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256 tons of sand was used last year in preventing trains from running into one another.

"Muni’s light-rail trains run through prodigious amounts of sand, ordered from an outfit in Monterey in 30-pound sacks at a rate of 17 cents a pound. The city’s historic cable cars dumped 50 tons of sand onto the street last year."

sfweekly, 05.02.14.

San Diego Citybeat put out a bike-themed issue!
Summer Guide 2013.
(ya i know.. ppl be like ‘summer??! still tryna get out of winter/spring righ’ here!’ but there’s san diego for you..)
free jarritos upon arrival in Laguna Beach! 
my first bike tour: long beach to san diego, 03.09.12.
such a bitch, though, when entering beach towns: the lane/shoulder you’re riding in gets blocked by parked cars. then there are traffic lights and many cars stopped waiting at the lights. very little room between traffic cars and parked cars.
Made it to Oceanside pier to catch the end of sunset!! Was craving Pizza Port so rode a few more miles down to Carlsbad :D My first long bike ride: took the Coaster and Metrolink to Long Beach and rode down from there. Around 80 miles. Maybe take the bus back to Downtown SD (lazy) tomorrow. :P
» Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.

Climate Central, of Princeton, N.J., was started in 2008 with foundation money to conduct original climate research and also to inform the public about the work of other scientists. For the sea level project, financed entirely by foundations, the group is using the Internet to publish an extensive package of material that goes beyond the scientific papers, specifying risks by community. People can search by ZIP code to get some idea of their own exposure..

The rise appears to have accelerated lately, to a rate of about a foot per century, and many scientists expect a further acceleration as the warming of the planet continues. One estimate that communities are starting to use for planning purposes suggests the ocean could rise a foot over the next 40 years, though that calculation is not universally accepted among climate scientists.

The handful of climate researchers who question the scientific consensus about global warming do not deny that the ocean is rising. But they often assert that the rise is a result of natural climate variability, they dispute that the pace is likely to accelerate, and they say that society will be able to adjust to a continuing slow rise.

Experts say a few inches of sea level rise can translate to a large incursion by the ocean onto shallow coastlines. Sea level rise has already cost governments and private landowners billions of dollars as they have pumped sand onto eroding beaches and repaired the damage from storm surges.

nytimes, 13.03.12.

Jan. 28, 1940: The Huntington Beach coastline in 1940 was a forest of oil derricks. Oil discoveries in Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Santa Fe Springs in 1920 and 1921 drove massive drilling.
View 130 photos for The Times’ 130th birthday on Framework.
Photo credit:	Ted Hurley / Los Angeles Times
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