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Mar 15, 2011

Big California quake would likely devastate state

SAN FRANCISCO, March 14 (Reuters) – California will
experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake
strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides
itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science.

Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous
building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is
all but inevitable, but the surviving buildings will tower over
a carpet of rubble from older structures that have collapsed.

Mar 11, 2011

Tsunami grazes U.S. West Coast, South America next

/QUITO (Reuters) – Thousands of people fled their homes along the California coast on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan began hitting the U.S. West Coast after rolling through Hawaii.

But the giant wall of water appeared to have lost much of its energy as it roared thousands of miles (km) across the Pacific Ocean toward North America, according to initial reports from officials in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Mar 11, 2011

Hawaii escapes tsunami damage, West Coast next

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – People fled their homes in parts of northern California on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan began hitting the West Coast after rolling through Hawaii.

Initial reports from U.S. civil defense officials and residents of coastal communities suggested the force of the tsunami, a giant wall of water, had dissipated as it sped across the Pacific Ocean toward North America.

Feb 17, 2011
via Environment Forum

California hopes carbon market sparks innovation

California’s lonely attempt to take on climate change by setting up a cap-and-trade market for carbon is all about jobs for many in the Golden State — as shown in a Reuters¬†Special Report issued today.

Carbon prices may jump high enough to send companies scrambling for new technology, whether it’s carbon-free energy, efficiency widgets, or something yet to be cleaned up. Longtime clean tech advocate Dan Reicher, who has left Google’s clean energy efforts to run a new Stanford center for energy policy and finance, sees a high price of carbon as great for investors and venture capitalists who back them.

Feb 17, 2011

Special Report: The California carbon rush

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Under California’s new carbon trading system, big polluters will be paying through the nose for the privilege.

And so will everyone else in the state.

The basic premise is “no pain, no gain” — when the price starts to pinch, that will spur innovation and California will lead the world in green technology. Or at least that’s the plan.

Feb 17, 2011

The California Carbon Rush (Hold the Eureka!)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Under California’s new carbon trading system, big polluters will be paying through the nose for the privilege.

And so will everyone else in the state.

The basic premise is “no pain, no gain” — when the price starts to pinch, that will spur innovation and California will lead the world in green technology. Or at least that’s the plan.

Feb 17, 2011

Special Report – The California Carbon Rush (Hold the Eureka!)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Under California’s new carbon trading system, big polluters will be paying through the nose for the privilege.

And so will everyone else in the state.

The basic premise is “no pain, no gain” — when the price starts to pinch, that will spur innovation and California will lead the world in green technology. Or at least that’s the plan.

Feb 15, 2011

Secret recording may be heard at Barry Bonds trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that a secret locker room audio recording about injections, urine tests and Barry Bonds could be used at the baseball home run king’s perjury trial next month.

The slugger, accused of lying to a grand jury and hampering investigation of a steroid distribution ring in professional athletics, goes on trial on March 21.

Feb 11, 2011

Judge mulls allowing evidence in Barry Bonds case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday considered whether to throw out government evidence in the perjury case of Barry Bonds, a day after prosecutors dropped more than half the charges against the home run king.

The government in a new indictment charged Bonds with four counts of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs and one count of obstruction of justice. It dropped six other perjury charges based on the same testimony.

Feb 4, 2011

Analysis: Texas vs California: A tale of two budget deficits

AUSTIN, Texas/SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry treated guests at his inauguration to a barbecue lunch paid for by a wealthy businessman. California’s Jerry Brown served taxpayer-funded hot dogs.

The stark contrast in inaugural menus last month highlights the different approaches the two most populous U.S. states are taking to deal with massive budget deficits.

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