Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    North County-Adjacent La Habra Heights Puts an Oil Fracking Ban Before Voters

    As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    What the Frack is Going on in North Orange County is Subject of Symposium TONIGHT

    County and water leaders may swear fracking ain't nothing but a thing, but there are several concerned North Countians who fear the oil extraction method may endanger their drinking water. Some of them will no doubt be out tonight for a symposium on the subject at Cal State Fullerton.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Fracking Educating Spreads to All of North County: Update

    See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on Saturday's well-attended fracking forum in Brea and details on an upcoming event involving seven North County cities. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 8:33 A.M.: It's doubtful anyone from Linn Energy, the major leaseholder in the Brea-Olinda Oil Field, will swing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Obama's Full Climate Denier Denouncing UCI Commencement Speech (with Reactions)

    Amy Ridenour, chair of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, obviously is not a fan of President Barack Obama's commencement speech to UC Irvine graduates at Angels Stadium Saturday.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Fracking, STD's, and You

    By now, most reasonably intelligent folks know that fracking pollution is capable of turning household faucets into flamethrowers. But a new report issued by the environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch argues that fracking, which uses toxic chemicals to harvest oil and natural gas, can lead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Fracking on the Fringes of Orange County, With Little Oversight

    Early this month, the Weekly reported the gas drilling practice known as fracking has quietly been occurring around Orange County's borders. For just how long is hard to say, and pinpointing the exact number of companies who have engaged in the practice locally isn't easy. What is known is that fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Dana Rohrabacher Gets "Award" for His Climate-Change Stance from Obamaniacs

    Hip-hip, hooray, our own Surfin' Congressman is getting an award today! However, we're not sure if Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is going to accept it because Organizing for Action (OFA-OC) is presenting the Huntington Beach Republican with its "Climate Change Denier Award." Wonder if it'll be made a captu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Water Districts Weigh Fracking in Orange County

    Mention the phrase hydraulic fracturing, and one pictures the dust-swept plains of North Dakota, or maybe Wyoming. But perhaps some would be surprised to know that the practice, known colloquially as fracking, is already taking place in Orange County's backyard, with future sites in the heart of the ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Irv-green Co.: The Irvine Co. is Now California's Largest Owner of LEEDS-Certified Properties

    Orange County's largest private landowner has now become California's largest owner-operator of office workplaces certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Orange County Register Wildfire Coverage Has a Huge Hole in It: Media Watchdog

    Orange County fire officials recently held a press conference to go over their strategies and, more importantly, warn the public about an ever-earlier fire season. The Orange County Register covered this, as it did Southern California's recent wildfires, but a media watchdog saw a huge hole in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    [MOVED UP in Case You Missed It:] Arman Sadeghi Spreads Earth Day All Green Message: Recycle Electronics the Right Way

    This post that published Friday morning has been moved up for Earth Day and in case you missed it while our site was down.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 19, 8:16 A.M.: Earth Day is Monday for you and I, but every day is Earth Day for Arman Sadeghi.He founded and runs Tustin's All Green Electronic Recycling, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Orange County Register Flambéed for Fawning Over Frickin' Fracking

    A media watchdog is barking about a recent Orange County Register editorial on an industry-friendly study boosting fracking, the controversial oil drilling technique critics fear causes earthquakes and groundwater contamination.

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' Is a Fracking Film

    Gus Van Sant directs Damon and John Krasinski's (and Dave Eggers') message as the message

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Gary DeLong, Climate Change Denying Hopeful for Congress, Logrolled by Bill Clinton at UCI

    Last night's The Colbert Report featured another partisan logrolling clip that makes that Comedy Central program and The Daily Show so priceless, with a Fox News pundit-blonde and anchors Brit Hume and Chris Wallace repeating that day's GOP talking point: that Mitt Romney appeared to be a "plausible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Santa Margarita Water District Sued Over its Lead Role in Mojave Groundwater Project

    Environmental groups are suing Orange County's second largest retail water district over plans to pump water Mojave Desert groundwater. Santa Margarita Water District, which serves more than 155,000 residents and businesses in Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch, Talega and its hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    If You Think It's Hot in Santa Ana and Long Beach Now, Just Wait Until 2050

