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California’s Water Wars

I heartily recommend that you take a couple of minutes and read the following Op/Ed piece in today’s Los Angeles Times, at: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-hanson-california-water-wars-ce20110807,0,6896021.story Victor Davis Hanson delivers a very insightful examination of the water situation in the Golden State, and …
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Science vs. Emotions or Politics

I found a very thoughtful opinion piece in my local paper this morning. It is based on science and facts related to a contaminant found in Santa Clarita, as well as many other places around the country. See: http://www.the-signal.com/section/33/article/41779/ Ask …
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What Killed The Fish In Redondo Beach?

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0309-dead-fish-20110309,0,2606300.story Did you catch this news story yesterday? An amazing mass demise of small fish in Redondo Beach harbor. What caused this to occur? I immediately concluded mass suicide. I mean, it has got to be pretty depressing to be …
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The Delta Smelt and Another Threatened Species

Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times has a very informative article from last Wednesday’s edition. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-delta-smelt-20110202,0,527655.story The article is about the Delta smelt, a 3-inch long fish that lives only in the Sacramento River Delta. With such a …
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Happy Groundhog Day!

It’s Groundhog Day. So what did “Punxsutawney Phil” have to say about the coming of Spring? And what does his prediction mean for water folks? No shadow today for P. Phil. Legend has it that this means that Spring should …
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Dan Walters — Sacramento’s Best Reporter

Without doubt, my favorite journalist — period! — is Dan Walters. And certainly, no one does a better job at covering politics in Sacramento. You can — and should — follow him through the Sacramento Bee. See: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/28/3216216/dan-walters-water-still-on-agenda.html But I …
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Is Ethanol The Answer?

Schedule problems have kept me offline for the past few days — my apologies. And the week ahead is looking like a problem, too, so don’t be surprised if there are few posts through October 25. And I’m abandoning you …
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Bigger River Flows = Global Warming?

In this morning’s Los Angeles Times, Margot Roosevelt interviews two scientists regarding an interesting new finding: the world’s river flows are increasing. See: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/10/global-warming-river-flows-oceans-climate-disruption.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 UC Irvine conducted a study on worldwide river outflows to the oceans, using new ‘satellite technology …
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An Examination of Environmentalists

I just came across a series of articles being published by the Washington Examiner this week, all dealing with the Environmentalist movement in the United States. See: loans with low interest rates http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Special-Report—Big-Green-Environmentalists-arent-really-about-clean-air-and-water-103848559.html I have yet to read all of …
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Bark Beetles Are Bad — Or Good

My thanks again to Los Angeles Times writer Bettina Boxall for another article on the complexities of biology. See: http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=8960849095184073652 As we noted at the beginning of last week, it’s fire season in southern California. Dead trees make much better …
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"If the World is Going to Hell, Why Are Humans Doing So Well?"

Today’s title is taken from an article posted on the Scientific American web site at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=if-the-world-is-going-to-hell-why-a-2010-09-01 It is a thought provoking piece, and I encourage you to read it. It’s pretty non-technical, and it’s only slightly longer than one of …
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Is Cap and Trade Okay With You?

I caught a brief segment on the Sean Hannity show over the weekend, related to the “Cap and Trade” legislation that has been percolating on Capitol Hill for the past several months. You can see the 6-minute piece at http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/index.html …
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The Microbes Will Inherit The Earth

Technical difficulties and personal scheduling conflicts have limited my blog production this week — I apologize. A couple of days ago, there was a terrific story in the LA Times. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-oil-bacteria-20100825,0,1471710.story As we have related previously in this blog, …
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Algae: Our New Energy Friend?

Stop the presses! I actually just read a story in today’s LA Times that didn’t make me crazy. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-biofuels-20100805,0,7105447.story (Note that today’s graphic is from the same story.) Consistent readers of this blog will recognize a few themes that …
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The Oceans Are Getting Clearer!

My first real job was a lab assistant position with the County of San Luis Obispo, while I was a senior in high school. My main duty was to clean laboratory glassware. That’s right: I was a glorified dishwasher. But …
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