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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!.

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We won't have a society
if we destroy the environment.
~Margaret Mead ~

Almanac

Joshua Tree National Park, established October 31, 1994, protects nearly a million acres in southern California. Parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts, each with its own characteristic flora and fauna, lie within the park boundaries. To the west, the Little San Bernandino Mountains rise over 4,000 feet and provide the setting for yet another ecosystem.

Joshua Tree
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Joshua trees (above) occur in the western part of the park. They are a type of yucca and the largest individuals top out at about fifty feet tall.