The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Last week the governor ordered a state agency to stop issuing fracking permits to oil drillers, starting as of 2024. This is less of a big deal than it seems. Hydraulic fracturing is rarely used in California because the permitting process was tightened in 2014 and because our earthquake-shaken rocks are already well fractured, and […]

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

The New Yorker has an article that cuts to the chase about what humans need to do to deal with Climate Change. It talks about the need to stop burning things and the fallacy in policies that treat biomass as “carbon-neutral”. If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it […]

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

Predictions Of Climate Change’s Devastating Impact On Habitat — Natural History Wanderings

Press release from Center for Biological Diversity. As Carbon Levels Approach Terrifying Milestone, Climate Study Predicts Staggering Habitat Loss for Wildlife  WASHINGTON— As carbon levels in the atmosphere approach 400 parts per million, a new study finds that global warming, left unchecked, will cause major declines of more than half of the world’s plants and a […]

Predictions Of Climate Change’s Devastating Impact On Habitat — Natural History Wanderings

Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History Would Protect 226 Million Acres for Alaska’s Ringed Seals ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Arctic ringed seals threatened by climate change today received proposed protections for more than 226 million acres of critical habitat in Alaska’s Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Ringed seals were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in […]

Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History — Natural History Wanderings

Oregon Stops Logging To Protect Marbled Murrelet — Natural History Wanderings

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) press release from Center For Biological Diversity Citing Marbled Murrelet Lawsuit, Oregon Suspends Clearcutting on 914 Acres of Old-growth Forests on the Elliott State Forest SALEM, Ore.— After a lawsuit by conservation groups, the state of Oregon has suspended logging on 914 acres of old-growth forest on the Elliott […]

Oregon Stops Logging To Protect Marbled Murrelet — Natural History Wanderings

Critical Habitat Designated In Southern Calif. For Endangered Plant — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release from Center for Biological Diversity 98 Acres of Habitat Protected for Endangered Southern California Plant U.S. Fish and Wildlife Decision Falls Short of Needed Protection LOS ANGELES— In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 98.4 acres of “critical habitat” for an endangered plant […]

Critical Habitat Designated In Southern Calif. For Endangered Plant — Natural History Wanderings

38 Hawaiian Species Gain Endangered Protections — Natural History Wanderings

press release from Center for Biological Diversity 38 Hawaiian Species Awarded Endangered Species Act Protection Species Include Colorful Geraniums, Rare Snails, Sunflowers, Vines and Trees HONOLULU— In response to a landmark settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected 35 plants and three tree snails on the Hawaiian islands of […]

38 Hawaiian Species Gain Endangered Protections — Natural History Wanderings

Endangered California Coachella Valley Milk Vetch Gains Protection — Natural History Wanderings

press release from the Center for Biological Diversity Endangered California Plant Gains 9,600 Acres of Protected Habitat LOS ANGELES— Responding to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized protection of 9,603 acres of critical habitat for the endangered Coachella Valley milk vetch in Southern California. The […]

Endangered California Coachella Valley Milk Vetch Gains Protection — Natural History Wanderings

Large Habitat Protection Proposed For Yellow-billed Cuckoo — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity 546,335 Acres in 9 Western States Proposed as Protected Critical Habitat for Yellow-billed Cuckoos Protection Will Benefit Rare Songbird and Health of Rivers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect more than a half-million acres of […]

Large Habitat Protection Proposed For Yellow-billed Cuckoo — Natural History Wanderings

Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining | KRON4 — Natural History Wanderings

Kron4 reports The National Park Service says the Tule Elk’s population declined in 2020, likely due to drought conditions impacting the elk’s food. An annual census count found about 150 Tule Elks living on Point Reyes National Seashore have died likely due to drought conditions. Read more at  Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining […]

Why California’s Tule Elk population may be declining | KRON4 — Natural History Wanderings