Heat, surf and roadkill

August 10, 2012

Time for Friday’s news digest:

It’s cooking this weekend. Get ready for triple-digit temperatures this weekend in some parts of the Bay Area as our first major heat wave descends. [San Jose Mercury News]

Heat is something most Californians believe is happening to global temperatures. A poll finds that a strong majority of Californians – 79 percent – believe in climate change. Although, fewer than 60 percent know about California’s landmark plan to deal with it. Do you? [Huffington Post]

Surfers typically think they stand to benefit from global warming. But that’s a mistake. Apparently monstrous waves will be followed by long, boring periods of flat sea, and the average height of the surf may be a wash in the end.  [Pacific Standard]

Still reeling from Monday’s Chevron blaze? It was the worst since 1999. But in the earlier part of the 1990s, there were 11 such incidents in Contra Costa industrial facilities before regulators cracked down. [Contra Costa Times]

Big industry can be a good thing. The supposed largest recycling plant in the world is opening in Milpitas, in Silicon Valley. [San Jose Mercury News]

“Draining a reservoir” is different than “restoring a valley,” say Hetch Hetchy supporters, who are objecting to the language drafted for the statewide ballot initiative in November. [SF Examiner]

What does Hetch Hetchy look like? Check out this photo gallery from a group of hikers who descended on the canyon in the same way as the trailblazers of John Muir’s days [San Francisco Chronicle]

Is local food not all its cracked up to be? Buy local food for its freshness or to support local farmers, but don’t do it for the planet, say the Union of Concerned Scientists. [USA Today]

Fences are the problem — and solution — to deer ending up as roadkill in Point Reyes. [Point Reyes Light]







About the Author

Alison Hawkes was a Bay Nature editor from 2011-2017. Before Bay Nature she worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news.