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2012-06-02 11:47:09

During the fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies living in eastern North America fly up to 1,500 miles to the volcanic forests of Mexico to spend the winter, while monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains fly to the California coast. The phenomenon is both spectacular and mysterious: How do the insects learn these particular routes and why do they stick to them? A prevailing theory contends that eastern and western monarchs are genetically distinct, and that genetic...

2009-08-31 10:00:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It's 1,110 miles long and 80% of Californians live within an hour's drive of it. It's been celebrated in books, music, and movies. It's gorgeous, it's joyous, it's economically and ecologically vital and it's irreplaceable. It's the California coast. On September 17, 2009, Sunset magazine (www.sunset.com), the premier guide to life in the West, and the California Coastal Commission (www.coastal.ca.gov) will present their first Coastal Heroes...

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2008-11-13 08:00:00

In a crushing defeat for environmentalists, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday the US Navy can conduct sonar training exercises off the southern California coast without restrictions designed to protect whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. The high court threw out a federal judge's injunction that had required the Navy to take precautions during submarine-hunting exercises. Environmental groups argued that the intense sound waves could harm or even kill 37 species of marine mammals,...

2008-09-28 06:00:12

By Paul Rogers It was largely overlooked amid Wall Street's meltdown, but Congress made a major environmental shift this week when lawmakers dropped a 26-year ban on new offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The vote Wednesday in the House of Representatives -- and in the Senate on Saturday -- dismayed environmentalists and delighted oil companies. Yet experts on all sides of the debate say it will be years -- if ever -- before any new drilling comes to California....

2008-08-30 09:00:36

By Bob Breen THE CALIFORNIA COAST has been called one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world. Our coast needs the protection that meets standards set by most marine scientists that fully protects recreational and educational opportunities, as well as enhances depleted fisheries. Marine Protected Areas, areas of the ocean that allow marine animals and plants to flourish undisturbed, will allow our oceans to absorb the shocks of change. And make no mistake; we are living in a...

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2008-06-23 16:10:00

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal on a Bush Administration ruling that restricted the Navy's use of sonar off the southern California coast. Environmental groups said the training exercises could harm endangered whales and other marine mammals. A ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a federal judge's order requiring the Navy to take various precautions during the sonar training to minimize harm to dozens of species of whales and dolphins will be reviewed by the justices. The...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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