Robyn Purchia

Lick-Wilmerding High School senior Amelia Fortgang is one of four Bay Area students who won Action for Nature’s 2021 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Fortgang founded and chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. (Courtesy Amelia Fortgang)

SF’s youth ready to ‘turn and burn’ for the planet’s future

There are a lot of problems with Fleet Week but the environment doesn’t have to be one

Lick-Wilmerding High School senior Amelia Fortgang is one of four Bay Area students who won Action for Nature’s 2021 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Fortgang founded and chairs the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit. (Courtesy Amelia Fortgang)
Plastic manufacturers and distributors and industries that support them should be paying for the pollution caused by disposable products. (Shutterstock)

Corporations must do as much as individuals to protect our environment

It’s time to make big companies take responsibility and pay their fair share

Plastic manufacturers and distributors and industries that support them should be paying for the pollution caused by disposable products. (Shutterstock)
It’s not uncommon to find a plastic tampon applicator washed up on the beach. <ins>(Courtesy Eva Holman)</ins>

The environmental toll of disposable feminine products

Uninhibited feedback by cisgender women is key

It’s not uncommon to find a plastic tampon applicator washed up on the beach. <ins>(Courtesy Eva Holman)</ins>
A pod of three bottlenose dolphins breach the water’s surface in San Francisco Bay near the Richmond San Rafael Bridge in January 2019. (Courtesy Bill Keener/The Marine Mammal Center)

SF’s increasing porpoises, whales demonstrate how protections pay off

City should use lessons to address other environmental challenges

A pod of three bottlenose dolphins breach the water’s surface in San Francisco Bay near the Richmond San Rafael Bridge in January 2019. (Courtesy Bill Keener/The Marine Mammal Center)
San Franciscans supporting the “Great Walkway” — who oppose the recent reopening of a portion of the Great Highway to vehicle traffic — rallied on Aug. 15. <ins>(Robyn Purchia/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

MIT study: Closing ‘Great Walkway’ is a mistake

Let’s learn lessons from the pandemic and reclaim our streets from cars

San Franciscans supporting the “Great Walkway” — who oppose the recent reopening of a portion of the Great Highway to vehicle traffic — rallied on Aug. 15. <ins>(Robyn Purchia/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
A coalition of community members dedicated to improving The City’s tree canopy recently planted saplings in the Mission. 
Courtesy Ben 
Carlson/Friends of the Urban Forest

Mission residents go out on a limb to welcome 150 new trees

A community greening effort in the Mission is taking root. Last Thursday,…

A coalition of community members dedicated to improving The City’s tree canopy recently planted saplings in the Mission. 
Courtesy Ben 
Carlson/Friends of the Urban Forest
Despite Californians’ efforts to stop using plastic, bags, straws and other items continue to pollute the landscape. (Shutterstock)

Time to dump harmful plastic production

Policymakers, legislators must reduce the product at source

Despite Californians’ efforts to stop using plastic, bags, straws and other items continue to pollute the landscape. (Shutterstock)
Owners of Levi’s Plaza on The Embarcadero say gas boilers on the property will be replaced by electric and solar sources in the next few years. (Shutterstock)

Big plans for clean power at Levi’s Plaza

Transition to net zero carbon in step with S.F.’s environmental goals

Owners of Levi’s Plaza on The Embarcadero say gas boilers on the property will be replaced by electric and solar sources in the next few years. (Shutterstock)
Researchers have identified the microscopic algae, Pseudo-nitzschi, which was responsible for the closure of California’s Dungeness crab season in 2015. (Courtesy C.J. Wingert, San Francisco State University)

A microscopic killer lives in SF’s waters

Researchers find ocean acidification threatens local fisheries

Researchers have identified the microscopic algae, Pseudo-nitzschi, which was responsible for the closure of California’s Dungeness crab season in 2015. (Courtesy C.J. Wingert, San Francisco State University)
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area of Yosemite National Park supplies San Francisco’s drinking water. 
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SF’s water supply could use leadership, not litigation

Solutions needed to keep taps and salmon running

The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area of Yosemite National Park supplies San Francisco’s drinking water. 
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International Bird Rescue helped save Bay Area birds that were contaminated by mysterious goo in 2015. <ins>(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>

International Bird Rescue marks 50 years of wildlife protection

Group established in wake of massive oil spill continues essential rehabilitation, research

International Bird Rescue helped save Bay Area birds that were contaminated by mysterious goo in 2015. <ins>(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
San Franciscans mourned the loss of a Monterey Cypress tree in the median along Geary Boulevard that was removed to accommodate a transit project.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Now is a good time to hug a city tree

Nature shouldn’t be regarded as something separate from humans

San Franciscans mourned the loss of a Monterey Cypress tree in the median along Geary Boulevard that was removed to accommodate a transit project.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Many garments purchased by Americans are mass produced by low-paid workers in factories in Asia. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Broken fashion industry needs mending

Your shirts, shoes can help advance environmental justice

Many garments purchased by Americans are mass produced by low-paid workers in factories in Asia. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Central City SRO Collective tenant leader Reggie Reed, left, and Eddie Ahn, executive director of Brightline Defense, were among those distributing environmental awareness posters throughout the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and South of Market neighborhoods. (Courtesy Central City SRO Collaborative)

Environmental dangers are connected to racism

Let’s attack problems with better policies, greater awareness

Central City SRO Collective tenant leader Reggie Reed, left, and Eddie Ahn, executive director of Brightline Defense, were among those distributing environmental awareness posters throughout the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and South of Market neighborhoods. (Courtesy Central City SRO Collaborative)
Some have raised objections to a plan to remove a Monterey cypress tree in the median on Geary Boulevard in Japantown. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF needs plan to protect trees and one agency in charge

Transit planners want to remove a Monterey cypress on Geary against the public’s will

Some have raised objections to a plan to remove a Monterey cypress tree in the median on Geary Boulevard in Japantown. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco workers who are members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers are calling for The City’s retirement board system to stop investing in Chevron. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

SF should step up efforts to divest from fossil fuels

Retirement fund continues to include big oil companies

San Francisco workers who are members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers are calling for The City’s retirement board system to stop investing in Chevron. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
While health officials say COVID-19 isn’t spread through the use of bulk foods and reusable containers, there continues to be a reliance on wasteful disposables. (Shutterstock)

Bulk shopping is back, and that’s a good thing

Self-service is safe, but sustainability still elusive during pandemic

While health officials say COVID-19 isn’t spread through the use of bulk foods and reusable containers, there continues to be a reliance on wasteful disposables. (Shutterstock)
A drop in salmon in the Tuolumne River in 2020 is cause for concern.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Salmon dwindling while SFPUC fiddling

Decreasing numbers in Tuolumne demand science-based solutions

A drop in salmon in the Tuolumne River in 2020 is cause for concern.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Zero Grocery is among the Bay Area organizations delivering groceries in plastic-free packaging. (Screenshot)

Bye Trump, hello hope: SF can show US what’s possible

City’s climate efforts will shine under new administration

Zero Grocery is among the Bay Area organizations delivering groceries in plastic-free packaging. (Screenshot)
Residents of Treasure Island report serious health concerns that may be associated with the area’s toxic environment.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

The safety of Treasure Island residents must be addressed

SF needs to step up to improve health of low-income dwellers

Residents of Treasure Island report serious health concerns that may be associated with the area’s toxic environment.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>