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 […]

Resist, Refuse, Sue

Rep. Huffman and North Bay eco-warriors preach hope and lawsuits by Tom Gogola, Bohemian Trump may have the Winston Churchill bust in the West Wing, but the people own the legendary British leader’s Nazi-stomping message, in the North Bay and the nation of dissent at large. Speaking to an overflowing crowd at Santa Rosa Junior […]

Center for Climate Protection founder continues climate change awareness despite new challenges

by Michael Shapiro, Press Democrat Since founding the Center for Climate Protection nearly 16 years ago, Ann Hancock has worked steadily on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise awareness about climate change and promote cleaner energy use. For the past eight years, she shared those goals with President Barack Obama. That changed Jan. 20 […]

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California environmental leaders, lawmakers gird for fight against President Trump

by Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat,