Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    There Is No Divine Right to Comment on the Internet

    The Onion lately has taken to occasionally just telling the truth, more or less, and those articles are usually every bit as good as any other Onion story. On Monday, there was one titled "Tea Party Congressman Listens To Constituent Who Wears Thomas Jefferson Costume Everywhere." It began: At ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013
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    May 28, 2013

    Walmart to Pay Millions for Violating Clean Water Act in California

    For an unknown period of time until January 2006, Walmart had been illegally dumping hazardous waste because it did not have a policy for how employees should handle that sort of garbage, federal prosecutors charged in a case first filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The retail giant wi ... More >>

  • News

    April 10, 2013
  • Film

    March 6, 2013
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    November 21, 2012
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    August 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Sierra Club, Historians File Lawsuit to Stop Construction of Hotel in Presidio National Park

    ​ Local nonprofits and environmentalists are suing the San Francisco Presidio Trust to try and stop its plans to build an "unnecessary" 14-building hotel in the Main Post of The Presidio National Park.The Presidio Historical Association and Sierra Club said they were left with "no choice" but to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Why Leland Yee Won the Sierra Club Endorsement

    A snapshot of Leland Yee's environmental record​Somebody has it out for State Sen. Leland Yee -- someone aside from Rush Limbaugh. When the news hit that the highly esteemed Sierra Club tossed its support behind Yee for mayor, the Twitter activity started buzzing; City Hall insiders -- and even re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Hillary Clinton Sued by S.F. Environmental Group Over Alleged Oil Pipeline Project Bias

    Playing favorites?​Environmental groups are going after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, worried that she's allowing Washington lobbyists close to her get away with building a massive oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.Friends of the Earth, a nonprofit with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Brian Sussman, Talk Radio Blowhard, Fails to Expose Earth Day Idiots

    Tune into KSFO during morning drive time, and you might hear professional angry man Brian Sussman, whose job it is to gather news items that he can pretend to get pissed about. These he sprinkles like rose petals to prepare for the arrival of Master Rush Limbaugh, who follows Sussman at 9:00 a.m.A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Arc Ecology: E-Mails Between City and Lennar Aren't So Scandalous, Though 'Look Bad'

    There's no covering THAT up. ​Arc Ecology's director Saul Bloom has reason to be bitter with the city. Since 2006, his environmental non-profit received hundreds of thousands of dollars in city contracts to monitor and educate the public about the environmental clean-up and redevelopment work at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Gas Mask Removed from Cow at Aquarium's Controversial Global Warming Exhibit

    Humans in gas masks just aren't the same​A cow in a gas mask is a memorable image. That's probably why it was deployed, to great effect, in a recent exhibit on climate change at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. While this is the sort of thing that would doubtless please André Breton, dairy farmers -- n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Recycling Robbery Turns Violent

    Ha! The mother lode.​One man's trash is another man's treasure -- and, over the weekend, one man's recycling became another man's swag.A 36-year-old Hispanic man at the corner of Valencia and Mission found himself at the wrong end of a kitchen knife Saturday night. But the blade-wielding assailant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    EPA Honcho Jared Blumenfeld Saddened to Ditch Polluting Boat

    How I miss old Jane...​Jared Blumenfeld, San Francisco's former boss of both the Department of the Environment and Rec and Parks Department, was appointed in January as EPA administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands. Also during the past year, he donated Jane, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Would Gas Have to Cost $9 a Gallon to Meet Emission Goals?

    Fill 'er up -- for $135!​Those of us not named Rush Limbaugh know that in order to prevent the world from devolving into a giant Mad Max set, we've got to drive less. So as California's politicians and environmental regulators set ambitious emission reduction targets to combat global warming, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Gavin Newsom Stars in Video Touting His Winery a Day After Vetoing Booze Fee

    And if more of you buy my environmentally friendly, low-tax wines, I'll be richer still...​One day after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed a fee on alcohol sales aimed at paying for  treatment of chronic drunks, he starred in a video on Forbes Magazine's website touting a Napa Valley wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Caltrans Sued Over Highway Project Through Redwood Forest

    ​Environmental activists are suing Caltrans over plans to expand and reroute a highway that passes through Richardson Grove State Park, the Humboldt County preserve that boasts some of California's oldest and tallest coast redwoods.The suit was filed yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court by th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    You Think Carly Fiorina Gives a F*ck About Global Warming?

