Apple went from red-faced to green last week.
Apparently San Francisco’s threat to stop purchasing Apple products forced the company on Friday to re-enter the environmentally conscious electronics registry known as EPEAT. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool rating system is designed to promote environmentally friendly products and practices. A coalition of environmental groups, government agencies and manufacturers, including Apple, created EPEAT’s criteria. Read More
Sean FitzHowardThe Lowell High School junior received the Youth Engagement Award from the Bay Nature Institute this year. She founded her school’s Protect the Bay Club two years ago to educate her peers about San Francisco Bay and inspire them to preserve it. The club’s documentary, “The Mermaid — A Story of Restoration,” won this year’s San Francisco Ocean Film Festival student competition.
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Several groups are challenging an air monitoring plan, saying it doesn't do enough to address the health of Southern California residents living near freeways.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and others filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it violated the Clean Air Act by approving the plan by regional air regulators last year. Read More
Christmas is over, you have enjoyed the tree as long as you possibly can, and now the time has come to dispose of it. What do you do?
San Francisco’s trash-hauling company, Recology, provides tree pickup as part of its normal service, which remains the same throughout the holiday season.
Christmas tree collection takes place Jan. 3-7 and Jan. 9-13. Trees are supposed to be placed next to customers’ recycling, composting or trash bins. Read More
The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes.
A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Read More
When Kathryn Chow’s home in San Bruno’s Crestmoor neighborhood is rebuilt, the new home will use less of the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas that destroyed her old one when the pipeline running under it exploded.
Appliances and fixtures designed to lower heat and water usage will be installed in Chow’s new home, and the roof and windows will be oriented in a way that will provide natural heat, light and shading. Read More
When lightning ignited a wildfire near Idaho's Sun Valley in 2007, environmental regulators used monitoring gear to gauge the health effects for those breathing in the Sawtooth Mountains' smoky, mile-high air. Read More
Generation O, the group of young people that propelled President Barack Obama to victory in 2008, is demanding more jobs, the greener the better.
Generation O has been taught that government investments in green energy — an expansive term that embraces renewable energy, pollution reduction and conservation — will create jobs in America, lots of jobs. Now students are finding out that story so far is green science fiction. Read More
If you want to understand some of the fundamental things that are wrong with our nation and California in particular, you ought to peruse the 140-page opinion recently issued by Judge Oliver Wanger in the “Consolidated Delta Smelt Cases.” It describes many of the most frustrating elements in our society — abuses of federal authority, bureaucratic micromanagement of our lives and political zealotry masquerading as science. Read More
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