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New Study to Test Viability of Composting Toilets

Mar 24, 2017

Waterless composting of human waste is not a new idea. But in the modern world, it’s never been a popular one either. A new study of the latest models of composting toilets, getting underway here in Sonoma County, hopes to set the stage for changing attitudes toward them.

While the actual study of the efficacy of new composting toilets is just getting started, it required quite some time just to get permission to do it, reports the county’s James Johnson.

Manufacturing Efficiency Boosted with Clean Energy

Sep 27, 2016
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Increased use of clean power would boost manufacturing in California, not hurt it, according to a pair of new studies. Suzanne Potter has details.

Better Foster Care Provides a More Typical Life

Dec 14, 2015
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  Children in foster care thrive when they are able to live a more typical life, a new study concludes. We hear more from Suzanne Potter.

  The key factors in creating a sustainable wine business are the same all over the world, concludes a new book, and can also apply to other kinds of businesses.

Tracking Traffic in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor

Jul 31, 2015
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The mountains that frame the Sonoma Valley are full of wildlife, from field mice to deer and coyotes. But how do they get from one side to the other? A newly released study offers some answers.   

You can read or download the full report here.

Health Costs of Environmental Hazards Specified

Jun 16, 2015
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  Known environmental hazards carry high health costs. And, as Suzanne Potter reports, a new report is getting specific about how high those prices may be.