under a plan that just got a $47.5 million boost.

That fuel would allow the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority to meet a state mandate for zero emissions by 2040. The current buses, mostly diesel, pollute local air and contribute to global climate change.

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Solar panels will cut water loss from canals in Gila River Indian Community

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In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on its land south of Phoenix.

It will be the first project of its kind in the United States to actually break ground, according to the tribe’s press release.

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Regional Fires Trigger Campus Air Quality Alerts

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Recent wildfires in the Oregon and Northern California regions have caused smoke to drift south, prompting Campus Safety and Risk Management to issue a warning about the current local air quality. 

“The University is currently monitoring the air quality due to smoke from regional wildfires in our area. The campus receives and monitors air quality information from a variety of different sources throughout the day,” the beginning of the warning stated. 

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Where can you trash batteries, electronics and other hazardous waste in Stanislaus County?

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If you have leftover paint, chemicals or other materials taking up space in your home, Stanislaus County has a number of ways you can dispose of them for free. The county offers both permanent facilities and temporary events for residents to drop off hazardous, electronic, pharmaceutical and other household waste.

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Solar panels on water canals seem like a no-brainer. So why aren’t they widespread?

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Back in 2015, California's dry earth was crunching under a fourth year of drought. Then-Governor Jerry Brown ordered an unprecedented 25% reduction in home water use. Farmers, who use the most water, volunteered too to avoid deeper, mandatory cuts.

Brown also set a goal for the state to get half its energy from renewable sources, with climate change bearing down.

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Audit finds California water agency not adequately considering climate change in forecasts

in Environment/Government/News

The state auditor has issued a report strongly criticizing the California Department of Water Resources, saying the agency has overestimated the state’s water supply during drought and continues relying on forecasts that don’t adequately factor in the effects of climate change.

The report by State Auditor Grant Parks said the Department of Water Resources has “made only limited progress” in improving its water-supply forecasts to account for climate change, despite acknowledging more than a decade ago that it needed to improve its forecasting methods.

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This vacant Turlock field soon will help turn food waste into renewable energy for homes

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An empty alfalfa field in west Turlock soon will be transformed into a high-tech facility that turns food waste into renewable fuel.

State and local dignitaries gathered on West Main Street for the groundbreaking of the newest Divert food waste recovery plant. The company turns unsold food from supermarkets, retailers, restaurants and manufacturers into natural gas that can be used to power homes and businesses.

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