I wade into the ongoing debate over CEQA, with much unease. For starters, the minute that I start to explain that CEQA stands for the California Environmental Quality Act and that San Francisco City Hall's administration of that particular law is the subject of a long-running and heated political d ... More >>
Hexavalent chromium is best known as the chemical compound at the center of Erin Brockovich's 1993 lawsuit against PG&E, which resulted in a $333 million settlement. The chemical had contaminated drinking water supplies in Hinkley, Calif.In 2001, the state legislature sought regulations for hexa ... More >>
We already gave you the bad news today: Gas prices are ridiculously high, in part because of the Chevron fire last week. But there is some good news you can take in. Contrary to what you saw last Monday -- plumes of black smoke hanging in the air -- Chevron says you can go ahead and take a deep brea ... More >>
A report released yesterday claims that the United States throws away billions of dollars of reusable resources every year - $11.4 billion to be exact.Of the total solid waste coming out of our country, more than 40 percent is made up of unnecessary packaging. And most of that packaging that we typi ... More >>
Hey guys! March 20th was Meatout. I refrained from eating meat. Best holiday ever. The UN's World Water Day was this week too! Second coolest holiday of the week. Since this year's theme was food security, people actually talked about how meat is a nightmare for water conservation! It's ... More >>
CosmoPolitician via FlickrFirst, the bad news: Ocean Beach will likely sink, thanks to global warming. But the good news is, it won't suck nearly as bad as it will for our neighbors down in Southern California.The reason for this is that our beach is kinda lame, according to a new study. Therefor ... More >>
Put this fire out!Typically, you expect an environmental activist to be dressed in all organic clothing, maybe even birkenstocks. Whatever it is they are wearing, you at least imagine that they are them to be adults, as in over the age of 18. But apparently, the concern over global warming stretc ... More >>
Battle of the signs on the doors of Slim'sThe alcohol permit for S.F. music venue Slim's was suspended for 10 days last week due to a long-running battle with a neighbor over noise complaints -- a battle venue part-owner Dawn Holliday hopes will end soon.The club was barred from serving alco ... More >>
Was he counting on Obama for protection?Environmentalists have come out swinging hard against Obama's new forest rules, which they claim is a watered-down plan for wildlife protection across the nation. But are they prepared to take the president to court? "We are still early in the process, ... More >>
Matt SmithThe bike lane injunction is in the rearview mirror, thankfullyProposed Legislation by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier aims to diminish the role of state environmental law in delaying local projects posing little threat to Mother Nature.And -- don't you know it -- Mary Miles, the attorney ... More >>
Well, this'll cost a lot more...The 99¢ Only chain has declined to appeal a federal judge's ruling -- meaning it now faces a fine of $409,490, or enough to afford 413,626 items at its stores. The chain was on the losing end of an Environmental Protection Agency suit claiming it had sold hundreds ... More >>
Don't touch that greenhouse gas, warn out-of-state attorneys general...If California voters don't pass Proposition 23 -- which would pull the rug out from under the state's 2006 law limiting greenhouse gas emissions -- a gang of out-of-state attorneys general have threatened to file suit against ... More >>
Chevron's Richmond refineryChevron is facing serious criticism of its alleged efforts to evade state environmental laws and push through a proposed expansion of its oil refinery in Richmond. Faced with the opposition of environmental activists and some state legislators, is it a surprise that the ... More >>
Dumping millions of gallons of toxic waste in the bay can land you in jail -- or worseA barge manager who dumped -- and ordered his employees to dump -- perhaps millions of gallons of toxic pollutants into San Francisco Bay off the coast of Pittsburg has received a barge load of justice. Mark Gui ... More >>
Gibbs Smith PublishersAs a drug rug-clad, headband-sporting Johnny Mathis might warble, it's beginning to look a lot like Earth Day. Revving up to Thursday, related food-themed happenings abound. Tomorrow, chef Laura Stec and atmospheric scientist Eugene Cordero, Ph.D. will appear at the Ma ... More >>
People in fields such as petroleum, investment banking, or running chambers of commerce, know what it means to be blessed. They are embedded within industries that love to put on conventions and trade shows. Workers travel to distant cities, check into the Hyatt, mingle with people who went the s ... More >>
His knuckles do not drag...Angry words continue to be exchanged about fiery Florida freshman Congressman Alan Grayson referring to Republicans as "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals" and Rep. Nancy Pelosi's refusal to compel him to apologize. But a San Francisco State University professor has a probl ... More >>
But the cute bear wants me to buy disposable diapers...Like many of you, I was more than a bit amazed at an article yesterday on SFgate, in which a woman with the Marx Brothers-worthy name of Willow Lune explained her raison d'etre: Pushing a diaper-free lifestyle in which one's children can be t ... More >>
It hasn't gotten quite to this point yet...There's no getting around it -- the notion of a government employee or contractor inspecting one's refuse and approving or disapproving its composition is creepy, regardless of how altruistic the goal of waste reduction. You cannot argue about this. That be ... More >>
Thanks, Ma: Toxic waste from old cars is still hunky dory in California The California Senate's Environmental Quality Committee today unanimously approved a bill that would block environmental officials from preventing 700,000 tons of toxic waste from being dumped into county landfills each year. As ... More >>
Can a burial business still be eco-friendly if its new biodegradable caskets are brought in on cargo ships from China?
The Environmental Defense Fund embarks on a national campaign to shame San Francisco into restoring the other great Yosemite valley, Hetch Hetchy. But is shame really a good political strategy?
Earth Day in S.F.
Plans for a biodefense "hot lab" at Lawrence Livermore have ecologists, disarmament advocates, and mainstream scientists up in arms
Plans to buy Cargill's huge saltworks and restore them to wetlands are thwarted by a sour economy
San Francisco asks the Navy to investigate potentially dangerous methane concentrations at Hunters Point Shipyard
Tale of the Whale; Night Crawler: A Cure for the Common Cold
Power to the People; A Love/Hate Relationship
PG&E is doing to New England what greedy, polluting, out-of-state energy suppliers have done to PG&E and California
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is serving as cover for massive oil drilling that could wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
Fierce prey. Spiritual brother. Ecological bellwether. The majestic gray whale inspires awe, conflict, and troubling environmental questions from the icy seas of Russia to the warm lagoons of Baja.
How development pressure and environmental law may force radical change along the seemingly idyllic but deeply troubled Russian River
Earth Day events take place Saturday
How a Willie Brown real estate venture snagged tens of millions of dollars in government subsidies and opened the way for Democratic heavyweight Angelo Tsakopoulo to make even more money
Environmental group targets Stanford investment muscle
When it comes to sewers, San Francisco just can't get its shit together
William Randolph Hearst's heirs want to build hotels and a golf course on his seaside estate, below his fabled castle. Ranchers and environmentalists are raising Kane.