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Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System

California’s terrifying drought is putting one-third of the U.S. produce market at risk, but fixing the problem will require a shift from industrial farms to local ones.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Wilderness Act Turns 50

The Wilderness Act of 1964 embodied a revolutionary act of justice. It legislated compassion toward the planet by insisting that we humans must stop and leave certain lands alone and not take anything more from them. It made a down payment on giving Earth its due.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

Farewell to Africa’s Elegant Antelope?

The continent’s most endangered large mammal species is the hirola, with just over 400 of the animals living in a narrow strip of “sandy, thorny wilderness along Kenya’s volatile border with Somalia”—down from 15,000 in the mid-1970s.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE

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Trek West for the Big Picture

At this very moment, John Davis is trekking 6,000 miles through a chain of mountain ranges that stretches like a spine across North America from the Sierra Madres of Mexico through the Rockies of the American West up into Canada. He and his partners along the route are advocating for what they call “landscape connectivity” on a continental scale.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Bad News for Threatened Species: We Don’t Need You

An international grouping of scientists has published a list of 100 species headed for imminent extinction. Blame human greed and the relentless destruction of habitat.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE

Flickr / Nick Perla

Brown Is the New Green in Trendy Los Angeles

It takes a lot of someone else’s water to keep L.A.’s palm trees growing and its Jacuzzis bubbling, but Angelenos are defying their moochy reputation and conserving like nobody’s business. The city’s mayor thanked his citizens for their double-digit cuts in water and power consumption last month—in the thick of summer no less. Update

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Randy Son Of Robert

California Feels the Heat

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it official: California is in a drought. It’s the first official drought declaration for the Golden State in 17 years. Schwarzenegger has threatened water rationing to protect the state’s $32 billion agriculture industry.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE

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Decision on Bears: Bush Is on the Clock

George Bush’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t been the most proactive defender of the environment. The agency has been avoiding a decision on the fate of the polar bear since 2005, but a federal judge has just ordered the administration to officially classify the world’s largest land predator endangered or not by May 15.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008 READ MORE

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Who Are You Calling a Gas Guzzler?

Although California has a reputation for smog-choked freeways and self-indulgent excess, the Golden State consumes less energy per capita than any other state in the union. What’s the secret? A combination of tough regulation and high prices.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE

Kermit and the hyrbid

It (Actually) Is Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog sang the blues about being green, but the author of this N.Y. Times piece chronicles how he made the relatively painless switch from being a profligate energy waster to an energy conserver.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE

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