greenhouse gases

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.

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.

The process of setting up a new composting operation in Sonoma is finally taking its first steps. But in the meantime, both residents and compost users are paying significantly more.

  Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County. So efforts to boost the adoption of emission-free electric vehicles are accelerating.

Driving an electric car in Sonoma County should be, at worst, a break-even proposition compared to a gas-powered vehicle, according to Sonoma Clean Power’s Geof Syphers.

  Like the car ads used to say:  Your mileage may vary. But here are some detailed figures from recent EV convert Doron Amiran of the Center for Climate Protection, documenting his household's experience.

  As California -- and the world at large – looks for alternatives to fossil fuels, one local innovator is focusing on a biochemical process that he believes holds great promise.

If you think you’ve been seeing more electric cars on local roads in the past year, you’re right. Today’s North Bay Report examines the factors behind this trend.

The leading reasons given for EV purchases are shown in the graphic below.

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.

Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power has exceeded even the agency’s expectations in its first year; now they’re out to build on that success.

Part of Sonoma Clean Power’s mission is support for and the creation of new local sources of renewable power. CEO Geof Syphers says they have made strides in that area, too.

  Although they are competitors in one area, Sonoma Clean Power and PG&E work closely together in many others, observes SCP Board Chairman Mark Landman,

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.