Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Newport Beach Learns of Severe Flood Risk Thanks to UC Irvine Research

    Climate change could make Newport Beach a whole lot soggier, according to UC Irvine researchers.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Advanced Sterilization Products of Irvine Pays $136,800 EPA Penalty for Pesticides Snafus

    An Irvine-based company has agreed to pay a $136,800 penalty for selling and distributing unregistered and mis-branded pesticides to veterinary clinics and laboratories nationwide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Jarrae Nykkole Estepp I.D.'d as Woman Found at Anaheim Waste and Recycling Facility

    See Update No. 3 on Page 2 identifying the victim as Jarrae Nykkole Estepp. Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page revealed the body was a woman's and the case is being investigated as a homicide. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 14, 12:16 P.M.: A body was found in the trash at an Anaheim waste and recycling center, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Sierra Club Counters SoCal Edison and PG&E with Campaign Championing Rooftop Solar

    The Sierra Club today announced the launch of an online advertising campaign designed to extoll the benefits of rooftop solar in California--and to counter negative campaigns against the energy source foisted by Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric. But M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Save San Onofre Coalition Files 2 Lawsuits to Stop Foothill/Eastern (241) Toll Road Extension

    The Save San Onofre coalition filed two lawsuits in San Diego Superior Court Wednesday aimed at stopping what it considers the first five-mile segment of a 16-mile toll road that would ultimately cut through a south Orange County park and up against a northern San Diego County beach.The complaints a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Coastal Commission Raised Questions of Poseidon Honesty Years Ago

    Poseidon Resources Inc., the company hoping to build a $1 billion desalination plant on Huntington Beach Shores, left out vital information when applying for a permit for its Carlsbad facility in 2007. That's according to California Coastal Commission (CCC) documents obtained by the Weekly which say ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 2, 2013

    Urban Ocean Festival

    Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Green Technology Makes OC Register See Red

    Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog counterpart to Accuracy in Media, takes issue with an Orange County Register editorial that uses the financial woes of nearly dead electric car company Fisker Automotive to argue against government investment in green technology: "Despite the incre ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Climate Change Strategies Not Working Quickly Enough: UCI's Steve Davis and Fellow Scientists

    UC Irvine Earth system scientist Steven J. Davis has an inconvenient truth he'd like to share: we have to make "a fundamental and disruptive overhaul of the global energy system" to eradicate harmful carbon dioxide emissions right now. A paper in tomorrow's Environmental Research Letters by Davis a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Orange County Register Columnist Committed Libel, Climate Scientist Says

    ​A climate scientist has fired back at an Orange County Register columnist who suggested he could be at the center of another ClimateGate.Michael Mann, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center, Tweeted that a March 2 Orange Punch blog post by Mark Landsbaum--in which the columnist wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Goold's Gold Exposes an Inconvenient Truth About Global-Warming Opportunities

    ​In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore told you about the consequences from global warming.In Goold's Gold, Jonathan Goold tells you about the opportunities from global warming.You can see the documentary, which was directed and produced by Orange Coast College English instructor Tucker Capps, for fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Five Songs for Earth Day

    ​ Today marks the forty-first anniversary of Earth Day. As the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the observation first held in the United States on April 22nd, 1970 was conceived as a 'teach-in' meant to inspire awareness and action on issues critical to the health of the enviro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    UCI Law Student-Run Conference Looks at Climate Justice

    ​UC Irvine law students are holding a first-ever, all-day conference today on climate justice. "A3 [Assemble. Advocate.Act]: A Conference on Climate Justice" examines "the social injustices faced by vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by climate change," according to organ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Radiation Detected in Japan's Tap Water and Anaheim's Air

    ​If you don't want to be exposed to radiation, don't drink the water in Japan.Or . . . gulp . . . breathe the air in Anaheim. The Japanese government says today elevated levels of radioactive iodine from a crippled nuclear plant we ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Always a Cover-Up at Wal-Mart. Always

    Kathrine Shimaji, the whistleblower who caught Foothill Ranch Wal-Mart employees illegally dumping hazardous waste, wants to know why the Orange County district attorney's office didn't prosecute the higher-ups

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2010

    Priest Blesses Surf City Waves Sunday

    ​One day at band camp, this kid was shredding at Bolsa Chica when he slipped off his board and yelled, "Jesus Christ." So, it is not without precedence that a priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will wade into the waters near Huntington Beach Pier Sunday morning to bless the waves.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    EPA Takes a Dump on Cruise Ships, Cleans Coast

    Flickr User Bruce Tuten​Twenty million fewer gallons of sewage will taint the 1,624 mile California coastline starting next year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it will ban all large cruise ships and other commercial vessels from discharging sewage withi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    You Weren't Imagining It: This July Was One of the Coldest

    ​If you feel like Orange County's June gloom only turned into July gloomier, you're right. The OC Register reported that, according to the National Weather Service, last July "was one of the coldest on record for coastal California." Fullerton's high temperature, for example, averaged around 79 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Move Over, Earth Day: It's Vegan Earth Day

    UPDATE: A new study shows vegans and vegetarian have more empathy--for humans and animals--than meat-eaters do . . . ​The trees have been planted, the trails have been cleared and the beaches have been de-syringed as another season of springtime Earth Day festivities have passed. But a "Vegan Eart ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010


    Hotel Maya

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    State Crushing Beverage Recycling Program?

