California

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Local opponents of the proposed coal terminal rallied both in and outside the overflow Oakland City Council meeting on Monday night. (Photo: Aric Crabb/Oakland Tribune, via Associated Press )
The City of Oakland, California took a bold step towards protecting the health of its citizens and the global environment on Monday after city council members voted unanimously to ban the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke in the city. The ban, sought by local environmental groups for over a year, is expected to derail plans for a...
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Amid an intensifying atmosphere of racist rhetoric and hate-fueled violence, 10...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
An oil spill has reportedly leaked thousands of gallons of crude from a...

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Bad news on all sides on our human propensity for taking without thinking. A new study finds researchers have "grossly underestimated" the impact on the Amazon rainforest of logging and other human activity, even as California park rangers combat a surge in nightime bandits - aka "midnight burlers" - poaching the burl from old-growth redwoods to sell for furniture. The tallest trees on earth, old-growth redwoods once covered almost 2,000,000 acres of California; today, less than 5% of that...