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Experts explore energy, debt, climate challenges

Gary Quackenbush, NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL

Navigating economic realities involving energy, debt and climate trends that will impact our lives and provide the context for local economic development in the North Bay, was the focus of Richard Heinberg’s presentation May 8 at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa.

Sponsored by Share Exchange, the Threshold Foundation, Summit State Bank and 20 community partners, the event also included a panel discussion.

Share Exchange founder Kelley Rajala was the moderator for the evening and introduced Mr. Heinberg and panelists Marc Armstrong, director of the Public Banking Institute; Ann Hancock, director of the Climate Protection Agency, and Stacey Lawson, chief executive officer of the Ygrene Energy Fund.

via Experts explore energy, debt, climate challenges – North Bay Business Journal – North San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties – Archive.

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Impacts of ocean acidity feed oyster grower’s research

Samantha Kimmey, POINT REYES LIGHT, 05/30/2013

A handful of what looks like damp, grayish cereal sits in a plastic tub on Hog Island Oyster Company owner Terry Sawyer’s desk. It looks like small cornflakes, or maybe cooked quinoa. But actually these are spat: many hundreds of tiny “seed” oysters, each barely a millimeter wide. The hope is that each spat will grow into a tasty treat on the half-shell—but most of this batch is already dead.  

Like many terrestrial farmers, Mr. Sawyer buys his seed from distributors. In recent years, however, it has become harder to get and harder to grow. Since 2006, West Coast oyster hatcheries have suffered catastrophic collapses, which have led to widespread shortages. The reason? Ocean acidification, a phenomenon that many call the evil twin of climate change.

via Impacts of ocean acidity feed oyster grower’s research | The Point Reyes Light.

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Cotati likely to join county power agency

Dave Williams, THE COMMUNITY VOICE

If the Cotati City Council meeting on Wednesday night is any indication, the city is likely to become part of Sonoma County’s clean power agency.

Although no vote was taken at the meeting following a presentation from Sonoma County officials that lasted more than 2½ hours, the council seemed poised to approve joining the agency when it comes up for vote in the next month or so.

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) aims to end PG&E’s monopoly and provide local competition and a choice for consumers throughout the county. It also plans to offer an array of green energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and small hydroelectric projects.

SCP is a program designed to provide electric power to the residents, businesses and institutions in participating jurisdictions throughout Sonoma County. SCP will be operated by a joint powers authority formed by the County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Water Agency and will include the cities of Sonoma County which decide to join. SCP is expected to start providing service to a small portion of customers at the beginning of 2014, pending a final vote to proceed by its Board of Directors. 

via The Community Voice – Cotati likely to join county power agency.

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Mayor Says Petaluma Should Take Time Studying Sonoma Clean Power

Karina Ioffee, PETALUMA PATCH

Petaluma Mayor Dave Glass says the city should take more time to study whether it wants to join Sonoma Clean Power, the initiative that would offer ratepayers a choice about where to purchase their energy.

Sonoma Clean Power administrators want Petaluma to vote on the issue by June 30 and pass a resolution by the end of July. But Glass and several other Petaluma council members say they want to carefully weigh the advantages of joining Sonoma Clean Power, and that delaying joining would have absolutely no impact on the program or lowering greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

via Mayor Says Petaluma Should Take Time Studying Sonoma Clean Power – Top News – Petaluma, CA Patch.

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California COASTWEEKS! Sept 21 to Oct 12, 2013

Annie Frankel, California Coastal Commission
Your event can be part of California COASTWEEKS!
Each fall, people all over the country participate in COASTWEEKS, a celebration of our coastal and water resources. This year COASTWEEKS takes place from September 21 to October 12, kicked off by the 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. The California Coastal Commission will feature and publicize a calendar of events in a special section of our website. Special events created for COASTWEEKS as well as prescheduled coast- and water-related events are eligible. Your school, troop, church, club, or organization is invited to organize an event for COASTWEEKS. We encourage events from throughout the state, not just along the coast. This celebration is a great way to expand your outreach and to participate in a nation-wide effort to encourage appreciation and preservation of our coast and inland waterways. Last year, 324 California events were featured in the calendar.
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Sonoma County Updates Stream Protection Zoning

Press Release, County of Sonoma

The Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department announced it will hold an informational public workshop in Santa Rosa to seek input on proposed amendments to the Zoning Code to incorporate existing General Plan policies. Stream setbacks were established in the adopted Area and Specific Plans and in the General Plan 2020. Zoning code changes will not result in any new setbacks, not previously adopted.

What: Informational Public Workshop to seek input on proposed amendments to the Zoning Code to incorporate existing General Plan Policies

When: Wednesday, May 22, 20134:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department
2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95403

Zoning requirements for properties with streams will be amended to be consistent with the Sonoma County General Plan 2020, any applicable Area Plan and the County’s existing Building and Grading ordinances.

via Sonoma County Updates Stream Protection Zoning For Consistency with General Plan 2020 | Press Releases | County of Sonoma.

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Editorial: Demise of U.S. bees demands urgent action

THE MERCED SUN-STAR

It’s hard to fathom that such a tiny creature can have so large an impact on our food supply. But honeybees are essential components in the production of fully one-third of the food U.S. residents eat — from almonds and cherries to broccoli and cabbage, from peaches and apples to coffee and grapes, from brussels sprouts and cashews to onions and lemons.

Bees pollinate crops worth $20 billion to $30 billion annually in the United States alone. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of human food.

Without these essential pollinators, the crops would bear no fruit.

via Our View: Demise of U.S. bees demands urgent action – Our View – MercedSun-Star.com.

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Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance

Seth Borenstein – AP Science Writer, THE MERCED SUN-STAR

WASHINGTON — A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006.

The intertwined factors cited include a parasitic mite, multiple viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, genetics, habitat loss and pesticides.

The multiple causes make it harder to do something about what’s called colony collapse disorder, experts say. The disorder has caused as much as one-third of the nation’s bees to just disappear each winter since 2006.

http://www.usda.gov/documents/ReportHoneyBeeHealth.pdf

via Feds: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance – State & Region – MercedSun-Star.com.

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Cloverdale puts off public power decision

Clark Mason, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Cloverdale City Council has said it’s premature to join a public power agency intended to supplant PG&E as the city’s primary source of electricity.

Citing the need for more information, Council members Wednesday night declined tocommit to the proposed Sonoma Clean Power Authority, but left the door open to doing so in the future.

via Cloverdale says no, for now, to county power agency | Watch Sonoma County.

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Sebastopol listens to public power agency pitch

Guy Kovner, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma County officials made their first pitch for a public power agency on Tuesday night to the Sebastopol City Council, with seven more stops to go in a campaign to enroll eight cities in a plan to challenge PG&E’s monopoly as a power provider.

Sebastopol officials indicated at the start of the county’s presentation that it would not commit on Tuesday to joining the proposed Sonoma Clean Power, which expects to begin delivering power in January.

via Sebastopol listens to public power agency pitch | PressDemocrat.com.