environment

Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, which supplies water to San Francisco, is among the concerns of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is undergoing a change of leadership. <ins>(Courtesy SFPUC)</ins>

Changes in leadership at SFPUC spark concern, hope for future water policy

Will agency’s new commissioner continue to support Big Ag?

 

Clockwise, from top left, Manny Yekutiel and candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock appeared in a virtual event dedicated to electing green Democrats to Georgia’s seats in the U.S. Senate. (Screenshot)

A green Georgia on our minds

San Franciscans can mobilize to help elect Democrats Warnock, Ossoff to Senate

 

Tenderloin residents are finding benefits to having roads closed in the neighborhood. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Should there be fewer cars in the Tenderloin’s future?

The pandemic has opened San Franciscans’ eyes to new uses of urban streets

 

Environmentalists are studying how the breakdown of a green mineral called olivine positively affects carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>

Let’s keep the climate restoration movement growing

Innovators’ and policymakers’ efforts to restore balance should be encouraged

Environmentalists are studying how the breakdown of a green mineral called olivine positively affects carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.<ins> (Shutterstock photo)</ins>
A bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday will make it easier to win approval for projects such as protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements and light rail and bus lanes. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

New law makes sustainable transit easier, faster and cheaper to implement

SB 288 will add a number of climate-friendly infrastructure projects to CEQA exemption list

A bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday will make it easier to win approval for projects such as protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements and light rail and bus lanes. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Bayview and Hunters Point residents and advocates are calling for city officials to help clean up their neighborhood. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)

Green Space: Seeking environmental justice in the Bayview

Residents who can’t breathe demand cleanup, reconsideration of India Basin project

Bayview and Hunters Point residents and advocates are calling for city officials to help clean up their neighborhood. (Courtesy Robyn Purchia)
Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture “Spire” in the Presidio is among the treasures in San Francisco parks, which benefit from private funding in addition to tax dollars. (Courtesy photo)

Green Space: Pitch in to protect a city park

Enjoy – and support — S.F.’s open spaces

Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture “Spire” in the Presidio is among the treasures in San Francisco parks, which benefit from private funding in addition to tax dollars. (Courtesy photo)
Public access to the Peninsula Watershed is restricted to help protect water quality in the Crystal Springs Reservoir, which is part of San Francisco’s extensive water system. (Shutterstock)

Report: Proposed trail through Peninsula Watershed threatens wildlife

SFPUC project part of plans to connect 550 miles of Bay Area Ridge Trail

Public access to the Peninsula Watershed is restricted to help protect water quality in the Crystal Springs Reservoir, which is part of San Francisco’s extensive water system. (Shutterstock)
Successfully restored, San Francisco’s Crissy Field today is a wildlife habitat and natural spot that visitors and residents enjoy. (Courtesy photo)

Green Space: AB 3030 a good step toward improving natural resources

Law has support among scientists and environmentists, but some industries fear burdensome restrictions

Successfully restored, San Francisco’s Crissy Field today is a wildlife habitat and natural spot that visitors and residents enjoy. (Courtesy photo)
But even seemingly untouched corners of the Earth like the Farallon Islands bear human fingerprints. (Courtesy photo)

It’s time to reconsider risky plan to eradicate rodents on the Farallones

About 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge lie a small group islands known as the Farallones.

But even seemingly untouched corners of the Earth like the Farallon Islands bear human fingerprints. (Courtesy photo)
Some types of sea stars are on the rebound, but others are disappearing. (Jeyna Perez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Finding out why sea stars are disappearing from the San Francisco coast

Six years ago, if you had poked your head under the water off the California coast, you might have seen vibrant populations of ochre and sunflower sea stars.

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Some types of sea stars are on the rebound, but others are disappearing. (Jeyna Perez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Moon House, in southeast Utah, is within the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in a 2014 file image. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, President Obama designated two new national monuments in rugged areas of Utah and Nevada, including Bears Ears. (Brad Branan/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Obama designates 2 new national monuments in the West

Further burnishing his environmental legacy, President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated two…

Moon House, in southeast Utah, is within the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in a 2014 file image. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, President Obama designated two new national monuments in rugged areas of Utah and Nevada, including Bears Ears. (Brad Branan/Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Crews load Christmas trees into a chipper at the 30th

City urges residents to recycle Christmas trees

San Francisco officials today held the city's 30th annual Christmas tree chipping…

Crews load Christmas trees into a chipper at the 30th
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Bay Area air quality enforcers remind public to use fireplaces mindfully this holiday

Bay Area Air Quality Management District is reminding people that burning wood…

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(Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner)

Golden Gate Audubon Society hosting annual bird count

An annual bird counting event will be taking place on Dec. 27,…

(Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner)
An aerial view of the Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

Environmental review docs released for controversial Delta tunnel plan

Thousands of pages of environmental review documents were released today on the…

An aerial view of the Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)
Suisin Marsh (Photo courtesy California Dept of Fish & Wildlife)

UPDATE: $2.8M lawsuit filed against private island club for environmental violations

A lawsuit has been filed against Point Buckler Club and its owner…

Suisin Marsh (Photo courtesy California Dept of Fish & Wildlife)
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California’s state agencies seek to make water conservation methods permanent

A water conservation plan was released by State agencies Nov 30 to achieve long-term…

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Sierra Club launches new partnership with focus on housing displacement

A new partnership was announced Wednesday between the Sierra Club and Causa Justa::Just…

Aerial view of Oakland (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)
State legislators on Wednesday proposed a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase to help fund Caltrain. (Ryan McNulty/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Caltrain begins 3-month construction project in anticipation of system electrification

Work will begin this week on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), a system-improvement…

State legislators on Wednesday proposed a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase to help fund Caltrain. (Ryan McNulty/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)