Although food insecurity—the formal term for being unable to reliably access and afford nutritious food—is on the decline in California, it’s on the rise for senior citizens.
At Bishop O’Dowd High School in the Oakland hills, gardener Ned Lange is making small-batch vermicompost from the school’s food scraps. He takes scraps like leafy greens, peels, and stems that won’t make it into the cooked lunch, and blends them into a smoothie that he feeds into an 8-by-4-foot corrugated steel bin that is home to 100 pounds of worms. He lifts the roof off and carefully peels back pages of damp newspaper that are beginning to disintegrate. Underneath,…
Attorneys representing the City of Oakland and developer Phil Tagami faced off in a packed San Francisco courtroom over whether or not coal could be transported in Oakland.
A new plan outlines ways to drastically reduce Oakland’s greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years. At a town hall in November, city residents debated just how to do that.
About one quarter of Californians who use Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would lose or decrease their benefits if the USDA Food and Nutrition Service enacts a proposed rule change to the program.
A study carried out over three years in the San Francisco Bay revealed high levels of microplastics in stormwater, treated wastewater, surface water, and sediment. The report discovered an important previously unknown source of pollution: degrading tires. It also found that stormwater has particularly high microplastic levels, suggesting the need for better infrastructure to filter stormwater.
A new Oakland Unified School District policy will ensure students graduate with an understanding of climate change–including how they can be advocates the environment. But there’s still a lot to do before climate change gets taught in all Oakland schools.