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Where to Next? Advocacy Group Charts Regional Transit Reform

Seamless Bay Area wants to unify the region’s 27 transit agencies into an integrated network. Image courtesy Seamless Bay Area. Since advocacy group Seamless Bay Area launched in 2018, it’s been asking people what prevents them from using transit and i …

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Keeping the Lights on with Microgrids

Fire Station 11 is one of three in Fremont to have been equipped with solar-powered microgrids, saving on energy costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Photo courtesy the City of Fremont. Self-reliance is an appealing concept, evoking the image o …

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Bay Area Builds Regional Drought Resilience

The Bay Area Regional Reliability partnership has discussed expanding Los Vaqueros Reservoir, shown here in July 2012. Photo by George Miller. It feels like California’s 2011-2016 drought, our worst on record, had barely ended when the next one began. …

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Coming Together for Bay Area Open Space

One of Together Bay Area’s Spring Summit sessions showcased projects that member groups worked on during the pandemic, including a newly completed segment of the Bay Trail that enhances access to Ravenswood Preserve, pictured here. Photo courtesy the M …

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Getting Experimental

Stephen Dongmin Kang demonstrates how he uses a modular glovebox workstation at Menlo Park’s Arrillaga Science Center. The Stanford postdoctoral researcher is part of an investigative team led by William Chueh, whose work with batteries should help red …

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Academic Research Gives a Tune-up to Electric Vehicle Market

Bruis van Vlijmen demonstrates how he works inside a battery informatics lab as part of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s research efforts. Photo by Jacqueline Orrell/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. California has repeatedly strengthened …

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Regional Planning for Sea-Level Rise Is Key to Environmental Justice

Seawalls like this one on the San Francisco shoreline (photographed in 2016) receive a great deal of impact from waves. New research suggests that such structures create a bounce-back effect, amplifying tides elsewhere along the bay. Photo by Dave R/Fl …

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A Burning Issue: Reducing Both Wildfire Fuel and Carbon Emissions

An aerial view of wildfires in Sonoma County on October 14, 2017. Photo by Army National Guard Capt. Will Martin/Flickr. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, goes the old saying — and Northern California has learned that where there are wildfires, there …

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Take These Broken Wings

Tricolored blackbirds can be identified by the white stripe at the base of the male’s otherwise red epaulet. Photo by Tom Muehleisen. A study published in the journal Science in 2019 found that bird populations in North America have taken a nosedive in …

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LWVBA Contemplates Digital Future of the Monitor

Let’s start with this request: Sign up for Monitor Notes, our weekly e-mail newsletter. Because yes, as announced on our cover, the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area intends to discontinue printing the Bay Area Monitor. After this edition, we have …

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