The California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium have a big advantage that some educational institutions in other parts of the country do not: most of their local visitors believe that climate change is real.
The Foothill Yellow Legged Frog has been wiped out from more than half of its' historic range along California's coast and central valley. Many biologists see this tiny amphibian as a canary in the coalmine - an early indication of an ecosystem gone wrong.
Hardy’s lived in the hills of southern Humboldt County since the early ‘70s, when many people shared sense of idealism and environmental responsibility. That’s why he’s so upset about the environmental impacts of the big, indoor marijuana growing operations that have proliferated in the region.