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.

Making Beef Sustainable

Jul 20, 2016
True Grass Farms

  Self-sufficiency is a cornerstone of sustainability, and it can even be applied to raising prime grass-fed beef. On today’s report, we hear from a young farmer who is doing just that.

The best time of year for butchering beef cattle is usually late summer, explains True Grass Farms’ Guido Frosini. But exactly when is determined by the growth cycle of the grasses that the cattle feed on.

Beyond his own farming practices, Frosini is also determined to build new bridges between consumers and food producers.

Rick Steves' Lifetime of European Travel

Nov 4, 2015

  After 30 years spent crisscrossing Europe and writing about it, Rick Steves remains an enthusiastic advocate for international travel, and the broader perspectives that result.

Find details on Steves' local appearance this week at this link.

Rick Steve's work takes him back and forth across Europe for four months each year. So what would he like to do for a vacation?  More of the same...sort of.

Introducing the Waterboxx

Mar 31, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A simple but carefully designed planter box allows newly planted trees to grow and flourish, using just the water naturally available in their environment.

  The Waterboxx is installed around a newly planted tree, and remains in place for a year or more, until the sapling is established. Caitlin Cornwall from the Sonoma Ecology Center explains what goes on during that time.

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. 

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:

'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.

Sonoma Clean Power Looks Ahead

Jan 2, 2014

Electricity from sources that are a mixture of renewable, local, and carbon-free is due to start flowing through Sonoma Clean Power in the year ahead. Bruce Robinson reports how the pieces are falling into place for the new local alternative to PG&E.

  Getting a significant share of its power from the Geysers benefits Sonoma Clean Power—and the customers they serve—in multiple ways that extend beyond just utility costs, explains CEO Geof Syphers.


New Database Captures the Benefits of Biochar

Jul 18, 2013

  The origins of biochar, a charcoal-based soil amendment, are almost mythic. In the Amazon Basin, a rainforest region with typically infertile soils, some areas have been discovered to have ground that is almost black and rich in nutrients. The soil’s dark color is derived from its high organic matter content, believed to originate from charcoal added to the soil some 2,500 years ago, either intentionally or as a waste product from cooking.