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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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    And, in fact, the plan, several years in the making, is already outdated.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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    You might be tempted, gazing out on a nation awash in blue bins, to conclude that recycling has won that environmental revolution that started 25 years ago. You'd be wrong.
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    As businesses start looking for ways not to affect the planet's natural carbon cycles, the phrases "carbon-neutral" and "carbon-negative" have increasingly become industry buzzwords. But what do they really mean?
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    The campaign to build a freeway crossing to allow mountain lions and other wildlife to travel safely between the Santa Monica Mountains and other open space got a boost Friday, as elected officials and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) joined the effort at a rally in Agoura Hills.
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    The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday it's plowing $2 million into two groups working on ways to build wind turbines that are one and a half times taller than current designs.
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    Two rare plants from Northern California that have been waiting for Endangered Species Act Protection for more than 30 years won't be getting that protection, the US Fish and Wildlife Service will announce Thursday.
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    A beetle found only in elderberry thickets in the Sacramento Valley will remain on the federal list of Threatened species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday.
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    The California Energy Commission gave tentative approval Friday evening to a reconfigured solar power plant in Riverside County that opponents say potentially poses a serious risk to migrating birds.
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    A group of concerned residents of the Mojave Desert is urging the public to make their feelings known about a controversial proposed transmission line that would run across 63 miles of the central Mojave Desert.
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    A recent report by the Audubon Society underscores the dire future North American birds face if we don't act now to stem climate change. But that doesn't let industrial renewable energy facilities off the hook for harm they cause birds.
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    A new report reveals that birds of America's deserts, chaparral, and sagebrush lands are in more trouble than those in other habitats.
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    Every once in a while a study reveals something new that makes perfect sense when you think about it. A recent example: a survey conducted by researchers for the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy found that California homeowners who've shelled out for rooftop solar panels are far more likely to be interested in energy conservation.
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    Whether you're a joiner or a recluse, you can find opportunities to do citizen science that match your mood and your interests, from organized public events to mobile apps. We've listed eight of the coolest ones here.
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    The BioSCAN Project, a citizen-science insect research project launched by the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum (NHM), has been turning up some fascinating captured insects. We've picked five of what we thought were the among most interesting.
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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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