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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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    A small snail found only in a few small hills in the Mojave Desert has launched a public dispute, as mining interests and wildlife advocates spar over whether the species should be granted federal protection.
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    The campaign to end wildlife killing contests like the annual "Coyote Derby" in Adin, California got a boost this week, as the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to propose a rule that would ban offering prizes for killing predatory mammals in California.
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    If a proposed decision released Tuesday is approved, the California Public Utilities Commission would prevent utilities from levying most extra fees on solar customers who install batteries to store some of the power their panels generate.
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    A much-celebrated Los Angeles puma whose image graced the pages of a national magazine last year is suffering serious health effects from exposure to rat poison, according to biologists working with the National Park Service.
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    A report released Tuesday offers a chilling bit of news: working to protect the world's wildlife and its habitat can make you some ruthless enemies. According to a report by the human rights watchdog group Global Witness, at least 908 environmental activists worldwide were murdered in retaliation for their work between 2002 and 2013.
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    A national river protection and advocacy group has released its annual ranking of the most-endangered rivers in the United States, and a California watercourse that's been hammered by diversions and drought has the dubious honor of First Place.
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    Regardless of what you've heard, the BLM didn't round up Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle from public lands to pave the way for a Chinese solar project.
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    It's a reminder that while present-day California no longer has many Ice Age animals, many are still everyday sights around the Golden State.
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    A southern California mouse species once feared extinct has some good news to share: its numbers are increasing... at least in captivity. A litter of four Endangered Pacific pocket mice was born at the San Diego Zoo this past weekend, with another litter expected this weekend.
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    The California agency that manages the state's massive State Water Project has released a drought management plan for the summer, and it includes bad -- but not particularly surprising -- news for the Central Valley's wetlands.
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    Los Angeles has more installed solar power capacity in its city limits than any other American city, according to a report released Thursday by Environment California.
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    Unlike more forward-thinking states such as Oklahoma and Arizona, we don't have a state amphibian. And that's an omission Coachella Valley Assembly Member V. Manuel Perez wants to remedy: he's introduced a bill that would give the red-legged frog that honor.
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    A striking bird that's been waiting more than 15 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether to list it under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) just got handed another minor delay. USFWS has announced that it's reopening public comment on its October, 2013 proposal to list western populations of the yellow-billed cuckoo as Threatened under ESA.
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    The L.A. County desert community of Palmdale is adding urban solar in a big way. The city announced Monday that it's building almost a megawatt of solar generating capacity in town to help meet its renewable energy and greenhouse gas targets.
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    A report just made public by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents a disturbing amount of bird injuries at three large California desert solar power plants, and says that there are no easy fixes to the issue.
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    The roundup of as many as 900 illegally grazed cattle from Nevada public lands continued with nary a hitch on Monday, despite grandiose threats of a "range war" from the livestock's owner.
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    The debate over whether utility-scale solar projects are right for desert public lands just got more complicated. A new study shows that undisturbed desert landscapes absorb a fair amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, potentially helping to lessen climate change.
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    Our state has a lot of what ecologists call "endemic species," meaning species found in California and nowhere else. Here are some of the coolest ones.
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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act when it approved a permit for a large gas-fired power plant that may drive an Endangered butterfly to extinction. That's according to a San Francisco-based environmental group that filed suit against the EPA last week.
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    As much as a sixth of the total population of an emblematic California bird species faces harm this week, and a prestigious group has gone into emergency mode to prevent a tragedy.
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    Reckitt Benckiser, which sells a rat poison implicated in the deaths of at least 25 species of wildlife in California,, is suing to prevent a ban on retail sales of its rodenticide. In response, wildlife defenders are calling for a boycott of Reckitt Benckiser's many other products.
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    They charge that BLM has failed to track the effects of a wide range of human activities in the California desert on the tortoise, as well as on other Endangered and Threatened desert animal and plant species.
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    A small lizard found only on four islands off the southern California coast is being taken off the federal Threatened Species list.
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    Five retired National Park Service Superintendents who spent a cumulative 35 years managing California's three desert National Parks are asking the Bureau of Land Management to move a 4,000-acre solar project they say would threaten the Mojave National Preserve's wildlife, views and groundwater.
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    A tiny toad found in a few river canyons in southern California and Baja may see its legal status change if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has its way.
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    The state agency charged with regulating public utilities Thursday announced that Californians who sell utilities extra power from their rooftop solar arrays will be able to keep doing so at current rates for 20 years.
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    Owners of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System have asked the California Energy Commission to change the project's license to allow Ivanpah to burn more than 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas a year.
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    A 38-year veteran of the National Park Service who capped his career by spending three years running Joshua Tree National Park has come out against a solar project proposed for the central Mojave Desert in no uncertain terms.
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    What could have been an informative and illuminating hearing on Obama administration policy regarding wildlife and renewable energy turned out to be nearly two hours of partisan posturing.
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    A bill making its way through Congress would impose strict limits on designations of new National Monuments. In essence, it would gut one of the most powerful legal tools California wildlife has at its disposal.
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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
    A small snail found only in a few small hills in the Mojave Desert has launched a public dispute, as mining interests and wildlife advocates spar over whether the species should be granted federal protection.
  • Entry
    The campaign to end wildlife killing contests like the annual "Coyote Derby" in Adin, California got a boost this week, as the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to propose a rule that would ban offering prizes for killing predatory mammals in California.
  • Entry
    If a proposed decision released Tuesday is approved, the California Public Utilities Commission would prevent utilities from levying most extra fees on solar customers who install batteries to store some of the power their panels generate.
  • Entry
    A much-celebrated Los Angeles puma whose image graced the pages of a national magazine last year is suffering serious health effects from exposure to rat poison, according to biologists working with the National Park Service.
  • Entry
    A report released Tuesday offers a chilling bit of news: working to protect the world's wildlife and its habitat can make you some ruthless enemies. According to a report by the human rights watchdog group Global Witness, at least 908 environmental activists worldwide were murdered in retaliation for their work between 2002 and 2013.
  • Entry
    A national river protection and advocacy group has released its annual ranking of the most-endangered rivers in the United States, and a California watercourse that's been hammered by diversions and drought has the dubious honor of First Place.
  • Entry
    Regardless of what you've heard, the BLM didn't round up Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle from public lands to pave the way for a Chinese solar project.
  • Entry
    It's a reminder that while present-day California no longer has many Ice Age animals, many are still everyday sights around the Golden State.
  • Entry
    A southern California mouse species once feared extinct has some good news to share: its numbers are increasing... at least in captivity. A litter of four Endangered Pacific pocket mice was born at the San Diego Zoo this past weekend, with another litter expected this weekend.
  • Entry
    The California agency that manages the state's massive State Water Project has released a drought management plan for the summer, and it includes bad -- but not particularly surprising -- news for the Central Valley's wetlands.