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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
Fecotopia: From Water Closet to Watershed - by Katy Warner
Fecotopia tells the story of a community in rural California that found a way to turn human waste into a valuable asset for the environment and the community. Three decades ago, the town of Arcata reclaimed a condemned landfill and abandoned log pond to create the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary; a sewage treatment plant like none before it. By following the stories of the animals that live at the marsh, the people who enjoy it, and the history, science and forward-thinking behind the pro...
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 3:53PM
Ukraine Dodged a Bullet - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:43PM
Iran Nuclear Deal Bashing - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:49PM
Elevated Rates Of Thyroid Disease In California Newborn Linked To Fukushima Fallout - by Michael Steinberg
A new study indicates that rates of a thyroid disease in California newborn spiked after they were exposed to fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:58PM
Rare Abalone One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— In response to scientific petitions filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Biological Diversity in summer 2013, the federal government announced Friday that pinto abalone may need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The 6-inch-long marine snails have declined by between 80 percent and 99 percent throughout much of their range, primarily as a result of rampant overfishing. Even with fishing now largely prohibited, the animal’s continued su...
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:43PM
The Greenwashing of Governor Jerry Brown - by Dan Bacher
On March 26, 2012, I received a media advisory from the Governor's office stating that "Governor Edmund G. Brown will attend a reception commemorating Ocean Day this evening sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he will receive the 2012 Ocean Champion Award." The event was held that evening at 6 p.m. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento. However, the release noted, "This event is closed to the press."
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:53AM
Big Oil treated legislators to $13,000 dinner before fracking bill vote - by Dan Bacher
There's no doubt that the Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron and other oil companies use every avenue they can to dominate environmental policy in California, including lobbying legislators, contributing heavily to election campaigns, serving on state regulatory panels, and wining and dining politicians. Until we get the big corporate money out of politics, California will continue to be awash in a sea of oil money.
Posted: Thu Nov 7, 2013 8:45PM
Senate Legislation Legitimizes Lawless Surveillance - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Tue Nov 5, 2013 12:13AM
Denim Jeans are Destroying the environment... - by Bill Shortridge
If everyone who cared realized how blue jeans were manufactured, perhaps they would think twice about buying them. I saw this on the website below. It is quite bleak.
Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:42PM
Former MLPA Initiative science official charged with conspiracy to embezzle - by Dan Bacher
Many North Coast residents believe the charges against LeValley call into question the legitimacy of the "science" used to close big areas of the North Coast to fishing and gathering under the MLPA Initiative – while doing nothing to stop pollution, fracking, oil drilling, wind and wave energy projects and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering. The validity of the science employed by the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team under LeValley’s leadership becomes...
Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:25PM
Student display warns of estuary's demise under Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
This "Dia de Los Muertos" display is one of the most creative ways yet used to depict what will happen to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta if Governor Jerry Brown's peripheral tunnels are constructed. Kudos to the students at Stockton's Kohl Open School and Restore the Delta for coming up with this superb display!
Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:17AM
Mama Medicine - by Harvest McCampbell
This is Kat Brewer’s personal story. She is one of California’s leading exemplars in the efforts to make not-for-profit medical marijuana available to those who need it most. You will find a dash of politics, a pinch of genetics, and a whole lot of healing, caring, and community in her story.
Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:21PM
Caltrans defends $100 mil. contract with Holocaust tied firm Hochtief for Willits Bypass - by mango protest
Caltrans has hired Hochtief subsidiary Flatiron to build the Willits Bypass to the tune of $100 million. Hochtief built Hitlers bunker, nazi rally sites and Holocaust survivor Samuel Jarnievsky described how their employees liquidated 600 Jews at a work camp here: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/survivor/jarniewski.html
Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:04PM
Take a Stand for the Wetlands - by Save Our Little Lake Valley & Earth First!
½ mile north of the town of Willits, with shuttles from Recreation Grove Park in downtown Willits
Event Date:Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:00PM
Posted: Tue Oct 8, 2013 4:33PM
Environmental Groups Oppose Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan - by Dan Bacher
The Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) says the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the twin tunnels "ignores numerous plans that have been put forth which will solve the Delta’s purported 'crisis' with less costs to ratepayers and the general public and with more ecological certainty." The construction of the peripheral tunnels would hasten the extinction of Central Valley Chinook salmon, steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperi...
Posted: Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:51AM
Feds urged to halt fracking off California coast - by Dan Bacher
“Oil companies are fracking California’s beautiful coastal waters with dangerous chemicals, and federal officials seem barely aware of the dangers,” said Miyoko Sakashita, an attorney and director of the Center’s oceans program. “We need an immediate halt to offshore fracking before chemical pollution or an oil spill poisons the whales and other wildlife that depend on California’s rich coastal waters.” Photo of banner over Noyo Harbor bridge during historic protest against t...
Posted: Thu Oct 3, 2013 4:55PM
Court Rules Federal Agency Failed to Protect Whales and Dolphins From Navy Sonar - by Center for Biological Diversity
EUREKA, Calif.— A federal court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions from U.S. Navy warfare training exercises along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.
Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:28AM
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Smith River From Destructive Caltrans Highway-widening Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit (see PDF) on September 23 challenging a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) highway-widening project that threatens endangered salmon runs, ancient redwoods and public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. Caltrans approved a project to widen narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks without adequate review of the imp...
Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:48AM
Congressional Candidacy Responds to Earth in Crisis - by Craig Louis Stehr
Veteran Earth First! organizer, pioneering anti-GMO direct action activist, and medical marijuana protester Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey opens 2014 campaign office and Earth First! event center in Humboldt County
Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:57PM