climate change

Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

In centuries past, bio-char helped grow food for the indigenous people of the Amazon basin for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before the first Spaniards arrived. Now it could help the 21st century world to slow global climate change.

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative is hosting a workshop on the process this Friday at Circle Bar Ranch south of Sonoma. Find details here.

California’s major public institutions would be required to weigh greenhouse gas emissions into their budget analyses when purchasing materials for large infrastructure projects, under a proposed new bill unveiled this week.

Ann Hancock, Executive Director of the Center for Climate Protection in Santa Rosa, Was cheered by the proposed legislation's approach, and its intent to include transportation costs in the assessments to be required.

flickr/California Department of Fish and Wildlife

It’s been over six months since Measure AA passed in the Bay Area with a two-thirds majority. The ballot measure, which will soon impose a parcel tax throughout the nine counties, is tasked with restoring wetlands and wildlife habitat. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi brings us an update on the agency in charge of allocating restoration funds.

Find out more about the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, including when and where to attend meetings here

 

   Is it possible to fight poverty and climate change at the same time? The answer is emphatically yes, and Rocky Rohwedder has examples to prove it.

  Rohwedder, who has now retired from his position at Sonoma State, found some important allies in his Ecological Handprints project. One was South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, who wrote an introduction for the book. Others included top-flight photographers who donated their images.

Tiffany Camhi

Over the next 20 years, sea levels along California’s coast are expected to rise by at least a foot, according to the National Research Council. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports on how Sonoma County is preparing a plan to deal with the looming reality of sea level rise.

Check out more of Permit Sonoma's Local Coast Plan events here.

Lauren Zelin, World Resources Institute

For years now, Sonoma County agencies and NGOs have been working together to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Now that work has been honored and promoted at the national level.

Carbon Capture in New CA Climate Bill

Sep 28, 2016
Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy

California's newly adopted climate change bill includes emphasis on carbon sequestration and other natural measures to remove it from the atmosphere. As Suzanne Potter reports,t hat has won the enthusiastic endorsement of several important conservation groups.

Tiffany Camhi

Near West Marin’s small farming town of Tomales there’s a ranch that is sucking tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The ranch was part of an experimental carbon farming project a few years ago and now it’s sharing the results. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Find out more about Stemple Creek Ranch and its farming practices at its website. The Marin Agricultural Land Trust hosts many events from educational talks like "Carbon Farming 101" to farm tours and tastings. Check their events page for more.

Kat Krause

  Audio ecologist Bernie Krause has been capturing the sounds of the natural world for decades. But the changes he hears in those recordings now carry a clear and worrisome message.

  The Animal Orchestra exhibit at the Parisian Fondation Cartier museum is an immersive experience that occupies the entire facility, marvels Bernie Krause, as he offers a partial description of it.

The entire enterprise has been an unexpected success, Krause says, both for him personally and for the museum.

Garbiel Ng

  Increasing acidity in the world’s oceans is affecting far more than coral reefs. A local researcher is studying how changing pH in seawater may alter the balance of life in tide pools along the North Coast.

  Now that California is collecting billions of dollars from greenhouse gas emitters, some of that money is being directed to programs that help farms and dairies reduce their carbon footprints.  But while additional funds are being sought, the entire program’s future is uncertain.

  Black Oystercatchers are distinctive, but not numerous. So these hardy shorebirds are being monitored by naturalists and citizen scientists to see how they are affected by sea level rise and other environmental factors.

  The Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir have intensified their act from anti-consumerism street theater to impassioned activism in defense of the earth. Their faux evangelism carries a real and urgent message.

Capping a whirlwind week of Earth Day events around northern California, the Rev. Billy brings his message to Sebastopol on Monday, April 25 at Many Rivers Books and Tea. See event details https://www.facebook.com/events/1722868934623003/.

UC Riverside

  Last year, according to a UC Davis report, the drought cost California’s agricultural economy about one-point-eight-billion-dollars. One response to this—and to climate change in general—has been an expanded use of cover crops, as Byrhonda Lyons reports.

Wednesday was Sustainability Day at Sonoma State, but the keynote speaker for the event warned that attaining “full spectrum sustainability” will require long-term and sweeping changes in all areas of modern life.

There is no question that confronting climate change is a political challenge, says David Orr. But it is less about elections, and more about recreating a way of governance that rests on fairness and balance, rather than dominance and profits.

