With the Aid of Legislation, Richmond Plans to Hold Polluters Accountable

As part of California Assembly Bill 617, the most polluted areas across the state were given support and directions to try and limit air pollution in their area. The Richmond-North Richmond-San Pablo region is among those areas. Bay Area Air Quality Management District board members Marisol Cantú and Jeffrey Kilbreth gave a presentation of work they are doing as part of AB 617 to Richmond City Council on Tuesday, including the steps they hope to take going forward. “Pollution in Richmond has been underestimated and is affecting our health in many different ways, [contributing to] chronic respiratory issues and as well as other cognitive development issues,” Cantú said. “This is data-driven, and we’re holding all of the different polluters accountable as well as regulators.”

Why People Love Their Chaotic, Misbehaving Cats

Sarah Chavera Edwards and her family adopted a cat over a year ago from a shelter in Arizona. While the cat, named Houdini, now trusts Chavera Edwards and her family, he still sometimes scratches and gets scared easily. “We love him anyway and celebrate his slow progress,” says Chavera Edward. “He’ll never be a super affectionate lap cat, but he’s funny, fierce and independent.” Before and during COVID-19, cats and their quirky, misbehaving ways brought joy to their owners’ lives. In fact, a s

The 10 best books to understand the climate crisis, according to experts

• Educating yourself about climate change can help you evaluate your relationship with the planet. • We talked to climate scientists Elizabeth M. Cook and Logan Brenner for their book recommendations. • These books cover climate activism as well as how cities, food, and fashion impact global warming. Reading news about how we have less than a decade to try and prevent irreversible, devastating climate change can be daunting, especially if we want to find ways to limit our carbon footprint or g

Space Chasers

For a few hours, different teams of experts get to work. I am partnered with a team of cognitive scientists, and I encourage the others to input all of our ideas into a shared document. While it is good to have everything discussed verbally, I also do not want to miss anything. A lot of people are shouting around me. That is, until the head of the linguistic team, an NSA codebreaker, and an archaeologist make a joint announcement 20 minutes later. The message sent through the radio bursts has b