Kiwis win first real Cup race

Originally published July 15, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  After a week of one-boat “races,” an argument over rules, and an angry sponsor making waves in international media, it would be easy to write off the America’s Cup as the lamest party in town (so lame, in fact, that the organizers have ceased … Continue reading Kiwis win first real Cup race

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New Zealand’s Cup

Originally published July 3, 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  America's Cup, seen by many here as a billionaire's boat race, looks very different Down Under, with its culture of sailing and maritime innovation. A few weeks ago I was walking down the dock in the marina where I live, in Wellington, New Zealand, … Continue reading New Zealand’s Cup

Profiles of change

Profiles of change SFBG Inauguration Issue: President Obama's call for citizen action is already resonating By Amanda Witherell   "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America," President Barack Obama told US citizens on his Inauguration Day. "For everywhere we look, there is work to … Continue reading Profiles of change

Waning wildlife

Waning wildlife Bay Area wildlife is already being negatively affected by a warmer world By Amanda Witherell Changes to ocean and air temperatures, rising sea levels, loss of habitat, scarcity of food, altered precipitation patterns, environmental asynchronicity — these are the concerns of wildlife biologists who are watching the increased effects of climate change on … Continue reading Waning wildlife