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Chris Clarke
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Chris Clarke is a natural history writer and environmental journalist currently at work on a book about the Joshua tree. He lives in Joshua Tree. Check out his Facebook page.
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    Climate change threatens to radically alter most of California's landscapes, but a recent study suggests that at least one of the state's emblematic ecosystems may actually have a chance to thrive in a greenhouse-gas-enhanced world.
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    Those of you who are planning to comment on the gargantuan and nearly incomprehensible plan to regulate energy development on 22 million acres of the California Desert now have an extra six and a half weeks to do so.
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    A controversial proposed gas-fired power plant in San Diego County may become a topic of discussion by the California Supreme Court, as a local environmental group asks the court to reverse a decision allowing the plant to be built.
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    The report details potential improper conduct by a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for energy, environment, and natural resources policy.
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    Representative Raul Ruiz, seated on left, applauds as Senator Dianne Feinstein announces her intent to reintroduce a desert protection bill. | Photo: Chris Clarke U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is rebooting her effort to protect almost a million and a half...
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    A controversial solar power tower project proposed for Riverside County that was recently pulled by its owners from consideration by the state of California will be brought back to the table by one of those owners, it was announced Tuesday.
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    For the first time in over 70 years, a gray wolf has been sighted roaming the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, according to conservation groups who viewed a photo shared with them by a visitor to Grand Canyon National Park.
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    A solar power plant in the Mojave Desert that's attracted negative attention for its injuries to birds is producing a whole lot less power than it's supposed to, according to Energy Department figures.
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    A proposal that would have placed 71 wind turbines on the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains has been withdrawn by its owner, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
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    Though it's no secret that the Sacramento Delta has been radically transformed for agriculture, urban development and water supply, a new report on those changes offers some truly sobering facts about just how much of the Delta we've lost.
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    Studies commissioned by the state of California show that idle computers waste a whole lot more energy than we suspect.
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    The Amargosa vole, once thought extinct, is getting some help from a captive breeding program at UC Davis.
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    A new mapping project can give Californians a "heads up" about pending energy projects in their neighborhoods, which can help neighbors wield better input into energy decision making that can affect their lives, their property values, and their health.
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    And, in fact, the plan, several years in the making, is already outdated.
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    Despite losing more than 2,000 megawatts of power from the shuttered San Onofre nuke and almost as much from drought-depleted reservoirs, California's power grid sailed through the long hot summer of 2014 -- with a little help from renewable energy.
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    If each of the 10.7 million California households getting a Climate Credit bought two LEDs, the state could conserve the equivalent output of two mid-sized natural gas fired power plants.
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    Eight conservation groups filed suit Monday in Federal court to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its decision in August not to list the American wolverine as a Threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
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    Citing alarmingly steep declines in the species' population, a conservation group is asking the State of California to list the tricolored blackbird as Endangered under the California Endangered Species Act.
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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that it may add Pacific fishers in three western states to the list of Threatened Species.
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    A draft plan to manage millions of acres in the California desert for renewable energy development is profoundly anti-democratic. Here's why.
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    Animal welfare activists are opposing the use of gas chambers to kill coyotes in Seal Beach, and have scheduled a demonstration for Sunday to make that opposition public.
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    After waiting more than 15 years for the federal government to decide on whether it merits protection, the western population of the yellow-billed cuckoo will be listed as Threatened Friday under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
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    It's no secret that well-trained sheepdogs do a great job of protecting sheep from wolves, coyotes, mountain lions and other predators. But what you might not realize is that those sheepdogs can help protect the predators as well.
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    The owners of the proposed Palen Solar Electric Generating System formally withdrew their project from consideration by the state on Friday.
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    Well here's some news to ruin your weekend: the federal government's chief energy analysts say that despite a massive national investment in renewable energy, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are climbing again.
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    For the first time, the National Park Service will be fitting Yosemite National Park bears with GPS collars to track their movements outside crowded Yosemite Valley.
