environment

Cyclists and pedestrians enjoyed the car-free Great Highway between Sloat Boulevard and Lincoln Way. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner/2020)

Debate over Great Highway’s closure represents a much larger San Francisco problem

Last month, a sign appeared in the window of the popular Outer…

 

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

 

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

 

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>
The documentary “Seaspiracy” is an exposé about the fishing industry and a call for veganism. <ins>(Courtesy Ali Tabrizi/Netflix)</ins>

‘Seaspiracy’ worth watching, even if its message needs calibration

Documentary’s view of veganism as a war against capitalism, environmental calamities is jolting

The documentary “Seaspiracy” is an exposé about the fishing industry and a call for veganism. <ins>(Courtesy Ali Tabrizi/Netflix)</ins>
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. (Courtesy SFPUC)

SFPUC asks irrigation customers to reduce water use by 10 percent amid dry weather

In light of dry weather conditions throughout California, the San Francisco Public…

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. (Courtesy SFPUC)
Supervisor Gordon Mar said The City will not meet climate change goals if residents continue to use gas appliances. (Shutterstock)

Eliminating natural gas in housing could cost $5.9B

City weighs options including mandatory replacement of appliances in homes

Supervisor Gordon Mar said The City will not meet climate change goals if residents continue to use gas appliances. (Shutterstock)
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>
Mayor London Breed announced new commitments to fight climate change and help San Francisco to become a sustainable city on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Breed announces climate action plan that calls for becoming carbon neutral by 2045

In honor of Earth Day, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a…

Mayor London Breed announced new commitments to fight climate change and help San Francisco to become a sustainable city on Earth Day, April 22, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Oil wells just north of the town of McKittrick in the heart of California oil country.(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Newsom bans new California fracking permits starting in 2024

Phil Willon and Taryn Luna Los Angeles Times Gov. Gavin Newsom on…

Oil wells just north of the town of McKittrick in the heart of California oil country.(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
A surplus of	mice on the Farallon Islands have caused banded burrowing owls to stay year round instead of migrating, longtime researchers say. <ins>(Courtesy Point Blue Conservation Science)</ins>

Farallon Islands researchers recommend eradicating mice

The Farallon Islands comprise three groups of small islands located nearly 30…

A surplus of	mice on the Farallon Islands have caused banded burrowing owls to stay year round instead of migrating, longtime researchers say. <ins>(Courtesy Point Blue Conservation Science)</ins>
From left, Esther Gulick, Sylvia McLaughlin and Kay Kerr started one of the country’s first environmental movements. (Courtesy Save The Bay)

Sixty years of Saving San Francisco Bay

Pioneering environmental group was started by three ladies on a mission

From left, Esther Gulick, Sylvia McLaughlin and Kay Kerr started one of the country’s first environmental movements. (Courtesy Save The Bay)
Fishing boats at Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay, California. (Shutterstock)

‘Restrictive’ West Coast ocean salmon fishing seasons announced

With salmon fishing season starting up, the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced…

Fishing boats at Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay, California. (Shutterstock)
“Occupy The Farm,” premiering on PBS on April 20, details efforts of activist urban farmers in the East Bay.<ins> Johnson)</ins>

Urban farming activism a timely theme in ‘Occupy The Farm’

Issues in 2014 doc about contested UC Berkeley land relevant today

“Occupy The Farm,” premiering on PBS on April 20, details efforts of activist urban farmers in the East Bay.<ins> Johnson)</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)
Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SB 260 is the right law at the right time

By Kalpana Narlikar The Climate Corporate Accountability Act (SB 260) was introduced…

Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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>
A sign about proposed development of the bluff at Thornton State Beach in Daly City on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Retreat center proposed at popular state beach

Daly City residents oppose construction on ocean bluffs

A sign about proposed development of the bluff at Thornton State Beach in Daly City on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Aerial view of the Cargill salt ponds near Redwood City. (Shutterstock)

U.S. EPA drops challenge of Redwood City salt ponds’ protection under Clean Water Act

By Joe Dworetzky Bay City News Foundation The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

Aerial view of the Cargill salt ponds near Redwood City. (Shutterstock)