Posts Tagged ‘climate’

San Francisco’s Sunset District Gets Called “Land of Misery” in National Media: “Fog – Thick, Endless, Depressive Clouds”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay realtors:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

Wow, harsh.

Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.

What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well: 

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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:

Halfway houses

Cat houses

Grow houses

Oh well.

Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.

Van Jones and Arianna Huffington to Star at CAPCOA Climate Change Forum August 30-31

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The CAPCOA Climate Change Forum is upon us, down at the Jukebox Marriott on Fourth.

“The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) will host the CAPCOA Climate Change Forum at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel on Monday and Tuesday, August 30-31, 2010.  Leaders from federal, state, and local levels of government will join stakeholders from green businesses, energy and technology providers, universities and research institutions, and community groups for two days of sessions focusing on how California can successfully work to advance its position as a pioneer in the fight against climate change.  Over 75 speakers have been assembled for an intense program spotlighting issues from “Energy Independence Through Clean & Renewable Energy” to “Green Business Strategies” to “Land Use and Sustainable Communities.”

Oh look, here comes Air-ianna:

                The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association’s Climate Change Forum

 WHEN:         Monday, August 30, 2010
               Registration & Breakfast 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
               Sessions 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
               Expo Hall Reception, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

               Tuesday, August 31, 2010
               Registration & Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
               Sessions 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

                55 4th Street, San Francisco (4th between Market and
 WHERE:         Mission)

 WHO:
                –   Van Jones, Senior Fellow, Center For American
                Progress & Senior Policy Advisor, Green For All
                –    Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder & Editor in Chief,
                The Huffington Post
                –   Chris Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology,
                Carnegie Institution of Washington
               –    Alec Loorz, Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming
               –    Hunter Lovins, Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
                –   Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources
                Board
                –   Jared Blumenfeld, Administrator, U.S. Environmental
                Protection Agency, Region 9
                –   Joel Makower, Chairman & Executive Editor, Greener
                World Media, Inc.

 PHOTO OPS:
                –   Highlighted Speaker Alec Loorz at 8:30 a.m. on August
                30
               –    Keynote Speaker Van Jones at 12:00 p.m. on August 30
                –   Keynote Speaker Arianna Huffington at 8:35 p.m. on
                August 31
                –   Keynote Speaker Chris Field at 12:00 p.m. on August
                31

 WEB:          www.capcoaclimateforum.com 

The event is hosted by CAPCOA, and co-hosted by the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The TransAmerica Pyramid on a Typical Foggy Day in San Francisco

Friday, September 25th, 2009

This is what the TransAmerica Pyramid Building looks like from the ground on a typically foggy day in the 415. At least the sky was mellow yesterday - it wasn’t all angry, Midwestern-style.

On days like yesterday, you can’t see the shining star on top, either the natural or the artificial. Oh well.

But at least they didn’t leave the lights on, blazing away on the depopulated floors.

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Supervisor Eric Mar Has a Green Financing Program for Energy and Water Retrofits

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar has a new plan to reward homeowners for green upgrades.

Read all about it from this afternoon’s press release, below.

Eric just loves the sun. Maybe you will love it just as much, if his program gets voted in by the full board.

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Supervisor Mar Introduces a Green Financing Program

Green Financing Program to help with energy and water retrofits for building owners

Supervisor Mar is working with Mayor Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Controller’s Office of Public Finance and the Department of the Environment to establish a program to allow San Franciscans to finance environmental improvements to the buildings they own. Today, Supervisor Mar introduced the first of a series of legislation to enable the green financing program.

“With almost half of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions being produced by our homes and local buildings, this new green financing program will drastically curb San Francisco’s carbon footprint and reduce the strain on our regional water supply,” said Supervisor Eric Mar.  “It will also help put San Franciscans to work through our growing green jobs academies and programs.”

This legislation will set up a Mello-Roos Special Tax District that would be available to finance privately–owned energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements.  The repayment obligationis attached to the property, rather than the individual, and is paid back through property taxes over the useful life of the improvements. 

Currently, the largest barrier to building owners increasing their energy and water efficiency is the large up-front cost of improvements.  Even with various government incentives and rebates, many home owners find it impossible to make energy or water efficiency improvements due to cost.

“It is my hope that many homeowners and building owners will opt into this great program and reap the benefits of lower utility and water bills while also helping our city achieve its ambitious climate action plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving water,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “San Francisco will be the nation’s first large city to implement a program of this type,” said Mar. 

This legislation is the first of a series of enabling pieces of legislation and Supervisor Mar will continue to work with community and environmental groups, the Mayor’s Office, Public Utilities Commission and other city departments to develop the green financing program.

More deets – read the FAQ, after the jump.

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Al Gore to be Encased in Carbonite Upon Death – The Future of Carbon Sequestration

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Full-service public relations and public affairs consultancy Hill and Knowltonannounced today that former vice president Al Gore, upon his death, will be encased in carbonite and then buried. This type of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) was only made possible this year through the use of nanotechnology.

Until recently this was our understanding of carbonite, made famous in Star Wars V – The Empire Strikes Back:

“By the rules of chemical nomenclature, the formula for a “carbonite anion” would be CO22-, which is thought to be an impossible formation (methanoate being preferentially formed instead).”

Impossible no longer.

Artist’s conception of the former vice president encased in the densest form of carbon known to man:

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Just one treatment of this double carbon material will take the equivalent of 1200 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The only downside will be the expense of a slightly oversized coffin. The upside is that Al Gore, Jr. will be the most severely carbon negative person in recorded history.

A relieved Hill & Knowlton spokesperson confided to one reporter that this announcement will lay to rest the controversy over the greenhouse emissions of Al Gore’s house, for some reason an issue of almost daily concern to the D.C.-based House of Flack.

If only Han Solo were alive to see this day…