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Refining Refinery Regulations: Air District to Vote on New Rules

Refining Refinery Regulations: Air District to Vote on New Rules The Shell refinery in Martinez is one of five regulated by the Air District. Photo by Alec MacDonald. When my husband and I bought our house in Concord 40-plus years ago, we were warned b …

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Keeping Microplastic out of the San Francisco Bay

Microbeads, the tiny spheres contained in some personal care products, are a source of microplastic pollution. Photo courtesy of 5Gyres. Looking at the San Francisco Bay, you’d never know it’s dotted with tiny pieces of plastic. But new research shows …

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The Congestion Conundrum

MTC reports that Bay Area traffic ranks third in the nation for worst congestion delays, caused by a combination of bottlenecks (50 percent), traffic incidents (25 percent), work zones (15 percent), and bad weather (10 percent). Photo by Alec MacDonald …

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Tackling the Twin Tunnels, Again

Habitat degradation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta threatens many species of fish, especially the Delta smelt. photo by Peter Johnsen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Here we go again. Just last year, we were invited to have our say on the Bay Del …

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Backup Power for Backup Data: Computing Yields More BUGs

Backup Power for Backup Data: Computing Yields More BUGs An inspector with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District checks a backup diesel generator. Photo by Sharon Beals. The Bay Area is known worldwide for its technological accomplishments. One …

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Bay Area Transportation Needs Grow as Funding Remains Uncertain

VTA needs $4.7 billion to pay for the second phase of the BART Silicon Valley Extension through San Jose. A BART extension, commuter connector project, and Caltrain electrification are among a list of projects contributing to holes in Bay Area transpor …

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A Secret Too Well Kept: The NRS at 50

A Secret Too Well Kept: The NRS at 50 Researchers gather data in Turtle Pond at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, one of 39 properties across the University of California’s Natural Reserve System. Photo by Michael Hamilton. From our coastal waters to the Sie …

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Public Payback: Restoration in the Wake of the Cosco Busan Oil Spill

Public Payback: Restoration in the Wake of the Cosco Busan Oil Spill It’s been almost eight years since the Cosco Busan tanker clipped the Bay Bridge on a foggy November morning and dumped more than 53,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay. Fou …

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Pilot Projects and Policy Analysis: A Search for Better Parking

City workers install new signage as part of the goBerkeley parking project. Photo courtesy the City of Berkeley. There’s nothing more exasperating than circling — and re-circling — the block in pursuit of parking on a congested street. Yet a regional p …

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Driving Away from Petroleum: Can California Cut Use in Half?

Presenters (from left) Gil Friend, John Boesel, Daniel Witt, and Ryan McCarthy discussed petroleum use reduction at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Energy and Sustainability Summit 2015 in Redwood City on June 25. Photo courtesy SVLG. In an attem …

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