CAPS Blog - Leon Kolankiewicz

A Heartwarming Look at Californians’ Love Affair with Their Wildlife

Book Review of When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom Several years ago, many Los Angeles residents were thrilled to learn that their newest neighbor was a young mountain lion. Labeled P-22 by researchers, the cougar was prowling around Griffith Park at night hunting for deer. Griffith Park is where, perched high on a hillside...

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Today is World Population Day

As critical an issue as population growth is to the future of people and the planet, it is typically given short shrift by the press, politicians and pundits. Only when we breach boundaries like “7 billion” (for the world) or “300 million” (United States) is there any self-reflection at all, and even then, most of it in the popular press amounts to little more than...

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Bill that Would Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Passes California Senate

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended or unwanted. In a bipartisan vote of 28 to 6, the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 999 on May 24. In doing so, it voted to eliminate a key hurdle obstructing consistent access to effective, safe contraception for women. If signed into law, SB 999 would require health plans in California to cover up to a one-year...

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Once-Wild West Disappearing Under Development

But Shhh! Mustn’t Mention that Rampant Population Growth is a Major Reason Why Subdivisions subdue the once Golden State. San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Rogers writes that: “The natural landscape of the American West is gradually disappearing under a relentless march of new subdivisions, roads, oil and gas production, agricultural operations and...

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Aided and Abetted by Humans, Wildfires are Torching Canada, California, the Planet

Ironies abound as a massive forest fire, nicknamed “the Beast,” recently brought tar sands production to a halt in the Canadian province of Alberta. It’s been more than two weeks since the Beast roared through Fort McMurray and its surroundings with 200-foot high flames destroying everything in their hellish path. As of May 13, the Beast had displaced about 94,000 from their...

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The Onion: We Must Preserve The Earth's Dwindling Resources For My Five Children

Since its origins in 1988, the satirical online “news magazine” The Onion has evolved into one of America’s sharpest-witted purveyors of fake news. Sometimes fake news and satire get closer to the truth – as does other fiction and mythology – than real new channels and newspapers do, with all their biases, blinders, limitations, constraints and, nowadays, political...

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California Not Alone in Suffering through a Water Crisis; India is Baking, Blistering

Killer Heat Wave, Drought Devastate India Indian farmer in the southern state of Telangana in his cotton field, which so far in 2016 has produced only dried cakes of mud. “Major reservoirs 79 percent empty.” Sound familiar? It certainly should to Californians, but in fact this grim statistic comes from across the Pacific in southern Asia....

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Overpopulation, Drought and Syria’s Devastating Five-Year Civil War

Consequences include mass savagery, suffering, death and the stampede of refugees toward Europe on a vast scale.   Large areas of the historic city of Aleppo have been reduced to rubble in Syria’s civil war. Thousands of scientists, reporters, talking heads and bloggers, including yours truly, have written millions of words on the severity and...

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Apparently in Some Parallel Universe L.A. Air is Too Clean, California’s Coast Too Undeveloped

Recent staff firings by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) suggest that the never-ending battles in an ever more crowded state to improve the L.A. basin’s unhealthy air quality and to preserve California’s remaining undeveloped coast have entered ominous new phases. As reported in the Los Angeles Times earlier this...

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The Toxification, Sickening of our Planet

Environmental contamination causes 1 in 4 deaths worldwide. A report released on March 15 by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that nearly 1 in 4 deaths worldwide is from exposure to toxins in the environment. WHO estimates that 12.6 million people died from living and/or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012. This accounted for 23 percent (1 in 4) of total global deaths in that...

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