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THE BATTLE THAT JOHN MUIR LOST

The famous naturalist John Muir was angry. He had lost a major battle protecting Yosemite National Park, the land he had loved for over 30 years. As founder of the Sierra Club, Muir had battled against the railroad industry wanting to install tracks through Yosemite, sheep herders wanting to graze every piece of greenery, lumber companies  Continue Reading »

GOLD MINING BEFORE THEY MADE LAWS

Gold mining in the late 1800’s was a business without controls. You dug in the ground at your own peril, and if you found gold or metal you dug it out, washed it out, sluiced it out or scratched it out. There were no laws governing how you operated, safety conditions or environmental considerations –  Continue Reading »

THE WOMEN SURFERS OF IRAN

The young Iranian woman adjusts her hijab headscarf, stands tall on her surfboard, and catches a wave rolling toward the southern shore of Iran. It is a shoreline so dry, empty and forbidding, it looks like a moonscape. The woman is part of a small group of Iranian women, who have introduced the sport of  Continue Reading »

FLYING THROUGH THE DROUGHT

  To celebrate Earth Day, actor William Shatner has proposed a very good idea. Since there is a severe drought in California, and there is an abundance of water in other areas, why not build a pipeline to bring the water from where it is to where it is needed? Shatner says he will try to raise  Continue Reading »

COPING WITH THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

I visited a special plant nursery last week to help me cope with California’s serious drought. It’s a nursery that specializes in California native plants – flora that survive in the arid Southern California climate of very little rain.   As I walked through the various plant displays at the Theodore Payne Foundation, I kept  Continue Reading »