White House Feels the Heat

In the current White House, giving lobbyists (such as Mark Rey, a former timber company official) responsibility for overseeing public lands is business as usual. But when Philip Cooney, a top official on the White House Council on Environmental Quality, was caught rewriting scientific reports on the threat of global warming and resigned, supposedly toContinue reading “White House Feels the Heat”

The “New” Policy — Forest Service Fees for 95% of Visitors

The Forest Service in Southern California has slightly modified its controversial Adventure Pass policy, no longer requiring the pass to be posted on cars parked at trailheads that have no facilities. "Fee opponents have some reason to celebrate.  Their efforts have led to a number of back country trailheads being dropped from the fee program,"Continue reading “The “New” Policy — Forest Service Fees for 95% of Visitors”

Henhouse Fox Returns to Lair

Last week a White House official named Philip Cooney, proven to have rewritten scientific reports on global warming by The New York Times, abrupt resigned. A White House spokesperson said he had accrued vacation time and wanted to spend it with his family. This week it was revealed he will go to work for ExxonMobil,Continue reading “Henhouse Fox Returns to Lair”

Watching the Fox in the Henhouse

In a front-page story in today’s New York Times , the invaluable Andy Revkin shows exactly how the Bush adminstration White House treats news it doesn’t want to hear on climate change. Here’s a paragraph from the U.S. Global Climate Research Program’s report in late 2002: Warming will also cause reductions in mountain glaciers andContinue reading “Watching the Fox in the Henhouse”

If an Oak Tree Falls in Your Yard, Will It Kill You? Or Damage Your Property?

A big oak tree — nearly three feet wide at the base, and about forty feet high — split and dropped three-quarters of its trunk in our yard last week. Our neighbor Chris Nottoli came out to look at the massive remains on the ground that night and shook his head. Just a day beforeContinue reading “If an Oak Tree Falls in Your Yard, Will It Kill You? Or Damage Your Property?”

What They Say about the Weather, and What They Don’t Say

In Yosemite, temperatures in the 80’s and rain on the snowpack threatens flooding. In Colorado, similarly, temperatures fifteen and twenty degrees above normal are melting the snowpack: water levels haven’t been this high in twenty years, according to one kayaker. And on the East Coast, it’s been a gloomy spring. The third coldest ever, accordingContinue reading “What They Say about the Weather, and What They Don’t Say”

“Too Boring for TV”

Nuclear energy is in the headlines again, because John McCain and Joseph Lieberman are soon to float a bill proposing massive subsidies to major corporations — notably General Electric — that want to build nuclear energy plants again. Some notable enviros, such as Steward Brand, support the idea. Others, such as the National Resources DefenseContinue reading ““Too Boring for TV””

Big News: Global Ocean Warming Proven. NASA Scientists call for action now.

If the on-the-ground news of melting ice and permafrost in the Artic wasn’t proof enough, today a team of scientists led by James Hansen at NASA released a study comparing precise measurements of ocean temperatures against projections based on climatological models. The measurements, taken over a period of ten years, showed that the earth isContinue reading “Big News: Global Ocean Warming Proven. NASA Scientists call for action now.”

Happy Birthday, Johnnie

Contemplating the lace-like fabric of streams outspread over the mountains, we are reminded that everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streamsContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Johnnie”