California Wildfire Smoke Exposes Millions to Hazardous PollutionWildfires churned out dense plumes of smoke this summer as they scorched huge swaths of the West Coast, exposing millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike, and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm.
Air Quality Managers Rely On Pollution Sensors For Real-Time InformationThere are many different ways to get those Air Quality Index numbers that have been giving Bay Area residents an indication of just how bad the air is.
Top 10 Most Polluted Beaches In California Include 6 From San Mateo CountyBeaches in San Mateo County accounted for six of the top 10 most polluted beaches of the state, according to a list released Tuesday by the environmental advocacy group Heal the Bay.
Air District Links Benefits Of COVID-19 Telecommuting To Bluer Skies, Happier Lives, Improved Workplace, Less TrafficOn the first official day of the summer Spare the Air season, officials said better air is just one of the many benefits of telecommuting during the COVID-19 shelter in place order, and encouraged people to continue working from home after it is lifted.
Coronavirus Update: Grand Princess Passenger Exodus Grinds On; Some Evacuees Head To Bay Area HotelsPatience was wearing thin early Tuesday among the hundreds of passengers still aboard the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess, who were awaiting their orders to get off the boat at the Port of Oakland, travel to a military base and begin a mandated 14-day quarantine before they will be allowed to return to their homes.
Neighbors Express Fears, Concerns Over Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship In West OaklandWhen the Grand Princess arrived at port in West Oakland it brought more than just Covid-19. It also brought fear to people in the community.
Conservation Activists File Petition With EPA Over Plastic Plant Pollution StandardsMembers of several community and environmental organizations announced Tuesday they're calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt stricter air pollution standards for industrial plants that create plastic.
Bay Area Beaches Rank Among Most Polluted In CaliforniaFour Bay Area beaches ranked among the most polluted in California, while Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz earned a spot as one of the least polluted beaches in the state, according to the annual report released this week by the environmental advocacy nonprofit Heal the Bay.
San Francisco Beach Cleanup Volunteers Track Trash to Shame Litter LeadersAn effort to beautify a popular San Francisco beach on Sunday turned the focus away from those who toss garbage to those who manufacture it.
California Wildfire Emissions Equal Year Of Pollution From Power Production California wildfires in 2018 released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide
Huge Boom Towed Out Golden Gate To Cleanup Great Pacific Trash PatchA 2,000-foot long floating boom was towed out to sea Saturday from the San Francisco Bay to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an zone of floating trash between between Hawaii and California the size of Texas.
Mountain View Restaurants Join 'Strawless September' CampaignWith plastic straws becoming a high-profile threat to the environment as millions pollute our oceans, one Bay Area city is taking on the big commitment to have a "Strawless September."
California Sues EPA Over Suspension Of Truck Pollution RuleCalifornia and 14 other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks.
Study Links Air Pollution To Drop In National Park VisitorsVisitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday.
Endangered Turtle Washes Ashore With Beach Chair Wrapped Around Its NeckWildlife conservationists in Alabama are expressing outrage after the body of an endangered type of sea turtle washed ashore with a beach chair wrapped around its neck.