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Autism Clusters in California May Have Environmental Link

Researchers at U.C. Davis are trying to connect the dots leading to 10 autism clusters in California. One theory is that those parents are using certain hazardous household products, exposing their kids to dangers linked to the neuro-developmental disorder that usually surfaces by the time a child turns three. According […]

Places & Spaces: Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco

The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco is a wallet-friendly city-center green retreat. When you’re travelling on business, how green are the places where you choose to stay? The Orchard Garden Hotel is slap-bang in the heart of Frisco, near Union Square, so you’ve got no excuse for not taking […]

California Water Issues Divide Farmers, Fishers, and Urban Dwellers

If you’ve ever seen the movie Chinatown, in which private investigator Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) stumbles upon a gigantic water scandal in the course of investigating an adultery case in Los Angeles, then you know that California’s water issues go way back. Water is contentious here because we […]

Gut Check West: 3 Reasons Why California Is Still Cool

Growing up in the industrial Midwest, “California Dreaming” was more than just a song. It was an homage to someplace totally “other” – a shining state on the Pacific, full of light and beauty and forward-looking promise. When it came on the radio everyone immediately forgot what they were doing […]

Name This Robot!

This September, The Nature Conservancy will launch the first controlled study of its kind to assess the impact of trawl fishing off California’s Central Coast-and you can be part of naming the new Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that will be gathering the data. The nominations are: Beagle -Darwin’s famous ship. […]

California: Good Eggs, After All

From 2015, all eggs in California will be sunny side up – at least for the chickens. State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that makes California a cage-free state for chickens by 2015. The bill, which was backed by the Humane Society of the United States, will […]

California Dreaming: Why I Heart the Ocean

The west coast of the United States is truly a venerable landscape. So often, I travel by plane and forget at times what I miss when flying over the country, rather than driving across it. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m currently on a month long road trip […]

EcoMeme: The New ‘Niners & Gold Rush

First Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, now gold diggers have upset environmentalists and economists. It’s been like 1849 online with blogs abuzz over gold prices, prospectors and water use in California. The precious metal is priced at a record dollar high now, thanks in part to China and India snapping […]

Get Your Goat!

Got goats? If not, there’s a family-owned and operated grazing service in Orinda, California that will deliver to you a South American shepherd, Border Collie and trained herd to graze your ranch or yard. Used primarily for fuel mitigation, star thistle eradication and reducing pesky hillside brush, the livestock comes […]

Foodspotting Friday: Top Veggie Friendly Dishes in Long Beach

Top five delicious and vegetarian friendly dishes in Long Beach, California. Earlier this summer we ran a contest to find your favorite locavore picks. Reader Annabel Adams sent us her top five from Long Beach, California, and we couldn’t stop drooling over the vegan friendly list, so much so, that […]

EcoMeme: Optimism vs. Laziness

Are Americans optimistic about the environment, ignorant or just plain lazy? Are they fatigued from all the “green” messaging and cause marketing out there? Or are they just complacent? A recent Gallup poll has shown that “over time, Americans’ concerns about environmental problems have generally declined.” That’s hard to believe […]

Places & Spaces: Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco

The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco is a wallet-friendly city-center green retreat. When you’re travelling on business, how green are the places where you choose to stay? The Orchard Garden Hotel is slap-bang in the heart of Frisco, near Union Square, so you’ve got no excuse for not taking […]

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Cell Phones and Cancer: Berkeley Wants Warning Labels

Cell phones have been worrisome for quite some time now because of fears that they cause brain cancer. As a result, Berkeley is attempting to be the first city in the nation to require cell phone packaging carry a warning label. Are cell phones and cancer a real risk? “Cell […]

Myrrhia Knitwear Sustainably Made in California

Designer Myrrhia Resneck’s Spring 2013 collection features elegant, flattering, edgy knitwear, sustainably made in California. One important part of sustainable fashion is local manufacturing, and it can still be challenging to have a fully “Made in the U.S.” fashion line. Oakland-based knitwear designer Myrrhia Resneck of Myrrhia Fine Knitwear has […]

6 of America’s Coolest Trees

Explore a forest. Remember the Lorax who spoke for the trees? As colorful as they may be,Truffula Trees have nothing on the ones in our own backyard. These six magnificent trees would leave even the Lorax speechless — and you don’t have to venture into a Dr. Suess book to find […]

Cinco de Mayo: More Nachos than Nostalgia

We’re celebrating what? Leslie and Steven Ticktin are gearing up for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Francisco, ordering the taco truck and buying the beer and tequila to entertain their social circle – parents clad in peasant shirts  and sombreros and munching on cheesy nachos as they […]

Places & Spaces: Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco

The Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco is a wallet-friendly city-center green retreat. When you’re travelling on business, how green are the places where you choose to stay? The Orchard Garden Hotel is slap-bang in the heart of Frisco, near Union Square, so you’ve got no excuse for not taking […]

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