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Clean Water Act Turns 40

My, how time flies!  It seems such a short time ago that we were graduating from high school, beginning college as a Biochemistry major, and voting in our first national election.  In 1972, Richard Nixon was reelected as President of …
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California Gas Prices: The Law of Unintended Consequences

Improving air quality is a good thing.  No sane person could argue against that.  But we all should be part of the discussion as to how we might best accomplish such a noble goal.  And if we find that the …
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Restore Hetch Hetchy?

Water is vital to life.  It is also vital to economic activity.  And water is scarce in the desert southwest United States.  Because of this conflict between need and availability, there are many lurid stories related to water supply in …
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Global Warming … Again

If you do a site search here at MOST, you will find that, apart from water system operations topics, no topic comes up as much as global warming.  I haven’t posted lately on this topic, but those of you who …
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Is Preservation Good For The Environment?

Inadvertently, the Los Angeles Times today argued the case that preserving a “natural” ecosystem may be harmful to the environment.  Consider these two articles: the first shows the extreme steps taken by the federal government to return Santa Rosa Island …
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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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Who Is The Endangered Species Here?

Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times reports today on a newly published report commissioned by the California State Water Resources Board, at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-water-delta-20100722,0,2161458.story The report concludes that exports of water for humans in farms and cities must drop by …
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"If We Can Put a Man on the Moon …"

I guess I should “fess up” right away: I have had it with people with no imagination. Today’s photo is of President John F. Kennedy, who had the imagination to see us get into space, and land men on the …
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Is It Necessary to Destroy Humanity in Order to Save It?

In today’s LA Times, Greg Goldin shows us the real playbook of the extreme environmentalist: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldin-20100426,0,2186700.story According to Goldin, the Iceland volcanic eruption “did us an unheralded favor. Believe it or not, all that ash swirling into the upper atmosphere …
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