    ​You know things are bad in Sacramento when the programs making California money are on the verge of collapse.Take the state's state-of-the-art beverage container recycling program, which could be getting crushed like a used soda can.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    OC Environmentalists Celebrate Momentous Decisions

    Ancestor walks take on new meaning after efforts to carve a toll road through Pahne failed.​Holiday celebrating started early for local environmental groups.On Friday, a diverse coalition of allies marked the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Department of Commerce decision that effectively stopped t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2009

    ENC Green Building Tour

    Environmental Nature Center

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Clothes Lines: a Green Solution That's Been Clotheslined

    ​They are an old-fashioned device that could save household energy as well as machine-damaed and worn-out clothing. Unfortunately, they are also banned in several U.S. communities. Just try installing a clothes line in Irvine or any Orange County gated community and see what happens. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    OC Green Guide Goes National

    Don't it make Casey Cochran's Orange County green?Casey Cochran created the online OC Green Guide in 2006 so he could keep track of eco-friendly eateries, stores, events and news for his own eco-friendly purposes. Now, it's part of a nationwide network for all. Green Guide Network, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Surfrider, Other Enviros Agree: Go Green By Having Fewer Kids

    Doh! The carbon footprint just got bigger.​Based on the huzzahs the Surfrider Foundation posted on its Facebook account, the San Clemente-based clean-ocean advocates are apparently down with notion that having fewer children is a more effective way of going green than changing lightbulbs, driving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    UPDATE: Organic Food "No Better Than Conventional," Study Finds

    ​As reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition yesterday, the British-commissioned survey, which took its findings from 55 studies made in the past 50 years, claims that eating organic food "will make no important difference to a person's overall health".According to Alan Dangour, one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Global Warming Denier Rohrabacher Froths On

    Photo by Jack GouldRohrabacher, frothing in November.The way Scott Harper begins his story proves that he had correctly identified the speaker he was covering."U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was in a froth . . ." Anyone who has witnessed the Mouth That Rohrabachered whip up the party faithful at GOP ele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Vespas Bring Musicians, Global Warming Message to Sutra

    Singer-songwriters Jason Reeves, Brendan James and Amber Rubarth, who today began a two-week ride up the California coast on Vespas to raise awareness of global warming, make a stop at 7 p.m. Friday at Sutra Lounge, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. "It seems like back in the late '60s and early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    2 Things to Keep in Mind as Earth Day Approaches

    Earth Day is Wednesday, and besides spending part of that day in Irvine with Magic Johnson, here are some things to keep in mind as that day nears:*The California League of Conservation Voters warns that the state's Republican leadership is trying to exploit the budget crisis to roll back key enviro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    X [Prize] Marks the Spot for UC Irvine Students

      "The Capacitor Challenge" video above by UC Irvine students Kyle Good and Bryan Le was this morning crowned the winner of the X Prize Foundation's "What's Your Crazy Green Idea?" competition, which comes with a $25,000 check. "We're so excited to be the winners of the Crazy G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    No. 1 on the Palin/Hewitt/Colbert Threat Down: (Polar) Bears!

    Sarah Palin invigorated the conservative base with her surprisingly poised speech to GOP delegates last night, kicking new life into what had been a ho-hum convention previously “highlighed” by the Dead Man Talking triad (George W. Bush, Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman). Clockwork's favorite sce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Colonel of Wisdom

    This toll road debate is starting to feel like Clue—who's going to kill the project? Was it Colonel Magness, in the media, with cold, hard facts? Col. Thomas Magness wrote a little letter the Transportation Corridor Agencies didn't like. The letter disclosed that the TCA's preferred, certified a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Burning Up

    You're Getting Warmer

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    Irvine Starbucks Climate Crisis Discussion Today

    Just came over the wire: At 2 p.m. today, the Starbucks Coffee at 3995 Alton Pkwy. in Irvine is hosting a "National Day of Discussion" on the issue of "climate crisis" in support of a new Paramount/National Geographic-sponsored film, Arctic Tale. Filmmakers Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson, as wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006

    Let justice roll down...

    "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an overflowing stream." That passage from the Book of Amos (5:24) is the sort of thing lawyers working for nonprofit organizations repeat to themselves before marching off to court to fight the good fight. Of course, it may not be what the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Ear Splitters

    A federal judge has temporarily forbidden the Navy from using high-intensity sonar in war-game exercises off the coast of Hawaii, ruling that environmental groups had provided "considerable convincing scientific evidence that the Navy's use of ... sonar can kill, injure, and disturb many species, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2006

    Popcorn and Greenhouse Gases (non Al Gore edition)

    Hot on the heels of last night's Orange County Film Society's premier of Chris Paine's Who Killed the Electric Car?– a documentary that makes the "compelling case: that oil companies, automakers, lawmakers, consumers and the media killed a workable solution to air pollution, global warming, so ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 9, 2003
  • News

    September 18, 2003

    Their Ocean

    Can wealthy developers and business execs do for the environment what grassroots activists havent?

  • News

    July 31, 2003

    Tunnel Vision

    All that stands in the way of Bill Vardoulis tunnel dream is the Irvine Co.

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    MTBE Lies I Told You

    An apology by Will Swaim

  • Music

    April 24, 2003

    Its April 19

    Today is Earth Day, Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday

  • News

    January 2, 2003
  • News

    July 4, 2002

    In the Sewage Pipeline

    Anti-dumping bill picks up steam

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Poop Chute

    County agency will ask EPA to renew ocean-dumping permit

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Green With Anger

    One mans campaign to save a wetland

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    HBs Secret Santa

    Ed Lairdplanning commissioner, paint maker, bank investor, political bankroller

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