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National park service promotes health benefits of the outdoors

By Victoria Schlesinger

As Californians anxiously wait for news about whether their favorite state park will be closed due to financial woes, director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis spoke in Marin on Tuesday about the connection between good health and getting outside. As part of a new national campaign called”Healthy Parks Healthy People,” the park...
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Car heavy Marin becoming less so

By Alison Hawkes

Marin residents are pulling out their walking shoes and bicycles in higher numbers, a trend attributable to the expansion of bicycle paths. Between 2009 and 2010 there was a 29 percent jump in weekday cycling and a 15 percent gain on the weekends. Pedestrians increased by 4 percent and 3 percent in that time...
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Is ocean desalination a good idea for California?

By Alison Hawkes

Is ocean-water desalination a good way to solve California’s impending water crisis? Conservationists are pushing back on the idea, saying that technology is harmful to the environment because it can entrap wildlife and create byproducts heavily concentrated with salt and chemicals that would be dumped back into the ocean. Desalination also uses a lot...
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Marin coho salmon numbers slip as rains subside

By Alison Hawkes

Earlier in the year it looked like Marin’s coho salmon were making a comeback this season. But with the rains subsiding, salmon numbers now run third-lowest in 15 years. One point of hope: a large number of males, called “jacks,” may portend a larger run next year.
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Marin rolling out food composting program

By Alison Hawkes

Marin Sanitary Service is rolling out a residential food composting program starting in March in San Rafael and other towns, and has plans to commercial composting for restaurants and other businesses by 2012. Officials say the program will help the city meet its climate action plan. Waste will be sent 90 miles away to...
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Marin’s green energy authority cuts rates

By Alison Hawkes

Electricity costs for customers of Marin’s independent energy authority are getting a 14 percent rate cut, bringing costs in parity with PG&E. The Marin Energy Authority is well ahead of PG&E in its renewable portfolio with more than 26 percent of the generation from green energy sources. PG&E, which still provides the transmission lines,...
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No fog, no towering redwoods

By Alison Hawkes

Higher temperatures zap up moisture in the air making for sunnier, less foggy days. California redwoods are not happy with the change. They depend on fog for water. In Muir Woods, in Marin County, a 30 percent drop in fog could stunt redwood growth in the long run, according to a recent report. No...
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After rehab, sea lions released into the ocean

By Victoria Schlesinger

PHOTO ESSAY–Giving the phrase “release party” a whole new meaning, the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands set free four of its rehabilitated pinniped patients onto Rodeo Beach and ushered them toward the sea this weekend. Sea lions Soccer Mom, Rockon, Chance and Contador looked full of vigor and ready to take on...
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Marin outshining the nation

By Alison Hawkes

Marin County is outshining the nation in providing the highest amount of renewable energy to its residents — a whopping 78 percent non-fossil, non-nuclear, according to the Marin Energy Authority. As the public authority in charge of providing Marin’s  renewable energy alternatives points out, the eco-power is not any more expensive than what regular...
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