November 19, 2013
Re "Rising Pacific tides," Opinion, Nov. 13 How poignant to read of a man from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati seeking asylum in New Zealand because rising tides are swamping his homeland. If, decades ago, oil companies had been required to internalize the environmental cost of carbon dioxide emissions, we might not be at this crisis point. One effective action would be to levy a fee on carbon emissions. British Columbia and Sweden are doing so and are reducing their emissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 |
The around-the-clock rumble and hum of big rigs and cars funneling in and out of one of the world's busiest port complexes have for years defined daily life in west Long Beach. Streets of tidy homes, schools and playgrounds are boxed in by refineries, rail yards and truck routes to the harbor, including the gritty, four-mile Terminal Island Freeway. Children are hospitalized for asthma at three times the rate of other Long Beach neighborhoods, and there are far fewer parks here.
November 14, 2013 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Thievery among friends? Not on this memorable night for the Kings' kids, who sparked their stirring third-period comeback with three consecutive goals, resulting in a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. Afterward, there was still a look of wonder from Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, who had scored his first NHL goal in his first regular-season game, and a wide grin from right wing Tyler Toffoli, the man with the game-winner with 1:27 remaining.
November 13, 2013 |
Recently, a curious case appeared before New Zealand's High Court. The plaintiff, Ioane Teitiota, a resident of the island-nation of Kiribati, was seeking refugee status in New Zealand. His reasoning? Climate change and rising sea levels were making Kiribati uninhabitable. "There's no future for us when we go back to Kiribati," Teitiota argued. I used to live in Kiribati, a remote nation of 33 atolls in the equatorial Pacific scattered over an area nearly two-thirds as large as the continental United States.
November 10, 2013 |
His was the last face I saw, the final voice I heard before I stepped backward off the 100-foot cliff. Even now, nearly two decades later, I can envision his weathered features and wispy white hair, and I can recall much of what he said. My fear, he told me, was not only natural but essential both to my survival and to that of the species. Human beings were not meant to jump from high places. He then hastened to add that I should have no doubts about doing exactly that. My ropes and braking bar were in order, as was my climbing harness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 |
When installing a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island - for a fee of roughly $1,000 per foot - one certainly hopes it will stand straight. The tree's arrival this week to the Newport Beach shopping center kicked off the preparations for an influx of holiday shoppers and the more than 10,000 people expected each night for the Disney-themed tree lighting ceremonies Nov. 15 and 16, the Daily Pilot reported . Over the coming weeks, 4,000...