July 21, 2000 |
A federal judge in Seattle has ordered fishing trawlers out of coastal areas in western Alaska that are used by the endangered Steller sea lion, a ruling that could cut into the nation's biggest commercial seafood harvests. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly, in an order filed Thursday, said he agrees with environmentalists who claimed that the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to protect the dwindling Alaska sea lion population.
December 22, 2000 |
The economic effects of designating more than 5 million acres in California as federal habitat for the red-legged frog will not require changes to most development projects except in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, according to a report released Thursday. The report, by economists hired by the U.S.
September 26, 2013 |
Despite their potential as affordable, well-built housing for the masses, modern prefabs in California have tended to be custom-built designs that exceed prospective buyers' budgets. In South Los Angeles, however, a nonprofit organization called Restore Neighborhoods LA recently finished three architect-designed prefab houses topped with solar panels and aimed at moderate-income families. The RNLA houses were designed by the Santa Monica firm Minarc , headed by the wife-husband team of Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, and built with the couple's interlocking panel system, dubbed mnmMOD. A bonus: mnmMOD is produced in nearby Vernon, providing local jobs and cutting down on transportation costs, the firm said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2003 |
Every afternoon, Marcella Castro fixes her husband, Raul, one of his favorite meals and the two sit and chat until nightfall. The ritual is mostly one-sided, though, with Marcella patiently making conversation as her husband of 48 years stares blankly or mutters unintelligibly from his wheelchair. It's not the way Marcella, 66, envisioned themselves spending their later years. The two spend much of their time together at an Oxnard rehabilitation facility, where Raul has lived since suffering brain injuries in 2001 when he fell from a house he was helping to build as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
November 24, 2010 |
Polar bears are likely to lose out to grizzly bears in fierce competition for food as climate change drives the two species into shared habitat, biologists have concluded. A study released Tuesday was based on 3-D computer modeling that compared the skull and jaw strength of the two bruins and found polar bears ill-suited to the tougher chewing demands posed by the largely vegetarian diet of their grizzly cousins. The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, was conducted by evolutionary biologists at UCLA and published in an online journal of the Public Library of Science.
January 29, 2011 |
Rare plants are increasingly finding their way outside their normal habitats because of commercial sellers and citizen conservationists, two ecologists warn. Unless the movement of such plants is better regulated, it could spell trouble for endangered species as well as the environments to which they are moved. The caution, written by Patrick Shirey and Gary Lamberti at the University of Notre Dame and published in the journal Nature, warned that rare plants grown outside their native territories can disrupt their new environment, hybridize with related plants and blur their genetic individuality, or carry pathogens them that devastate other plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1992 |
A proposed golf course bordering the coastal bluffs in upscale Rancho Palos Verdes has come under fire from a local environmental coalition, which sees the project as a threat to the disappearing California gnatcatcher. "We are opposed to the golf course because the area is too small to put in 18 holes of golf and still protect gnatcatcher habitat," said Andrew Sargent, spokesman for the Coastal Conservation Coalition, a Palos Verdes Peninsula organization that includes the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and nine local groups.
September 7, 2010 |
"This is the easy part," says Barry Rice, half-sliding, half-falling down a ravine through a latticework of dead branches. Decades ago, lush stands of Darlingtonia californica — emerald plants coiled like fanged cobras ready to pounce — grew at this spot in the northern reaches of the Sierra Nevada. Deep in the ravine, the air is hot and dead. Pieces of bark that have sloughed off trees make every step a danger — nature's equivalent of a thousand forgotten skateboards cluttering a driveway.
June 25, 2013 |
If the $53-million price tag doesn't stand in his way, President Obama need look no further than Hacienda de la Paz on the Palos Verdes Peninsula as a place to settle down after life in the White House. Set in gated Rolling Hills, behind gates of its own, the ranch estate includes 8 acres of edible landscaping and five bunker-worthy subterranean levels beneath its ground-floor living space. There are back-up generators, a system to turn the indoor pool water into oxygen, a state-of-the-art security system, thermal generated power and enough wine cellar space to lay in a supply for years to come -- everything a head of state needs to weather a national or worldwide emergency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 |
Many of the nation's 440 military bases were established in what were once sparsely populated hinterlands where soldiers trained without complaints from neighbors about the roar of warplanes and the sound of gunfire and explosions. Now, with urban sprawl pushing up against perimeter fences, the U.S. Department of Defense has quietly become a major protector of wilderness and ranch lands. Working with conservation organizations and local governments, its Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has helped buy nearly $1 billion worth of land to create buffer zones around 64 military bases where development threatened to encroach on combat training.