Brooke Staggs, Daily Breeze

Brooke Staggs

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Corona, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brooke:

The Compost: How a local university ended up on the front lines of the hydrogen debate

The latest issue of our environment newsletter also looks at an acid pit that’s closing for business, help coming for coastal rail and a new resource for exploring Native California. → Read More

Changes, delays in SoCalGas’ controversial hydrogen project aimed at UC Irvine – Orange County Register

If the project advances, results could help regulators develop standards for blending cleaner-burning hydrogen into natural gas pipelines statewide. → Read More

The Compost: Is classroom air clean enough?

Plus: Get news on recycling clothes, an ocean treaty, natural gas prices and how to watch environmental Oscar nominees. → Read More

Are Southern California students and teachers breathing clean air?

As funding and concern about COVID-19 fades, school plans to fix indoor air quality problems are starting to fall by the wayside. → Read More

Fashion companies would have to help recycle clothes under proposed California bill

Bye bye Balenciaga? See ya Shein? If recycling law passes and any brands don’t jump on board, their products could be banned in California. → Read More

Refashion? State proposal would force clothing companies to set up recycling program

Bye bye Balenciaga? See ya Shein? If recycling law passes and any brands don’t jump on board, their products could be banned in California. → Read More

Climate Action Corps expands, paying more Californians to fight climate change

“People want to take action. They just need to be given the opportunity to do that.” → Read More

Startups turning to the ocean to capture more carbon off Southern California’s coast

Interest and funding is pivoting to a process known as direct ocean carbon capture, where technology is used to remove carbon from the ocean so it will naturally pull more carbon out of the air. → Read More

Library offerings could change demographics of nature

Libraries across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have ‘explorer’ backpacks on loan, with more gear coming soon. → Read More

Push for aggressive climate action divides some in environmental community

In Sacramento, a push to ban oil drilling in California, and to take other increasingly aggressive steps to combat global warming, is driving a wedge between some people who usually agree on the cl… → Read More

Dirty truth: UC Riverside study suggests new way climate change is fueling itself

Soil is typically a great carbon storage system. But nitrogen emissions can mean the opposite in dry places like Southern California. → Read More

From flights to road trips, here are tips for traveling more sustainably this year

“They’re kind of in opposition, the desire to enjoy the planet and to not hurt it.” Scott Fruin, a travel lover and a USC professor who studies the health effects of air pollution… → Read More

Climate-friendlier flights are taking off from Southern California

A traveler on a single, long-haul flight powered by traditional jet fuel generates as much carbon as the yearly total created by the average citizen in dozens of lower-emitting countries around the… → Read More

Climate grade: Orange County and all of its cities are failing

“Hopefully, we will look back in years to come on today as a turning point,” said Ayn Craciun with Climate Action Campaign. → Read More

Political consultant Melahat Rafiei agrees to plead guilty to attempted wire fraud

Melahat Rafiei admitted to agreeing to bribe two Irvine City Council members, according to court documents. → Read More

Melahat Rafiei, who was central to the FBI’s Anaheim investigation, takes plea deal – Orange County Register

The former Democratic party leader could face prison time. She hopes her record and FBI cooperation will help. → Read More

Big Bear Lake rises two feet in one week thanks to winter storms

“Snow is the best billboard, the best marketing you could ever have.” Loren Hafen, president of the tourism group Visit Big Bear → Read More

Big stink, little progress; Hinkley residents claim health risks from composter

“They need to come up with a better plan.” Hinkley resident Christie Smith on the state’s role in expanded composting and recycling. → Read More

Newsom’s 2023-’24 budget would slow spending on climate projects – Press Telegram

“It’s true Gov. Newsom really has to make tough choices given the dire budget situation. I’m just disappointed that so many of the cuts are coming from the climate and environment solutions.&… → Read More

Hundreds of deserted oil and gas wells in Southern California could soon get plugged. Thousands will remain.

California has documented nearly 2,000 deserted, unplugged wells in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties alone. New funding will help, though advocates say it’s a &#8220… → Read More