And Here Come the Surf City Hail Memes!

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Hector "Hek" Valdez for Facebook/HBcommUNITYVoice
First came the rare sight of what looked like snow, but was actually hail, covering downtown Huntington Beach and nearby beach sand Monday morning. Then came the photos posted in texts and on social media of the freak weather phenomenon.

And then came Hector "Hek" Valdez.

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Is It Surfrider Foundation or Stinkraiser Foundation? Nonprofit Says Don't Shower

Categories: Environment

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Photo by flickr user Brandy
What? ... No water!?!
The Surfrider Foundation, whose national office is in San Clemente, doesn't want you to shower. Don't worry, it's just for one day--March 22--so all of you who skip showering on even-number days won't have to do a thing. Or not not do a thing. Whatever.

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VIDEO: Irvine Co. Sprinklers Water its Parking Lot Even Though, You Know, Drought

Categories: Environment

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Kristine Hoang
Water remains hours after Irvine Company said it fixed its satellite sprinklers--hmm...

Concerned by Southern California's drought, a reader recently Tweeted us video and photos of veritable rivers of runoff in the Irvine Company's Executive Park parking lot caused by their sprinklers. Even though, you know, drought.

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Calvin Tillman, Texas Mayor Who Moved Family Due to Fracking, Speaks in Brea Tonight

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Facebook/Calvin Tillman
Calvin Tillman is shown from his California speaking tour in August 2014.
Calvin Tillman is famous for having been the mayor of DISH, Texas, which changed its name from Clark in 2005 as part of a commercial agreement with the satellite television company. But he won't be in Brea tonight to advocate a name change to DirecTV, California. No, Tillman's current California speaking tour is connected with something else he is famous for: moving his family out of DISH due to his two sons experiencing nosebleeds that he blamed on oil fracking operations in his hometown.

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Hot-Burning Forest Fires Can Cool Climate: UCI

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Photo by flickr user Official U.S. Air Force
Burn, baby, burn
A UC Irvine study of fires concludes that blazes that burn the hottest actually cool the climate. And you wonder why high school science made my head hurt.

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Newport Beach City Council is the Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Pyre of Wood-Burning Beach Bonfires

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Photo by flickr user lauren
Would I? Fire pit, fire pit ...
The Newport Beach City Council, which in March 2012 began what would be a long slog aimed at removing wood-burning fire rings from city beaches (and, as it would turn out, many places in the state), on Tuesday approved a plan that would again allow burning wood in city fire rings.

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Hasan Nouri to Unveil a New Plan to Clean Up Urban Runoff in Laguna Beach MONDAY

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Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Hasan Nouri stands in front of the watershed he first proposed cleaning up in 1982.
I once wrote about how Hasan Nouri pitched plans to stabilize Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach decades ago but no one listened. Hopefully Laguna Canyon Conservancy members will open their ears Monday evening when the San Clemente hydraulic engineer presents a new proposal to clean up urban runoff in town.

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Mario Alberto Hernandez Lucio Drowned in Garden Grove Flood Control Channel: Update

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AccuWeather.com
From 1-3 inches of rain will fall on coastal Southern California, according to forecasters.
UPDATE NO. 3, DEC. 16, 4:46 P.M.: Mario Alberto Hernandez Lucio died from drowning and no foul play is suspected, according to a Garden Grove Police Department statement that also slightly alters the name of the deceased.

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UC Irvine Joins White House Initiative Aimed at Expanding Climate Change Education

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White House
Politicians have spoken with kids, soldiers and campaign staffs behind them but solar panels?
UC Irvine's global sustainability effort has been chosen to be part of a White House initiative aimed at climate education that will distribute science-based information to students, teachers and the broader public, the university announced Tuesday.

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So Much for Glacial Speed: Antarctica Glaciers Melting Much Faster Lately, UCI and JPL Find

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Michael Studinger/NASA
Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in West Antarctica
A 21-year analysis of Antarctica's fastest-melting region shows the melt rate of glaciers there tripled during the past decade, according to new research by UC Irvine and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena.

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