Oakland Zoo staffers join march against the ivory trade

Members of the organization March for Elephants, many of whom are Oakland Zoo staffers, and their supporters marched on Saturday to celebrate the law’s passing as well as protest the ongoing ivory trade in China....
Wednesday's climate vigil began as the sun was setting at Skyline Community Church.

Faith groups hold vigil after Pope Francis calls for climate action

In response to Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, an interfaith community gathered at Oakland's Skyline Church to support his call to action on climate change.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District officers visits Briones Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

EBMUD declares stage 4 drought and takes steps to curb water use

This year is the driest in recorded history in California. This has forced the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to declare a stage 4 drought, the highest stage ever announced in the area, although even...
Ring-tailed Lemurs at Oakland Zoo. Photo courtesy of Oakland Zoo.

Oakland Zoo partners up with Madagascar’s Centre ValBio to save Lemurs

There’s something furry connecting the distant island of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa, with Oakland in the East Bay: lemurs. These charismatic primates are the focus of conservation efforts at Centre ValBio, a...
A puma or mountain lion. Photo source: “A PUMA" by fPat Murray on Flickr, shared via Creative Commons

On Earth Day 2015, a look at the wild species that live in the East Bay regional parks

The California Grizzly bear has been immortalized on the state’s flag, but the four-leg symbol is not around California anymore—at least not since 1924, when the last specimen was spotted in Santa Barbara County. However,...
Volunteers with the non-profit Grid Alternatives install solar panels in Atchison Village, Richmond.

With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return

It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small...
Mokelumne art exhibition travels to Oakland to share river's beauty and raise awareness on water conservation

Mokelumne art exhibition travels to Oakland to share river’s beauty and raise awareness on water conservation

“Way beyond the water source to millions of people downstream, and water to irrigate farmland, the river is a wildlife sanctuary,” said landscape artist Julie Trail, speaking about the mystical Mokelumne River. Trail is one...
Fran Rachel, 97, a resident of Berkeley, dances at a rally calling for a fracking ban in California. Rachel's wooden handpainted sign dates back to Vietnam War protests; she is now a great-grandmother. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Thousands rally in Oakland to call for an end to fracking

Despite early signs of rain, thousands of people converged in Oakland on Saturday in what organizers are billing as the largest anti-fracking demonstration in U.S. history, calling on Governor Jerry Brown to put an end...
A rescued pit bull is fed by a guest at the BAD RAP Rescue Barn in Oakland. Photo by Romin Lee Johnson.

Animal advocates debate a No Kill policy for Oakland Animal Services

Animal rights groups are claiming that in Oakland, animals are being unlawfully killed; they want the shelter to sign up to the No Kill movement, which keeps euthanasia for only the most extreme cases. The...