July 2015

Manhattan Beach tar traced to Santa Barbara oil spill

A tar sample taken from Manhattan Beach last month has been traced for the first time to the Santa Barbara oil spill, a U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife official said Monday.

Nearly the entire South Bay shoreline was closed in late May and a cleanup effort was launched to remove a petroleum-based tar-like substance that washed ashore following a massive oil spill on Refugio Beach near Santa Barbara days earlier.

Tar from central California oil spill washes up in L.A. area

LOS ANGELES -- Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month, according to test results released Monday.

The findings confirmed what was suspected by many after globs of oil began swamping Southern California beaches in the weeks after a pipeline dumped up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil on the coast May 19.

Reports: Oil From Santa Barbara Spill Washed Up in LA County

LOS ANGELES — Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month, according to test results released Monday.

The findings confirmed what was suspected by many after globs of oil began swamping Southern California beaches in the weeks after a pipeline dumped up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil on the coast May 19.

Pope Francis: Protect the Climate as a ‘Common Good’

VATICAN CITY, June 18, 2015 (ENS) – “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all,” declares Pope Francis in his first major teaching on the environment, an encyclical letter released today.

Pope Francis urges all human beings to change their behavior to protect the good resources we all hold in common – the climate, the oceans, biodiversity – “the planet, our common home.”

Pope Francis and the movement to act on climate

What do Pope Francis, the United States military and former Secretary of State George Shultz have in common?  They all believe climate change is real, mostly caused by humans and responsible for the unprecedented destruction of our planet’s precious ecosystems.  When leaders and institutions not normally associated with environmental causes come together to tackle climate change, the tipping point for significant action on climate is near.   

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