Nature and the Environment

  • Film

    September 18, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    What Do You Get When You Cross a Baboon, Lynx, Zebra, Gazelle and Bear Skull at the Port?

    The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted v ... 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

    July 23, 2013

    Attacking Coyote Almost Changes Little Girl from Visitor to Occupant of Cypress Forest Lawn

    A 2-year-old girl is up and around today after a coyote bit her leg and dragged her away from her mother visiting Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress last week. Traps were set up and three coyotes were later shot and killed at the cemetery at 4471 Lincoln Ave. out of fears the scavenging animals w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Hanna Karim and Margarita Licomitros Accused of Selling Endangered Tiger Skin Online

    A Huntington Beach couple is facing charges in federal court in Los Angeles of sellling the skin of a Sumatran tiger for $8,000 through craigslist. "Tigers are critically endangered throughout the world, with estimates that there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild," reads a sta ... More >>

  • 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

    December 19, 2012

    Loretta Sanchez Cites Los Alamitos Serval Cats Incident in Push for Wildlife Ownership Ban

    In light of three serval cats, who resemble small cheetahs, escaping from a Los Alamitos apartment recently, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) today renewed her call for a federal law prohibiting private possession of big cats except at facilities like accredited zoos. "This incident ... More >>

  • 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

    November 22, 2011

    Santa Ana Sucker, Little Fish at Center of Water Agencies' Suit Against Feds, Gets a Legal Assist

    ​Inland water agencies may say they want to work with government regulators on a Santa Ana River habitat for a tiny fish known as the Santa Ana Sucker, but as long as the H2O providers press their lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four conservation groups will press back. The Si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Pacific Blue Whale Gets Up Close and Personal with Viewing Boat Off Dana Point

    ​Passengers, a videographer and even the skipper are still shaking their heads over an unusually close encounter with a Pacific blue whale from a viewing boat in the fleet of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari Friday afternoon off Dana Point."Dude, that was a miracle," a woman can be heard sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    $10 Million Anonymously Donated to UC Irvine

    ​While its student body works toward wrapping up another fulfilling school year at UC Irvine, the university administration received one heck of an anonymous end-of-the-year gift: $10 million. That's one way to say thanks for the memories.The gift was received from an anonymous donor. The universi ... More >>

  • Film

    June 16, 2011

    Waddle, Waddle, Mug, Repeat

    Jim Carrey and his tuxedoed friends on a grim march to nowhere in 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Sea Birds Under Attack in Huntington Beach

    Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyIf only they could talk ...​From the way the experts explain the nature of the injuries, it certainly appears there's a formulated attack on birds, mainly seagulls, going on in and around Huntington Beach. The Wetland and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) has tended to more ... 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

    July 15, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Squash Blossoms

    Since the recipe yesterday involved fresh squash blossoms, it seemed like a good time to explore the ins and outs of the bright yellow or orange flowers.Dave Lieberman​

  • 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

    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

    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

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Fantastic Voyage

    Africa: The Serengeti

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    October 16, 2008
  • Music

    June 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 29, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines. No Surprises: Bishop Brown citation dropped

    Bishop Brown citation dropped: The Los Angeles Times reports that a contempt-of-court citation against Orange Bishop Tod Brown has been dropped as part of an almost-$7 million sex abuse settlement. Plaintiff's attorney John Manly said the diocese forced them to drop their bid for the citation: "The ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    On the Range

    Ridin’, ropin’, rasslin’ & other games of skill & contests of  strength, blazing trails, seeing sights &, of course, Anteaters

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines

    Gore guilty: Al Gore III pleaded guilty Monday to possessing marijuana and other drugs when he was caught speeding in OC earlier in the month, reports the LA Times. This shooter's a giver: "Machine-gun Sonny" has mastered a shooting game at the OC Fair and wins mountain bikes nightly. But he doesn't ... 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

    December 21, 2006

    The Virgin Birth (Deadly lizard edition)

    It's a familiar sounding story this time of year-- a virgin with child. Only this time the natural world is outdoing the supernatural, because this virgin is with children. Seven, in fact. And these virgin offspring will have grow up to have mouths filled with toxic bacteria-- though I'm not sure ... 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 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 >>

  • Columns

    September 7, 2006

    Commie Girl

    Freedom Costs a Buck-O-Five: Ladies and gentlemen, your Labor Day weekend!

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2006
  • Music

    November 25, 2004
  • Film

    August 5, 2004

    Reality Bites

    Friendly sharks, briny visuals and soggy acting diminish Open Waters fear factor

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Only God Can Water a Tree . . .

    . . . at former El Toro Marine base, where mere mortals dont have clearance

  • Columns

    January 29, 2004
  • Columns

    December 25, 2003
  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Return of the Native?

    Wish they all could be California plants

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    No Food to Free Willy

    Eco-activist fasts 31 days to protest Navy sonar linked to sea-mammal deaths

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    The Bird Question

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 115

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