    Soft on terrorism, just like Barbara Boxer​Republican Carly Fiorina has launched a doozy of an attack ad (view after the jump) against incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, managing to make herself look like a wannabe national-security hawk and something of an ecological cretin in just over 30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Big Rig Drivers Smoked in Quest to Loosen State Emission Standards

    But don't Keep On Emittin' ... ​In a case involving a convoy of lawyers, federal judges ruled against a pair of truckers' organizations claiming the state of California's emissions standards were rigged.  Readers may be surprised to learn that the federal Clean Air Act gives California -- and ... More >>

  • News

    February 24, 2010

    Dead Sea

    An unpublished study shows the surprisingly lethal effects of the Cosco Busan oil spill. Why are government scientists helping the ship's owner keep it a secret?

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Hip Hop Responds to Van Jones Drama

    EKAphotographyAli Chagi-Starr, Van Jones (c), and Ron Dellums at Silence the Violence Day, 2007​ By now, everyone and they mama has heard that controversial green jobs adviser Van Jones has been forced to resign from his white house job. There are many differing takes on the subject, from ultr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2009
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    July 15, 2009
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    May 20, 2009
  • Dining

    November 19, 2008

    Voodoo on the Vine

    The origins of the increasingly popular Biodynamic wine are steeped in the occult and bad science.

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    March 12, 2008
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    January 23, 2008
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    August 22, 2007
  • News

    August 8, 2007

    Governor Newsom?

    Not likely, given his lack of spine in opposing the initiative promoting more parking

  • Calendar

    July 18, 2007
  • News

    December 20, 2006

    Global Warning

    Al Gore was in town last week to remind us all that we're ruining the planet. But do you think the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hot air?

  • News

    June 8, 2005

    Environmental Cycle

    San Francisco is the world capital of the art of hypocritical, Earth-friendly rhetoric. Official support for bicycle commuters could lessen the cognitive dissonance.

  • News

    June 2, 2004

    Bioscience Warfare

    UC professor Tyrone Hayes found that a highly profitable weed killer causes sexual abnormalities in frogs. Then he found out how nasty a biotech multinational can be.

  • News

    November 19, 2003

    Arrested Development

    Mayor Brown is pushing for quick approval of a Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment plan that gives a lot to homebuilding giant Lennar, and not nearly enough to the city or the shipyard's neighbors

  • News

    July 31, 2002

    Burning Mad

    Deciding they just wouldn't take it anymore, Bayview citizens stopped a Navy plan to incinerate toxic gas at Hunters Point Shipyard

  • News

    July 4, 2001

    Gray Skies

    If Gov. Davis has his way, California soon will have dozens of new power plants -- a lot of them in the wrong places, some of them unnecessary, and very, very few of them based on renewable energy

  • News

    July 4, 2001

    "They're Hijacking Our Rally!"

    Opponents of the Potrero Hill power plant expansion could use a lesson in organization.

  • News

    May 2, 2001


    How nuclear researchers handled -- and grossly mishandled -- the Cold War's most dangerous radioactive substances at a top-secret lab inside the Hunters Point Shipyard. The same shipyard the city wants to remake as San Francisco's newest neighborhood.

  • News

    February 3, 1999
  • News

    May 27, 1998

    Building a Better Bomb

    While condemning India for its nuclear testing, the U.S. government quietly funnels billions to research programs aimed at creating an ever-more-virulent nuclear arsenal

  • News

    March 18, 1998

    The New Nuclear Age

    Livermore protest is mere theater, but lab's research raises real questions

  • News

    February 25, 1998

    Dirty Dealings at the Dock

    San Francisco is planning to take title to the decommissioned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard before the military completes an environmental cleanup. The move could cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars -- or more.

  • News

    January 10, 1996

    Off-Base (Part II)

    The most vituperative battle ever fought over the Presidio pits a handful of activists (and a certain weekly newspaper) against a local coalition of environmentalists, business, and the majority of elected officials. Is the congressional compromise to es

  • News

    October 4, 1995
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    March 29, 1995

    Whirly Birds

    The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?

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