The Lithium Industry in Imperial County

The Importance of Health Impact Assessments by Candice Youngblood In October 2022, Comite Civico Del Valle held its 11th Environmental Health Leadership Summit at Imperial Valley College - the first in three years since the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 300 government leaders, academics, advocates, and supporters came together to discuss questions on equity in minerals extraction, … Continue reading The Lithium Industry in Imperial County

Protection for Joshua Trees

Nothing is Simple by Cameron Mayer Endangered species conservation remains controversial in the realm of environmental management. The case of the western Joshua tree in California's Morongo Basin provides an example. This issue has been framed as a winner-take-all scenario wherein conservation interests or development proponents garner either complete victory or defeat in pursuit of … Continue reading Protection for Joshua Trees

Revised General Plan for Red Rock Canyon State Park

Does it Adequately Protect Park Resources? by Jeff Aardahl and Mark R. Faull The California Department of Parks and Recreation completed the revised General Plan for Red Rock Canyon State Park and Environmental Impact Report (EIR).1 Both were approved by the California State Park and Recreation Planning Commission at a public meeting on March 3, … Continue reading Revised General Plan for Red Rock Canyon State Park

Overshoot and the Incredible Shrinking Planet

A Many-Faceted Problem by William E Rees, PhD, FRSC Setting the conceptual stage Let's start with a thought experiment. Suppose you and your close family and friends, perhaps 150 people in all, were confined to an isolated island - let's call it Esperanza - characterized by landscapes and soils that were representative of average arable … Continue reading Overshoot and the Incredible Shrinking Planet