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Morning greens: Fishy problems, tree trouble, and another bike plan

Some California beaches closed due to tsunami advisory. Reports AP: "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says Malibu beach will be closed Friday as a precaution."

Redondo Beach city workers help clean up dead sardines. LA Now reports that City employees, work boats from two private companies, and volunteers have all pitched in the effort to clean up the dead fish.

Small fish are ingesting plastic in Pacific garbage gyre. Reports Greenspace: “Southern California researchers have found evidence of widespread ingestion of plastic among small fish in the northern Pacific Ocean in a study they say shows the widespread impact of floating litter on the food chain.”

Is Mayor Villaraigosa’s Million Trees LA initiative misguided? On KCET’s SoCal Focus, Char Miller argues that “the idea that we must increase the region’s level of canopy cover flies in the face of more compelling scientific constraints–the levels of heat and precipitation, quality of soils, and amount of light–that determine a tree’s capacity to grow.”

L.A. County releases its 2011 Draft Bicycle Master Plan. Now that the City of Los Angeles has adopted its bicycle master plan, bicycle activists can focus on the county’s plan, which “proposes approximately 695 miles of new bikeways throughout the County,” according to the plan’s web site. (via Curbed LA)

$6-billion solar industry logs another record year. Greenspace reports: “Seven states account for more than three-quarters of the market, led by California’s 27% share, New Jersey’s 14% slice and Florida’s 12% portion.”

Multi-State power line project to test policies on grouse, ‘wild lands’. Reports Greenwire: “The goal is to carry as much as 3,000 megawatts of mostly wind-generated electricity from planned wind farms in southwest Wyoming to large metropolitan areas in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona, said Kara Choquette, a project spokeswoman. The line is expected to come into service in 2015.”

Photo: Dead sardines pulled from King Harbor in Redondo Beach sit in a wheelbarrow, waiting to be disposed of on March 8, 2011. Millions of dead fish filled the northern part of the harbor after a swarm depleted the water in the area of oxygen. (Susan Valot/KPCC)