The Insect Apocalypse is Here

What  does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? (Excerpt from New York Times Magazine)Brooke Jarvis, November 27, 2018 In 2013, Krefeld entomologists confirmed that the total number of insects caught in one nature reserve was nearly 80 percent lower than the same spot in 1989. They had sampled other sites, analyzed old … Continue reading “The Insect Apocalypse is Here”

Clear-Cutting Forests

An aerial view of clear-cutting in Shasta County. Photo Credit: Stop Clear Cutting California There is a clear-cut connection between healthy forests and that of water quantity, water quality, and climate that our society and wildlife depend.  This has been true even before the realization that Global Warming/Climate Change Impacts should have stopped this practice in its … Continue reading “Clear-Cutting Forests”

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

November 6, 2018, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Erinn Richmond collects aquatic invertebrates to test for pharmaceuticals in Brushy Creek in Churnside Park, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Keralee Browne. Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects … Continue reading “Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater Scott River www.westernrivers.org/projectatlas/scott-river/  The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects the argument that … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Legal Battle Staves Off Trump’s Assault on Clean Water Protections

Donald Trump’s efforts to strip away protections for rivers and wetlands have run into a tide of legal resistance. Joe Raedle / Getty Images By Michelle Chen, TruthoutPublished September 12, 2018 Since taking office, Donald Trump has waged a relentless attack on the nation’s waterways, but his efforts to strip away protections for rivers and wetlands have run … Continue reading “Legal Battle Staves Off Trump’s Assault on Clean Water Protections”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater RICHARD FRANK, August 29, 2018 The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Mark West Creek Study (Sonoma County)

Mark West Creek is one of five priority stream systems selected as part of the 2014 California Water Action Plan effort. The 59 square mile Mark West Creek HUC12 subwatershed, located within Sonoma County, is the second largest subwatershed in the Russian River basin. The creek supports several listed anadromous salmonid species including California Coastal … Continue reading “Mark West Creek Study (Sonoma County)”

Petition to Sign: Declare Climate Change Major Disaster

Declare Climate Change a Major Disaster before it’s too late https://www.change.org/p/california-governor-declare-climate-change-a-major-disaster-before-it-s-too-late Jorge Rebagliati started this petition to California Governor Despite Climate Change having been identified by scientists, leaders, analysts and people from all over the world as “the greatest threat to humanity and life on Earth”, actions taken to address it have been few in … Continue reading “Petition to Sign: Declare Climate Change Major Disaster”

All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing.

By Rosanna Xia Natural protectors are threatened along coast. Blame rising seas and humans, study says. Hundreds of species would be threatened; floods would worsen. On one side, there’s the rising ocean. On the other, rising buildings. Squeezed between the two are California’s salt marshes, a unique ecosystem filled with pickleweed and cordgrass, shorebirds and … Continue reading “All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing.”

Land use strategies to mitigate climate change in carbon dense temperate forests

Beverly E. Law, Tara W. Hudiburg, Logan T. Berner, Jeffrey J. Kent, Polly C. Buotte and Mark E. Harmon PNAS March 19, 2018. 201720064; published ahead of print March 19, 2018.  Edited by William H. Schlesinger, Duke University, Durham, NC, and approved January 22, 2018 (received for review November 16, 2017)  Significance Regional quantification of … Continue reading “Land use strategies to mitigate climate change in carbon dense temperate forests”