Center News and Notes

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Amory Lovins, a physicist who co-founded RMI (formerly called Rocky Mountain Institute), is an adjunct engineering professor at Stanford and a visiting scholar at the Precourt Institute for Energy. For five decades, he has been a prominent…
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California’s most devastating fire meant a massive loss of lives and homes and, for Paradise residents, the end of any sense of security from natural disaster.

Sycamore Street in the Mission Fields neighborhood of Carmel in January 1995. Orville Myers/The Monterey Herald

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The floods driven by winter storms are nothing new in Monterey County, but the early March catastrophe that swelled the Pajaro and Salinas rivers and drowned farmworker communities exposes the extreme inequality built into flood-control systems.
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Private citizens were first on the scene to document a massive die-off in Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Their role was enabled by the internet observation tool iNaturalist.

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Experts believe the Chinese balloon downed over the Atlantic coast this month was snooping on U.S. missile defenses. Part of the landscape for a half-century, they are headed for a costly refresh in an era of rising global tensions.