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Jun 14
2009

Grow Smart Bay Area

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , resources , recreation , policy , planning , parks , open space , nonprofit orgs , jobs , housing , government , environment , economy , design , construction , carbon , business , alternative energy , air quality , agriculture , activism

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With another 2 million people expected in the Bay Area by 2035, Greenbelt Alliance is urging local governments to plan now where they are going to live. And they've got some ideas to suggest, too.

Greenbelt Alliance Executive Director Jeremy Madsen (left) points to the east bay town of Hercules as one community that has proactively embraced a smart growth development plan for their city.

 How might that work in the North Bay? Greenbelt Alliance has already prepared a case study of Novato as an example.

There is mounting demand for smaller homes in attractive urban neighborhoods, says Madsen, and he predicts that builders and developers will need little encouragement to move toward meeting that demand.

If we change how the Bay Area grows, says Greenbelt Alliance, we can make our region more climate-friendly, affordable, and economically competitive, while protecting our farms, forests, and watersheds. Read more about the Grow Smart challenge here, or click here to see a regional map of projected residential growth sites.


May 31
2009

MediClim

Posted by Bruce Robinson in weather , technology , medicine , healthcare , Health , environment , air quality

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Knowing what to expect from tomorrow's weather can be good for your health.

Medi-Clim is an exercise in preventative medicine, says co-founder Dr. John Bart, one that could have a huge effect in reducing the cost and demand for medical services if it becomes widely used.

  Projected decreases in hospitalizations through the application of Medi-Clim are not just theoretical, Dr. Bart says. He points to a trial study in Ontario, Canada that looked at the correlations between the weather data they track and related hospital admissions.

May 28
2009

Clean Energy Bills

Posted by Bruce Robinson in West County , water , transportation , technology , speaker , solar , Sebastopol , resources , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , jobs , government , environment , employment , economy , Congress , carbon , business , alternative energy , air quality , activism

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From Capitol Hill to downtown Sebastopol, people are finally talking seriously about climate change and clean energy legislation.

 Peter Oliver (left)  is the co-owner of Make Mine Electric one of the five businesses currently incubating at the new Blue Sky Center in Sebatopol (shown below). In this audio clip, he explains the two-pronged business model he and partner Brain Hall are rolling out there.

 

As a demonstration of his company's electric vehicle conversion capabilities,  Oliver drives the red replica Porsche 356 seen below, which is now powered by batteries and an electric motor rather than gasoline.

 

Even as progressives debate the policy details embedded in the federal energy bills under consideration in Congress, Barry Vesser (right) remains hopeful that some members of the minority party there will also be able to find reasons to support the new measures.

 

 

 

 For a more thorough explanation of the relative benefits and drawback of "Cap and Trade" versus "Cap and Dividend" legislation, click on the artwork to link to a downloadable booklet.

Mar 12
2009

The Tyranny of Oil

Posted by Bruce Robinson in waste , war , transportation , technology , speaker , Sonoma , Science , resources , public safety , protest , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , legislation , international , Ideas , history , government , finances , events , environment , economy , corporate responsibiliyt , conservation , Congress , climate change , carbon , business , author , alternative energy , air quality , activism

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 Oil companies are consolidating and reaping record profits. And that's not a good thing, for democracy or for planet earth.

 
 

It's not the cost of oil at the derrick that has been driving up the price of gasoline at the pump, says researcher, analyst and writer Antonia Juhasz. A far more influential factor is the speculative trading of oil price futures, which happens outside the view or regulatory control of this or any other government.

 

 

 

While most big oil companies have recently begun to portray themselves as newly sensitive to the environment and open to alternative energy, Juhasz isn't buying it.