November 11, 2013 |
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
October 1, 2013 |
Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction. Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady.
September 12, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. - Sherri Parker walked into a Barnes & Noble bookstore Wednesday night during a drizzle, part of days-long precipitation that turned the area into a soggy mess. When she and her daughter emerged half an hour later, they had to slog through 8 inches of standing water, and Parker said she didn't know whether they could make it home. They weren't sure they could get out of the parking lot, she told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday after rain poured from the skies for the fourth consecutive day. There was water in part of their home, she said, but the family hadn't had to evacuate because the house is on a hill.
September 5, 2013
Re "Going dry in a sea of wine," Sept. 2 The article on the lack of drinking water for residents of Paso Robles despite the abundance available to nearby wine growers highlights why fracking (hydraulic fracturing) should not be happening at all in California. How can it be that untold millions of gallons of water are being wasted to extract natural gas from the ground when residents don't have water to drink or to irrigate with? Just the waste of California's most limited resource should be enough argument to end this water-intensive extraction method, even before the potential for contamination of aquifers and the carbon emissions from the combustion of the fossil fuels retrieved are considered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 |
After threatening to cut off funding to California earlier this spring because the state had been so slow to improve its drinking water , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state's revised spending plan. “I think as a result of this process, Californians can be more assured that their infrastructure needs are being met,” said EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld. In April, the EPA issued a noncompliance warning to the California Department of Public Health, amid complaints that funds were not being distributed promptly or efficiently.
July 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency's Washington headquarters now carries the name of former President Clinton, who acknowledged Wednesday that the honor could have gone instead to his vice president, Al Gore, who is perhaps best known for his work on climate change. But he and others at the naming ceremony said it was a fitting tribute, not so much to the man, but to his administration's environmental legacy. “I think it more than sort of fits, not for me, but for what we did,” Clinton said.