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Joshua Tree attorneys pressing for polar bear protection

A polar bear watches a passing whaling crew near Barrow, Alaska, in a 2006 photo. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mary Sage, Joseph Napaaqtuq Sage) View PDF: Melting Arctic An attorney from Joshua Tree is in San Francisco today where she…



Giving up carbon for Lent

Nina Scott is reducing her carbon footprint for Lent, which means not using her dryer. (The Boston Globe/Joanne Rathe) Here’s a new one, or at least as far as I can tell. Most Christians sacrifice a personal pleasure such…



Penguins on a march to extinction?

Emperor penguins as shown in the documentary film “March of the Penguins.” (Hallmark Channel) A conservation group, including a lawyer who lives in the Inland region, filed suit against the Bush administration for missing a deadline this week to…



The taboo subject that’s got people talking

One of the biggest questions I get from folks is why doesn’t anyone talk about the impact of population growth on the environment, and now of course, climate change. Just recently, a reader in Sun City wrote me to…



Combatting climate change, the winner is …

Following the nationwide “teach-in” on climate change on Jan. 31, high school and college students across the country voted on the best ways to combat the warming trend. And the winners were announced today as the founder of the event,…



Another penguin species marching towards extinction?

King penguins raise their young on Possession Island in the Crozet Archipelago in the Indian Ocean near Antarctica. (Bloomberg News) Another alarming report about penguins and global warming, and this one from French scientists. King penguins declined in the…



A closer look at our deserts and climate change

Desert bighorn sheep are seen climbing the Marble Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve in eastern San Bernardino County. (Associated Press) Not to keep harping on climate change … but I always like to keep you apprised of things…



How does your Super Tuesday candidate match up on earth-friendly issues?

This election year is sure to be interesting no matter which party you are affiliated with. And with Super Tuesday happening tomorrow, I thought I’d let you know of a survey you can take that matches you up with…



Ancient rings of fire don’t bode well for I.E. wildfires

The Butler 2 Fire in the Big Bear area charred 14,000 acres last September. (The Press-Enterprise/Ed Crisostomo) The statistics from scientists on climate change and its effects on wildfires is a little daunting, given our region’s susceptibility to wind-driven…



Another Inland campus joins the climate change teach-in

UC Riverside is joining in on the Focus the Nation effort with a lecture tomorrow night by a sociology student who was trained by Al Gore in 2006 to present a slide show on climate change based on “An Inconvenient…



Nation’s largest teach-in to explore climate change

Icebergs float in a bay off Ammassalik Island, Greenland, on July 19. A record amount of Greenland’s ice sheet melted last summer _ 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark _ U.S. scientists had reported, saying it…



Losing ice at the bottom of the world

Strong winds carve intricate shapes in blocks of ice throughout the Antarctic coastline. (Associated Press/Brian Witte) More bad news from scientists on the climate change front, this time from down below. Ice loss in Antarctica increased by 75 percent…



The Inland region: An environmental hotbed?

Bicycle riders travel on the the Santa Ana River Trail near Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Regional Park in Riverside. (The Press-Enterprise/David Bauman) The Inland region may not be a hotbed of environmental activism like Berkeley or Santa Monica, but you…



Global thinker to speak locally

Lester R. Brown He’s perhaps the country’s most-respected environmentalist. In fact, the Washington Post considers him one of the world’s most influential thinkers, and he’s coming here to the Inland region in a couple of weeks. No, it’s not…



Missing deadline

This undated photo released in November shows a sow polar bear resting with her cubs on the pack ice in the Beaufort Sea in northern Alaska. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) There was supposed to be big news this…



Earth’s Hour

The city skyline in Sydney, Australia, is seen prior to the first Earth Hour this past March 24. More than 2.2 million people participated and the Sydney Opera House was darkened for an hour. (Associated Press/Paul Miller) You can…



The greening of a church

The Rev. Phil Smith delivers the Sunday sermon inside of the Universalist Unitarian Church in Riverside. May 30, 1999. (David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise) It is perhaps the most environmentally friendly church in the Inland region and now it’s up for…



The Great White North may be not being so great

Guy Aube is among hundreds of environmental activists protesting Canada’s stand at the climate change talks being held in Bali during a rally in Montreal, Dec. 7. His sign, with the melting globe, translates to say “I’m hot.” (Peter…