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Roy L Hales has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine stories since 1982 and was recently the Editor of the website "San Diego Loves Green."

Fluorescent Light Revealed as Gauge of Coral Health

Mysterious glow of light found to correlate with coral stress prior to bleaching

Originally Published by Scripps News

By Mario Aguilera

Coral reefs not only provide the world with rich, productive ecosystems and photogenic undersea settings, they also contribute an economic boost valued at hundreds of billions of dollars. But their decline in recent years due to a variety of threats-from pollution to climate warming-has lent urgency to the search for new ways to evaluate their health.
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Proposed Legislation to improve California’s Water supply

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A recent Sierra Club news release states , “For more than two million Californians, access to clean drinking water is a daily struggle. This year, a number of legislators are taking the lead to address this growing problem. According to a study conducted by the California Water Resources Control Board, 680 communities in California rely on contaminated water sources and roughly a third do not have necessary filtering systems in place to make sure that the water that comes out of their faucet is safe to drink.”
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Reaching for the Sky

Campus rooftops serve as launch pads for sustainability efforts

Originally published by UC San Diego

By Christine Clark

UC San Diego’s commitment to sustainability can be found in its teachings, research, operations—­even on the university’s rooftops. The campus is increasingly using the space atop its structures to innovatively reduce its environmental footprint.
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Helping Keep San Diego’s Off-the-Grid Water Systems and the Public Safe

From the San Diego County News Center

Jamelle McCullough kneels down in the mid-morning sun near Lake Cuyamaca and peers intently into the water swirling in the graduated cylinder from her water-testing kit.
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Rapid transit key to unlocking potential of UBC/Broadway corridor

The ECOreport reposts findings that rapid transit key to unlocking potential of UBC/Broadway corridor

From UBC News

The City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia today released a KPMG study that shows the employment and population of the UBC/Broadway corridor will grow by 150,000 in the next 30 years and a rail-based rapid transit system is needed to meet the corridor’s population growth and significant economic potential.
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Biological Particles End Global Journey in California

The ECOreport reposts a story of how  dust and other aerosols from one side of the world influence rainfall in another, Biological Particles End Global Journey in California

News item from Scripps Institution of Oceanography

By Robert Monroe

A field study of aerosol impacts on clouds and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada shows that dust and microorganisms transported from as far away as the Sahara desert help to spur the precipitation that California counts on for its water supply.
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Going to Extremes: The $188 Billion Price Tag from Climate-Related Extreme Weather

Originally Published by the Center for American Progress

By Daniel J. Weiss &  Jackie Weidman

The United States was subjected to many severe climate-related extreme weather over the past two years. In 2011 there were 14 extreme weather events—floods, drought, storms, and wildfires—that each caused at least $1 billion in damage. There were another 11 such disasters in 2012. These extreme weather events reflect part of the unpaid bill from climate change—a tab that will only grow over time.
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An Interview with Terry Weiner, of the Desert Protective Council

Originally published by the Canyon Country Zephyr

By Jim Stiles

TERRY WEINER is the Conservation Coordinator of the Desert Protective Council. DPC is one of a relative handful of environmental groups that has openly expresed concerns and frustration with the ongoing massive development of alternative energy projects that being planned and built across the American West. THE ZEPHYR  talked to Terry about those concerns… Continue reading An Interview with Terry Weiner, of the Desert Protective Council

Single spill could wipe out economic gains from Northern Gateway

From UBC News 

UBC researchers estimate losses of $300-million, cleanup costs of up to $9.6-billion

A major tanker spill off the coast of northern British Columbia could wipe out any potential economic gains from the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.
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