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It’s Not Just the Earthquake; It’s the Inferno

Most area cities remain woefully unprepared for the profusion of fires expected to break out in the wake of the Big One

Hope Floats for Alameda’s Harbor Seals

The San Francisco Bay Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s new ferry facility will disrupt local harbor seals, but seal fans have found a suitable haul-out site for a new dock to keep them around.

Learn a Lesson in Compassion About the Bay Farm Island Egrets

A successful heron-monitoring program invites bird lovers to see the bird colony that calls Bay Farm home at a free library exhibit and slideshow. ADVERTSING CATEGORY: OM AM Arts & Culture

Should You Flush or Not?

Drastic times requires drastic measures, especially when the drought is concerned. Here we examine proper behavior when it comes to flushing.

Snorkling with Manta Rays Off the Kona Coast

Graceful manta rays swimming underwater ballets off the Big Island’s Kona coast paint a picture of paradise.

When a Dangerous Sport Became Too Dangerous for Clif Bar

The Emeryville energy bar maker cites riskiness in its decision to dump climbers with the timing coming as Clif Bar presents a highly acclaimed film celebrating the hellions and athletes who pioneered Yosemite climbing.

Green Businesses Flock to Alameda Point

Natel Energy, Saildrone, and Wrightspeed have followed Makani Power to Alameda Point to create an active green-business incubator.

VF Outdoor Builds the Greenest Office Complex

Apparel giant VF Outdoor is a large company, but it has a commitment to sustainability and making as small an impact on the environment as possible, and its net-zero-electric corporate complex in Alameda shows just how serious it is.

Worst Mistakes in Waste Diversion

These five tips can make your recyle, compost, and trash bins greener.

Best Hikes of the East Bay

The beauty of hiking in the East Bay is that it can be a lone experience not far from the trailhead. This guide includes lesser-known adventures as well as old favorites in a world of hiking microclimates with unique characteristics. From Alameda, Berkeley, and Crockett to Moraga, Oakland, and San Leandro with varying distances and levels of difficulty, these hikes are sure to please.