Summer of Fish Kill

Fish kills have jumped to the front pages of newspapers across the country this summer.  And while the harmful algal blooms (or HABs) across the Florida coast have captured the attention of the national media, we are having our own mini-explosion right here in southern California. Our local interest piqued when our colleagues at The Nature Conservancy noticed a fish …

So Long Higgins

I have studied Aristotle, Socrates, William Friedrich Hegel, Bertrand Russell. I have toured college campuses debating the virtues of dialectic versus symbolic syllogism. I have written scholarly articles on the need for a new, more dynamic logic. But nothing in my life has prepared me for the workings of the Thomas Magnum mind. – Higgins from the Magnum P.I. episode Rapture …

Orange Hair, Ozone Repair, & 400+ ppm in Midair (part 1)

The Top Coastal Science & Conservation Stories of 2016 As this crazy, non compos, thingamajig of a year crumples to its messy denouement, it seems determined to make news even unto its last gasp. Just this week this angry octopus of a year tentacled out yet again as it teetered on the precipice of 2017 to suddenly drag Princess Leia, the Unsinkable …

Da Quake

This morning’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake in the waters offshore of Eureka in northern California (technically 160 km west of Ferndale, California) and raft of emails we are getting in the wake of this news provide a convenient opportunity to reiterate that responsibly and effectively dealing with the threat of coastal flooding associated with sea level rise has many additional benefits, perhaps …

Ojai Oil Tank On Fire

A now more than 12 alarm fire erupted within the past hour in Ojai, California (in western Ventura County).  The incident was reported at 8:35 a.m. near Highway 150 and Topa Lane roughly here ( 34.438417°, -119.132719°): The incident was originally thought to be a burning oil derrick, but subsequent reports have clarified that it is instead a… Read more »

Ball of Confusion: Hall Canyon 1 Month On

It is almost one month since our most recent energy infrastructure foundering: Crimson Pipeline’s release of crude oil into the hills above the City of Ventura.  Lots of developments continue to burble up as we all try to figure out the next surprise. As we assessed the spill in the immediate wake of that June… Read more »

Refugio Oil Spill History: Timeline Part 1

The one-year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill has brought with it a raft of renewed interest in this oil spill and the consequences as we now see them.  We’ve done a good deal of media over the last couple of weeks.  Add to that plenty of breaking stories from all quarters (often speaking to… Read more »

Toast that repair guy…

Raise that Glass The one year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill is fast approaching.  Lots of folks have been asking my colleagues and me about the impacts of this spill now that we have the perspective of a year.  Well, first and foremost, I’m hugely appreciative to the repair man. The repair guy (I… Read more »