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Drought is flexing it’s summer muscles. Late summer rains will help.

San Jose Police Department ships their military equipment back to the Pentagon. Not my usual climate-y enviro-y post, just thought this is fantastic.

Meadowbrook Lane in Napa: Skaters find upside to quake damage. Video:  (Pic by Jeremy Carroll) 


Weird story. Millions of starfish disintegrating and vanishing due to unknown disease.


Happy Easter! Hope you are having this much fun. Watch as our otters go crazy for clam-covered ice eggs.

They went all out to make those ice eggs!

Excellent reporting from SFGate


Bristlecone pines are the oldest trees on earth. The oldest, Methuselah, has lived more than 4,800 years.

From their perch atop the White Mountains at California’s eastern edge, the bristlecones have survived as entire human civilizations have arisen and disappeared.

But there’s a new threat to the bristlecone’s existence, a globe-spanning emanation more menacing than anything they’ve faced in thousands of years.

Learn more on KPCC’s AudioVision.

A poetic look at the oldest organisms on earth.

Links to the rest of the cities, here. What’s surprised me most was Oakland, California(!) made the final cut. Also, Bill Clinton and Olosegun Obasanjo were on the panel. Bizarre stuff.

California wildfires as of September 1st.


Flames consume trees along US Highway 120 as a fire burns out of control in Buck Meadows, California | image by Justin Sullivan

Several parks include climate education for visitors. Parks in Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Tanzania, Oregon, Mexico, Netherlands, Alabama, and others. Good read.

Mark Bittman visits an industrial tomato farm in California. I like that he swipes at ‘heirloom’ tomatoes. But his admiration for sustainable farming permeates the entire piece.

I’VE long wondered how producing a decent ingredient, one that you can buy in any supermarket, really happens. Take canned tomatoes, of which I probably use 100 pounds a year. It costs $2 to $3 a pound to buy hard, tasteless, “fresh” plum tomatoes, but only half that for almost two pounds of canned tomatoes that taste much better. How is that possible?

The answer lies in a process that is almost unimaginable in scope without seeing it firsthand. So, fearing the worst — because we all “know” that organic farming is “good” and industrial farming is “bad” — I headed to the Sacramento Valley in California to see a big tomato operation.

I began by touring Bruce Rominger’s farmin Winters. With his brother Rick and as many as 40 employees, Rominger farms around 6,000 acres of tomatoes, wheat, sunflowers, safflower, onions, alfalfa, sheep, rice and more. Unlike many Midwestern farm operations, which grow corn and soy exclusively, here are diversity, crop rotation, cover crops and, for the most part, real food — not crops destined for junk food, animal feed or biofuel. That’s a good start.

Something isn’t right about this story. The researchers are quoted as saying they don’t really know the source of the sequoia’s growth spurts.

The “Safe Climate Caucus" comprises 27 congressman and women. They vow to bring state-by-state climate issues to House floor in one-minute speeches. Here is Cal. Rep. Alan Lowenthal speaking on the impacts to coastal California and over 6 million people, July 31, 2013.