It is now a given that the health of an ecosystem can be measured by the abundance and diversity of the native organisms able to survive and thrive there – i.e., its level of biodiversity. The concept has now even … Read more
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As the poet Wendell Berry says, “if we do the right things today, we’ll have done all we really can for tomorrow.”
In a famous experiment in the early 1960s, the mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz was running computer simulations of weather patterns, trying to see how they changed when he changed variables like wind or temperature at the start. One day, … Read more
A year of exceptional drama in the lives of Cal’s peregrine falcons continues.
In the last century, the federal government has tried to build its way out of California’s water crisis. The parallel story of the Winnemem Wintu’s displacement is a reminder that we can’t conjure water out of thin air.
A fox looks sick in the Presidio, and Animal Care and Control reports increased numbers of sick raccoons and skunks.
Wetlands breathe in carbon dioxide, but can breathe out methane.
What did natural California look like before the arrival of Europeans? Laura Cunningham paints it.
New research shows that some areas of the wildland-urban interface – the land where development ends and wilderness begins – are at much higher risk of burning than others.
Ever since the 1930s, when an improbable remnant colony of sea otters was discovered off the rugged Big Sur coast after more than a century of intensive fur hunting, Californians have worked to bring the animals back from the edge … Read more