Cultural delicacy or gross animal cruelty? Shark fin soup is an expensive Chinese delicacy served on special occasions, especially traditional wedding banquets, that can be sold for $85 – 100 a bowl. However, in order to get the fins from the sharks, most fisherman simply slice them off and then shove the sharks back into the ocean to slowly bleed to death, not even bothering to butcher the rest of the animal.
The newly remodeled Terminal 2 of SFO International Airport is set to open April 14 and will be the first Leed Gold certified airport terminal in the U.S. Besides points for sustainability and green building materials, the terminal will offer more places for passengers to relax and work, kiddie play zones and fancy new bathrooms.
Those drivers with electric cars who find it difficult to find spots around the Bay Area at which to charge their vehicles will be pleased that $3.9 million was just just approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to increase the number of in-home and roadside electric vehicle charging stations. The public stations should be ready to go by the end of the year.
Did you know that it’s illegal to dispose of your used or dead batteries in the garbage? Yeah, neither did I. Good thing I got this head’s up from SF Environment that you can actually put your old batteries into a clear plastic bag (try a Zip-Loc) and then place it on top of your garbage bin on collection day and – voila! – Sunset Scavenger will take care of it for you.
New York City may have the High Line, but the Bay Area may just get our own green trail called the East Bay Greenway, a 12-mile bike path under the elevated BART tracks between Oakland and Hayward. Utilizing the space underneath the tracks could not only provide bikers with a safe traveling route but also help revitalize the area along the proposed path.
If you had a vision of sitting around your Christmas tree bedecked in your flannel robes, opening presents and drinking hot chocolate while a cozy little fire crackled in your hearth, then think again. While it isn’t an official Spare the Air the day, Bay Area Air Quality Management officials are asking residents to please refrain from lighting up.
Every holiday season, I hear the same debate: get a real tree (i.e. wastefully cut down a tree that took years to grow, only to use it for less than 30 days and then chuck it out on the sidewalk) or get a fake tree (the presumably more environmentally friendly choice). If you are trying to go green yet really love the smell and idea of a real tree for Christmas – what do you do?