Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Dana Rohrabacher is Missing! (from His Office When Climate-Change Activists Pay a Visit)

    Activists who want to bring attention to the continuing problem of climate change paid a visit Thursday afternoon to the Huntington Beach office of a nationally known climate-change denier, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). Unfortunately for the Organizing for Action volunteers, the "Surf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Diverse Groups Join Forces to Seek 1 Million More Electric Cars in State by 2023

    A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Reverend Billy and the Shopocalypse Comes to Long Beach!

    With prosperity gospel preachers running amok, activist Bill Talen, better known as Reverend Billy, has spread the good news of life after shopping. For almost 15 years, no dark lair of crass consumerism has been safe from the educational antics of his firebrand-style of guerrilla street theater per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    3 OC Beaches Ranked Among Cleanest in U.S. by NRDC, But Dirty Doheny Gets Spanked Again

    Three Orange County beaches are among the cleanest of 200 popular beaches around the country, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).However, the NRDC's "Testing the Waters" survey also identified three separate stretches of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point as be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Santa Ana Set to Sizzle by Mid-Century, Says New Climate Change Report

    The realities of global warming have just become a lot more local. "Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region," released yesterday just as summer begins, is touted as the first study to make unique regional and city climate change predictions. The research findings by UCLA's Institute of the Env ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Sobering Times for Pill Poppers: "Generation Rx," National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Prescription drug abuse by South County teens has been a hot topic lately thanks to the documentary Behind the Orange Curtain making its world premiere May 2 at the Newport Beach Film Festival and, due to a sell out, getting a second showing May 3 in the huge Big Newport theater.That makes a couple ... More >>

  • Film

    March 29, 2012

    Democracy Then, As Seen in 'The Island President'

    A portrait of recently ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Santa Ana Sucker Legal Allies Finalized

    ​Just to be clear, the Santa Ana sucker is NOT a skinny young thing who works Harbor Boulevard. Or, more accurately, the Santa Ana sucker for the purposes of this post is not a tireless working gal/guy.The Santa Ana sucker referenced here is the algae-eating fish whose Santa Ana River habitat prot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Environmentalists and Musicians Lobbying Against NAMM

    ​ Major environmental organizations have united with musicians in common cause as the NAMM Show in Anaheim commences. They are taking issue with the association's lobbying efforts in support of the RELIEF Act, which environmentalists argue would weaken regulations against illegal logging if passed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    [UPDATED with More Details:] OC's Largest Municipal Solar Energy Efficiency Project Shines Today

    ​UPDATE, JULY 21, 8:47 A.M.: Though the ribbon-cutting unveiling the largest municipal solar energy efficiency project in Orange County is this morning, the city of Brea is already reaping savings that have exceeded expectations. For the month of June, there was a 65% reduction in electricity cost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    [UPDATED with New Kern County Stink:] Courts Weigh Orange County Poop

    ​UPDATE, MAY 26, 12:42 P.M.: There's an interesting nugget about Orange County and the Carlyle Group in coverage of the ongoing court battle over human waste from Southern California spread atop farmland in Kern County.Anyone trying to put the Bush 43 years behind them may have forgotten about the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Thank you, Global Warming: UCI-Led Study Shows Sea Levels Steadily Rising

    ​Frequent and extreme storms tied to global warming are causing more freshwater to flow into the Earth's oceans and sea levels to rise, concludes a team of researchers led by Jay Famiglietti, a UC Irvine Earth system science professor."All told, 18 percent more water fed into the world's oceans fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Sierra Club Appeals Ruling Limiting Public Access to Orange County Parcel Map System

    ​After losing a ruling in Orange County Superior Court, the Sierra Club is turning to the California Court of Appeal in an attempt to win no- or low-cost access to the County of Orange's Landbase parcel map system, which the public must currently pay thousands of dollars to get to.The lower court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Grand Jury Lauds County Departments for Eco-friendly Practices

    ​The Orange County Grand Jury in the past has issued reports critical of projects intended to improve our environment, including light rail, cleaning up Aliso Creek and, most recently, the Orange County Great Park.Today, the grand jury issued a report titled "Orange County Goes Green" that lauds t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Wal-Mart's Toxic Waste Dumping in Foothill Ranch Cited in Settlement

    Something's rotten in Denmark and Foothill Ranch.​Toxic fertilizer dumped behind the Foothill Ranch Wal-Mart store was cited in today's announcement that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. agreed to a $20 million-plus settlement with 20 prosecutorial agencies, including the Orange County District Attorney's O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    "Green" Company to Pay $15 Million for Polluting

    ​Safety-Kleen System Inc. is a national distributor of cleaning solvents. Their products have names like Ecopower motor oil, Icebreaker windshield washer fluid, Khameleon antifreeze and KleenMist II wastewater treatment. They say they are green, well, they better be made of it, because they owe $1 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2010

    Earth Week

    Discovery Science Center

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    RV Parks and Campgrounds Association Favors Regulation ... of Other Businesses

    Not Debbie Sipe​The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which represents owners of recreational parks and campgrounds, has come out in favor of government regulation.That is, government regulation of the businesses that sell certain products used at RV parks and campgrounds, not th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Utility Giant, Texas Oil Companies Fight Back With California Voter Initiatives

