“The Geysers wildfire fire scorched more than 3,500 acres in
northern Sonoma County last week. Meanwhile, half a world away,
representatives from nearly 200 nations continued to stumble
toward an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.
“Debate about whether these events are connected will continue.
“In a bid to hush environmental activists who want tougher
creekside development rules, Civic Center officials are warning
that if new regulations prompt a lawsuit, the county may revise
the general plan to impose them anyway.
“Because environmental leaders regard the countywide plan as
sacrosanct, with any move to revise it opening up a world of
uncertainty, county officials are pitching creek regulations
amid a pledge to leave the countywide plan untouched for now.”
“For kids or adults who think science is mainly about textbooks
and memorizing, the third annual Bay Area Science Festival,
which opens this week, may get them to think again. …
“Drones and balloons will fly, museums and labs will open their
doors, astronauts will describe the mysteries of space, and
earthbound scientists will discuss their own professional
challenges and discoveries.
From the Contra Costa Times, in a commentary by Tom Barnidge:
“Today’s special is two topics for the price of one:
“Too bad more people didn’t attend Saturday’s “People’s Equity
Summit” at Holy Rosary Church in Antioch — most of the 400
chairs sat empty — if for no other reason than to hear Contra
Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho share her concerns
over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.”
“Federal Web sites dark … Earthquake info lapses: The U.S.
Geological Survey is keeping its earthquake center in Boulder,
Colo. open to monitor seismic activity. But that doesn’t do much
for California offices, such as the one in Menlo Park.”
“Plan on moving to Alameda Point someday? You might want to
pack a swimsuit and snorkel.
“Much of the former Naval Air Station – site of a projected
1,425-home development – will be underwater by the end of the
century due to sea level rise brought on by climate change,
according to the city’s draft environmental impact report on
the project released this month.”
“A Berkeley physicist who rescues ancient recordings through
technology and two Stanford professors studying the effects of
climate change are among 24 exceptional innovators from around
the nation named Tuesday as this year’s MacArthur Fellows.
“The no-strings fellowships come with $625,000 cash to be paid
out over five years and to be used for whatever strikes the
“The U.S. Geological Survey’s renewed warning that portions of
Marin could be swamped by a tsunami should not be shrugged off.
“Marin has been hit before, and although rare, it could happen
again. That’s why the survey’s warning needs to be heeded in
future building decisions and preparations for earthquakes and
other possible disasters.”
“At age 28, Scott Harrison felt he had spent a decade of his
life selfishly. …
“He founded Charity: water in New York to tackle the world’s
water crisis after returning from a volunteer trip to Liberia
in 2006. The organization relies heavily on large donors from
Silicon Valley, who are responsible for one third of its
“A desalination plant to deliver cleansed drinking water from
San Rafael Bay to homes in Marin County moved a step closer to
construction Wednesday when the state Supreme Court rejected a
challenge by environmental advocates.
“The San Rafael plant would provide at least 5 million gallons
of water per day to residents of the Marin Municipal Water
“While the stubborn conflagration near Yosemite National Park
known as the Rim fire is still only about 80 percent contained,
a significant wildfire has erupted on our beloved Mt. Diablo
and has gained the attention of firefighting crews from all
over the Bay Area. …
“It is far too early to even speculate as to a cause of the Mt.
“It may not be an official record, but by some accounts, more
open space has been preserved in the San Francisco Bay Area
than in any other major U.S. metropolitan area. More than a
million acres are permanently protected from development –
that’s almost one-third of the 4.5 million acres that make up
the 10-county region.
“Now, with temperatures on the rise, land managers and
scientists are beginning to ask how the Bay Area’s landscape
will withstand climate change.