On a July afternoon I watch a man named Paul rap in the park. His song, "I Am a Fossil Fuel," is amplified by a sound system hooked up to his bicycle. Nate "The Juice Peddler" hands out smoothies, guacamole, and hummus made with a pedal-powered blender built onto his bicycle.
I caught up with Ken Geiser at a workshop in Oakland, where he was delivering a talk on international chemical policy.
Monterey Bay is home to a dazzling array of marine life—from giant octopus to jellyfish. But on land, water is growing scarce.
In the quiet of early morning, the unmusical clanging of glass bottles can be heard a block away. Tex moves slowly along San Francisco’s 25th Street, his heavy-duty Costco shopping cart loaded as efficiently as a mule packed by a master guide.
Water wars in California usually pit north against south, but on the North Coast, grapes suck up groundwater like never before.