Category Archives: California

Inmates in the line of fire

A force of about 3,800 state prisoners, including about 250 female inmates, is trained and ready to be mobilized to the front line Source of this article, The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 7, 2016 Ventura fire camp inmate Luiz Galvez … Continue reading

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Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

Farmers say concern about one tiny fish costs them water. But there’s salmon too. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016 By Robin Abcarian, Contact Reporter The delta smelt is: 1) A nearly extinct species that … Continue reading

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Native American sites plundered in parks

‘Devastating’ looting hits Native American archaeological sites Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2015 State parks officials and Native American leaders are decrying what they say has been a devastating spate of vandalism and looting at … Continue reading

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Prime parcel to become a forestry lab

Sierra Nevada parcel will test ways to reduce mega fires and increase snowpack Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2015 Forest ecologists finally got their wish: an entire private landscape on which to test methods of … Continue reading

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Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests

Millions of trees continue to die in California due to drought and bark beetle invasion Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2015 Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.” Instead of the … Continue reading

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Graffiti artists’ move to national parks shocks nature community

A new generation of graffiti artists is regarding nature, not just urban spaces, as their canvas Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2015 Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris … Continue reading

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California Drying: Households, industries and farmers wrestle over water

What to do when a resource is scarce? Jerry Brown takes command and issues conservation orders. He could do much more with free-market pricing of water. Source of this article: Barron’s, April 13, 2015 CALIFORNIA IS HAVING ANOTHER BAD drought, … Continue reading

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In California, rights to water exceed the supply

Water rights exceed average natural runoff on 16 major rivers, UC Davis researchers found Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2015 It’s arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly … Continue reading

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From steak to mangoes, California’s most water-hogging foods

How much water is needed to produce certain foods? Source of this article: The Los Angeles Time, April 4, 2015, and online April 6, 2015 California’s crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, from replacing lawns to minding how long you … Continue reading

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In store for visitors to Yosemite: a drier, browner park

Park’s famous falls will be less of a draw this year Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2015 Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of … Continue reading

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