Health, Science, Environment

6:06pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

California salmon are back, but for how long?

Life is pretty boring if you’re a salmon growing up in the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. After being incubated in a tray, you spend six months in a plastic tub surrounded by 70,000 fish just like you. Then, it’s graduation day. You’ll be scooped into a tanker truck and dumped into the Sacramento River. But for now there’s nothing to do but eat, and the only thing you see all day are the people who feed you, like D.J. Gervin.

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4:16pm

Mon August 27, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Fishing for the truth on seafood prices

Flickr user andreagp

99 Ranch’s seafood counter is enormous – and it needs to be: the store serves seafood eaters of many nationalities and income levels all over the Bay Area. The selection is huge: grouper from Peru, fish from Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and India.

Carlos Montelibano heads the fish department at the 99 Ranch in Mountain View where the prices are low.

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6:08pm

Mon August 20, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Investigators still examining refinery fire

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5:06pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

How much garbage does it take to treat a patient?

Image courtesy of East Bay Express

One thing you probably don’t think of when you think of hospitals is garbage. And yet, these huge institutions generate tons of garbage that goes straight into our landfills. According to this week’s East Bay Express cover story, on average it takes 33 pounds of garbage to treat each patient.  Reporter Kathleen Richards says the medical industry is one of the leading producers of waste, but has been slow to recycle.

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4:30pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The dirt on compostable plastics

The Sonoma Compost Company is just off Highway 101, northwest of Petaluma. All day, trucks haul in plant materials; others haul out soil. Sift through that soil, and you might find remnants of chicken feathers (apparently great for vegetable growers), rice hulls (nice for clay soils), and more.

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