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President Obama about to designate a new National Monument in the San Gabriel Mountains of California

The World Wildlife Fund reports that vertebrate populations have halved in the last 40 years

Climate Setting New Records

Western Drought and Rising Mountains

Sea Creatures Washing Up On Northwestern Beaches

Exxon-Mobil CEO opposed fracking tower near his home

Firefly Watch, a project of The Museum of Science, Boston

Schools versus Environment in Oregon.

Microscopic plastic beads from skin care products showing up in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

The Wall Street Journal has a nice interactive feature called Waste Lands: America's forgotten nuclear legacy that includes maps and details on the history and current status of Manhattan Project sites.

From The Guardian, a very cool article on Steward Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (and much more).

I continue my effort to downsize; please help me Get Rid of Stuff!.


No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in the way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains as to wilderness, as that which declares that the world was made especially for the uses of men.
~John Muir ~


The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire essentially destroyed that city. Its leaders had been casting about for a reliable and plentiful source of fresh water since before the fire, and the disaster gave them added impetus.

They proposed to dam the Tuolumne River in the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park

John Muir led the opposition, but on 19 December 1913, President Wilson signed the Raker Act, permitting construction of the dam.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

It still stands today.