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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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    Mere minutes after the ink was dry on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw a proposal to protect the wolverine under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, environmentalists announced they'd be hauling the agency into court over the decision.
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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to declare more than 850 square miles of stream banks and floodplains in the western U.S. as critical habitat for an increasingly rare bird, the agency announced Thursday.
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    A solar power tower project proposed for a stretch of private land in Riverside County's eastern desert, and approved by state regulators in 2010, has been languishing unbuilt for four years due to lack of capital investment. Now the project owners' competitors are calling the project "abandoned." But is it?
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    The world's foremost renewable energy wonk says society can be kept fully powered entirely on renewables, using minimal power storage. There will be no technological revolutions required, he says; just a bit of choreography.
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    Desert solar has become so controversial that when a handful of green groups express support for a 485-megawatt desert solar project in Riverside County, that support is news.
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    Overruling the strong recommendations of its own scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposal to list the North American wolverine as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
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    This is a species that's certainly in the Top Ten Worst In California. Its effect on the landscape and native wildlife is truly frightening. And ironically, it's only here because people who love nature brought it into California.
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    A new study claims that California could power itself entirely with wind, water, solar, and geothermal energy by 2050, but it would require devoting more than 4,800 square miles of the state's land and waters to wind turbines and utility-scale solar power plants.
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    A national wildlife protection group is urging California's Attorney General to mount an investigation into the poisoning death of a dog belonging to a leading researcher into the effects of rat poisons on wildlife.
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    A popular climbing area in the Angeles National Forest may be reopened under strict management to protect the local population of an Endangered frog, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday.
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    Quite a few mammals have gone invasive after being introduced to California, some of them destructively so. And when it comes to just plain old damage to the landscape, it's hard to top the destructive power of California's population of introduced wild pigs.
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    One of the most damaging invasive exotic species in California was first imported to the state to replace a native animal settlers had nearly eaten out of existence. And despite obvious evidence of the damage it causes to threatened Native wildlife, we still import millions of them into the state each year.
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    A group of solar installers wearing hardhats descended on the State Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to support a bill that would make it much easier to pull permits for rooftop solar projects.
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    For California Invasive Species Action Week (August 2-10), we're looking at a different problem species each weekday. Tuesday's topic: a species that's probably raiding your sugar bowl right now.
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    We kick off our weeklong observance of California Invasive Species Action Week with a look at what's probably the best-known invasive exotic species in California: the blue gum eucalyptus.
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    I don't think I'm the only one who's fallen out of the habit of expecting good times ahead. It's hard to imagine a utopian future for California when the state faces some of the toughest times in its history over the next 50 years. But really, if we're going to make a better future happen, what choice do we have but to imagine it first?
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    A group of independent scientists is speaking out in response to an order from a high-ranking U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official to not protect wolverines under the U. S. Endangered Species Act.
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    As California's lakes and ponds grow ever smaller in this third year of drought, the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning that wild birds are likely to fall victim to a fatal disease linked to stagnant water, and they're asking for your help tracking down victims.
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    An Eastern Sierra water agency will be filing suit over the approval of a geothermal power plant expansion, saying the project poses a threat to the local water supply.
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    A Bay Area county not usually known as a hotspot for West Nile virus has undertaken a second round of pesticide spraying this year after finding mosquitoes infected with the virus, according to public health officials.
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    The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a package of four bills that would drastically change the way the Federal government protects endangered and threatened species, but the White House has pledged to veto at least one of the four.
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    The California Fish and Game Commission may decide soon whether to add a freshwater fish found in just one Northern California lake to the state's list of Threatened species.
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    The city has installed only two percent of the rooftop solar that's feasible in the city, and raising that figure just to ten percent would create 47,000 new jobs, according to a new report.
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    The Santa Monica Mountains are once again home to California's official state amphibian. After a release of ready and willing tadpoles earlier this week, the mountain range that separates Los Angeles from the San Fernando Valley has a population of the California red-legged frog for the first time in about 40 years.
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    Asked whether concentrated solar energy might kill birds without causing visible injuries, Federal scientists said they don't really have enough data to answer.
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    California's part-time wolf OR-7 started a family this spring, and now there are baby pictures. Hang on to your chair and swallow that mouthful of coffee.
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    The Federal agency that manages marine endangered species announced that it's considering a ban on recreational or commercial fishing of a species of tuna that's extremely popular among fans of sashimi.
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    An Inland Empire retail plaza developer may receive permission from the federal government to kill an endangered fly in exchange for preserving some of the insect's remaining habitat.
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    The 250-megawatt project will be built on land adjacent to State Route 14 four miles south of Red Rock Canyon State Park.
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    Are you a diver who explores the depths off the California coast? A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara need your help to gauge the health of one of the state's most dramatic wildlife species.
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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
    Mere minutes after the ink was dry on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw a proposal to protect the wolverine under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, environmentalists announced they'd be hauling the agency into court over the decision.
  • Entry
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to declare more than 850 square miles of stream banks and floodplains in the western U.S. as critical habitat for an increasingly rare bird, the agency announced Thursday.
  • Entry
    A solar power tower project proposed for a stretch of private land in Riverside County's eastern desert, and approved by state regulators in 2010, has been languishing unbuilt for four years due to lack of capital investment. Now the project owners' competitors are calling the project "abandoned." But is it?
  • Entry
    The world's foremost renewable energy wonk says society can be kept fully powered entirely on renewables, using minimal power storage. There will be no technological revolutions required, he says; just a bit of choreography.
  • Entry
    Desert solar has become so controversial that when a handful of green groups express support for a 485-megawatt desert solar project in Riverside County, that support is news.
  • Entry
    Overruling the strong recommendations of its own scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposal to list the North American wolverine as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
  • Entry
    This is a species that's certainly in the Top Ten Worst In California. Its effect on the landscape and native wildlife is truly frightening. And ironically, it's only here because people who love nature brought it into California.
  • Entry
    A new study claims that California could power itself entirely with wind, water, solar, and geothermal energy by 2050, but it would require devoting more than 4,800 square miles of the state's land and waters to wind turbines and utility-scale solar power plants.
  • Entry
    A national wildlife protection group is urging California's Attorney General to mount an investigation into the poisoning death of a dog belonging to a leading researcher into the effects of rat poisons on wildlife.
  • Entry
    A popular climbing area in the Angeles National Forest may be reopened under strict management to protect the local population of an Endangered frog, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday.