Understanding the mind of a litterbug

I’ve often wondered about the minds of litterbugs. What makes someone drop a piece of garbage on the ground instead of disposing of it properly? A recent article in Science magazine shows that a litterbug might be responding to signals from the surroundings. The article itself and a short summary require a subscription to the […]

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Noise more than annoys, it truly harms

Although noise pollution doesn’t get the same attention as air or water pollution, it can cause serious health impacts. An article in the S.F. Chronicle reports on a new study by S.F. and U.C. Berkeley researchers that finds that noise pollution from traffic increases the risk of maladies like high blood pressure for 1 in […]

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Edible San Francisco has my numbers – Abalone and Dungeness Crab harvests

For the latest issue of Edible San Francisco — “The Fish Issue” — I contributed some interesting and revealing statistics about seafood in general and abalone in particular. For example, about one-third of the wild fish harvest is used to make animal and fish feed (the source of this figure is at the bottom of […]

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An odd juxtaposition in the newspaper

The back page of Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle’s “Bay Area and California” section had an odd — but possibly intentional — juxtaposition of article and advertisement. The article (first photo below) is about how thieves are stealing guardrails, signs and other metal objects from state and federal roadways in Southern California (unfortunately, the article is […]

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