Peek at the Past



Muir Dawson, 1922-2005

Muir Dawson, one of the Angeles Chapter's longest-term members and a staunch supporter of the Chapter History Committee, passed away in February.

Nuclear power: Industry's rabbit in the hat

The Bush administration's refusal to deal with global warming seems inexplicable. Rising oceans and temperatures, after all, do not selectively spare Republicans, Texans, or oil executives.

But they are not baffled, puzzled, or stymied. They are simply keeping quiet about their plans. These originate in the 2001 President's Task Force on Energy (the one whose records Cheney still hasn't released to Congress).

News and Notes

Full-time position at Angeles Chapter

We have an immediate opening for Chapter Coordinator. This position handles the daily administrative functions of the Chapter office, with strong emphasis on financial record keeping. The successful candidate will have at least two years experience in general office administration; proficiency with computer programs, including Word, Excel, and Access; database management experience; working knowledge of Quick Books Pro is preferable.

It's getting hot in here: Climate change demands action

Greenhouse gases trap solar energy that is reflected by the atmosphere and the earth's surface in the form of heat; major greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including over 2,000 of the world's climate scientists, says that established emission reduction targets for greenhouse gases are inadequate, and far more radical solutions must be found.

Renewables impractical? Tell that to the rest of the world

Many energy companies, as well as the Bush administration, are very fond of telling us that renewable energy may be an option...20 or 40 years from now. Much of the rest of the world, however, is not adhering to this timetable. Wind power already supplies 5 percent of Europe's residential electricity demand, and wind and solar energy generating capacity worldwide are skyrocketing.


Forest campaign intensifies as final management plans near

Sierra Club Regional Representative

Our local national forests, so often taken for granted, are in trouble. As people build more and more houses, businesses, and roads around and even on the forests, wildlife and their habitat continue to decline. Increasing numbers of motorcycles in the back country and commercial demands to slice the forests with highways, power lines, and even hydroelectric dams complete the picture of forests in crisis.

Cougar pair tracked by NPS killed by rodent poison

Two of the four cougars radio-collared by the National Park Service last year were found dead in December in the Simi Hills.

P-3, a young male whose range covered the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mountains, was found north of Oak Park. P-4, a young female who lived in the Santa Clarita Woodlands, but had crossed under the 118 Freeway in the last few weeks of her life, wandered south to Ahmanson Ranch and died west of Chatsworth.

How to get carbon neutral

and Jan Kidwell

What have you done for Planet Earth lately?

Sun bread, anyone?


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