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    The largest battery-based grid power storage system in North America just went online in Kern County.
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    A San Diego County-based conservation group and two area residents have sued the federal government over its approval of a wind project they say poses an unlawful risk to golden eagles.
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    You expect certain kinds of living things in the desert. Scaly, occasionally venomous reptiles, plants with fierce armor, swift and clever animals accustomed to dealing with heat and drought. But mushrooms?
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    A long-awaited master planning document in the works since 2008 that will guide renewable energy development in the California desert is out in draft form Tuesday, and residents of the West Mojave and some other parts of the desert will not be happy.
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    We do run positive news abut wind, such as advances in designs that offer lower bird mortality. And as our contacts in the utility-scale solar industry will tell you, we don't restrict our critical take to wind energy. As for...
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    Greg: More like 1) Savory makes several unsubtle statements to the effect that all deserts are actually grasslands waiting to be restored by his own proprietary method. Which I believe I actually said in some detail in the original post....
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    We've got about 500 articles here on ReWire encouraging development of sensible energy generation technologies. You might want to take a look through them before you leap to conclusions about what we believe. Also, I wish I had a Macbook...
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    Even today, I meet people who regularly go between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach who've never considered doing so on the Blue Line. Blame racism if you must, or classism, or anti-transit bias, but I would submit you need...
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    Second-hand anecdotal tales from Manitoba don't in any way address the reality of grazing in the arid lands of the American southwest. I note that none of the comments supporting Savory actually address the issues this essay raises, but merely...
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    Thanks for the clarification and extended analysis, rd!...
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    I very much appreciate your expanding on the piece in your mainly excellent comment, ethics. I say mainly because I'd strongly prefer commenters avoid appearance-based slurs. The physical appearance of players in the renewable energy world in California is irrelevant...
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    Please don't dilute your excellent points with irrelevant comments about people's body sizes. Let's keep the conversation on topic. (Don't get me wrong: I definitely appreciate your thanks, but I wonder if you'd have offered them if you knew I'm...
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    Thanks for stepping up with the good info, joaquin!...
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    At this point, Chris W, you are just making stuff up wholesale. Cut it out....
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  • Entry
    Climate change threatens to radically alter most of California's landscapes, but a recent study suggests that at least one of the state's emblematic ecosystems may actually have a chance to thrive in a greenhouse-gas-enhanced world.
  • Entry
    Those of you who are planning to comment on the gargantuan and nearly incomprehensible plan to regulate energy development on 22 million acres of the California Desert now have an extra six and a half weeks to do so.
  • Entry
    A controversial proposed gas-fired power plant in San Diego County may become a topic of discussion by the California Supreme Court, as a local environmental group asks the court to reverse a decision allowing the plant to be built.
  • Entry
    The report details potential improper conduct by a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for energy, environment, and natural resources policy.
  • Entry
    Representative Raul Ruiz, seated on left, applauds as Senator Dianne Feinstein announces her intent to reintroduce a desert protection bill. | Photo: Chris Clarke U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is rebooting her effort to protect almost a million and a half...
  • Entry
    A controversial solar power tower project proposed for Riverside County that was recently pulled by its owners from consideration by the state of California will be brought back to the table by one of those owners, it was announced Tuesday.
  • Entry
    For the first time in over 70 years, a gray wolf has been sighted roaming the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, according to conservation groups who viewed a photo shared with them by a visitor to Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Entry
    A solar power plant in the Mojave Desert that's attracted negative attention for its injuries to birds is producing a whole lot less power than it's supposed to, according to Energy Department figures.
  • Entry
    A proposal that would have placed 71 wind turbines on the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains has been withdrawn by its owner, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Entry
    Though it's no secret that the Sacramento Delta has been radically transformed for agriculture, urban development and water supply, a new report on those changes offers some truly sobering facts about just how much of the Delta we've lost.