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Matthew Renda

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Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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Past articles by Matthew:

Imperiled sturgeon native to Russia and China gets endangered species protection in US

An enormous fish native to the wilds between Russian and China is struggling due to international demand for caviar, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider listing it as an endangered species. → Read More

Mountain residents in California flee the advance of wildfire

Residents of sleepy mountain villages sprinkled throughout the foothills around Pollock Pines await their fate as one of Northern California’s many major fires grows unchecked. → Read More

College professor faces arson charges in series of California wildland fires

Gary Maynard — who is suspected of starting several wildfires in Northern California — taught criminal justice and deviant behavior at both state and private universities. → Read More

Monster wildfire turns California mountain town to rubble

“We did everything we could,” Cal Fire spokesman Mitch Matlow said. “Sometimes it’s just not enough.” The fire grew by 50,000 acres overnight, an exponential growth driven by what firefighters are characterizing as “extreme fire behavior.” A red flag warning will remain in effect throughout much of Thursday before winds are expected to die down around 8 p.m. The fire has burned about 320,000… → Read More

USDA chief calls for overhaul of forest management in western states

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack blasted previous tactics of managing forests — and forest fires — → Read More

Zoom settles privacy suit for $85 million

The video teleconferencing company grew exponentially during the Covid pandemic — a growth spurt that came with quite a few hiccups along the way. → Read More

Biden administration moves to expand protection for endangered killer whale

The southern resident killer whale earned a reprieve Friday from the Biden administration which expanded its critical habitat by 15,000 square miles along its migratory paths and winter foraging grounds. → Read More

Bayer to pull glyphosate from stores due to cancer lawsuits

Bayer announced it would take glyphosate off of store shelves by 2023 to avoid future costly lawsuits related to the chemicals potential to cause cancer. → Read More

Judge sentences electrical engineer that stole military chip tech for China

An electrical engineer and former adjunct professor at UCLA was sentenced to five years after being found guilty of stealing military chip technology from the U.S. and giving it to Chinese companies. → Read More

Fires Burn in a Dry, Hot West

Forecasts for high temperatures and precipitation bode ill for the American West, already in the throes of a prolonged drought and attempting to quell hundreds of large wildfires scattered across nine states. → Read More

Bid to Decriminalize Psychedelics Clears Key Legislative Hurdle in California

Soon, possessing small quantities of psychedelics like shrooms and LSD may no longer be criminal in the Golden State. → Read More

California Firefighters Prepared for Wildfire Season Already Underway

Despite it being still June, which used to be outside California’s wildfire season, firefighters say they are fully staffed and ready for a fire season that may be just as bad as the devastating on… → Read More

Thomson Reuters Database of Personal Identities Probed by Federal Judge

Two people claim their identities, including their faces, employment history and other personal information are stored in a database by media giant Thompson Reuters, which allows people to pay for … → Read More

Housing Near Transit Bill Clears California Assembly Committee

State Senator Scott Weiner’s bill aimed at increasing density near transit centers in cities and counties throughout California won the approval of his colleagues during a Tuesday session of the Ho… → Read More

California Judge Berates Monsanto Lawyer Over Brief in Roundup Cancer Appeal

A California appellate judge said he was seriously considering tossing Monsanto’s appeal of a multimillion-dollar verdict due to what he called the agrochemical company’s “distort… → Read More

Klamath River Dam Removal Project Clears Another Hurdle

A project to remove four dams to help boost the population of an endangered salmon cleared a regulatory hurdle when the federal agency in charge of dam licensing transferred the permit to a nonprof… → Read More

California Water Managers Vote to Cut Off Farmers as Statewide Drought Intensifies

Besides 4,300 farmers with junior water rights, water managers also warned senior rights holders they may also see their allocations curtailed — and summer hasn’t even officially begun. → Read More

Nevada Vies to Become First State in Presidential Primary

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill into law that would move Nevada into the first position for the 2024 presidential primary, with officials in the Silver State arguing its demographically… → Read More

White House Restores $1 Billion Windfall to California Bullet Train Project

The Biden administration’s decision to drop the previous administration’s effort to recoup nearly $1billion in grants will help the nation’s largest infrastructure project move fo… → Read More

California Lawmakers Agree to Reimburse Recall Costs

Lawmakers said counties strapped for cash due to the pandemic should not have to shoulder costs related to the upcoming recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. → Read More