Surprises in the Race to Develop a Viable Green Crude

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As the impetus of extreme weather events and scientific warnings gain momentum, it is becoming increasingly clearer that much that we once thought to be normal cannot last. We can ignore the challenges confronting us – and risk having to pay a much steeper fine in the not too distant future  – or look for the opportunities.  The quest for a viable “green crude”, which can assume the workload presently carried by fossil fuels, is part of that transition to a more environmentally friendly world. There have already been many surprises along the way.

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Nika: A Gift of Clean Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This started out as a “green tip” advising people against purchasing bottled water.  Then, in the midst of gleaning items from the web, I came across Nika’s website.  Nika is a Zulu word meaning “to give” and also the name of a La Jolla based bottled water company that is probably more ministry than business.

“We donate 100% of our profits back to the cause, “ the General Manager,  Jordan Mellul, told me.

Coyotes: The Media’s Modern Bogeyman

By Renee Owens

At this very moment scientists are growing algae for biofuel, making contact lenses that change color to alert diabetics of low blood sugar, and doctors are fighting cancer using sound instead of radiation. When such amazing advances are becoming the norm, why is it we are continuously befuddled and alarmed by something that has lived in our midst, unchanging, for centuries? Not only has it lived quietly among us, it shares more than 99% of its DNA with our beloved canine children.

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The problem with San Onofre

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When someone like Patrick Moore, who was one of Greenpeace’s founders, comes out in support of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), I take notice. Moore recently  wrote that, “ … I have had the opportunity to visit several nuclear energy facilities across America and common to all of them is their unwavering commitment to safety. It drives everything employees do, from reactor operators in the control room to every other worker at the plant. The nuclear energy industry has the highest safety record in this country and has demonstrated a commitment to continuously updating and improving its best practices based on lessons learned across the global industry….” This is a good endorsement, only I am not concerned about a possible lack of integrity among the people who work at San Onofre.
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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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Are we trading away our rights and environment?

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki with contributions from with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Manager Ian Hanington

Global trade has advantages. For starters, it allows those of us who live through winter to eat fresh produce year-round. And it provides economic benefits to farmers who grow that food. That could change as oil, the world’s main transport fuel, becomes increasingly scarce, hard to obtain and costly, but we’ll be trading with other nations for the foreseeable future.

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President Obama Must Show Some Climate Leadership

Originally published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki, with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Communications Manager Ian Hanington

The race to become leader of the world’s most powerful democracy often seemed disconnected from reality. During debates, the two main candidates stooped to insults, half-truths and outright lies. The overall campaign included appallingly ignorant statements about women. But the most bewildering disconnect was over the greatest threat the world faces: global warming. Republican candidate Mitt Romney only mentioned it mockingly, and President Barack Obama brought it up in passing toward the end of the campaign and in one line during his acceptance speech.
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Cohen Commission: We’ve got the Wild Salmon Policy — now let’s use it

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By Jeffery Young, Aquatic Biologist

After more than two years of working on the issue, I am pleased with Justice Bruce Cohen’s report from the Judicial Inquiry into the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon. The report has a strong conservation focus and makes 75 recommendations that, if implemented by the federal government, would go a long way toward recovering Pacific salmon in Canada.
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Sharpen Your Memory With A Short Walk in Nature

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

Docs Talk

Currently a post-doctoral fellow at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Dr. Marc Berman is producing groundbreaking research on how spending time in nature affects the human brain. He was interviewed by Docs Talk.  

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SDG&E Celebrates Completion of Sunrise Powerlink

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

“That snap, crackle and pop is the sound of success,’ SDG&E president and chief financial officer Michael Niggli declared, referring to the noises emanating from high voltage lines at the newly completed Suncrest Substation.
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