Bobcat kitten, hantavirus and marijuana

August 29, 2012

Your Wednesday news digest. Enjoy!

A bobcat kitten may be the most photogenic victim of the fire that’s been raging in the Plumas and Lassen national forests. The kitten followed firefighters after turning up dazed and with troubled vision. She’s now in recuperating with burned paws and infected eyes at the Tahoe Wildlife Rehab Center. [San Francisco Chronicle]

An “unprecedented” outbreak of hantavirus has turned up at Yosemite National Park, linked to deer mouse droppings in the area. Park officials don’t believe the four cases were the result of a lack of cleanliness, but are struggling to explain what’s changed to set off the rodent-borne disease that impacts the pulmonary system. [LA Times]

The wording of San Francisco’s Proposition F  — the restore Hetch Hetchy initiative — is under debate in court this week, with proponents objecting to the language of the San Francisco Election’s Department. [San Francisco Examiner]

U.S. Navy officials sought to downplay the extent of radiation contamination at Treasure Island. The military sought to prevent California health officials from adding their concerns that the cleanup had been mishandled, according to internal emails. [Bay Citizen]

Here’s a question that few have asked: What’s the carbon impact of marijuana? Indoor marijuana growing may account for one percent of the entire country’s electricity consumption due to energy intensive cultivation methods. That’s the conclusion of a 2011 report by a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher, who tallies the energy costs at $6 billion annually. [Huffington Post]

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.