    ​An anti-tax group and a coalition of businesses quietly led by Texas oil companies have launched a signature drive for a November ballot initiative that would suspend California's pioneering law to combat global warming.Meanwhile, a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)-bankrolled measure that cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Tale of Three Port of Long Beach Realities

    ​"Ports Celebrate Clean Truck Program Anniversary"Long Beach Press Telegram"Port Trucking Company Fights Economy, Environmental Fee"89.3 KPCC"Backroom Deal Leaves Long Beach Truck Program in Hands of Polluting Industry"Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club via PR Newswire

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Please Recycle, Pre-cycle, Free-cycle, Up-cycle, Down-cycle, E-cycle

    ​Just when you finally figured out that the three point-chasing-the-tail arrows means "recycle" along comes a whole bunch more terms without the helpful arrows. They are (drum roll):  pre-cycle, free-cycle, up-cycle, down-cycle and e-cycle.What does it all mean? California News Service's Lori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    More Federal Brownfields Cleanup Funds Coming Long Beach's Way

    EPA.govMiller's Childrens Hospital in Long Beach previously received federal brownfields cleanup funds.​A proposed Long Beach job training resource has been awarded a chunk of nearly $2 billion in federal grant money aimed at cleaning up contaminated sites in California known as "brownfields," the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Surfrider Foundation Builds Green​The buildings of Surfrider's global headquarters in San Clemente make up just one more demonstration of their commitment to preserving our coastal environment. The U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization with a strict rating system for design and construction, awarded Sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Meat Free Monday Goes Mainstream

    Of course, by 'mainstream' I mean that celebrities are now endorsing the campaign. Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney today launched a new website, Meat Free Monday, which encourages everyone to, yes, you guessed it, give up meat on Mondays. Other famous names weighing in include Kevin Spacey, Sheryl C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Earth Day Gets the Shorts at Newport Beach Film Fest

    Blue Gold: World Water WarsEarth Day is Wednesday, but the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), in partnership with the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends and the Orange County Parks Department, celebrates Sunday, April 26. A program of Earth Day-appropriate short films, curated by the festival's co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Magic Johnson Dribbles Into Irvine for Earth Day Chat

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be among the speakers participating in an Earth Day Summit in Irvine.Sodexo, a global food services company that runs chow lines everywhere from military bases to UC campuses, is bringing together local farmers, leaders and "forward thinkers" Wednesday, April 22, at Park ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009
  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Tour de Orange

    OC Wildlife and Beach Tour

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
  • Calendar

    June 12, 2008

    The Great 
Green Orange

    Environmental Coalition for OC Great Park

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    OC Dumpster Diving

    New York-based website hopes to become the craigslist of dumpster diving by providing a forum for refuse eaters all over the country to meet and share tips. With listings of the best places to forage for free discarded goodies in cities all over the country (only a few so far, mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Beach Break: Five Outta Six Aint Bad

    The results are in and Long Beach is the winner with five of the six most polluted beaches in Los Angeles County, says the National Resources Defense Council in its annual "Testing the Waters" guide. Mother's Beach lead the charge with violations of state health standards 59 percent of the time. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    "Intersex" inside the Beltway

    If you've ever shaken your head over news coming out of the nation's capital, and muttered "It must be something in the drinking water there", it turns out you may have been more correct than you knew. The Associated Press reports: Scientists say abnormal "intersex" fish, with both male and female ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Toll Road Rage

    Hey, Porter! New firm cashes in on bad toll-road PR

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    At the Movies

    After a corrupt Congressional electoral committee declared Republican Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the 1876 presidential election, Samuel Tilden, the Democratic candidate and the actual winner of the election, left politics and, as Gore Vidal delicately put it, "retired to private life and to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2006

    TCA Sued Not Once, Not Twice, but THRICE!

    Today, Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the Transportation Corridor Agencies. Read the complaint HERE. Lockyer is none too keen on their plan to build a toll road through San Onofre State Beach, impacting surfing resources, the San Mateo Campground, Native American sites, and engandered species. ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 12, 2005
  • News

    March 31, 2005

    No Mo Moiso

    Grassroots campaign aims to stop homebuilder from invading OCs last protected wilderness area

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    A Win-Lose Solution

    Say hello to more South County homes, adios to wilderness

  • Columns

    October 31, 2002
  • News

    April 12, 2001

    We Missed On This One

    A county committee established to clean up the beaches produces a law that excuses polluters

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Waste Central

    San Onofres nuclear waste aint going nowhere

  • Columns

    May 4, 2000

    Every Day Is Earth Day

    And why wont GM release a car powered by rock & roll?!

  • News

    December 9, 1999

    Alien Toxins

    Area 51's sci-fi folklore masks a truly spooks reality

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    School Haze

    Edison High awaits cleanup of nearby dumpsite

  • News

    October 21, 1999

    Talking Shit

    Words speak louder than action in cleaning OC beaches

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Monster In a Box

    New evidence that school really can make you sick

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Fill 'Er Up

    Even Jesus wouldn't try Irvine water district's plan to turn crap into tap

  • News

    April 15, 1999

    Bring on da Noise

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 101

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