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Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke was KCET's Environment Editor until July 2017. He is a veteran environmental journalist and natural history writer. He lives in Joshua Tree.

Chris Clarke
Carl Dennis Buell's painting of Chris Clarke with his dog Zeke accompanied by Nothrotheriops shastensis — the Shasta ground sloth. | © Carl Dennis Buell.
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Artbound

The Joshua Tree: Myth, Mutualism and Survival

Author/activist Chris Clarke outlines the cultural and ecological history of the iconic Joshua Tree—while highlighting the profound symbiotic relationships that sustains this unusual plant species now threatened by climate change.
In Joshua Tree National Park | Photo: Chris Clarke
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Earth Focus

A Few Thoughts on the Occasion of My Leaving KCETLink

Chris Clarke is moving on, but he leaves us with some inspiration.
Dixie Valley toad | Photo: Patrick Donnelly
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Earth Focus

In Nevada, Wildlife Advocates say Rare Toad may be Harmed by Geothermal Plant

Geothermal developer says its project won't hurt a toad found only in 400 nearby acres. Enviros aren't buying it. 
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke | Photo: Interior Department
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Earth Focus

Interior Secretary Zinke Has Lots to Learn About Renewable Energy

Interior Secretary Zinke gave a recent talk about energy. He should have studied better.
Wolf #10 just before release into Yellowstone National Park, 1995 | Photo: Jim Peaco/NPS
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Earth Focus

Court Scraps Endangered Species Killing Loophole

Never doubt that a single individual can change the world. Chad McKittrick did, but he made things worse.
Long line of cars at Joshua Tree NP | Photo: NPS
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Earth Focus

Visiting Joshua Tree? Here are Four Easy Ways to Reduce Your Impact

With millions of visitors a year even the smallest thoughtless acts have a way of multiplying. If you don't want to make things worse, follow these guidelines.
Painting a landscape the easy way | Photo; CreativaImages/iStockPhoto
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Earth Focus

Never Mind the Hype: This New Solar Fuel Paint is Interesting Anyway

Australian researchers create a paint that uses solar energy to make clean hydrogen fuel. We don't need hype to see how important that might be.
Tourist stands on Joshua tree, gets told | Image: via Instagram
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Earth Focus

If You Misbehave in Joshua Tree, These Neighbors Will Call You Out

Locals use a combination of social media and peer pressure to make you a better tourist.
Donald Trump plugging into a Solar Border Wall | Artwork: Henry Cram/KCET
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Earth Focus

Worst Business Plan Ever: Trump's Solar Border Wall

Donald Trump's idea of using solar panels to help pay for his Border Wall is about as well-thought-out as his other ideas.
Smoke from a 2013 controlled burn | Photo: Mob Mob, some rights reserved
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Tending the Wild

Part of Sequoia National Park is On Fire Right Now, And For a Good Reason

If you smell something burning this week as you visit Sequoia National Park, that might just be two centuries of cultural misunderstanding going up in smoke.
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