One of the best things to come out of City Hall recently is the grant-funded mailing to creekside residents in Linda Mar: a booklet called "Pacifica Creek Care: How to Live and Work in Pacifica's Watersheds" plus the "Guide for Plant Salvage and Plant Maintenance Efforts." Thanks to Associate Engineer Maria Aguilar (650-738-4660) for sending this useful information. The city is working on a creek ordinance to protect the flora and fauna of the creek. For future developments, visit the CITY OF PACIFICA and SAN PEDRO CREEK WATERSHED COALITION, which created the creek booklet.
Karen Brooks forwards this picture of a young fox who visited her Placerville (ex-Pacifican) friend's backyard.
Highly ironic sign seen on a telephone pole at Linda Mar and Alicante. "Can we expect more like this if Measure N doesn't pass? I think so," says Tim Brand, who snapped this picture (above) just before I did (below).
MoveOn Council members, CD 12 and 14:
Thanks to all of you who took part in the McCain-Bush Challenge! There was a great article in the SAN MATEO COUNTY TIMES
MoveOn Regional Coordinator
San Francisco Business Times, by Lindsay Riddell
WCI student isolates microbe that lunches on plastic bags
TheRecord.com - CanadaWorld
Karen Kawawada, RECORD STAFF
WATERLOO—Getting ordinary plastic bags to rot away like banana peels would be an environmental dream come true. After all, we produce 500 billion a year worldwide and they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. They take up space in landfills, litter our streets and parks, pollute the oceans and kill the animals that eat them. Now a Waterloo teenager has found a way to make plastic bags degrade faster -- in three months, he figures. Daniel Burd's project won the top prize at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa. He came back with a long list of awards, including a $10,000 prize, a $20,000 scholarship, and recognition that he has found a practical way to help the environment. READ THE FULL STORY HERE
[Ken Restivo got a charge out of this item on Craig's List.]
International Rivers Network (IRN) recently held an event at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on how carbon-trading scammers threaten to undermine the intent of the Kyoto Protocol on reducing carbon emissions. Here is the EVENT VIDEO. Since the event, IRN's annual Dams, Rivers, and People report went to press, and is also available at THE FULL REPORT. "Bad Deal for the Planet: Why Carbon Offsets Aren't Working—and How to Create a Fair Global Climate Accord" delves into the murky world of fake carbon offsets and lays out a framework for creating better solutions to solve the looming climate crisis. The U.S. Senate soon starts discussing a bill that could allow U.S. polluters to escape their emission reduction responsibilities by buying hundreds of millions of international offsets every year. (Follow the money, i.e., campaign contributions.)
[adapted from Jake Sigg's Nature News]
This is a great example of devoted, loyal fans fighting for their favorite cookie and forcing the manufacturer to restore the product.
When the going gets rough, the tough get going—by eating more Spam.
THE DESCENT OF PHOENIX: When NASA's Phoenix probe parachuted to Mars last Sunday, a pair of other spacecraft were orbiting high overhead, watching and listening. While NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped some jaw-dropping photos of Phoenix's plunge to the surface, Europe's Mars Express orbiter recorded Phoenix's radio transmissions. The eerie-sounding tones have just been beamed back to Earth and you can listen to them by following the links at today's edition of SPACE WEATHER.
CARTWHEEL CME: Imagine a billion-ton cloud of gas launching itself off the surface of the sun and then doing a cartwheel. That's exactly what happened on April 9, 2008, when a coronal mass ejection pirouetted over the sun's limb in full view of an international fleet of spacecraft. The cartwheel set off a chain of events that amazed even veteran solar physicists. The full story, and a spectacular movie of a second cartwheel recorded just last week, may be found at SPACE WEATHER.
I was able to spend 10 days in the Sierra Nevada. Just click the link below to see all my pix. There's a handy slideshow link on the title page. Geek note: If you use the Firefox browser, get the PicLens extension. It's a great way to look at images.
DAVE YUHAS BEAUTY SHOTS IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
Peninsula Politics blog discusses our recent post on Jackie Speier's late endorsement of Jerry Hill for state Assembly. Apparently, there are repercussions. Read more at the link above.