By Emma Bailey
Human-caused climate change is a very real and urgent threat to all life on this planet. The rapidly worsening issue of global warming requires an immediate switch to energy sources which generate far fewer emissions during production. According to the stabilization wedge theory, we already have the means to get climate change “under control.” The theory surmises that we can and should use a variety of conservation and energy production methods, rather than rely on a single "silver bullet.” Implementing the recommendations of this theory, however, will call for new and ingenious approaches to all aspects of the power production cycle.
If you are wondering about the wisdom and costs of a California water bill being proposed in Congress by Hanford Congressman David Valadao, then you should definitely read the Los Angeles Times editorial on the subject. Here is the link:
Restore Hetch Hetchy’s petition alleges reservoir’s diversion of water unreasonable; ‘Not One Drop of Water Need be Lost in Restoration’
OAKLAND, CA- April 21, 2015 - Restore Hetch Hetchy (RHH) today (April 21, 2015)filed a petition(1) in Superior Court in Tuolumne County asserting that the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park violates the water diversion mandates of the California Constitution. California’s Constitution(2) requires that the manner of diverting water out of streams and rivers must always be reasonable.
Restore Hetch Hetchy’s petition alleges that since there are many feasible alternatives for diverting the water downstream of Yosemite and allowing the Tuolumne River to flow through Hetch Hetchy Valley in a pristine state, theexisting reservoir violates the law. “Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park was once one of our nation’s most treasured landscapes. Its destruction, allowed a hundred years ago, is widely regarded as a mistake - a mistake that we don’t need to live with,” said Spreck Rosekrans, Executive Director of Restore Hetch Hetchy. READ MORE »
Prominent Westlands Grower Mark Borba resigns from board of Maddy Institute following racial slur of President ObamaSubmitted by Lloyd Carter on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:07.
Officials of the Maddy Institute said today (April 16, 2013) that prominent Westlands Water District grower Mark Borba resigned last Friday from the board of directors of the institute. The Institute, named after the late Kenneth Maddy, who served 28 years in the state legislature, was established in 1999. The mission of the Maddy Institute, according to its website (www.Maddyinstitute.org) is to inspire citizen participation, elevate government performance, provide non-partisan analysis and assist in providing solutions for public policy issues important to the region, state and nation.
Borba, who along with his brother, farms 8,600 acres in Westlands, was voted off the board of directors of Community Hospitals in early March but hospital officials would not explain the reason. On March 9, the Fresno Bee ran a front page story about an expletive-filled email that Borba sent to Westlands general manager Tom Birmingham, complaining about severe cutbacks in water allocations for Westlands. In that email, Borba derisively called President Obama "Blackie" and also argued that Sen. Dianne Feinstein should have marched into the White House and demanded more water for Westlands, which may receive only 25 percent of its allotment this year. READ MORE »
Salmon advocate and water warrior Bruce Tokars died this week of an apparent heart attack. He was 64. Bruce was known for his viral videos attacking industrial agriculture in the western San Joaquin Valley for its water grab and threat to the Delta. Bruce's website, www.salmonwaternow.org, has many of his memorable five to 10-minute videos which weaved in clips from the news, old movies, commercials, cartoons, etc. that delighted and informed viewers. He was a dear friend. His brother-in-law was salmon fishing industry advocate Larry Collins. Following are some quotes from the many people in California's environmental community who were saddened on learning of Bruce's passing. I have left off the authors' names because I did not have time to contact them for approval although I feel certain they would gladly make their comments publicly known. Here is a sample: READ MORE »
Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Truth De-Code-It by Patrick Porgans. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the religious philosophy category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/truthdecodeit was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.
Truth De-Code-It is a reflection upon an Era of Deception ending as we awaken out-of-necessity in a Golden Age-of-Global Change. Natural and human-induced conditions necessitate a change; as it is unmistakably clear the systems we have become dependent on, and the way we currently live, are not only unsustainable, they’re not working.
Noted Greek Philosopher Plato reportedly said, “The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of all invention.” Einstein, paraphrasing Plato, said, “Necessity is the mother of all invention.” The level of deception and impending-global crises invoke the creative-necessity to implement a naturally-sustainable way out of this human-induced mess commonly referred to as Manifest Destiny. As individuals, and fellow inhabitants of the earth, we have all contributed to its current condition; similarly, we have the ability to change it for the betterment of our families and other species.
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“There has been a significant influx in capital from private equity and institutional investors in the water industry as more and more investors realize that, like other real asset classes such as gold, real estate and timber, water assets provide investors with inflation protection, portfolio diversification and crisis-resistant investments. As the subjects of water and food are inseparable, we will explore water investment strategies and topics in agriculture,” said Clay Landry, managing director of WestWater Research.
Read more: For the full story visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2013/1/prweb10300429.htm
For a depressing look at how we are mistreating the nation's endangered aquifers, take a look at this article from Pro Publica, journalism in the public interest:
Editor's Note: This two-part series first ran on this website in August of 2011. It is being repeated by request. READ MORE »
EPA Honors Calif., Nev., Ariz. Universities for Pledge to Significantly Reduce Food Waste and conserve waterSubmitted by Lloyd Carter on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 13:57.
SAN FRANCISCO – In celebration today (November 15, 2012) of America Recycles Day 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the participation of 18 California, Nevada, and Arizona universities in EPA’s national Food Recovery Challenge. An event is being hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, one of the first participants to join the Food Recovery Challenge.
The Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary program that aims to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing donations to charity and composting. By participating, these schools, with a combined 460,000 student enrollment, pledge to reduce food waste by five percent in one year.