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Waning wildlife

Green City: Bay Area wildlife is already being negatively affected by a warmer world
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GREEN CITY Changes to ocean and air temperatures, rising sea levels, loss of habitat, scarcity of food, altered precipitation patterns, environmental asynchronicity — these are the concerns of wildlife biologists who are watching the increased effects of climate change on the thousands of plant and animal species that share the earth with people. Read more »

Powerless

There's almost unanimous approval throughout the city that beefing up transmission lines would be better than building a power plant
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Changing climate

Green City: Greenpeace looks ahead to change after "profound disappointment"
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GREEN CITY In its final full month in power, the George W. Bush administration has managed to screw up one last chance to take action on the increasingly desperate climate crisis, the latest in a string of diplomatic failures being inherited by the incoming Barack Obama administration.

The UN Climate Change Conferences in Poznan, Poland concluded Dec. 12 after nearly two weeks of negotiations, presentations, and demonstrations. Read more »

Transforming traffic analysis

Green City: San Francisco will be the first city in California to create a mitigation fee, so other cities are taking notes
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GREEN CITY A court injunction against new bicycle projects in San Francisco (see "Stationary biking," 5/16/07) could get lifted next year, thanks to environmental studies released Nov. 26 and headed to the Board of Supervisors next month. Read more »

The coal question

Green City: So-called clean technology a myth?
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GREEN CITY Over the past few years, a growing number of environmentalists have called for greatly curtailing the burning of coal, a practice that threatens the health of people and the planet. On Nov. Read more »

Green and black

Green City: "America has grown old, we've grown wealthy, but we have yet to grow up"
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GREEN CITY The 2008 San Francisco Green Festival, held Nov. 14-16 at the Concourse Exhibition Center, is a well-established environmentalist event that featured more 1,000 vendors and was overseen by 1,600 volunteers, all united in promoting a greener future.

Yet the event's keynote speaker, Cornel West, along with Van Jones of the Oakland-based Green Jobs for All and San Francisco-based Muslim minister the Rev. Read more »

Money is power

Green City: PG&E spent a record-breaking $10.3 million against Prop H -- more than $53 per vote
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GREEN CITY While the latest public power proposal was soundly defeated at the polls, the apparent failure of a pair of electricity generation initiatives backed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is fueling an existing plan to create more city-owned energy projects.

Proposition H, which would have moved the city toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and allowed public power to help meet that goal, lost Nov. Read more »

Power possibilities

Green City: The city's energy policy is still uncertain
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GREEN CITY San Francisco's energy future is in flux. On Nov. 4, voters decided the fate of Proposition H, a plan for 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Read more »

Chickens and the egg

Green City: Thanks to Olivera Egg Farm and its 700,000 chickens, country life is not all sunshine and butterflies
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GREEN CITY The scene along a quiet, dead-end road in Lathrop — just 90 minutes east of San Francisco — is classically pastoral: a cloudless sky, a few small ranch houses scattered among small plots of farmland, a tractor humming in the distance.

But thanks to Olivera Egg Farm and its 700,000 chickens, country life is not all sunshine and butterflies. Read more »

Greener than thou

Green City: A look at Mayor Newsom's newest green initiatives
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GREEN CITY Mayor Gavin Newsom has made a high profile push for several new green initiatives in recent weeks, a concerted political move that comes just as he and his political team are aggressively working to subvert a city ballot measure that would make far bigger gains in combating climate change and greening the city's energy portfolio than anything he's proposing.

"San Franciscans should be ashamed that they have a mayor who is greenwashing and gay-washing his way to the governor's mansion," Julian Davis, campaign manager for Proposition H, the Cl Read more »