CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 |
Nancy Smith and her family were strolling around Echo Park Lake on Thursday when they noticed an odd, brown patch in the water. Smith visited the lake as recently as August and recalled that back then, its bright green lotus plants shot into the air. But on the day after Christmas, the wilted bed of bronze flowers before her drooped onto the water like a sea of broken miniature umbrellas. "I've walked around this park in the winter and I don't remember it ever quite looking like this," said Smith, 56, a lawyer from La Crescenta.
June 25, 2013 |
One of the world's great rodeos will go on “come hell or high water.” Calgary Stampede officials announced Monday that Canada's ultimate rodeo will run as scheduled July 5-14, despite extensive flooding to the grounds and the city itself. "We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scraped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the cleanup of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world," Stampede president Bob Thompson said. "We will be hosting the greatest outdoor show on Earth, come hell or high water," he said.
April 12, 2013 |
Harvard chemist Daniel Nocera recently developed the world's first practical artificial leaf - a silicon-based device that could use sunlight to split water and create clean fuel. Now, the scientist says he's improved the leaf - making it able to self-heal and to work even in dirty water. Nocera discussed the advances this week at the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans. The artificial leaf has been called a holy grail for decades, and scientists had been working on designing an efficient device that, like plants, can use sunlight to create energy.
December 26, 2012 |
I told myself I had only come to look at the surf, but who was I kidding? Powerful head-high waves reeled off the rock jetty that marks the northern end of Manhattan Beach's El Porto surf break. A light but steady drizzle had fallen hours earlier; now an offshore breeze groomed the sea like corduroy. In my car, perched along the bluff, I gazed longingly at the half a dozen surfers circling in the lineup, all jockeying to latch onto a feathering wave. Wave riders in L.A. welcome winter storms, which open a narrow window of good surf created by strong swells, favorable winds and new sandbars.
May 20, 2012
Re "Firm wants to tap liquid gold in the Mojave Desert," May 16 The Cadiz Inc.project will drain an aquifer in the eastern Mojave Desert and pipe it to the lawns of Orange County, reaping billions for the company. Conspicuously absent from the debate is the government of San Bernardino County, which was required to produce an environmental review but punted it to a water district nearly 200 miles away. Now it has moved to exempt the Cadiz project from the local groundwater law, signing away its enforcement authority for the laughably weak provisions of the exemption agreement, which, among other things, waits an entire decade before even calculating harm to the aquifer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2011 |
By the hundreds of thousands each year, they sail to Avalon by ferry and cruise ship for diving trips, glass-bottom boat tours and to lounge on the beach in the Catalina Island town 26 miles off the Southern California coast. Yet the same crystal-clear water that draws tourists also harbors an embarrassing hazard. For most of the last decade, Avalon Harbor Beach has ranked among the most polluted in the state, tainted with human sewage that puts swimmers at risk. Even though the city of 4,000 has spent $3.5 million testing and rehabilitating sewer lines, the water is no cleaner.