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Sep 18
2008

Solar Sonoma County

Posted by Bruce Robinson in technology , Sonoma , resources , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , Ideas , government , gadgets , environment , energy , conservation , climate change , children

Bruce Robinson

The Solar Sonoma County program, which got its official kick-off last night, may make our area a model for other rural regions that want to expand their use of solar power.

Click here to see a detailed 2-page fact sheet on Solar Sonoma County. (pdf)

 

 

John Lushetsky from the federal Department of Energy, where he is the manager of the Solar Energy Technologies Program. As more and more solar panels collect electricity, there will be increasing demand for batteries to store and save that power. John Lushetshy says his agency will soon turn its attention to that aspect of energy independence as well.

Ives Pool in Sebastopol is an example of a local public facility that has installed solar panels to hold down energy costs.

Aug 26
2008

"Soil, Not Oil"

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , technology , Sonoma , Science , resources , news , Ideas , Health , events , environment , energy , education , conservation , community , business , author , agriculture , activism

Bruce Robinson

 

The most critical natural resource on the planet is at risk, but its not one we’re accustomed to thinking of as endangered.

 

Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder of Navdanya International , an India-based science and policy research center. Its mission: "To protect nature and people's rights to knowledge, biodiversity, water and food."

 

Dr. Shiva notes that pesticide use contributes to the "desertification" of soils, a process that is accelerated when the soil is poor to begin with.

One little-known consequence of the widespread adoption of genetically modified cotton seed by farmers in India has been a surge in suicides by debt-ridden farmers whose crops do not earn enough to pay their seed bills. Dr. Shiva says that a generation ago, suicide was rare in India, but the numbers now suggest there is a new death approximately every 20 mintes.

On August 27th, the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa will host an evening with Dr. Shiva, advocate and author as well as winner of the alternative Nobel Peace Prize. For more information about the speaking event, click here . KRCB will also record her presentation for later broadcast next month.


Aug 17
2008

Internet access

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , technology , Sonoma , news , media , education , business

Bruce Robinson

The North Bay is generally well connected when it comes to the Internet, but overall access speeds nationwide are falling behind other parts of the world.

 

Dane Jasper of Sonic.net

 

Click here to test the speed of your internet connection.

 

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