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March 10, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
In 1970, Joseph Sax wrote a law review article that laid the foundation for a court case that would become famous in the annals of California water. More than a decade after publication of Sax's seminal essay on the public trust doctrine, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state had a duty to take into account the public trust in allocating water resources - an opinion that ultimately forced Los Angeles to reduce diversions from the Mono Lake basin in the Eastern Sierra.
January 20, 2006 | Usha Lee McFarling, Times Staff Writer
By 2050, the planet's population will increase to 9 billion, with most people migrating to massive cities. Better vaccines will lessen the epidemic of HIV and offset flu pandemics. The global economy will quadruple. Demand for food, fresh water and raw materials for construction and heat will stretch natural resources to their limits, according to an analysis released Thursday.
Crying out against man's destruction of the natural environment, Pope John Paul II warned Tuesday that a global ecological crisis threatens not only the well-being of humanity but world peace as well. The Pope attacked greedy consumerism, the pillaging of natural resources and the "indiscriminate application of science and technology" as elements in a global crisis he said is moral as well as material.
Humans now consume more of the Earth's natural resources than the planet can replace, raising doubts about the long-range sustainability of modern economies, according to a new study being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For the last 20 years, people have been depleting natural resources, including fish, forests and arable land, at a rapid rate.
June 7, 1999
California's natural resources have suffered for the past 16 years under prior governors. Now, under Gov. Gray Davis, who promised to be a friend of the environment, the state's natural resources face yet another stingy budget. Even with a $4.3-billion surplus to draw on, Davis added relatively little to the resources budget, leaving it even smaller than the final outlay of Gov. Pete Wilson.
April 5, 2005
There is no shortage of frightening reports on the future of our planet making the rounds, but the granddaddy of sky-is-falling warnings came last week from the United Nations. In sum: Without radical changes, 1 billion of the world's poorest citizens will, within 50 years, be deprived of the fresh air, clean water and other basic natural resources they need to survive. The U.N.'
August 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
Toward an outdated goal of developing the West, the federal government is virtually giving away billions of dollars' worth of natural resources to subsidize private business, a congressional report says. The subsidies come in the form of cheap water, underpriced timber and help for private interests ranging from mining companies to ranchers and farmers, according to a study released Sunday by the House Natural Resources Committee.
June 5, 1994
The opening this weekend of some 6,600 acres of land that stretch from Coast Highway inland through Emerald Canyon to the north and from Laguna Canyon Road to Crystal Cove State Park was a double dose of good news for nature lovers and for those who cherish the preservation of precious open space. In making good on a 4-year-old promise, the Irvine Co. has made this rare reserve accessible to the public through tours.
August 21, 1991
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev was ousted, so were some of the achievements that blossomed under perestroika. Among them: Union Treaty: Gorbachev was to officiate at the treaty's signing, scheduled to begin Tuesday. His treaty would have kept the federation together while granting greater autonomy to the republics. These republics were to be given greater powers in the national legislature, military matters, foreign affairs, natural resources and the administration of energy resources.
March 18, 1986 | Mark Landsbaum
The California Conservation Corps will accept applications from men and women between the ages of 18 and 23 interested in working to restore and maintain the environment. The CCC is a work ethic program that employs more than 2,000 people a year. Members build parks and trails, plant trees, clear streams and restore historic buildings. They also can be called upon to fight fires and floods. Corps members receive three weeks' training, then are assigned to a CCC residential center.
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