.Alastair Bland

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Jan 6, 2021

The Fig Collectors

We pedal our bikes through a gray industrial neighborhood in San Rafael, past warehouses, parking lots, shipping containers and auto shops. Vehicles roar by...
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Jun 10, 2020

Water’s Not the Issue

As the coronavirus creeps through the human population, causing social and economic turmoil, farmers discard vast quantities of food that they are abruptly unable...
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Feb 19, 2020

Some Environmentalists Are Disappointed With Governor Gavin Newsom

Few if any environmentalists were surprised last year when the federal government proposed a new pumping plan that would send more Northern California water...
Jan 8, 2020

California’s Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next...

Mike Hudson began commercially fishing about 25 years ago. Fishing was productive enough that he paid off his boat and made some decent money...
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Dec 10, 2019

What’s Behind the Decline of the West Coast’s Herring?

Tens of millions of silvery sardine-sized fish pour into San Francisco Bay each winter to lay and fertilize their eggs. The water turns milky...
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Nov 5, 2019

Trump Administration Plan Allows Delta Water Managers to Kill Off Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

Eight-hundred pages into the text of a lengthy new report, federal biologists have quietly granted government water managers permission to nearly exterminate an endangered...
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Oct 22, 2019

New Law Bans Smoking in Parks and Beaches — Except Where It Doesn’t

When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law earlier this month that bans smoking in state parks and on state beaches, California's fight against...
Oct 8, 2019

Aromas of Black Plum and Licorice, With Lingering Notes of Roundup

Late each winter, when fresh green grass begins to sprout on the East Bay hills, Livermore grape grower and winemaker Aaron Taylor notices something...
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