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Environment

A (Road) Diet for the Future

East Bay activists are pushing to replace more traffic lanes with bike lanes. But not everybody is happy about it.

Lake Temescal’s Future Could Be in Doubt

The popular lake has closed four consecutive years because of toxic algae blooms—an increasing problem found around the globe.

Garbage Out

Plans to move California Waste Solutions appear to have stalled amid increasing neighbor complaints of trash, stench, and rats at its West Oakland facility.

A Better Housing Plan

Activists won commitments from Bay Area planners to find ways to build more affordable housing in the region.

Oakland Gets Its Trees Back

How a busy septuagenarian inspired the city’s reforestation.

Building Around BART

After bulldozing neighborhoods early in its history, BART now wants to build communities.

Getting the Lead Off

A years-long project to remove highly toxic lead-based paint from 6,000 PG&E transmission towers gets started this summer in Alameda County.

Fighting for a Better Future

Activists are driven by a sense of urgency to strengthen a new regional plan for housing and greenhouse gas reductions by 2040.

Dealing with the Sprawl Devil

Thousands of acres of green open space in the East Bay are in danger of being gobbled up by suburban housing tracts.

For the Birds

As Alameda embarks on a construction boom, the city is exploring ways to protect birds from flying into glass buildings.