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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get Ready to March For … Nuclear Energy?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:21 AM

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If truth is stranger than fiction, it should come as no surprise that Friday marks the start of the first-ever pro-nuclear power march — probably in world history — and it all starts in San Francisco.

The March for Environmental Hope, a four-day trek from the City by the Bay to Sacramento, is being pitched as a family-friendly event — and in this case that means more than funnel cakes and bounce houses.

Organizers are hoping to tug on the collective heart strings of America by making this about the children, as in leaving them with a less-polluted Earth. And it might work.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Macy's Promises Not To Trash Beach with Tonight's Super Bowl Fireworks

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:50 PM

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Earlier in the week, evidence of the good time we're all having with Super Bowl 50 washed up on the beach at Aquatic Park, where National Parks Service rangers spent a few hours raking up what appeared to be the empty shells and scraps from spent fireworks.

Environmental groups like S.F. Baykeeper have contacted who they believe to be the responsible party: a fireworks company hired by Macy's, which set off a bunch of fireworks earlier in the week to mark the opening of San Francisco's current crown jewel, the Baghdad Green Zone fortified encampment known as "Super Bowl City."

And tonight, when the retailer is expected to fund yet another pyrotechnics spectacular, Macy's totally promises not to trash the beaches again. Because the one lesson of Super Bowl 50 is this: learning from your mistakes. Right? 

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Forget El Niño: California May Never Get Out of Drought, UC Berkeley Prof Says

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Last year's snowpack — the snowpack of the future?
  • Last year's snowpack — the snowpack of the future?

It's an El Niño winter, and the news is full of rain, sleet, and snow. If only California was as well.

Precipitation so far in this wet winter that is supposed to save us from the worst drought of our lifetimes is only slightly above "normal"  — and in some parts of California, including the southern Sierra, precipitation is still below normal.

Think about that. The long-awaited wet weather event has, so far, just barely pushed things to around what's supposed to be "normal."

This may be a hard fact to fathom this weekend, as you drive through more rain in order to reach the snowed-in approaches to Lake Tahoe — lucky you; drive safely — but other scientists agree. The four-year drought that's seen reservoirs and groundwater supplies dry up is not over — not unless several more El Niños follow on this one's heels. 

In fact, according to one U.C. Berkeley researcher, the state may never recover from the drought.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

El Nino Begs Question: When Is Your Property Going to be Underwater?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 4:10 PM

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If you were driving northbound on US-101 toward San Mateo last week, you may have noticed a new billboard with an alarming announcement:

“IN THE NEXT SEVERE STORM, THIS FREEWAY WILL BE UNDERWATER.”

This disconcerting news is brought to you by Our Bay on the Brink, a public outreach campaign cooked up by environmental groups and big businesses anxious about the potential for devastating floods that will inflict tens of billions of dollars in damages throughout the Bay Area’s low-lying regions.

Sometime in the next couple of decades, a storm the likes of which California hasn’t seen in a century-and-a-half is going to swamp us. But this isn’t about climate change or rising sea levels (although those greatly exacerbate the risk). These kinds of storm are part of Mother Nature’s business as usual.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

King Tides Give Bay Area a Sneak Peek at Rising Sea Levels

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 10:40 AM

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  • The Embarcadero on Monday, Nov. 23

"The sun, moon and the earth are in proper alignment," sayeth the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admistration's latest San Francisco weather alert, not to urge you to start a new fitness routine or get back in touch with an old friend, but to "encourage the largest tidal cycle of the season." The so-called King Tides, which began yesterday and will continue through tomorrow afternoon, have prompted coastal flooding warnings throughout California. 

Tides in Northern California could increase water levels by as much as 8 feet, according to the California King Tides Project. The group (a coalition of government agencies and non-profits) wants Californians to use this opportunity not just to gawk at the admittedly exciting view of water spilling over the Embarcadero, but to imagine our future when the sea level rises — a future scientists generally agree is imminent.   


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Latest Pinniped Victims of Climate Change Are These Unbearably Cute Northern Fur Seals

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM

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The Marine Mammal Center in Sausolito has had quite a year. After spending the first 10 months of the year rescuing record-breaking numbers of seals and sea lions — more than ever before in its 40-year history — the center is now facing an influx of malnourished northern fur seal pups. 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Washing Your Clothes Puts Plastic in Your Fish

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 11:23 AM

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You knew about the mercury in your ahi tuna, the neurotoxin in your Dungeness crab, and the drought that's killing off the salmon population. Our delicious friends from the deep now face another threat, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis — your clothes and your washing machine.

Plastic microfibers were found in the guts of a quarter of fish caught off of Half Moon Bay in a recent study, according to a recent review led by researcher Chelsea Rochman, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis. The study was published in September, but is making the rounds again now.

According to another Davis professor interviewed by ABC-7, 80 percent of the plastic found in fish is believed to come from the synthetic fabric found in nearly everything we wear these days.

And this is not due to a great Lululemon patch off of Hawaii. The fabric in the fish, according to the researchers, ended up in the ocean thanks to our washing machines.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Map Shows San Francisco Waterfront At Risk of Severe Flooding

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

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We’ve known for a while that California is slowly sinking into the ocean, and, locally, we’ve heard a lot of speculation about what this means for San Francisco. One scenario, put forth by the Obama administration last year, has SFO’s runways potentially underwater by 2050. Another scenario, introduced last month, is that the bay could rise 16 to 55 inches by 2100, with torrential storms and “king tides” overwhelming infrastructure that’s not designed to withstand flooding. (And consider this your friendly reminder that climate change is really happening.)

Now, a major new report from the San Francisco Public Press offers one of the most comprehensive and alarming views yet of what the future could hold for our fair city. Namely: A waterfront that’s more water than land.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This Afternoon's Earthquake in San Jose Was Not the Big One We Were Promised

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 4:57 PM

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A magnitude 3.3 earthquake rattle San Jose this afternoon. As Kron 4 reports, the quake happened at 4:07 p.m. along the Calaveras fault. It was centered 11 miles east of San Jose. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Multi-Million Dollar Startup Celebrates Acquisition by Trashing Dolores Park

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 3:09 PM

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A multi-­million dollar startup celebrating a big acquisition may have just launched themselves into the middle of the latest Dolores Park culture war.

A tipster tells SF Weekly that Twice, a Mission District clothing resale startup hot off being bought up by eBay, was out in Dolores Park yesterday in full celebration mode, drinking champagne, eating pizza, and launching confetti in the air. But when the party was over, the park remained covered in their refuse, with one Twice co­founder chalking the affair up to "#startuplife."

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