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Greenpeace’s MRC Greenwash

Greenpeace’s MRC Greenwash

“Clean up your act, not your image” is the slogan of the stopgreenwash.org campaign recently launched by none other than Greenpeace International, which seeks to expose the hype behind the…

The Lumber Man in Charge of Climate Policy

The Lumber Man in Charge of Climate Policy

The world's largest remaining contiguous stand of old-growth redwood forest resides in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. On the park's northwestern flank, six people gathered last May to…

California’s “Carbon Sequestration” Failure

California’s “Carbon Sequestration” Failure

Until the latter part of the second millennium, giant redwood stands stretched from southwestern Oregon to Monterey Bay. Primordial Douglas firs groves were also commonplace. All were a product of…

Flying Rivers & Mega-Droughts

When it comes to areas of the world being racked by drought, one of the few that has had at least as hard a time as California is central and…

$9,460.45

$9,460.45

Just before Christmas, on December 22, 2014, Mendocino County Superior Court Judge John Behnke announced the amount that I am mandated to pay the California Department of Transportation for occupying…

Tainted Desert

Tainted Desert

When the modern infrastructure of the American West was being constructed in the mid-20th century, it was based on a vision consistent with the contemporary zeitgeist of American exceptionalism and…

California’s Dammed Fish

A few weeks ago, I assessed the possibility of a massive 2015 fish kill in the Trinity and Klamath Rivers (“Impending Fish Catastrophe On the Klamath-Trinity”) owing to drought-induced lack…

Impending Fish Disaster in the Klamath-Trinity

Impending Fish Disaster in the Klamath-Trinity

Wild salmon have splashed their way up the Klamath River and its tributaries — including the largest of those tributaries, the Trinity River — for at least 12,000 years. Owing…

Who Impairs Clear Lake?

Who Impairs Clear Lake?

There is no escaping the inexorable judgment of weather and time. Every year, the rain renders its verdict on the decisions industrial humans have made on the land. During the…

California’s North Coast Water Relics

California’s North Coast Water Relics

In roughly three weeks, the relatively slim percentage of Californians who vote in the Nov. 2014 election will decide on a politically contentious (is there any other kind of water…

Clear Lake’s (and the World’s) Algae Problem

Clear Lake’s (and the World’s) Algae Problem

The problem began in earnest in the late-1920s, when heavy earth-moving equipment set about filling and re-sculpting Clear Lake's shoreline wetlands to “reclaim” them for agriculture, Bradley Mining Company inaugurated…

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