6:26pm

Tue January 29, 2013
SFUSD

Superintendents Thoughts

The Superintendents message for the 01/29/13 school board meeting

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6:13pm

Tue January 29, 2013
City Visions: February 4, 2013

Is the CA Environmental Quality Act Working?

Credit http://www.conservation.ca.gov

City Visions takes up the movement to reform the California Environmental Quality Act -- hailed by some as our state's pre-eminent environmental law, but condemned by others as a vehicle for obstructionism. How has the 43-year old law helped -- or hindered -- the construction of environmentally sound projects in the Bay Area? What, if anything, needs to be changed?


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5:44pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

What will happen to Drakes Bay Oyster Company?

Drakes Estero
Credit ©Drakes bay oyster company

Drakes Bay Oyster Company, an oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore, is at the center of a nationwide debate over what it means to preserve wilderness. When the national seashore was created, the oyster farm got a 40 year lease to operate on the park land. That lease expired at the end of 2012, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar refused to renew it. 

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5:40pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Transportation

Listener Feedback: Golden Gate Park bike lanes

Last week, we aired a story produced by KALW’s Ben Trefny and Rai Sue Sussman that discussed Golden Gate Park’s new biking lanes, and it prompted an unprecedented response. Here are some thoughts from our listeners:

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5:39pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

A place for unwell marine mammals to be loved, set free

Under CC license from Flickr user mikebaird

The standard breakfast at the Marine Mammal Rescue Center, in Sausalito, is fish, fish and more fish. It’s so fishy, in fact, that the volunteers who donate their time also donate some of their clothes to the special animal hospital.

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5:32pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 29, 2013

What will happen to the Oyster farm?; California condors not out of the woods; A place for unwell marine mammals to be loved, set free; Listener Feedback: Golden Gate Park bike lanes; and local band Dodge's Sundodgers.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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5:25pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

California Condors not out of the woods

The California Condor is a severely endangered bird – and one of the oldest and largest in North America. The process of trying to protect, and now regenerate, the condor population began in the early 1900s. Since then, government agencies have spent $20 million on the conservation effort, making it the most expensive in US history. 

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4:43pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Around the Nation

Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:30 pm

International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export.
Debbie Elliott NPR

The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed — both upstream and down.

While cargo traffic upriver has gotten lots of attention, the drought is creating a different set of problems downriver at the mouth of the Mississippi, where saltwater has encroached.

An old-fashioned staff river gauge behind the New Orleans district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Mississippi is running just shy of 6 feet above sea level at the river bend.

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3:39pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Asia

As China Builds, Cambodia's Forests Fall

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 11:29 am

Illegal logging is widespread in Cambodia, and efforts to prevent it have had only a limited impact. Much of the wood is destined for China.
Michael Sullivan NPR

China's demand for natural resources is being felt in a big way in Cambodia.

Illegal logging and economic land concessions are threatening Cambodia's dwindling forests, which now echo the sound of chainsaws.

Prey Lang forest — an eight-hour journey north and east of the capital, Phnom Penh — is one of the forests where illegal loggers see money signs on the trees.

Supply And Demand

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3:03pm

Tue January 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Ancient Manuscripts In Timbuktu Reduced To Ashes

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 3:49 am

Men recover burnt ancient manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu on Tuesday.
Eric Feferberg AFP/Getty Images

Update at 6:45 a.m. ET, Jan. 31: New reports from Timbuktu indicate that "most manuscripts were saved."

Our original post:

These photos from Timbuktu, Mali, on Tuesday confirmed what many had feared: Ancient books and texts at a famed library were torched by Islamic radicals before they fled.

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