CNN to host climate crisis town hall with 2020 Democratic candidates

by Kyle Blaine, CNN CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 4, in New York City. CNN is inviting candidates who meet the Democratic National Committee’s polling threshold for the September primary debate to participate, meaning they’ve reached at […]

Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial

by Lee van der Voo, The Guardian Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregoncourthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of […]

The fossil fuel giants, Koch brothers are funding Facebook’s newest fact-checking partner

by Paola Rosa-Aquino, Grist Is Facebook trying to solve its fake news problem by partnering with … climate deniers? Last week, social media giant Facebook announced that it would be partnering with, the fact-checking offshoot of the Koch-funded, right-leaning news outlet The Daily Caller. The fact-checking site will help provide third-party oversight of Facebook’s […]

B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

by The Canadian Press All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the Zero Emission Vehicles Act aims to fight climate change by phasing out gas-powered vehicles. She says the legislation would set target dates of 10 per […]

Americans increasingly say climate change is happening now

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Nearly half of Americans say people in the United States are being harmed by global warming “right now”—the highest point ever in a decade-long national survey called Climate Change in the American Mind. The climate communications researchers who conducted the survey believe the results released Tuesday mark a shift in […]

African nations are sharing data to crack down on illegal fishing

by Paul Tullis, News Deeply IN JULY 2016, the trawler Greko 1 approached Mombasa, Kenya, a major fishing port on the western Indian Ocean. Registered in Belize and owned by a Panamanian subsidiary of a Greek company, the boat’s operators had been fishing for years in Somali waters and unloading and selling their catch in […]

San Jose’s Community Choice vote is unanimous

Four years ago the Center for Climate Protection ranked San Jose as its top priority for establishing a Community Choice program due to its size and location at the center of innovation worldwide. Yesterday, the vision became a reality. “While leaders in Washington continue to languish in a petroleum-fueled past, cities like San Jose will […]

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Sonoma County solar industry ranks 13th in nation for job numbers

by Robert Digitale, Press Democrat Sonoma County shared in the U.S. solar industry’s boom times last year, with strong job growth reported here, a jump partly attributed to increased customer demand and a rush to take advantage of federal tax credits. The county ranked 13th for 2016 among the nation’s metropolitan areas based on the […]

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Former Supervisor Efren Carrillo joins board of Center for Climate Protection

by J.D. Morris, Press Democrat Former Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has joined the board of the Center for Climate Protection, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit group focused on combating climate change. Carrillo stepped down from his seat, representing western Sonoma County, on the Board of Supervisors after the end of his second term in December. […]

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Sonoma County’s Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery shows sustainability is sound business

by Jane Bender, Center for Climate Protection Jane Bender is president of the Center for Climate Protection. Powering the Bottom Line ( is a recurring column from that Santa Rosa-based organization. In 1978, Jennifer Bice took over her parents’ small goat dairy. Today, her award-winning goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheese are sold nationwide, and […]