Mercury, pills and school buses

by on September 19, 2012

Sandhill cranes broke records this year for their early arrival in the San Joaquin Valley. Photo by Teddy Llovet.


Wednesday’s nature news digest has arrived!

  • Who’s the highest mercury polluter in Bay Area? A Cupertino lime mine, which released 260 lbs into air in 2011. Air regulators are cracking down. [KQED News Fix]
  • If you believe the birds – who doesn’t? – this year will bring an early winter and plenty of rain and snow. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Dangers to wildlife from pharmaceuticals that are flushed into waterways has become part of new campaign to collect leftover pills. [Contra Costa Times]
  • A back to school problem. California’s aging school buses are spewing lots of bad air because state doesn’t require retirement of buses. [California Watch]
  • Treasure Island residents are worried about the recent radiation scare, after the U.S. Navy revealed highly contaminated sites. [San Francisco Examiner]
  • SF Rec & Park claims that a renovated Sharp Park Golf Course would count as a “natural” area. [SF Weekly]
  • Drake’s Bay Oysters in West Marin gets state clearance to reopen following illnesses that were linked to bacteria in waters. [Marin Independent Journal]


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