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The American Lung Association’s Latest Air Pollution Report Is Out… And It’s Bad News For California

How can we tackle air pollution in California without addressing its root cause?  

 

Scholar and Activist Professor Otis Graham Remembered

One of the nation's most prominent historians and early leaders of the immigration reform movement has died. In early November 2017, sad news emerged from the southern California coast that University of California–Santa Barbara (UCSB) emeritus professor of history Dr. Otis L. Graham, Jr., had died at the age of 82 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease.
 

Remembering All that We’ve Lost by our Inhumanity

As November closed out, likely very few acknowledged the last day of the month as Remembrance Day for Lost Species. More attention was given the last week of the month to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the fall from grace of celebrity news host Matt Lauer, criticism of the White House Christmas décor and the failure of San Francisco’s justice system.

Fur-Bearing Animals, Other Critters Being Driven to Extinction for Dinner

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Hunting for food and purported medicinal products is threatening more than 300 species of mammals with extinction in what is being called a global crisis by The Royal Society, an independent scientific academy in the UK.

Enforcement Gives Jeopardized Habitat a Helping Hand

Trash-filled riverbed
A trash-filled wash located below Arizona’s scenic Diablito Mountain,
21 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales.

Our Plastic Future is Now

“I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.” 
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"Plastics" scene from The Graduate.

 
“Yes sir?”
 
“Are you listening?’ 
 
“Yes I am.”
 
“Plastics.”
 

The Tragic Face of Extinction

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The critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur of Madagascar
– only 100 survive in the wild.

On Turtle Independence Day, No Fireworks, but Lots of Love

On the 4th of July, the annual Turtle Independence Day will be celebrated at Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Resort, a tradition that began 28 years ago. The Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, has been around the islands for centuries, possibly as long as 200 million years, and is revered. In Chinese mythology, the sea turtle represents wisdom, and in Hawaii, according to lore, it guided the first voyagers to the islands.

A Meditation on Ecological Sustainability

The Radiant Optimism of Sustainability Sutra, by Roy Morrison

Roy Morrison is a visionary. He is also a long-time New England-based energy consultant and author who wrote the first law in the U.S. for municipal aggregation for retail electricity competition, an emerging tool which can be used by communities to encourage the development of renewable energy as well as to keep electric rates down.

Nature’s Peace, Quiet Shattered by Noise

Some years ago, when I lived in New Mexico, I had the privilege of backpacking in the Gila Wilderness of the Gila National Forest in the southwestern part of the state. The Gila is America’s first official Wilderness Area, established in 1924 at the urging of Aldo Leopold, co-founder of the Wilderness Society, “father” of modern wildlife management, and the author of the beloved conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac.

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