Demand for horseshoe crab blood for vaccine and drug testing, as well as fishermen using horseshoe crab as bait, have contributed to population declines. Conversationists fear this 450-million-year-old living fossil, will be pushed to the brink of extinction if we don't protect it. They are advocating for the approval and use of a synthetic version, that has already been approved in Europe and China. Arte Journal. October 2022.
Shark attacks are historically rare on Long Island. But this summer 2022, Long Island residents and visitors have been warned to be careful when visiting the beach, after six people have been injured in shark attacks over the course of a month -not fatally. Safety efforts include heightened patrols and surveillance of shark activity, including drone and helicopter monitoring along the Long Island state park beaches. Although shark attacks are always scary, the surge in shark sightings and activity in Long Island is actually good news, as it is a result of conservation efforts in the area, including legislation prohibiting the overfishing of bunker fish. Scientists also think waters getting warmer with climate change could attract more shark species in the future on the East Coast. Arte Journal. August 2022.
With climate change, megafires are rising at an alarming rate in California. News story about Dixie and Caldor fires for BFMTV - Ligne Rouge. September 2021.
San Francisco expands Slow Streets, designed to limit through traffic on certain residential streets and allow them to be used as a shared space for people, creating nearly car-free corridors across the city. Some other cities of the Bay have met ambitious street coverage goals: Slow Streets Oakland now covers 74 miles, or nearly 10 percent of all streets in the city. News story for Arte Journal. July 2020.
Tech workers who flocked to San Francisco to be near Google, Facebook, Twitter and other internet firms are moving to parts of the US where life is slower and the cost of living cheaper. News story for TV5 Monde. July 2020.
Economic fallout from COVID-19 was "a punch in the gut" to thousands of workers on and off the famous Vegas Strip. News story for RTS. May 2020
When Brianna Noble rode her horse Dapper Dan through downtown Oakland, California, Friday, May 29, 2020, to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, it made news around the world. Today she became a symbol of the fight against racism. News story for TV5 Monde. July 2020.
The Black Panther Party, an African American revolutionary party, was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seal. Meet Fredrika Newton, Huey's widow, who still carries the legacy of the Party. She is now the President of the Huey P. Newton Foundation, on a quest to erect a monument to the Black Panthers and, eventually, a Black Panther museum. News story for TV5 Monde. June 2020.
Gray whales are starving, washing up dead in startling numbers along SF coast. Scientists believe the trouble started under the Arctic ice pack. The tiny crustaceans that the gray whales eat rely on algae that grows on the underside of the ice. When that algae dies, it sinks to the seafloor, where the mud-dwelling critters feast. The less ice there is, the less algae and, consequently, fewer crustaceans. Which means less whale food. News story for Arte Journal. July 2019.