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Three years after South San Francisco Unified School District was looking at potential bankruptcy, it is cutting costs and creating jobs by partnering with one of the country’s largest solar energy companies. Read More
When it comes to saving the planet, convenience is everything.
Rethink Waste’s recycling plant in San Carlos, which reopened in January, now uses high-tech machinery to separate paper, glass and metal so customers can toss materials into a single bin. Read More
San Mateo County forests show clear signs of a pathogen that’s killing oak trees in such large numbers that even environmentalists have started swinging axes.
Between now and July 28, state workers will remove some 250 bay trees in San Mateo and Santa Clara County parks that could infect about 50 nearby trees with sudden oak death. Read More
As weather patterns take unprecedented turns and polar bears step through soft spots in the sea ice, the subject of climate change continues to generate quarrels. At the federal level, hot air howls among lawmakers, who bicker over emission-reduction goals of the distant future, while a few media pundits still reject the notion that the world is changing. Read More
Trying to bring a tougher image to environmentalism, a caped Eco Knievel jumps an electric-powered bike over a Toyota Prius at the Maker Faire in San Mateo on Saturday.
Eco Knievel was the brainchild of Chris Lindland, founder of online clothing company Betabrand, and Saul Griffith, co-founder of research and development company Squid Labs. Read More
The days of the Styrofoam takeout container appear to be numbered in San Mateo County.
Burlingame was the latest city to say no to Styrofoam with the approval this week of a ban on polystyrene packaging for prepared food.
The ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council was the same as one adopted by the county earlier this year, which bans food vendors from selling prepared food in polystyrene-based food containers, the packaging popularly known as Styrofoam. Read More
Here’s a grisly story that you won’t see many Mother Earth-loving environmentalists talking about: the guy who emceed the first Earth Day ceremonies murdered his wife and then composted her remains. Always thinking environment . . . . Read More
James Madison, whose birthday we celebrated Wednesday, wrote in an 1822 letter: “Religion and government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together.” Read More
Not satisfied with its efforts to regulate carbon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is beginning a two-month comment period on new proposed rules that would tighten emissions restrictions on power plants that burn coal and oil.
If adopted, these new rules will raise power production costs, perhaps forcing the closure of the oldest plants, and making new ones more expensive. Read More