By Raequan Harrison |Staff Writer| National and state parks have part of their funding due to the expiring of the law Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by Congress. The LWCF’s purpose was to protect wildlife forestries and lands to provide a safe place for the public to visit. State and national parks haven’t always been open to the public. They were opened and maintained by the government under this law. In 1965, the bill was signed into law “to establish a land and water conservation fund to assist the States and Federal [H. R. 3846] agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people, and for other purposes,” according to the … [Read more...] about Congress inaction; land and water fund runs dry
By Angie Burkhart |Staff Writer| The consumption of Starbucks' sugary, coffee-licious beverages has become a popular trend, that, if consumed once a day, has the potential to cost you up to $1,460 a year. Starbucks, once attracting what Dan Neil of the Los Angeles Times calls "affluent, college-educated progressives, the so-called latte liberals," has become a commodity, and even a fashion accessory for some college students. Despite their wide customer base, some of the brand's loyal customers may not be so aware of its impact on their wallet and health, as well as the environment. As a college student on a budget, have you ever wondered what your Starbucks habit is costing you … [Read more...] about What You Didn’t Know About Starbucks?
By Marlyn Rodriguez |Managing Editor| People with lower economic status are exposed to different environmental surroundings that may be hazardous to their health. Cities surrounding the Interstate 710 freeway in Los Angeles are some of the most polluted cities in the nation with over a million residents who are low income minorities. Among the cities surrounding the I-710 lie the cities of Bell, Cudahy and Maywood, which are the most populated cities in Los Angeles County. These cities are also primarily made up of low-income Latino communities. There are about 2,000 deaths in the Los Angeles area as a result of high diesel emissions. The Natural Resources Defense Council … [Read more...] about Environmental injustice: Low-income targets
By Desirae Contreras |Staff Writer| Yotes can take part in cleaning up the air that we breathe. According to the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) of Southern California air pollution in the area has improved dramatically since the 1940s. However, the website states we still have a long way to go to meet state and federal air quality health standards. The AQMD suggests ways for making a difference in today’s environment by following 10 easy steps towards decreasing pollution. First, CSUSB students can take part by converting from older vehicles to eco- friendly ones that produce less carbon emissions, thus reducing pollution. “Start by eliminating dirty diesels’ … [Read more...] about Creating a pollution-free environment
By Eric Sanchez |Staff Writer| CSUSB joined the nation in celebrating the 41st annual Earth Day with games and entertainment as well as free recycling of electronic equipment on April 22. Events were held throughout the campus to both educate people about the environment and bring people together. “Our goal is to bring students and faculty together in unity, as well as eco-friendly businesses,” said Johnson Lo, president of World of Works (WOW), which organized one of the events. WOW’s event included demonstrations from the Chemistry Club on water purification as well as live music and a display of hybrid vehicles from local dealerships. Both the campus and local communities … [Read more...] about CSUSB celebrates Earth Day