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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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Capitol construction puts historic trees at risk of being cut down

by Heather Janssen, CBS Sacramento

"Sacramento has long been known as the City of Trees, especially around Capitol Park, which houses hundreds of different kinds. As construction around the Capitol picks up, so do talks of losing dozens of nearby trees."

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Can you pick or eat any of the thousands of oranges at California's State Capitol?

by Bob Moffitt, CapRadio

"In the middle of downtown Sacramento there is a 40-acre bonanza of vegetation that showcases 215 varieties of plants, bushes and trees that are found in California... But what interests Kathy Sher most are about a dozen orange trees with the promise of dietary nourishment for the region’s needy … if only they could be harvested."

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