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    April 24, 2013

    Pollution Report: San Francisco Can Breathe Easy. No, Really, It Can!

    If walking the hills of San Francisco to get to your parked car leaves you totally breathless, well, sadly, it's you, not the city. The American Lung Association this morning released its latest air report, showing that San Francisco has some pretty damn clean air. Not only did we "pass" our annual ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Study: Your Couch Is Killing You

    Beware couch potatoes: The one thing you can always count on -- a lazy day on your sofa -- is actually pretty bad for you. According to a new, bizarre study, couches across the nation are retaining an unhealthy and dangerous level of toxic chemicals, enough that researchers say we should all be al ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012
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    August 16, 2012

    Erin Brockovich Lawsuit: Carcinogen Still Found in Drinking Water, Environmentalists say

    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 >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Chevron Says Bay Area Air Is Safe After Refinery Fire

    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 >>

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    August 7, 2012

    San Francisco Cellphone Safety Law To Be Debated in Court This Week

    Cellphone users in the 21st century are just like cigarette smokers were in the 1950s -- addicted to the buzz. But, like cigarettes, do cellphones really need "warning labels" alerting us to the potential health dangers? Well, that's exactly what San Francisco is trying to find out.On Thursday, the ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Environmentalists Demand FDA Lower Mercury Rates in Seafood

    Put the chopsticks down; you might want to curb your sashimi-binging habits after you read this.We've all seen the signs when we've gone out to eat sushi -- the ones that the Food and Drug Administration require all food establishments to show that warn of the dangers of mercury poisoning that can c ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Urban Gardens Are Hot, but What About Urban Pollution?

    Oakland, like San Francisco before it, is rushing to accommodate urban gardeners by revising its regulations to allow people to sell produce they grow in the city. There's one catch, says East Bay Express's Nate Seltenrich: Much of the soil in West Oakland is contaminated with dangerous levels of le ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Apples Are Dirty, But Cabbage and Corn Are Clean

    ​Sunday, the Environmental Working Group released its annual Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, with the headline-grabbing "Dirty Dozen," or list of 12 fruits and vegetables most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue. Newly crowned the dirtiest fruit in America: apples. Pesticides ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Cell Phones Are as Carcinogenic as Coffee

    If the death rays don't get you, the talcum powder will.​Paranoid San Franciscans who have long sought affirmation that radio waves threaten public health finally got a hat tip from the World Health Organization, which now says cell phones are "possibly carcinogenic."But before you throw your iPho ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Radiation Levels Monitored on Japan-California Flights

    Old-school decontamination​U.S. Customs and Border Protection is monitoring radiation levels on airplanes, cargo, and passengers on flights inbound to West Coast cities from Japan, federal officials said today.In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said officials were seeking to "evaluate t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Duraflame Burned in Court

    You! Put it out! ​Last month, SF Weekly reported on just what happens if you light a fire on a Spare the Air Day: They ask you not to. Then, if you're busted a second time, you're out $400. And while the Bay Area Air Quality Management District uses the term "wood fires," there's a broad variety o ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Sierra Club Sues EPA For Not Enforcing Clean Air Act

    Trouble in paradise?​Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court in San Francisco, asserting the EPA did not adequately enforce provisions of the Clean Air Act.The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardian ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010
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    January 20, 2010
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    November 5, 2009

    Where You Can and Can't Fish (Without Eating Dubai Star Oil)

    DFGClick on this map for a very large version​For those who fish, either professionally or because it simply beats sittin' by the dock of the bay, wastin' time, we have some limited good news. The state's Department of Fish and Game -- with the input of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard As ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Ultimatum: If You Want To Breathe, Cut Your Emissions Thursday

    Not the preferred method of transportation on Thursday​If you don't want to contribute to noxious ground-level ozone pollution that will suffocate (or at least irritate the lungs) of your fellow man, leave your car at home on Thursday.Yeah, yeah, you say you've been dealt enough guilt for driving ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009
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    July 1, 2009

    The Man Who Cried Dust

    Christopher Muhammad's fight with Lennar over toxic dust has resulted in a restraining order against him, an accusation that he's a shakedown artist, and grudging respect from his rivals.

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    May 8, 2009

    Massive Amount of Lead Discovered in San Franciscan's Herbal Remedy

    Lead is bad for people, and it's particularly bad for children, older folks, and anyone with kidney problems. So when a 60-year-old South Asian man walked into Dr.Vivek Bhalla's office with diabetes and kidney disease, and his lead levels tested three times higher than what's acceptable, t ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Is Blinky, The Simpsons' Three-Eyed Fish, Headed For San Francisco?

    Blinky, the three-eyed fish from the animated television sitcom The Simpsons, may be headed for the San Francisco Bay and its estuaries, according SF Weekly's reading of new research from the University of California at Davis. Wholesale dumping of toxic chemicals into waterways -- such as the gunk d ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008
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    March 12, 2008
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    November 6, 2007

    SF-Area Anglers Beware: High Mercury Levels in Bay Area Fish

    Fish is good with a lot of things: chips and malt vinegar, rice and wasabi, lemon and pepper. Of course, it's great fried. But here's one thing it's not good with: the potent neurotoxin mercury. I'm talking to you, area anglers, especially if you fish at the Ferry Building Pier and the Berkeley Mari ... More >>

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