Flooding could threaten hazardous sites in San Francisco Bay Area

The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco was once home to the Navy’s radiological defense laboratory. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Hundreds of industrial sites along California's coastline may face a heightened risk of coastal flooding by 2050 because of sea level rise from human-caused global warming, a recent study says.

Why it matters: Flood and storm surge events amplified by sea level rise against such facilities could increase the chances of hazardous chemicals escaping from the sites and contaminating nearby communities.

100 years of that divine Hetch Hetchy water

The O'Shaugnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

Come on in, the water here in San Francisco is fine.

What's happening: San Francisco city officials, including Mayor London Breed, visited the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park this month to celebrate the centennial of the O'Shaughnessy Dam.

Asian Americans left out of climate movement

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Despite elevated degrees of exposure and many decades spent advancing justice, Asian Americans have long been excluded from the national climate movement, activists and scientists tell Axios.

The big picture: Asian Americans across the country are working to change that legacy of omission by leading climate organizations, protests and research.

Air pollution has improved in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2012

Data: EPA; Note: A concentration below 12 micrograms per cubic meter is considered healthy; Chart: Axios Visuals

Air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area, as measured by fine particle pollution, has slightly improved since 2012.

Why it matters: Fine particles, generated from fossil fuel burning and other sources, can enter our bodies when we breathe, making their way to the lungs or bloodstream and causing myriad health problems.

April spotlights climate action in San Francisco

A climate action demonstrator shares views via stuffed animal in Rome last month. Photo:Vincenzo Nuzzolese/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The month of April in San Francisco is all about our precious climate.

Driving the news: April marks a number of climate-related events, including Climate Action Month, Climate Week and, of course, Earth Day.

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