Author: Jennifer Lance

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Spinning Science: Klamath Dam Removal Major Step in Restoring Chinook not a $1.4 Billion Gamble

In 2020, four dams obstructing the Klamath River in northern California may finally reach their demise.  For many decades, salmon have not been able to reach the upper portions of the river, and the dams have created an unhealthy environment responsible for massive fish kills and closed commercial salmon fishing along the California and Oregon […]

June 27th

Senate Bill 79: the Protecting Pregnant Women and Children from Hexavalent Chromium Act of 2011

What do you think of when you take a drink of fresh, cool tap water?  Chromium-6 probably doesn’t jump to your mind; however, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found this suspected carcinogen in 31 of the 35 cities’ tap water they tested.  Senators Feinstein and Boxer have responded by introducing Senate Bill 79, the Protecting […]

February 11th

Stupid Policy that Endangers Species: Army Corps of Engineers Scorched Earth Levee Vegetation Removal

Last summer, we reported about the Army Corps of Engineers plans to cut down trees along levees, even though their roots provide soil stabilization.  Once again, this policy has drawn fire as failing to “consult with federal wildlife agencies” to protect species under the Endangered Species Act.  The Center for Biological Diversity intends to file […]

August 17th

Private vs. Public Water: A Tale of Felton, CA

Do you know who owns your water?  Many communities have moved from public water works to privatization of this important utility.  Corporations raise rates, and citizens are left with no local control.  In many towns, grassroots movements have successfully fought corporate water acquisition.  Felton, California is a model of such citizen action.

July 27th

Increased CO2 in World's Oceans Causes Fish to be Attracted to Predators

Human activity is not only causing increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in our atmosphere, but our oceans are suffering as well.  CO2 absorption causes the water to become more acidic, which in turn alters marine life’s natural instincts to avoid predation.  Researchers fear the results will have “far-reaching consequences for the sustainability of fish populations”. […]

July 23rd

China Plans Deep Sea Mining of Copper, Nickel, Cobalt, Silver, and Gold in International Waters

The demand for metals used in the production of electronic devices, such as cellular phones and laptop computers, has pushed China to the deep sea.  Searching for copper, nickel, cobalt, silver and gold, the Chinese want to explore inactive hydrothermal vents at a depth of over 5,000 feet in international waters.  Environmentalists fear marine pollution.

July 15th

Oil Spill News: BP Burning Endangered Sea Turtles

Environmental groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network along with local shrimp boat captains have filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order against oil giant British Petroleum (BP) to stop the burning of endangered sea turtles.  Using the Endangered Species Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, […]

July 1st

BP's Oil Spill Response Plan: Toxic Chemical Dispersant, Dead Experts, Extinct Walrus Protection

In order to obtain a permit for offshore drilling, you obviously need a plan for the event of a catastrophe, such as the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Lawmakers this week examined British Petroleum’s (BP), as well as other oil companies, plans in light of “BP’s struggle […]

June 16th