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Ravaging SCU lightning complex fire almost contained

As the SCU Complex fires are being contained, air quality in NorCal steadily declines

Megan Dhillon, Public Relations Manager

September 13, 2020

As of Sept. 11, the SCU lightning complex fire is now 98% contained, having affected 396,624 acres across multiple counties (Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County, Merced and Stanislaus County) over the course of 23 days. There are currently no evacuation orders per...

New York institutes new ban on disposable plastic bags

New York institutes new ban on disposable plastic bags

Steven Deng, Copy Editor

April 21, 2020

The state of New York’s plastic bag ban went into effect on March 1, 2020. Such a ban “prohibits the distribution of plastic carryout bags by any person required to collect New York State sales tax,” according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, who is enforcing the new law. ...

France ban on chick culling takes step forward for animal rights

Male chickens produce neither eggs nor palatable meat, so they are not useful in the poultry industry.

Aditi Lappathi and Eva Shen

March 21, 2020

Countless chickens are hatched in order to produce the 65 billion chickens that are consumed each year. However, male chicks are deemed unpalatable, resulting in the deaths of seven billion chicks annually. This process, known as chick culling, is more common than we like to think: most of us hav...

Australian bushfires spark activism at Australian Open

The Australian Open commenced on Jan. 19 despite smoke engulfing Melbourne Arena as a result of the Australian bushfires. Many matches were affected leading players to donate parts of winnings to fire relief.

Aria Khalique, Multimedia Editor

March 7, 2020

The Australian Open began on Sunday, Jan. 19, in spite of poor air quality caused by the Australian bushfires. Though the Melbourne Arena wasn’t directly affected by the fires, poor air quality still affected some players, inspiring activism in many. World No. 180 Dalia Jakupovic suffered a sev...

Bushfires devastate Australian wildlife

Bushfires devastate Australian wildlife

Amruta Baradwaj and Megan Dhillon

February 7, 2020

Australia has been engulfed in numerous wildfires since the fire season began in late July. As of Jan. 13, 28 casualties and over 2,000 destroyed homes have been recorded. While there are several speculated causes for the fires, the main source has been attributed to an intense drought that spread out...

Global communities strive toward carbon neutrality in order to combat climate change

Global communities strive toward carbon neutrality in order to combat climate change

Steven Deng, Copy Editor

February 4, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of protesters of all ages, ethnicities and genders united behind large, colorful banners. A scene in New York,  Berlin, London and countless other cities during the climate strike on Sept. 20, 2019. Millions of protesters worldwide united under one common goal: to demand action a...

Food waste litters Dougherty halls

Following lunch and brunch, leftover food is thrown into the nearest trash can, or even left on the floor, without a second thought.

Anika Garg, Steven Deng, and Harshita Neralla

January 8, 2020

At Dougherty Valley High School, abandoned lunch trays filled with leftover food are a common sight. Littering the quad, hallways and stairwells, these lonely trays are indicative of a sinister lurking issue: food waste.  Food waste contributes more to climate change than nearly any country; acco...

Trump withdraws from Paris Climate Accord

Trump withdraws from Paris Climate Accord

Shruthi Narayanan, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

December 27, 2019

On Nov. 4, President Donald Trump put in a notice that the U.S. would leave the Paris Climate Accord in exactly one year, which will be exactly one day after the upcoming presidential election. By United Nations rules, the first day Trump would have been allowed to do so was Nov. 4, three years aft...

PG&E announces Public Safety Power Shutoff following wildfire danger

PG&E maps out areas of impact and damage from the Oct. 29 PSPS, the third wave of power shutoffs. Customers from Northern California and the Bay Area lost their power for a couple days to prevent wildfires when a destructive wind event was predicted to come.

Helen Kang, Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 24, 2019

During the last two weeks of October, PG&E began a series of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) following Red Flag Warnings from the National Weather Service to prevent wildfires. After PG&E’s faulty electrical and transmission lines led to the 2018 Butte County Camp Fire, the most devastating wildfire in California history, which also ...

Government subsidizes fossil fuels at the expense of the environment

Government subsidizes fossil fuels at the expense of the environment

Sneha Cheenath, Managing Editor

October 20, 2019

Despite advances in renewable energy, the government continues to subsidize nonrenewable energy sources such as oil and coal because of the grave economic effects of removing them.   According to AP Economics teacher Daniel Farmer, “The purpose of a subsidy … is to make it easier to provide more o...

The invisible crisis of vanishing fish

Sarah Kim and Steven Deng

October 13, 2019

Pacific Catch. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Cioppino’s. These restaurants, famous for their seafood and fish, may soon struggle to find any fish to serve at all with the plummeting fish stocks of today’s international fisheries. Commercial fish stocks are at risk of passing the point of no return in as little...

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