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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dying for Abalone: Why a California Delicacy Has Become Lethal

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

  • LHG Creative Photography/Flickr

A 56-year-old San Francisco man (still unidentified until the family is contacted) drowned while diving for abalone near Mendocino on Sunday, according to Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat. It’s the eighth abalone death of the Northern California season, which is on the high end of average — most years there are five or six.

To the uninitiated, it seems a bizarre phenomenon. Although hobbies like surfing and traditional ocean fishing certainly come with risks, abalone diving is laden with extra hazards these days because California’s historic obsession with the coastal gastropod conflicts with our storied eco-friendliness.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Plan Your Free Black Friday Hike in a Redwood Forest

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM

  • Mike Shoys Courtesy Save the Redwoods League
Thanks to a gift from the Save the Redwoods League, there's never been a better reason to skip the nightmare of Black Friday sales and get outside on the day after Thanksgiving. 

The non-profit has announced that it is offering free admission to 49 state parks on Friday, November 27. Don't forget to print out a pass before you go, and enjoy working off your Thanksgiving feast in the company of thousand-year-old trees.

Here are some of the best nearby parks to choose from: 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Environmentalists Campaign Crissy Field, Yosemite to Ban Bottled-Water

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Water should be free
  • Water should be free

Bottled-water might not be as sexy as, say, public nudity in San Francisco, which actually isn't sexy, but environmentalists have launched an equally passionate campaign to ban bottled-water across national parks.

Their next stop: San Francisco, where city officials have been barred from bottled-water since 2007.

On March 27, members of "Think Outside the Bottle" Coalition will stop at Crissy Field to present park officials with postcards (also not environmentally friendly) with signatures from thousands of people who very much like water and like parks, but don't like bottled water in parks.

Specifically, the growing movement is asking the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which owns Crissy Field, and Yosemite National Park to prohibit the sale of bottled-water anywhere at parks, and instead encourage people to use tap water and not be afraid.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Weird Mannequins Protest Levi's in S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

  • Greenpeace

So you think you've seen it all in San Francisco -- unapologetic naked people, a nice-looking dude in a towel walking down Market Street, and a bird that refuses to quit smoking? Well now you can add walking mannequins to that uncanny list.

No, Levi's mannequins aren't bitter about having to don those skintight hipster jeans or the skyrocketing prices of fashionable clothes. Like any good plastic mannequins, they're worried about the environmental mess Levi's makes when creating its stylish products.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Smokers, Take Heed: You Can Now Recycle Your Cigarette Butts

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM


Forget about second-hand smoke; one company wants your second-hand cigarette butts.

A new company has developed a method to get cigarette butts off San Francisco beaches and out of landfills by "upcycling" them into pellets, which will then be used to make plastic shipping pallets and other industrial products.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

San Francisco Is Really Good at Hating Junk Mail

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Where is the delete button?
  • Where is the delete button?

Have you stopped to notice lately just how good  we have it here in San Francisco? It's not just because we have a working version of universal health care, or that we are unstoppable when it comes to human rights. What is it that truly makes us one of the most progressive cities in the world?

Less junk mail, of course.

San Francisco was ranked No. 11 on a new list of the nation's top 20 "Most Mail Efficient Metro Areas." The results were based on the number of people who have proudly opted out of having junk mail sent to their homes. 

So how did we manage to get so turned off by useless coupons and crappy advertisements? Perhaps it's just that we're young and used to automatically shuffling unwanted mail into cyberspace.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Floating Cities Could Be on the Horizon

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM


This weekend, seasteading enthusiasts will be flocking to the city for their annual conference at the Le Meridien Hotel to plan future floating cities. 

The ultimate goal of the seasteading movement is to establish autonomously governed communities on the water -- an ocean city-state, so to speak. The conference is hosted by the Seasteading Institute, and this year participants will discuss ways to implement sustainable energy options and recruiting real estate investors. 

"We are not the first to see freedom on the high seas," writes Randolph Hencken, the Institute's senior director, "but we are the first to temper this idealistic vision with a realistic strategy."  

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

How Your Poop Can Save the Planet

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Saving the planet one bowel movement at a time
  • Saving the planet one bowel movement at a time

We've given you much to consider in the days about human feces and how it's managed in San Francisco. But here's something else you might posit: Would you wipe your mouth on a paper napkin that's been recycled from used toilet paper?

C'mon, aren't you an environmentalist?

Well, now you'll know for sure just how far you are willing to go to save the planet. Applied Clean Tech, an Israeli environmental company, is taking soiled, poopy toilet paper from the water treatment plants, cleaning it, sterilizing it, and pressing it into a clean piece of paper ready for you to write your next love letter. The company uses matter that is at least 60 percent cellulose to

maintain enough elasticity to convert the matter into a new solid


According to Gizmodo, the result looks much

like particle board, and could support up to 10 percent of

the world's paper needs while reducing the amount of sludge waste

reaching landfills by 75 percent.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Humans Take Over S.F. Parking Spaces

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Business as usual
  • Business as usual

What better way to get San Franciscans' attention than to take away their parking spaces -- lots of them.

In San Francisco and across the nation people are celebrating PARK(ing) Day today, which means they've done their best to convert perfectly good metered parking spaces into parks, offices, or whatever use comes to mind.

Well there's one way to get people out of their cars.

The annual event is meant to get people to consider just how much urban space is dedicated to cars.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sorry, Harold Camping, the World Will End, but Not Anytime Soon

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 5:03 PM

What Harold Camping doesn't know - COSMOSASTRO.COM
  • What Harold Camping doesn't know

There are times when science and religion can agree, like the fact that the planet will come to a fiery end. For instance, both NASA scientists and Harold Camping -- the Oakland Rapture predictor -- agree on this. But what they seem to differ on is the exact timing of the end of the world.

While Camping assures us that the Rapture will happen Oct. 21, 2011, NASA scientists argue otherwise, saying the planet still has some 500 million years of life to live -- not that even 1,000 more years would make a difference to us.

But if you are curious about how and when the world will crumbled to pieces, NASA planetologist Chris McKay will be a the Roxie Theater in San Francisco this weekend to explain the details.

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