Environment

A photo of picketers with police in teh background.

For some port truckers, the new year brings new worries over work

For independent truckers at the Port of Oakland who have not yet complied with pollution regulations, the New Year may mean the loss of a job.
A terminal at the Port of Oakland

Pollution cuts at the port promise a breath of fresher air for West Oakland

In a boon for West Oakland residents, cancer-causing diesel pollution from the Port of Oakland's maritime operations has plunged 70 percent.
At the Oakland Sustainability jam, a team creates the prototype for a universal language.

Oakland’s first sustainability jam creates solutions using design thinking

Last weekend, Oakland held its first-ever sustainability jam, which encouraged people to create solutions to economic, environmental and social problems.
An activist brandishes a picket in front of a passing tractor-trailer.

Despite a roar of support, Port of Oakland truckers meet resistance in negotiations

Frustrated truck drivers rolled into downtown yesterday as their representatives met with state and city officials.
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Where do all those rotting jack-o-lanterns go?

Right now, somewhere on your block, a pumpkin is rotting. If you’re lucky, that somewhere is in a Waste Management-sanctioned green bin, where it can safely decay with other compostable trash, and not on your...
A photo of an activist screaming at the police.

Port of Oakland seeks injunction to curb truckers’ protests

Port officials said the measure is necessary to prevent protesters from interrupting cargo operations, while truckers called the injunction a scare tactic.
Large cranes slowly lift the tugboat out of the Oakland Estuary.

EPA pulls tugboat from depths of Oakland Estuary

There’s something in the water in Oakland. But thanks to several local, state and federal agencies, it’s being cleaned up. On Monday, a 105-foot tugboat, nicknamed “Captain Al,” emerged from the depths of the Oakland...
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Port of Oakland truckers promise to keep working through negotiations

After forcing a one-day closure of the Port of Oakland over regulatory and wait-time complaints last week, independent truckers say they are pursuing negotiations with the California Air Resources Board, and have promised no further...
"G Street is world famous," said Peter Dunlap, with Oakland Public Works. The illegal dumping piles on G Street are some of the largest and consistent in the city. This one is at the corner of G Street and 89th Ave.

Oakland looks for solutions to curb illegal dumping

In the past year, the amount of illegally dumped junk has shot up by 34 percent, according to the Oakland Public Works Agency, which logged almost 18,000 incidents in 2012. San Francisco, which has twice...
A fire station in Temescal

During peak fire season, Oakland fire stations still having rotating closures

Fire stations throughout Oakland are shutting down for days at a time in response to a cost saving measure that came out of City Hall last year.