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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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I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
~Robert Redford ~

Almanac

Cumberland Island National Seashore was established on October 23, 1972. The Seashore protects about 36,000 acres and encompasses most of the largest of Georgia's barrier islands.

Cumberland Island
Image: NPS.

Beaches and historic structures (and ruins) are major attractions, but the island holds many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Fifty-odd miles of hiking trails also offer access to forests and wetlands.