Stories about Pollution

We don’t need to ‘get back to work’

People are dying to get back to work, top Republicans have been saying for the last month, justifying efforts to force the U.S. economy open during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Insurance companies deny 100s of COVID claims; venues sue

When the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order began on March 19, owners of the East Bay music venue Ivy Room, thought that their business interruption insurance would cover the loss in revenue....

The future of cities—and the one percent

The New York Times devoted its entire Sunday Review section this week to an analysis of the future of cities. It’s a critical topic: Cities have been for millenia...

COVID crashes Earth Day 50

Before 20 million Americans hit the streets for the first Earth Day in 1970 (still the largest civic event in recorded human history), and before oil was spilled in...

Screen Grabs: New flicks (yes, they still exist)

As a change of pace from our recent columns compiling lists of choice home-viewing items from the celluloid past, this week we’ll take a look at some brand-new movies...

Bayview Hunters Point tests its air

Although no rain fell in San Francisco in February for the first time since 1878, Dalila Adofo and Anthony Khalil of Greenaction have another element in mind: air. Joined...

Screen Grabs: Traveling the world, popcorn in hand

This week’s openings personify the movies’ appeal as armchair travel, encompassing cinematic detours to Ireland, Israel, Poland, China (twice), American backroads and various African nations, plus a tribute to...

Why Richmond said No to coal

On Tuesday, January 14, to the delight of environmentalists and health advocates and the consternation of the coal industry, the Richmond City Council passed an ordinance banning the storing...

Where the air is never spared

“Do the right thing,” Marie Harrison admonished the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in June, 2018. “You know it’s not safe yet.” Harrison was accepting a commendation for defending her...

The problem with the Blue Angels

Editor’s note: The news media in San Francisco are all agog about the Blue Angels – as they always are, every year. The main stories on the military fighter...