LOS ANGELES — Bees play an important role in agriculture, pollinating crops and providing us with the natural sweetener, honey. Environmental stresses are taking their tolls on the insects, however, and this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has gone to researcher May Berenbaum, who is studying solutions to the bee crisis.
By Wayne Freedman
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Concern over global warming has a lot of people concerned with how they deal the very real possibility of rising sea levels. Who better to give advice than those living right now below sea level? The Dutch have discovered that their experience with bad geography might create healthy profits. >> Read the full story
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KGO) — Green technology is sparking hope that could help pull California out of a recession. On Friday, the governor visited a synthetic biology company in South San Francisco. But will the so-called “green jobs” really drive the economy? >> Read the full story
By Eric Thomas
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — How would you like to have all the benefits of a backyard vegetable garden without having to do all the weeding, trimming and labor yourself? A San Francisco company is tapping into the growing number of people who want their food grown locally, but with someone else providing the elbow grease. >> Read the full story
By Wayne Freedman
FREMONT, CA (KGO) — In Fremont on Wednesday night, workers at a startup celebrated a new deal with Nissan. Their company is just a short distance from the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., or NUMMI, plant owned by Toyota. The small startup hopes to play a big role in the car business. In a time and a place where manufacturing feels as if it’s disappearing, here is a reason for hope. >> Read the full story
SAN JOSE, CA (KGO) — Bay Area-based eBay has found a way to provide employees with a host of benefits at a very low cost. It’s giving workers a chance to raise their pay and raise workplace morale while raising crops at its San Jose campus. >> Read the full story
PALO ALTO, CA (KGO) — A federal agency has issued an alarming report that mercury contamination in fish has become widespread across the country, including Northern California. Many people fish for recreation; they also eat what they catch. But the U.S. Geological Survey says they also could be ingesting unhealthy levels of mercury. >> Read the full story
SAN JOSE, Calif. — California recycling is at a record high with 58 percent of all the state’s waste being recycled, not dumped in landfills. But, one group is still lagging behind: People who live in apartments.
So, the City of San Jose launched a new program to turn that around and the results are dramatic. Recycling is a way of life in most of the Bay Area now.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — By 2011, California is expected to begin trading carbon credits on an open market. It is a potentially valuable commodity that even Congress wants a slice of. But what if they gave you cash instead?
Scientists increasingly say our planet is heating up largely because of carbon dioxide emissions.
SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Among the mentions in President Obama’s speech Tuesday night was a need to develop sources of clean energy. Wind power fits into that category and the Bay Area plays a large role in it. Now, the wind footprint is about to get much bigger.
Enexco will hold a formal dedication of its Shiloh II project on Thursday, but the turbines are already online.
There was a time when the hills of Solano County would have been the last place anyone might look for economic stimulation.
BERKELEY, Calif. — President Obama told the Department of Energy to come up with new energy standards for household appliances. He sees energy efficiency as a win-win situation, saving money while fighting global warming.
Researchers at Berkeley clearly see what the President is talking about.
The window of the future looks just like an ordinary window, unless one looks closely.