climate change

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. 

Electric Cars Find Favor in Sonoma County

Feb 20, 2015
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.

 

Locals heading for Oakland Climate March

Feb 4, 2015

 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.

A Call for Hospitals to Shed Fossil Fuel Holdings

Jan 21, 2015

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.

The California King Tide Project

Jan 19, 2015
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.

Naomi Klein Reframes the Climate Change Issue

Oct 15, 2014

 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 Releases 2015 Volume

Oct 3, 2014

  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.

The Economics of Sustainability

Sep 30, 2014

   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.

Green Teens to Share Climate Ideas

Sep 26, 2014

  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.

Fewer birds in North Bay skies

Sep 18, 2014

  Climate change and habitat loss are threatening the survival of hundreds of North American bird species. And local birding observers say, the numbers of numerous familiar birds are already visibly declining in the North Bay’s skies.

  The Pacific flyway along the North coast is a vital corridor for many larger birds of prey, but Susan Kirks, past president of the Madrone Audubon Society, says that as a group, they are among the most threatened species that traverse this region.

Insect Pests Thriving Thanks to Climate Change

Aug 21, 2014
Deborah C. Smith

  The effects of gradual climate change can be both large and small. But, as Lori Abbott reports, some of the small ones are getting more numerous.

Coastal California Owes Much to its Famous Fog

Aug 7, 2014
image courtesy of Flickr user Volker Neumann

Rolling coastal fog is part of the fabric of life near the Pacific Ocean. These low, damp clouds cool the area, while supporting agriculture and wildlife. Researchers are now working on measuring the value of fog, even as climate change makes its future uncertain.  

 

Playful Video Promotes Carma Ride-sharing App

Aug 5, 2014

  A low-budget video to promote the Climate Protection Campaign’s new ride-sharing app features some well-known Sonoma County faces. It’s not entirely serious, but the intent behind it is.

The Carma app can be downloaded here. See the full video promoting it below:

Climate Riders Heading for North Bay

May 16, 2014

  Bicyclists from all over the country are converging on the Bay Area this weekend for a new regional Climate Ride. In past years, the group has passed through Sonoma County on the way from Humboldt County to San Francisco; this year, they’re starting in the city and heading our way, then looping through the Napa Valley on the way to finish at the state capitol. Bruce Robinson has more.

'The Soil Will Save Us'

Apr 4, 2014

  Plowing, using pesticides and fertilizers and other common agricultural practices actually contribute to global warming. But adopting alternative practices could reverse that, as a growing number of small farmers are already demonstrating.

  Industrial agriculture has dominated the industry for years now, but with a far higher carbon footprint than traditional methods. But reporter Kristin Ohlson says small farmers who are reverting to those historic practices are finding them profitable as well as green.

Ozone layer on a long slow road to recovery

Dec 11, 2013
NASA Earth Observatory

Twenty five years ago the ozone hole above the arctic was the hot environmental topic. While we don't hear as much about it any more, researchers are still making new discoveries and say it's a topic that needs to remain in the public eye. KRCB's reports on the latest findings from a meeting of the American Geophysical Union now in San Francisco.

In a 1,000 year old village in Germany (Juehnde), methane is not a dirty word. The recovered methane from a manure-fueled bioreactor feeds the burners that heat water for every household in the village. The same hot water provides heating. These households benefit from living adjacent to a livestock economy whose manure was once just a smelly nuisance.

Vineyards Respond to Climate Change

Nov 14, 2013

  Global warming poses a real and serious threat to California’s wine industry, but vineyards throughout the state—and other agricultural lands—can also take steps to blunt the pace of climate change.

  It is increasingly clear, says Ted Lemon, co-owner of Littorai Wines in Sebastopol, that monoculture farming has not succeeded in feeding the world, so a new approach is clearly needed.

Debunking Fracking

Oct 1, 2013

Fracking is not the fossil fuel panacea the oil industry paints it as, says skeptic and peak oil analyst Richard Heinberg. He calls those claims “Snake Oil.”

What Sonoma Clean Power Can do for Your Business

Apr 25, 2013
Image courtesy BoDean

Starting in January 2014 Sonoma County residents and business will have a choice in where they buy electricity. The county is forming a local public power agency to purchase energy from renewable sources, at prices competitive to PG&E. Danielle Venton reports that could be a big boon to local business. Business opportunities within Sonoma Clean Power will be featured at the 2013 Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Rohnert Park this Friday. 

Winemakers Prep for Climate Change

Apr 16, 2013
Flickr user Jessica Wilson

The art of making wine is tied intimately to land and the climate. Changing weather patterns, with hotter, drier growing periods, will call on North Coast growers to adapt. As KRCB’s Danielle Venton reports, wine makers are already experimenting with techniques that will enable them to make great wine for many years to come. 

Wine Country on the Move?

Apr 15, 2013
Flickr user Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

It is the iconic image of Napa and Sonoma -- neat rows of grapevines. But how long will it last? As temperatures  rise, scientists warn many classic wine growing regions will become less viable. At the same time, new land will become ripe for grape growing, possibly creating problems for the wildlife currently there. As KRCB's Danielle Venton  reports, climate scientists and wine makers say now is the time to start preparing.

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