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Legacy of racist ‘redlining’ lingers in Sacramento neighborhoods. How this costs the city

by Michael Finch II, The Sacramento Bee

Many Sacramento neighborhoods officially shaded red and "hazardous" on an official map after the Great Depression remain home to people who are more likely to frequent an emergency room for asthma. And they are less likely to have a hardy tree canopy overhead, exposing them to harsher conditions that can impact their health.

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Money trees: U.S. cities find new ways of valuing urban forests

by Carey L. Biron, Thomson Reuters Foundation

In the face of a warming planet and breakneck urbanization, U.S. policymakers are asking how best urban trees can be protected and utilized.

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Why the California Energy Commission should approve SMUD’s controversial solar proposal

by The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

The energy commission will decide whether to allow builders to plug new housing into new solar farms operated by SMUD. It’s a practical option, and the commission should allow it.

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Advocacy Alert: Leave Room for Trees in New Developments

Speak for the Trees

A new state law requires all new homes to have rooftop solar, and while solar is a great option as a clean energy source, solar panels can conflict with urban trees. Here's how you can help.

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