“In a rare example of regional cooperation, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials have signed an agreement aimed at generating new water sources for all three and saving the Dead Sea, a unique nature site and prime economic asset.”
“Buried beneath the world’s oceans and the Arctic permafrost lies a global energy source that many think might dwarf today’s fracking revolution: huge reservoirs of natural gas trapped in ice crystals.
“They’re called methane hydrates and are sometimes known as ‘flammable ice.’”
“Two years ago, [Marin] county supervisors approved a ban on grocery stores using plastic bags in an effort to get people to, instead, use re-usable bags. The county law followed Fairfax’s 2008 voter-approved ban.
“Marin cities have been talking about following their lead, but it had hoped the state Legislature would approve a statewide ban.”
From the Eureka Times-Standard, in a commentary by Uri Driscoll:
“About 50 people attended a meeting on Nov. 12 in Eureka to discuss sea level rise and its potential effects on Humboldt Bay. Slides with graphs and numbers and wall size photos of extra high king tides at various locations around the bay were presented.
“Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California’s seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up.”
“Two million native oysters have settled on man-made reefs in San Francisco Bay over the past year, marking the first major success in an effort to bring back a species ravaged by human excess, researchers said Thursday.”
“Drakes Bay Oyster Co., a West Marin County company, plants and harvests a third of California’s oysters and owns the state’s only oyster cannery. In February, the Coastal Commission issued a cease-and-desist order …
“Against that backdrop, the Coastal Commission will hold hearings this week in Newport Beach on a proposal by Poseidon Water to construct and operate a seawater desalination plant adjacent to the AES Power Station in Huntington Beach.”
“It was hardly as dramatic as a raising of the Titanic, but when the nose end of the Captain Al, a 105-foot rust bucket of a tugboat, poked above the surface of the Oakland Estuary for the first time in more than 15 years Monday, a few men ashore got lumps in their throats.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Mark Gold and Cara Horowitz:
“You’ve probably seen the images of dolphins caught in abandoned monofilament fishing nets, or of vast areas of plastic trash floating in remote waters of the Pacific, or of sea turtles consuming plastic bags that look remarkably like one of their favorite foods: jellyfish. Or perhaps, after a rainstorm, you’ve walked on a beach that resembled a landfill.
“Falcons and hawks trained and flown by Adam Chavez of San Juan Capistrano evidently have succeeded – at least for now – in scaring away sea gulls blamed for polluting the beach with their droppings in recent years. The birds hung out by the hundreds at a freshwater pond at the mouth of a Poche flood-control channel.”
“Due to rising sea levels, storms will make it more likely that the Port of Long Beach’s wharves will be damaged, critical roads submerged and utilities harmed, bringing activity at one of the state’s economic hubs to a disruptive lurch, experts say. …
“Predictions show that by 2100, the water will rise between 55 and 66 inches above its current level.”
“Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, sat down with us Wednesday, hours before the House approved its broad water infrastructure bill. Hahn serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is co-chairwoman of the bipartisan Ports Opportunity Renewal Trade and Security caucus, with Rep.
“The operator of Japan’s wrecked nuclear plant said Monday that rainwater from a weekend storm became contaminated as it collected behind barriers meant to stop radiation leaks. The toxic water overflowed those barriers at several locations, with some of it possibly spilling into the Pacific Ocean.”
“With sea level projected to rise by up to a meter by the end of the century, property owners, state regulators and environmentalists are debating whether to fortify the coastline against advancing seas, or to retreat inland. …
“In its landmark climate report released last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that sea level rose by more than seven inches over the last century, and is projected to rise between 10 and 38 inches by the end of this century.