Urban Nature

Pinnacles, trash and shipping

January 2, 2013
This week’s Bay Area nature news:
  • Pinnacles National Monument, south of Gilroy, on verge of becoming newest national park. [Associated Press]
  • SF proceeds with enviro review of shipping trash by rail to Yuba County after groups sue. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • After one year, Marin residents say plastic bag ban is working out well and people have changed their habits. [Marin Independent Journal]
  • Mt. Diablo state park director retires, doesn’t regret leaving banking to work outdoors and care for cash-strapped park. [Contra Costa Times]
  • Sixteen whales spotted off Point Reyes, and first elephant seal pups have been born. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]
  • Hottest recorded temperature on Earth revised: It’s Death Valley, California (not Libyan town) at 134-degrees. [New York Times]
  • FDA says GMO salmon would not harm the environment. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Chips, the friendly bobcat kitten found at Sierra wildfire in August, too sweet to live in wild and needs toughening up. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Feds narrow shipping lanes into SF Bay to avoid whale collisions. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]


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.

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