Center for Climate Prtection

  Sonoma County cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by about 200,000 tons last year. That’s the good news. But to meet the county’s ambitious goals, we’ll have to do far better.

The annual Greenhouse Gas Report for Sonoma County was published Tuesday by the Center for Climate Protection. The full document can be found and downloaded here.

Thiniceclimate.org

Climate change scientists are under attack, as politicians and business groups try to discredit them. A new film called Thin Ice tells researcher's side of the story. The award-winning documentary will reach American public television audiences on Monday, July 20. KRCB is the presenting station.

Watch the film's trailer.

  The former Climate Protection Campaign is now the Center for Climate Protection, but that’s not all that’s changed for them. The busy non-profit has also moved into new, more visible offices in downtown Santa Rosa, and is expanding a bit as well.

The combined organizations are holding at open house at their new quarters between 4th and 5th streets next Thursday afternoon. See details here.

 A primary goal of the Center for Climate Protection’s high school outreach program, called Eco2School, is encouraging students to drive less. But they’ve found some fun ways to make their serious point.

Focusing outreach toward high school students is a high-impact approach says Paola Alvarado,  program coordinator for the Center for Climate Protection’s Eco2School Challenge Program, because of the demographic middle ground they represent.

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Extreme weather is here, so how do we deal with it? That was the subject of a day-long Forum held at Sonoma State Wednesday, titled “Resilience in a Changing Climate.”

Limiting the extent of climate change remains a priority for Sonoma County. But we should be preparing to live with it, too. A new report examines the hazards that need to be addressed.

  Deanne DiPietro, another co-author of the Climate Ready Sonoma County report, is a climate change scientist with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She hopes that this new document will help people to be more pro-active and feel a bit more hopeful about the future.

Flickr user Oran Viriyincy

Being green isn’t just about cutting down on the greenhouse gasses we emit. Many climate scientists believe we need to start taking carbon out of the atmosphere too. Plans to do this are called “Negative Emission Technologies” – and some of the first attempts are just getting off the ground. 

Center for Climate Protection

 It isn’t easy for individuals to curtail their greenhouse gas emissions, but one thing they can do is drive less—or drive cars that pollute less. And recent sales figures show we are doing just that.

Switching to electric cars is a modest lifestyle change that can make a significant impact on overall greenhouse gas emissions, says Brant Arthur of the Center for Climate Protection.

 

 Thousands of people from all over California are preparing to converge in Oakland Saturday to show their support for more aggressive measures to combat global warming. And Sonoma County will be well represented among them.

    For Denny Rosatti, Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action , the biggest worry--among many--about fracking is it's potential impact on California's groundwater reserves.

From apartheid in South Africa to tobacco in the United States, corporate divestment campaigns have successfully pushed for social change. Now that approach is being tried to combat climate change, with health care organizations as a target.

Dr. Ring has developed an extensive informational wesbite on climate change and health issues.  The divestiture petition drive is hosted separately.

Jeff Poskanzer

  The highest tides of the winter are rolling up on the Pacific Coast today, and the California King Tides Project is watching them with an eye toward the future.

There will be another, slightly lower series of King tides next month, on Feb. 17th  & 18th.  Information about uploading pictures to the California King Tides Project is posted on their website. There's a further explanation of the project in the video below.

 Virtually everyone is in some form of denial around climate change, contends progressive journalist Naomi Klein, but their reasons for that can be radically different.

While capitalist exploitation of fossil fuels has triggered and accelerated the climate change crisis, Klein says there are other solid reasons to create an alternative economic system.

  Project Censored is out with its latest collection of under-covered news, which includes stories about climate change, corporate corruption, mainstream media errors and omissions, and a nationwide analysis of police-involved shootings.

See KRCB's independent reporting on ocean acidificiation, a two-part story from 2011 that can be found here and here.

   What would a truly sustainable economic system look and feel like? A four-day conference, sponsored by Sonoma’s Praxis Peace Institute, plans to explore that question in depth.

  The issue of Climate Change is a big concern for many area high school students, and a large group of them are coming together this evening to talk about what they are doing and share ideas. It’s being organized by the Eco-2-School program, and today KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talks with the woman who runs it.

The Green Teen gathering is in the Montgomery High School cafeteria from 5-8 pm today. Find out more about the Eco-2-School program here.

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