Environment

Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle Church in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party....
Children sand a bench as they help 200 other participants work on building a new park in Richmond. (Yesica Prado/Richmond Confidential)

KaBOOM! and Target help Richmond build a park in a day

On Friday, March 17, staffers from KaBOOM! and Target gathered with members of the community to build a park for Richmond in one day. KaBOOM! is a nonprofit that provides new playgrounds and park equipment...
Margot Buchbinder, a graduate student (left), and Erin Blackwood, Education and Outreach Coordinator (right), stand by an experiment involving eelgrass at the Romberg-Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Photo by Jacob Shea.

Oysters and eelgrass, unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas

In the San Francisco Bay, conservation and scientific groups are working to restore crucial habitat. Oysters and eelgrass may play a large role in protecting Richmond's shoreline from sea level rise.
Cartoon by Abner Hauge.

City council candidates clash over development, rent control and schools

Candidates’ strategies for development across Richmond—and especially downtown—varied greatly.

As Oakland rejects coal, it’s business as usual for Levin-Richmond Terminal

When it comes to shipping coal from California ports, many lawmakers have thrown their support overboard, citing the need to halt climate change by reducing reliance on the fossil fuel. A new statewide regulation prohibits...