Health, Science, Environment

5:37pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Digging deeper into the Richmond Chevron refinery hearings

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Reporter Robert Rogers has been covering Richmond for years, first for the blog Richmond Confidential and now for the Contra Costa Times. That means he understands a lot of the back story behind the hearings taking place right now. KALW's Ben Trefny got in touch with Rogers at his office and asked him about the role the refinery plays in Richmond.

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5:37pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Richmond debates Chevron’s plan to modernize its oil refinery

A recent Richmond City Council meeting about a $1billion refinery upgrade
Ronnie Cohen

For nearly a decade, Chevron and its neighbors in Richmond have been fighting over a proposal to retool the oil company’s refinery. Most everyone agrees the plant needs to be modernized, but they differ about how.

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11:25am

Fri July 25, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Cannabis News Roundup: 07.25.14

M.W. Benutzer

Senators propose bypass for medical marijuana states… Changes in federal drug sentencing proposed… San Jose’s zoning ordinance stands… Brownies OK; lollipops not… WHO backs decriminalization of personal use… and more.

LEGALIZATION

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5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Seismic Fallout: What comes after the next 'Big One'?

Amid the gray and blackened waste, great earthquake, San Francisco
Under CC license from Flickr user Boston Public Library. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/13269647935) Kilburn, B. W. (Benjamin West), 1827-1909 (photographer)

The shift in landscape is inevitable, especially when you live on a fault-line, like many of us on the West Coast do. A recent report from the US Geological survey found that California’s earthquake map extends over a wider area than previously thought, raising hazard estimates for places like San Jose and Vallejo while reducing estimates in Oakland.

This raises questions about what life in the Bay Area would be like after a major earthquake, and how prepared we are to cope with it.

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5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Holding back rising sea levels in the City of Alameda

Area slated for nature reserve
Laura Flynn

The east side story

I’m on the east side of Alameda Island, standing in mud in front of a storm drain that empties out into San Leandro Bay. There’s a stretch of homes right on the shoreline looking out at estuaries, the Oakland Airport, and Coliseum. The waterline isn’t quite at my feet right now, but in less than a century I’d likely be standing in water up to my shoulders.

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