Eco News

The Monarchs Are Back. Or Are They?

Natural Bridges State Beach will celebrate 'Welcome Back Monarch's Day' on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The burnt-orange beauties are already flitting energetically through Natural Bridges' Monarch Grove. And while i’s too early to tell just how many monarch butterflies will return to overwinter along our shores, there is reason for optimism.

Possible Yosemite Fee Increase

$30 to get in the gates? Maybe someday soon.  Hilltromper photo.

As national parks labor under budget cuts and deferred maintenance, agency directors consider raising the entrance fee for Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and other iconic national parks.

Three Big, Breaking Tesla Stories

Tesla's much-anticipated "D"—WTF?

Elon Musk teases "the D," announces a certified used-car program that could expand Tesla's market, and promises "something else" on Twitter.

The Battle of Martins Beach

The gate to Martins Beach is still locked, despite last week's court order to open it. Image from "Martin's 5: Battle for the Beach,' by The Inertia. (See video below.)

Gov. Brown signs bill calling for Vinod Khosla to negotiate pubic access to Martins Beach or face eminent domain in the wake of last week's Surfrider v. Khosla decision.

Castle Rock Visitor Center Gets Green Light

Reed Holderman of Sempervirens Fund displays an artist's rendering of the new Castle Rock entryway. Mike Kahn photo.

The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Sempervirens Fund's proposal for a new LEED-certified visitors center for Castle Rock State Park.

Castle Rock Visitor Center: A Welcome Development

The plan to spruce up Castle Rock State Park and attract more visitors, proposed by Sempervirens Fund, reflects new ideas about access.

2014 Coastal Cleanup Day Results

Girl Scouts San Jose pitched in to help clean up Seabright Beach at this year's Coastal Cleanup Day. Photo courtesy Save Our Shores.

Three of the five dirtiest cleanup sites were in San Lorenzo Valley. Not cool.

Santa Cruz B-Ball Star Joins Sempervirens Board

Austin Swift, Santa Cruz High graduate-turned-Google recruiter, is joining the board of Sempervirens Fund.

Santa Cruz native and Google recruiter Aaron Swift joins the board of the state's oldest conservation organization.

Three Foot Law Hurrah

Scotts Valley Police Chief John Weiss addresses a crowd at City Hall about enforcing California's new Three Foot Law. Photo by Diane Terry.

Close calls between cyclists and cars are so yesterday.

Peter Raven on Plants and the Planet

Dr. Peter Raven can make the frighteningly huge task of planetary survival sound doable. Photo by Sage Ross.

by L. Clark Tate

Listening to Dr. Peter Raven, the plant biologist, environmentalist and author whom Time magazine named a “Hero of the Planet,” I found myself laughing in the face of calamity.