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Marin Sewage Spill Closes Bay Area Beaches

Article: Marin Sewage Spill Closes Bay Area Beaches

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 18, 2009 (ENS) – A southern Marin County sanitation district has spilled 500,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into San Francisco Bay, and the leak is not yet completely stopped. The Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District reported that the sewage spill started around 1:00 pm Tuesday after a pipeline ruptured in the…

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

Article: Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne last week that would exempt many federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act were published in the Federal Register Tuesday. But the regulations are being challenged in court by three…

New Evidence: Low Level Mercury in Fish a Health Hazard

Article: New Evidence: Low Level Mercury in Fish a Health Hazard

SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 10, 2008 (ENS) – The current mercury consumption guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may not take into account the damage done by exposure to low levels of mercury in fish, according to a new book by San Francisco physician Dr. Jane Hightower. “The problem is that we are…

San Francisco Mayor Offers Commercial Solar Opportunity

Article: San Francisco Mayor Offers Commercial Solar Opportunity

SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 7, 2008 (ENS) – San Francisco’s largest businesses can receive free solar assessments and energy efficiency audits from the San Francisco Department of the Environment when they sign up to become members of the Mayor’s Solar Founders’ Circle. Solar audits by independent experts will help businesses confirm their solar potential and…

Portland Tops the List of America's Sustainable Cities

Article: Portland Tops the List of America's Sustainable Cities

SAN FRANCISCO, California, September 22, 2008 (ENS) – Portland, Oregon is in first place again this year in an annual ranking of city sustainability released today by SustainLane, an online guide to sustainable living. This national survey ranks the largest 50 U.S. cities in terms of their green living practices. Based on 16 economic, environmental…

2008 Goldman Environmental Prize Raises the Stakes

Article: 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize Raises the Stakes

SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 14, 2008 (ENS) – Seven grassroots leaders who are challenging government and corporate interests and working to improve the environment and living conditions for people in their communities have won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize this year. In 2008, each individual Prize award will be increased from $125,000 to $150,000. The…

Mayor Newsom Encourages Restaurants to Drop Bottled Water

Article: Mayor Newsom Encourages Restaurants to Drop Bottled Water

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – Mayor Gavin Newsom was joined Thursday at the Ferry Building by national nonprofit Food & Water Watch and local restaurant leaders who took the opportunity of United Nations’ World Water Day March 22 to follow the city’s lead by replacing bottled water with tap water. In June…

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

Article: Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration on Monday for missing the legal deadline to issue a final decision on whether or not to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense…

Vehicle Emissions Fight Just Beginning, Auto Dealers Say

Article: Vehicle Emissions Fight Just Beginning, Auto Dealers Say

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 11, 2008 (ENS) – The fight over fuel economy and vehicle tailpipe emissions is just beginning and America’s franchised new car and truck dealers are at the center of it, the head of the National Automobile Dealers Association said today. “This is no time for us to relax,” said incoming NADA…

New Big Sleep – "Pinkies"

Article: New Big Sleep – "Pinkies"

Stereo and SC faves the Big Sleep herald their next studio effort with fat backbeat/horizon surfing post-rock jam “Pinkies,” a track that’s long been a live fave, just now getting a (great) studio makeover. Danny, you should sing more! The track is from the new album “Sleep Forever” – out on 2/19 n Frenchkiss.. Click…

NYC Garbage Trucks Start Using Biodiesel

Article: NYC Garbage Trucks Start Using Biodiesel

It looks like those loud rumbling machines we call garbage trucks are being greened up by some cities. This has been a slowly growing trend among garbage truck fleets in various cities including Portland, Oregon; Berkeley, California; Grand Rapids, Michegan; San Francisco, California; and now New York City. The recent announcement that New York City…