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CA Court Blocks State Ag Department from Spraying Pesticides

Agency failed to adequately review impacts or provide proper notice of pesticide use, rules judge

In a win for environmental and public health advocates, a California court has halted a program that allows the state agriculture department to spray pesticides on public and private property without proper notice to the public about its intention to spray or…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 1, 2018

The Long Run Home

A vanishing tribe, a critically-endangered fish, and the race to pull them back from the brink.

photo Scott AblemanCalifornia’s Central Valley, despite its arid climate, was once one of the richest Chinook salmon regions in the world. As the wet winter months set in last year, deep in the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean a large blue-green fish with silver flanks turned around and headed towards the narrow mouth of the San Francisco Bay. For three years she has been ranging along the coast, swimming hundreds of…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Spring 2018

Proceed with Caution

When he landed on the Hadley-Apennine region of the moon in 1971, Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott said: “As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there’s a fundamental truth to our nature: Man must explore.” Undeniably, the desire to push beyond the limits of what is known has shaped our human race. Starting from the time our ancestors left Africa, and likely…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Spring 2018

Balking at Meatless Mondays? There are Some Impossible Solutions Afoot

The latest fake meat to hit the market is pretty close to the real deal, but there’s a rub

I’ve been mostly vegetarian for more than 12 years now, eating meat perhaps four or five times a year and seafood way more often than I should. But like many a former regular meat-eater, despite moral qualms, I still miss the taste…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 18, 2018

California Pot Farmers’ Use of Rat Poison Harms Northern Spotted Owls

State’s legalization of marijuana likely to spur more unpermitted cultivation, further exacerbating the problem

Pot users in California may be rejoicing at finally being able to smoke marijuana for recreation without fear of being arrested. But the state’s new law legalizing weed for fun — which officially took effect January 1 — may be bad news…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 11, 2018

Worst Fires in California’s History? Some Clarifications

Lack of defensible space around homes a major reason for extent of destruction, says wildfire ecologist

On Monday, journalist, author, and author and environmental activist Bill McKibben tweeted data from CalFire regarding the top 20 most destructive fires in California. He wrote: “Five of the twenty worst fires in CA history have come since September. Hot new world.” …
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 13, 2017

A Sense of Place

Diane Archer

 Portal Click or tap this image or any other here to view them in a slideshow Diane Archer came to love maps while tromping around the wilderness as a teenager back in the days when you still needed printed, topographical guides to find your way around. “There’s just a beauty in maps, in the concentricity of the lines,” she says, and more importantly, in the places they can lead you to. Which…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2018

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