    It's getting hot in here, so take off all your non-essential items of clothing.According to a new UCLA climate study, average temperatures are going to rise in Santa Ana and Long Beach by nearly four degrees.But you still have time to stock up on sunscreen.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    As Orange County Register Denies Climate Change, Media Matters for America Burns

    We here at the World Weekly HQ have our platters full when it comes to passing along racism, immigrant bashing and let-them-eat-caking in the pages (virtual and otherwise) of the Orange County Register. So, it's been up to Media Matters for America, a progressive national watchdog, to chronicle the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Port of Long Beach Pact Allowing Truckers to Police Clean Trucks Program Draws Judge's Rebuke

    ​The Long Beach Harbor Commission illegally violated state environmental law when it weakened its truck cleanup program without first performing the required environmental review, a federal judge has ruled. Finding in favor of the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    The Inconvenient Truth Underlying Al Gore's Snowball Fight With Matt Drudge and Bill O'Reilly

    ​The killer snowstorms socking much of the country are providing pundits on the right all the ammunition they need to mow down poor ol' Al Gore. Mr. Inconvenient Truth was called out last week by Bill O'Reilly, who wanted to know, if global warming exists, "Why has southern New York turned into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    [UPDATED] Rohrabacher, Calvert and Campbell Support Bad-Air Bills, NRDC Says

    ​UPDATED, JAN. 28, 11:04 A.M: Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn), who authored House Resolution 97, backed by Rohrabacher, Calvert and Campbell, issued this response to claims the bill supports polluters over the health of citizens: "The NRDC's connection between greenhouse gasses and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Go Green Auto Rally is a Different Kind of Event for the Home of the Grand Prix

    ​Long Beach is home to an annual grand prix that has high-performance race cars zooming through city streets.But this weekend, a different kind of racing event starts in the LBC and follows a 100-mile course that ends in Malibu, one that does not necessarily reward its drivers for speed.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Getting into Green Homes Takes Less Green

    ​It ain't easy being green housing.Two highly publicized Orange County homes built with recycled or Earth-friendly materials and packed with energy-efficient appliances and many more green features are languishing on the market. A couple weeks ago, a home in Costa Mesa with the nation's highest ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Inaugural CleanTech OC Conference Should Have Been Better Attended

    ​If attendees took anything other than swag away from the inaugural CleanTech OC Conference & Expo in Irvine Monday, it was this: the green revolution is back, baby. After a red hot 2008, the clean technology industry was battered for a spell by the recession, but banks are back to lending, ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Hella This, NorCal: OC Beats You in Creation of Green Businesses

    ​When it comes to the creation of green businesses, those BART-riding, granola-gnawing, patchouli-oiling earth muffins in Northern California have nothing on Orange Countians.According to the Environmental Defense Fund's map of California's Green Economy, Orange County's 275 green companies ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Poll: Californians Bullish on Green Technologies Despite Recession

    ​A recent statewide poll shows a majority of California voters support the state's landmark 2006 law that requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions and imposing fees on companies that emit these gases if most of the money collected is returned to state residents.The breakdown in the poll conducte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    New UCI Research Will Have You Looking at Earthquakes and Lawns Differently

    UC Irvine researchers have discovered new ways to look at earthquakes and your front lawn. No, not how shakers rip up your green playground. We're talking one study that dispels notions about how experts estimate the potential for the next so-called "Big One," and a second that disproves the idea th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    The County is Orange But Many Jobs Are Green

    ​Most of our legislators dispute climate-change science, many of our residents drive big gas guzzlers and the environmentalism of many of our "environmentalists" does not extend beyond their own communities.And yet, Orange County is a national leader when it comes to green jobs, according to new d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Global Warming Activists as Inescapable as Global Warming this Weekend

    ​Last week, we posted about the Global Climate Change Day of Action event taking place at Irvine Regional Park tomorrow. There'll be bells tolling, bikes biking, and a bunch of people forming a "350" for an aerial camera.But there are a bunch more of these shindigs tomorrow all over the world, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Nixon Library Museum Store is Green With Ennui

    The private Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation (not to be confused with the public Richard Nixon Library and Museum) has really gotten into the spirit of Earth Day. The foundation is directing shoppers to its cash cow, the museum store, with an email blast that states:Celebrate Earth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    As State OK's Tough Global Warming Rules Should Diesel Be Next?

