Health, Science, Environment

5:45pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

A refuge for victims of domestic violence in the Bay

Image courtesy of http://www.lacasa.org/our-voice/

Just over 36 years ago, there was nowhere a victim of domestic violence could go for help here in the Bay Area. So a group of women banded together to start La Casa de las Madres, California’s first domestic violence shelter and the nation’s second. Today The Home of the Mothers, as it translates in English, offers a range of crisis and intervention services, including an eight-week emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis hotline – all free of charge.

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4:25pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

New film advocates saving water while there's still time

Image courtesy of www.takepart.com/lastcall

It’s our planet’s most valuable resource, cities are powered by it, wars are fought over it, and life depends on it...

“We think of it as air, infinite and inexhaustible, but when you use water in such quantities that it exceeds the system’s capacity to renew itself, we’ve got a problem,” states the trailer for the new documentary film Last Call at the Oasis (view trailer below).

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4:06pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

New Lands End vista point designed to be out of view

Image courtesy of http://www.parksconservancy.org/park-improvements/past-accomplishments/lands-end-lookout.html

Many visitors to San Francisco’s western neighborhoods enjoy the sweeping ocean view from above the ruins of the Sutro Baths. But, it’s pretty windy out there, which makes it difficult to enjoy at times. That is part of the reason for the new visitors center that opened there over the weekend. Catherine Barner is Vice President of Projects and Stewardship for the Golden Gate Parks National Conservancy.

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3:26pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Life after addiction in Zanzibar

Photo by Christopher Connelly

In the last twenty years, the Eastern African islands Zanzibar have become a top destination for tourists. They come for the beautiful beaches, the food, the history and the architecture.  But in the last two decades another economy has developed:  the drug trade.

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12:41pm

Tue May 1, 2012
City Visions: May 7, 2012

A Peripheral Canal for the Delta?

photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service

It's been called the third rail of California politics -- fraught with even more peril than Prop 13 -- and the most controversial proposal in the contentious history of California water. We're talking, of course, about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its proposed centerpiece: a massive conveyance system to move millions of acre feet of water annually south out of the Sacramento River and around the ecologically fragile San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta. Proponents say that the project is essential for addressing risks of levee failure, reducing conflicts over fish, and ensuring reliabl

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