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In the climate change world, the term "drawdown" refers to the point in time when greenhouse gases start to decline yearly. It’s been a huge goal for environmental scientists trying to reverse global warming. Now, Marin County is launching Drawdown: Marin. It’s a campaign that looks to drastically reduce greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, in the county.

Wenonah Hauter
Food and Water Watch

Many national organizations consider the politics of food or water, or necessary changes to our use of fossil fuels--but few take a holistic look at all three. Wenonah Hauter, the founder and executive director of Food and Water Watch, stopped by our studio yesterday to tell us what her organization is working on--and how she’s helping people make connections to heal the systems that nourish us.

This week, eTown welcomes legendary Grammy Award-winning country singer/songwriter Marty Stuart, along with his virtuosic band – The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty shares lots of music from his group’s latest release, Way Out West, as well as insightful conversation about his storied career as a recording artist, television personality and one time son-in-law to Johnny Cash.

Calves on dairy farm
KRCB/Steve mencher

Earlier this week we visited the orchards of Torrey and Lucy Olson on a Climate Smart Agriculture tour, to learn about soil management techniques and the challenges of farming as the climate warms. Today we visit a local dairy farm with an eye to learning about manure and water, and how effective management can benefit both farmers and the environment. Our visit was organized by the California Climate and Agriculture Network.

Carbon Farming Taking Root in California

Aug 1, 2017
Marin Carbon Project

Carbon is essential to all living things—even dirt. Which is why concentrated efforts to get more carbon out of the air and into the soil is an accelerating trend in California agriculture.

Even as research is continuing into the methods and merits of carbon farming practices in differing areas and types of agriculture throughout California, carbon farming consultant Calla Rose Ostrander notes that funds to support implementation of those measures will soon be forthcoming.

Al Gore in San Francisco July 24, 2017
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Ten years ago, Al Gore’s climate change slide show morphed into an award-winning documentary about the climate crisis. He’s back with a sequel, which suggests that things are both better and worse, as Steve Mencher reports.

Watch the trailer for the new film "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" opening at select theaters July 28 and everywhere August 4.

Benefitting from B Labs’ Assessment

Jul 19, 2017

Long before benefit corporations were established as a category of business empowered to allocate resources to more than maximizing profits, many companies took voluntary steps to aid their communities and their workers. Now, some of them are finding additional ways to expand their positive impacts through B-Corp certification. 

Fetzer Vineyards has a long. proud history of modeling sustainability within their industry. Yet through the B Labs' certification process, says Director of Regenerative Development Josh Prigge, they discovered how much more they could be doing.

Project Drawdown's Climate Change Solutions

Apr 17, 2017

In agriculture, building, urban design transportation, energy production and use and more, there are steps already being taken to keep carbon out of the atmosphere. And according to a serious new book, scaling up those actions—all of them—could be a pathway to reversing global warming.

Many of the 100 climate change solutions examined by Project Drawdown have interlocking effects. Editor Paul Hawken says their analyses work scrupulously to keep their projected benefits separate.

Project Drawdown Aims to Reverse Global Warming

Apr 15, 2017

“Drawdown” is the term used to describe the time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have peaked and then begin to decline. A new book offers a pathway to get there by 2050.

The foremost consideration in the assessments made for the Drawdown Project, explains co-founder Paul Hawken, was how much carbon could be kept out of the atmosphere by wider adoption of each strategy.  In most cases, the 30-year impact could be measured in gigatons.

Carbon Farming with Biochar

Feb 21, 2017
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.

Local Climate Efforts Lauded by White House

Oct 1, 2016
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.

Audible Evidence of Climate Change

Sep 14, 2016
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.

How Ocean Acidification Imperils the Lowly Sea Snail

Aug 20, 2016
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.

Agriculture Pitching in to Battle Climate Change

Jun 28, 2016

  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.

Monitoring California’s Black Oystercatchers

Jun 25, 2016

  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.

Rev. Billy Ramps Up His Environmental Evangelism

Apr 24, 2016

  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/.

Cover Crops Improve Soil, Mitigate Climate Change

Feb 16, 2016
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.

Sustainability and the Next Generation

Oct 21, 2015

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.

Despite Gains, Greenhouse Gas Goal Remains Elusive

Jul 29, 2015
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.

Green Energy Advocacy Groups Consolidate

Jun 16, 2015

  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.

Eco2School Fun Energizes Students to Drive Less

Apr 14, 2015

 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.

Charting Local Adaptations to Climate Change

Apr 8, 2015
NOOA

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.”

Sonoma County’s Climate Change Vulnerabilities

Mar 12, 2015

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.

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