Hurricane-vergence: Katrina's 10th Birthday, New Tropical Storm, UCI-NASA Link Fires

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AccuWeather
Tropical Storm Danny could become the first hurricane of the season.
As if on cue, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is coming as weather forecasters reveal a tropical storm may become the first hurricane of the 2015 North Atlantic season while UC Irvine and NASA unveil research showing a strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines.

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Surfrider Foundation Fetes Its 31st Birthday with New Beer, Cake and Goals

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Surfrider Foundation
"Eat sand" takes on a whole new meaning at Surfrider's birthday party.
The Surfrider Foundation's 31st birthday celebration at its San Clemente business park was somber compared to the blowouts with celebrities and pro surfers the environmental nonprofit has been known for over the years, but the mission remains as vital and necessary as ever.

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Coming El Niño Winter Could be Strongest in 50 Years But Experts See Drought Surviving It

Categories: Environment

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AccuWeather
AccuWeather forecasters say this winter's El Niño could be one of the strongest in the past 50 years, leading to a return of meaningful but not necessarily drought-busting rain in California.


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Waters Off Huntington Beach Closed to People After Shark Bumps Surfer

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Uh-oh ...
I am still not convinced this is not sly promotion of "Shark Week" programming, but a shark bumping a surfer this morning has prompted lifeguards to prohibit anyone from going into the waters off Huntington Beach for the rest of the day.

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Wildfires? No Water? Scorching Heat? At Least California Will Be OK with Summer Electricity

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U.S. Energy Information Administration
Chart based on North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s 2015 Summer Reliability Assessment.
We are still dealing with crushing heat, wildfires and a nagging drought that has lowered hydroelectric generation, but at least government officials say the demand will not exceed the supply of electricity in California this summer.

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El Nino May Ease Drought and Cause a Whole Other Problem Along Coast: Too Much Water

Categories: Environment, H2no

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Public Policy Institute of California
Accompanying the weird weather we've experienced the past couple days has been the word "tropical," which is also often used when describing warm, muggy rainfall during El Nino years, like the one we're entering now. Some are pinning their hopes on the El Nino reversing our drought conditions, but the Public Policy Institute of California is warning of a new cause for concern: flooding that may damage more than $575 billion worth of property in the Golden State.

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Surfrider's International Surfing Day in Surf City Ends with Guinness World Record [VIDEOS]

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Surfrider Foundation
Move over, two girls, one cup: It's 66 riders, one surfboard.
Surfrider Foundation's 11th annual International Surfing Day included clean-ocean events all over the globe, but the Huntington Beach gathering was significant because it drew the San Clemente-based nonprofit's CEO, featured the collection of 116.5 pounds of trash and was capped with a Guinness World Record.

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Coastkeeper, Volunteers and Divers Transplant Eelgrass to Help Restore Upper Newport Bay

Categories: Environment

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All photos by Sara Briley/Orange County Coastkeeper
Volunteers prepare eelgrass for divers this weekend past.
Orange County Coastkeeper capped the fourth year of its Eelgrass Restoration Project this past weekend with divers collecting the blooming underwater grass that had been bundled by volunteers and then transplanting it in Upper Newport Bay.

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Why is the Ocean Off Orange County So Freaky Lately? Let Us Count the Ways

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Photo by Rick Johnson
Remember the movie The Blob? Actually, this is a Newport Beach tar ball.
Dozens of sharks off Seal Beach. Red crabs all over Orange Coast shores. Tar balls from Long Beach to Newport Beach. Gamefish off Dana Point that you don't normally see until you're 200 miles farther south (and, hopefully, in a boat). Dogfish and catfish living together ... MASS HYSTERIA!

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Huntington Beach's Plastic-Bag Ban Wars!

Categories: Environment

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Flickr User MMU Library Services
Ban bag battle royale

If you've been paying attention to local politics at all, you'll know that Huntington Beach is currently run by a cabal of lunatics--I mean, more lunatic than usual. They're the people who saw a previous, more-liberal City Council's ban on plastic bags in the city as the greatest government overreach since King George...and, of course, did government overreach in overturning the bag ban.

Now, add another government layer to the battle, as three environmentalist groups sued Surf City last week over the repeal of the ban. That was the subject of my weekly KCRW-FM 89.9 commentary yesterday.


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