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After Near-Extinction, Recovery Declared for Two Island Foxes

Most efforts to rescue threatened species from the risk of extinction involve decades of hard work. Even our country’s national symbol, the iconic bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), required more than 40 years before it had recovered enough to leave the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

June 20, 2014 — John R. Platt
The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

The California Drought: “A Stark Warning of Things to Come”

This is what California looked like on January 13 in 2013 and 2014. You’ll notice things have changed. I live here, so this morning I listened as Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State address.

January 22, 2014 — Sheril Kirshenbaum

Mysterious Flying Squirrel Could Get Endangered Species Protection

The squirrels gliding amid the mountains east of Los Angeles have been, for the most part, flying under the scientific radar. There has never been a single scientific paper published specifically about the San Bernardino flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus californicus), even though hundreds of papers about squirrels in general are published every year.

September 24, 2014 — John R. Platt

Fight over Sriracha Factory Simmers Down

Sriracha fans, you can breathe easy (and stop hoarding bottles of chili sauce)—the #srirachapocalypse has definitively ended. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported yesterday that the city of Irwindale, Calif.

May 29, 2014 — Annie Sneed
Lawsuit to Remove Plant from Endangered Species List Completely Backfires

Lawsuit to Remove Plant from Endangered Species List Completely Backfires

Oh what a difference a few years makes. Just four years ago, the rare California shrub known as the Indian Knob mountain balm (Eriodictyon altissimum) was poised to drop off the endangered species list after the threats to its existence had mostly been abated.

December 12, 2013 — John R. Platt

Space: The Private Frontier

Following up on the SpaceX launch videos I posted yesterday, I wanted to repost this video I made a couple years ago for Time.com. In 2010, I visited the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA.

October 30, 2013 — Brian Malow
Banned Pesticide DDT Is Still Killing California Condors

Banned Pesticide DDT Is Still Killing California Condors

Just one week after the California legislature voted to ban lead ammunition to protect California condors from the toxic substance, which they can consume via carcasses shot by hunters, new research shows that the critically endangered birds are also still at risk from another long-banned toxic substance: the pesticide DDT.

September 20, 2013 — John R. Platt
Photo Friday: Winter Wind in Palm Springs

Photo Friday: Winter Wind in Palm Springs

This photo of wind turbines near Palm Springs, California, USA and Joshua Tree National Park was taken in December 2013. Photo credit: This photo was taken byvxla and found using Creative Commons, used under this license.

December 20, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

This photo is of the Signal Hill Oil Field at Atlantic and 28th Streets in Long Beach, California, USA around 1930. It is one of a large group of energy photos maintained by the California Department of Conservation.

January 3, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott