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Glen Martin
Glen Martin covered the environment, wildlife conservation, and natural resources for the San Francisco Chronicle for 17 years. His work has appeared in Audubon, Discover, Wired, Men's Journal, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, Sierra, Outside, Trout, and Islands. His latest book, Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife, was published in March by the University of California Press.
He currently works as a media consultant for the California Water Impact Network.

Entries by Glen Martin

The Crowdfunding Conundrum

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:05 AM

There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing great products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow people with stunning epiphanies and folks with a little (or a lot) of cash to get...

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The Evolving Purpose of Design

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 12:01 PM

For more than a century, design has been determined by its applications to the physical world. As architect Louis Sullivan expressed in an 1896 essay, "The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered":

"It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical,...
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The Big Kill, Part Two

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Remember what happened on the Klamath River in 2002? You can be forgiven if you've repressed the memory: it was painful in the extreme, particularly if you like to catch or eat salmon.

In late summer of that year, tens of thousands of returning salmon died in...

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Governor Brown's Boondoggle

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Governor Jerry Brown's case for his ruinously expensive and environmentally catastrophic Twin Tunnels project is devolving from the threadbare to the duplicitous.

The governor and his allies are desperately pushing this ill-conceived retread of the defunct Peripheral Canal as essential for reviving the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and...

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Don't List the Lion

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Fewer than 35,000 African lions roam the wild today, down from at least 100,000 in the 1960s. Their range has contracted as well, and currently encompasses only 20 percent of their former territory.

The response from the mainline conservation and animal rights communities has been predictable, and is...

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He Flew Away

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 2:25 PM

A blog is hardly the most felicitous venue for an obituary, but I'm compelled to make an exception for Rich Stallcup, the co-founder of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (known these days as PRBO Conservation Science). Stallcup, one of the great ornithologists of his generation, died in December...

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A Modest Proposal

(52) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 8:44 AM

The Sandy Hook atrocity has left an abiding shadow in my brain, occluding any bright and optimistic thought that might otherwise assert itself. Time, so far, has not been ameliorative. I know I'm not alone in this; tens of millions Americans feel the same way. I can't -- we can't...

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New Blood for Blood Sports

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 2:14 PM

As noted by Emma Marris in a recent (and amusing) blog, it's now in vogue for the hip and tragically beautiful to hunt. The change, apparently, is driven by the locavore and foraging movements. After decades of decline, hunting license applications jumped almost 10 percent between...

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Of Little Fish, Cute Mammals, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 11:13 AM

A recent statement to the California Fish and Game Commission drafted by Audubon California, Earthjustice and Oceana sounded alarms over declining Pacific herring stocks in near shore California waters. The paper also decried declines in two other small marine...

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How to Save the Rhino

(14) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 3:46 PM

The holocaust of the African rhinoceros is accelerating, with the very real possibility that both the continent's species -- white and black rhinos -- could be extinct outside zoos in a matter of years. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were several hundred thousand...

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They Live Redux

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 2:01 PM

Though it contains no new revelations, "Greed and Debt," an article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi, is a superior exercise in explanatory journalism. Taibbi elucidates just how Mitt Romney mastered the dark art of the leveraged buy-out, employing massive debt to fund corporate...

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The Madness of King Jerry

(8) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 7:38 PM

Was California Gov. Jerry Brown a Manchurian Candidate for California's water buffaloes (promoters of hugely expensive and environmentally destructive water projects)? Kind of looks that way. Brown ran on a moderate platform that included a rational water policy. He promised to "fix" the broken Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, restore...

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With God on Their Side

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Manila, the Republic of the Philippines

The Filipino people are no strangers to suffering, and recent headlines in Manila's newspapers indicate this won't change anytime soon. China is threatening to seize a group of islands long considered sovereign Philippine territory. Last week, Typhoon Gener lashed...

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A Middle Way

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 4:18 PM

Camarines Sur, The Republic of the Philippines -- The monsoons have arrived here in Camarines Sur, a land of lush verdure, dangerous volcanoes, and almost excruciating beauty. On the small farm owned by my wife's family, the paddies are being planted with rice seedlings, each blade stuck into the black,...

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Above the Law

(24) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, styles himself as "America's toughest sheriff"; in reality, he's a Foghorn Leghorn caricature, more obsessed with illegal immigrants hiding under his bed and Barack Obama's citizenship than street crime.

Sheriff Jon Lopey of California's Siskiyou County...

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California's Selenium Time Bomb Keeps Ticking

(14) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Jon Stewart ran a typically risible segment last week about a distinctly unfunny story: the discovery of a two-headed trout in an Idaho watershed, the result of selenium contamination from phosphate mining operations by the J.R. Simplot Co. The bit reprises, in a far funnier way, an earlier...

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Rolling Back CEQA for High-Speed Rail Sets a Terrible Precedent

(10) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 1:46 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown is angling for a variance on the state's landmark environmental
protection law to push through a project cherished by environmentalists. But the move isn't just an attempt to rob Green Peter to pay Greener Paul; it also establishes a terrible precedent, one that will allow...

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Kenya: A Contrarian View

(15) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 9:34 AM

Africa's wildlife is being loved to death. Kenya's much-praised ban on hunting, in fact, has had an impact opposite to its intent: wild animals are disappearing at an accelerating rate. "Charismatic megafauna" -- elephants, lions, rhinos, the larger antelopes -- are in a true death spiral.

When Kenya's...
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