Health, Science, Environment

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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12:00am

Tue August 14, 2012
Single payer health care

Today on Your Call: What can we learn from states working to pass single payer?

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about single payer healthcare. Earlier this year, Senate Bill 810, which would have paved the way for universal health care coverage in California failed to pass. How would the plan work? Join us live at 10am PST or post your comments here.  Do you support healthcare for all? What will it take to get there? It’s Your Call, with me, Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Bill Skeen, executive director for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) California

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4:08pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

In Richmond, concern about air pollution goes beyond Chevron fire

European Commission

Pollution and the environment have always been big issues for Californians. A statewide survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California last month showed that approximately half the state’s residents see air pollution as a serious threat to their health.

Among African Americans and Latinos, concern is even greater.  The majority of those polled in these groups believe that people in lower-income areas are disproportionately affected by air pollution.

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1:59pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Hundreds of Richmond residents file claims against Chevron

People at attorney Nicholas Haney's office in Richmond, CA. August 7, 2012.
Julie Caine

If you saw the lead story of today's San Francisco Chronicle, you would have seen a photo of a long line of people outside a lawyer's office in Richmond, near a sign that says: "Chevron Claims Filed Here." 

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5:11pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Refinery Fire

Update on the Chevron refinery fire with reporter Sean Maher

Large fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery. August 6 2012. From the Berkeley hills.
Flickr user D.H. Parks, Under CC License http://www.flickr.com/photos/parksdh/

Last night’s fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond put city residents in a state of panic. The fire sent up a huge plume of black smoke, stopping traffic, closing bridges, and shutting down BART stations.

The large-scale chemical fire still has local residents concerned for their health and safety. Many say they heard about the fire late, and that the multi-lingual phone system that is supposed to alert the diverse communities of Richmond in case of a disaster didn’t work. 

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