    As expected, the state this afternoon put teeth in its landmark regulations enacted in 2006 to combat global warming, adopting the nation's most comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Such emissions must be cut 30 percent by 2020. But that is not enough for the editorial board ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    UCI Scientist Helps Add More Culprits to the Global Warming List

    Anyone worth Al Gore's salt knows that cars, factories and farting cows contribute to global warming, but an international study that includes the research of a UC Irvine scientist has found drought and deforestation can also help fuel the pesky phenomenon and should be included in future climate pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Wildfires Just a Sneak Preview?

    Ted Soqui shot this in Yorba Linda the weekend past. See his amazing slideshow here. Now that the fires have been contained, heroes have been identified, firefighting techniques have been blasted, causes have been zeroed in on, and our Last Action Hero Governor has likened the disaster to one of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007

    Rohrabacher's Appalling Flatulence

    In case you missed it, you can find video of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Surfin') speculating about the effects of dinosaur flatulence here. And no, booze was not involved in the congressman's ramblings. Probing the effects of dinosaur farting is just something Rohrabacher sees as part of his officia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2006

    Arnold Cuts Some Gas

    We keep waiting for Arnold Schwarzenegger to show his true colors, especially with the media reports over the weekend indicating that while the country may swing left in the next election, California may swing back to the right. Surely, then, Schwarzenegger is just biding his time, waiting for more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    The Memory Hole Goes Green

    Having previously suppressed, ignored, and dishonestly redacted scientific reports that proved politically inconvenient, the Bush administration has taken the next logical step. The Environment News Service reports: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is closing its Headquarters Library ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006

    Something Stinks

    You know how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency announced recently they are joining forces to clean up stinky Aliso Creek (finally), which spews its filth into South Laguna's Aliso Beach? Yeah, when have we heard that before? Oh, yeah, eight years ago. Anyway, you'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006

    Baby, It's Warm Outside

    The Inconvenient Truth is on its way to becoming the box-office champeen of documentaries (pound sand, Michael Moore!). Orders are already brisk for the DVDs that won't be out until November. However, because Truth starred Satan's spawn Al Gore, there's a good chance many holy rollers skipped it and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2006

    Troubled Waters

    Normally, when a major clean-up effort for a polluted site is announced-- an effort which will bring to bear the resources of both the local and federal government-- environmentalists are happy. But this is Orange County, where the eco-friendly have often seen their green hopes fade to grey (and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Shake n' Bake

    It's been funny--not funny ha-ha--sitting here on the sidelines watching the changing global-warming debate. While the international scientific community for years has piled voluminous report atop voluminous report detailing that global warming is real, producing all sorts of climatic problems and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2006

    Footprints (Sands of Time Not Included)

    In his 1838 poem A Psalm of Life, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (once America's most popular poet, now an item on every high school's forced-feeding menu), wrote We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time Yeah, well, maybe... But what is certain is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2006

    Good Timing, Bad Air

    The Orange County Register reports this morning that the Irvine-based Beckman Foundation has donated $20 million to the City of Hope in Duarte, to help finance cancer research. The Foundation has an excellent sense of timing– because, as every other newspaper in the state is reporting this mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2006

    Change in the air?

    This is certainly a refreshing development, although the participation of a gubernatorial candidate smacks of political posturing. NEW REPORT ON COMPANIES IN CALIFORNIA, ELSEWHERE TO FIND WIDE DISPARITY IN CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSES; INVESTORS WILL PUSH POOR-PERFORMING FIRMS TO SHAPE UP NEWS ADVISOR ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2005

    Toll Road Rage

    Not So Easy Being Green

  • News

    December 22, 2005
  • Features

    September 2, 2004

    Its Snot Unusual

    Im George W. Bush, and I Approve This Destruction

  • Columns

    April 22, 2004

    Earth Daddy

    Denis Hayes organized the first Earth Day, and all he got was this lousy planet

  • Columns

    December 25, 2003
  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Hellooooooo, Mr. Wilson!

    Enviros give pro-development supervisor the kid-glove treatment

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    A River Runs Beneath It

    Santa Ana River toll road elevates eco-fears

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