Journalism

Dead forests

Submitted: Oct 08, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 The large and growing patches of dead trees in California's forests are less perceptible to the public than even the falling aquifers, which at least have immediate consequences in the growing number of dry wells.  If you aren't flying over forests or talking to people who work or camp in them, it isn't easy to get a sense of the magnitude of what the drought has done to California forests. Wildfires through oak woodlands or forest fires may consume dead trees and leave others dead, can give us an idea of the stress forests are under now. But, strangely, the terror, injury and death of wild animals is not apparently considered news. Certainly not nearly as important as the loss of human habitations built in areas which, in retrospect, were seen to be vulnerable to large, fast, deadly fires.

Here are few articles that discuss different aspects of the problem. Some are saying, whether to raise the alarm, make a profit or a reputation, that this drought has permanently changed our forests. -- blj

 

 

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But, does it stick on the barn door?

Submitted: Oct 06, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 The tedious mixture of hyperbole and desiccated cliches politicians hurl at global-warming crises for which they have been unwilling to prepare the public remind us of a general comment about politicians from the 19th Century:

To delude others and by deluding them to delude yourself--this is parliamentary wisdom in a nutshell! -- Karl Marx, Sept. 8, 1872. in Istvan Meszaros, Beyond Capital, p. 679.

 

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CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.

Submitted: Oct 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

7-7-15

Esquire Magazine

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

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Overdrafting credulity on the east side

Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Journalists shouldn't take at face value the public utterances of other peoples' consultants, for example the Provost and Pritchard Consulting Group, in the pay of the Eastside Water District, a mysterious institution that lacks any surface water to distribute.

We may be over-emphasizing a small point, but when the consultant said:

“The groundwater pumping has caused a ‘cone of depression’ and groundwater overdraft to occur,” said a report on the project by the Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group in Modesto. “This is due to the lack of a surface water supply that could offer groundwater recharge in the area and lead to a sustainable supply.”

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Questions about the Delta and global warming

Submitted: Sep 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We've assembled over the years enough articles on drought, California water and global warming to fill several books. Our aim was to inform and raise questions. As the drought grows worse -- news of larger forest fires and more dry wells -- lately the media seems to be trying to project a sense of perspective at this point. But they, and the politicians they quote and the scientists they paraphrase do not appear to be doing a very good job.

We wondered, for example, if it would destroy public confidence in the wisdom of The Interests  (finance, insurance and real estate) in California, if we dared to say global warming and the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the same sentence.

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The balm of reason may sooth the chicken flock

Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Three perennial sources of American anxiety, The People's Republic of China, communism and money, have recently coalesced into an imaginary 10-foot, rabid fox menacing our flock.

Pepe Escobar offers soothing reason to dissolve the specter. He actually lives in Hong Kong and has been covering the politics and economy of the PRC for a number of years.-- blj

 

 

 

 

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Israel will teach us how to manage water

Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 It was precisely because of this Israeli innovation that the governor, Jerry Brown, welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to California in March 2014. During a ceremony in Silicon Valley, the two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding to foster cooperation and develop research with an emphasis on water conservation and management.

The memorandum calls on California and Israeli businesses, universities and laboratories to join together to find solutions to water scarcity. “Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and here is a great opportunity for collaboration,” Brown said.-- Madison Margolin, The Forward, July 2015

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Groundwater, considered all by itself

Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Local support is required for each type of boundary change. Mr. Springhorn explained the tiered system with an increasing level of local support depending on the severity of the requested revision. “We’ve been messaging that for boundary revision in the state, there needs to be broad local agreement for these revisions because these revisions have impacts on the implementation of groundwater management and also sustainable groundwater management in the high and medium basins so that’s been a key theme throughout all of our stakeholder engagement and outreach.”

http://mavensnotebook.com/2015/07/20/sustainable-groundwater-management-act-implementation-an-overview-of-the-basin-boundary-regulation/

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Bob Baker, you'll be greatly missed

Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Bob  taught journalism as a high, vitally important practiced in real time on deadline. (What else? He was also a rocking bass player.) No one could teach journalism better. We were immensely lucky to have known him and to have read his magnificent Newsthinking:  Making your Facts Fall Into Place.  He leaves us with the obligation of not letting newsthinking pass with him.

Thank you, Bob, for your passionate curiosity, pursuit of clarity, your bravery, and your magnificent teaching skills.

Bill Hatch

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