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California's Lone Wolf Returns, Highlighting Need for Wolf Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— California’s first confirmed wild wolf in nearly 90 years made a return trip to the Golden State for a brief visit this past weekend. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the wolf called OR-7 crossed the border into Siskiyou County on Dec. 7, then returned to Oregon. His brief foray back into California supports the position advanced by wolf advocates that wolves from Oregon will continue to make their way into the state and that the species thus war...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:47PM
New Report: Rising Seas Threaten 233 Federally Protected Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Sea-level rise driven by climate change poses a deadly threat to 233 federally protected animal and plant species in 23 coastal states, according to a new scientific report from the Center for Biological Diversity (see PDF), and U.S. wildlife protection agencies are not doing enough to protect at-risk species.
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:44PM
Drakes Bay Oyster Company's En Banc Rehearing Petition Deserves Denial - by Dan Carlin
Following back-to-back losses in the Northern District of California and before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) has submitted its final petition to the Ninth Circuit, hoping it can block the Secretary of Interior’s November 2012 decision to let the oyster operation’s forty-year lease in Drakes Estero expire on its own terms. DBOC’s appeal likely will, and should, fail.
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:36AM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution - by Sierra Club California
Sierra Club California Responds to Bay Delta Conservation Plan Release: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution (see PDF).
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:13PM
David A. Sibley Coming To 2014 Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival - by Amy Trainer
Legendary birder and renowned author and artist David Allen Sibley will join the 5th Annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, April 25-27, 2014 sponsored by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 12:04PM
Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
“There is no precedent for the killing of an estuary of this size, so how could any study be trusted to protect the Delta for salmon and other fish? How can they even know what the effects will be?” said Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk. “The end of salmon would also mean the end of Winnemem, so the BDCP is a threat to our very existence as indigenous people.” Photo of Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, by Dan Bacher
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:06AM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR runs rough-shod over the facts - by Dan Bacher
“There will be some beneficiaries of this project, however,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). “The Twin Tunnels will allow a few hundred corporate farms in the western San Joaquin Valley – corporations with junior water contracts – to increase their control over the state’s developed water.“ Photo of giant water pumping facilities at San Luis Reservoir, an off stream impoundment that stores Delta water for the Cent...
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 7:42AM
Tell Governor Brown No to the Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
A total of $240 million has already been spent on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels - and it will take another $1.2 billion to complete the design and planning for the government boondoggle. Why throw more good money after bad? Now's the time for the Brown administration to flush its twin tunnels plan down the toilet of history before it costs taxpayers, water district and ratepayers even more than it already has.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:37AM
Sri Lanka: Elephant Island - by Shermin de Silva
The Randall Museum 199 Museum Way San Francisco, CA 94114
Event Date:Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:00PM
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 8:48PM
Speak out for the Farm: Albany City P+Z and General Assembly - by Occupy the Farm
Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA
Event Date:Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:45AM
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 1:54PM
Six California Animals Among Top 10 Endangered Species Act Success Stories - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— A report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition (see PDF) names six animals from California among the greatest successes of the Endangered Species Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. Two of the animals, the El Segundo blue butterfly and the southern sea otter, are unique to Southern California. Four of the other animals highlighted in today’s report are also found in California — the humpback whale, green sea turtle, peregrine falcon and bald...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:43AM
Water Board Ends Waiver That Allowed Unregulated Dumping of Toxic Drilling Muds - by Center for Biological Diversity
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— A coalition of environmental and public-health groups scored an important victory today when a regional water board voted 4-1 to kill a waiver that for years has allowed oil companies to dump toxic drilling muds in California’s Central Valley without regulation or reporting.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:36AM
Court Rejects Plan to Clearcut California Redwoods for Vineyard - by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA ROSA, Calif.— Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum has rejected a plan to clearcut 154 acres of Northern California redwoods to plant vineyards for a winery. The proposal for an area in northwestern Sonoma County was challenged by the Sierra Club’s Redwood Chapter, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Gualala River. In response, Judge Daum said the state’s “environmental impact report” for Artesa Winery’s forest-to-vineyard project violates the Ca...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:33AM
December 19: a dark day for science and the ocean - by Dan Bacher
The mainstream media, state officials and corporate "environmentalists" refuse to discuss one of the biggest scandals regarding the creation of these marine protected areas - the terminally flawed and incomplete science that these MPAs were based upon and the alarming fact that Ron LeValley of Eureka, the co-chair of the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team that oversaw the crafting of these alleged "Yosemites of the Sea," is now awaiting trial on federal conspiracy to embezzle charges. M...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:04AM
Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday - by Dan Bacher
The tunnel plan is based on the false premise that you can restore a river system by stealing more water from it.
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 7:56PM
Legal Brief Shows Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Rehearing Request Has No Legal Merit - by Amy Trainer
Environmental groups support Interior Department’s opposition to Drakes Bay Oyster Company's en banc rehearing and affirm 9th Circuit Appeals Court's denial of preliminary injunction.
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 2:15PM
Why Does the U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Make Vermonters Drink His You Know What? - by Cris Ericson
How did we end up with a U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman who feels he is above all laws? How low does this man stoop?
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 9:34PM
Over 3500 People Attend Indigenous Peoples Annual Sunrise Gathering - by Dan Bacher
“As we gather today to celebrate, we do not celebrate the re-write of history that has become Thanksgiving," said Andrea Carmen, Executive Director of the International Indian Treaty Council. "We celebrate our survival as indigenous people. In reality, on this day so long ago, 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation were slaughtered during their sacred Green Corn ceremonies by Pilgrims they had saved during the winter months with their own food." Photo of Radley Davis, Morning ...
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 5:48PM
It's Open House at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center! - by Michael Starkey
2524 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Event Date:Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:00PM
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 10:32AM
Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Obama administration today (see PDF) to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public. The secretive killing — which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps — has gone on for decades with little public oversi...
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 6:48PM