Forests Climate Change Calculator
Learn how many trees it will take to offset your carbon emissions
for the year.
Local Power is helping California cities, towns and counties implement
the state's new 2002 Community Choice Law, AB117, allowing communities
to choose alternative electricity services providers and calling for
the state's power monopolies to forfeit control of the $300 million/year
fund paid monthly by ratepayers for energy efficiency programs.
Island Journal: Sewage Forests: Cleaning Water and Cooling the Planet
The fundamental treatment concept is identical to conventional secondary
treatment: Conversion of soluble organic matter into cellular biomass.
However, instead of growing a noxious, potentially pathogenic bacterial
sludge that has to be disposed of at great expense, we obtain biomass
in the form of valuable tree products. In areas without significant
heavy metal content in their sewage, irrigated tree farms provide
a constructive alternative to convential treatment plants.
||Flex Your Power
Flex Your Power is a comprehensive marketing and outreach campaign funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by the California Investor Owned Utilities under the auspices of the California Public Utilities.
Commons Institute: Contraction and Convergence
GCI is an independent group founded in 1990 and based in London. Our focus is the protection of the global commons of the global climate system. Since 1996 we have encouraged awareness of "Contraction and Convergence" (C&C). C&C is GCI's suggested international framework for sharing the arrest of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Magazine Heat Beat: Your One-Stop Climate Shop
Everything you ever wanted to know about climate change.
||Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
||Natural Capitalism Solutions
Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) mission is to educate senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society about the principles of sustainability. NCS shows how to restore and further enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and groups, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and implementation strategies for companies, communities and countries.
||SafeClimate Carbon Footprint Calculator
The SafeClimate carbon footprint calculator allows you to determine
carbon dioxide emissions from major sources: home energy consumption
and transportation by car and plane.
It's not fossil fuels we're running out of, it's sky. Known reserves
of coal, oil and natural gas will last for hundreds of years. But
the sky's capacity to safely absorb the wastes of fossil fuel burning
will run out within our lifetimes. Because sky is now scarce, it can
no longer be free. Just as we pay to dump solids into landfills, so
must we pay to dump gases into the sky. This raises an intriguing
question. If in the future we must pay to use the sky, who precisely
shall we pay? Who, in other words, will own the sky?
Small Business Energy Alliance
The Small Business Energy Alliance, with an office in the City
of Sonoma, uses energy efficiency funds under the auspices of the
California Public Utilities Commission to help small business
owners save energy and money. After inspecting your facilities, auditors
will make recommendations for reducing your energy consumption. These
recommended changes can reduce your energy costs and GHG emissions.
Check their website to find what program best fits your needs.
Solar Sebastopol is a community program to install 1 megawatt
solar photovoltaic (PV) energy on the rooftops of local government
buildings, businesses, and residences by March 2005. A group of
local citizens committed to the growth of solar energy conceived
Solar Sebastopol to make solar energy a simple, affordable,
and compelling choice for Sebastopol utility consumers, while demonstrating
to other municipalities how to take their local energy future into
their own hands. A self-funded advisory group of solar business and community leaders now manages Solar Sebastopol under the guidance of the City of Sebastopol. www.solarsebastopol.org
More information on the science of climate change is available at
Stephen H. Schneider is a professor in the Department of Biological
Sciences, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Environment Science and
Policy of the Institute for International Studies, and Professor by
Courtesy in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
at Stanford University since September, 1992.
Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change
"You want solutions to climate change? Here they are for everyone - from homeowners seeking bill relief to corporate executives seeking clean ways to improve profits, from government leaders looking for practical actions to community activists demanding results. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to lift your burden on our only planet's climate, and how many extra benefits you'll create: good and durable jobs, global security, a cleaner and safer environment, and a stronger economy. This provocative book is your guide to being part of the solution. It's peppered with resources and salted with realism. Don't just stand there - sit and read, then go do it!"
--Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
Sustainable Sonoma County is a learning and action community that
connects, inspires, and empowers people to align their thinking and
action with their deep need for a life-affirming and sustainable world.
SSC's projects, events, workshops, research, and publications engage
people in the creation of an ecological, equitable and prosperous
Bay Institute Articles
The Tomales Bay Institute was founded in 2001 by a group of outside-the-box
thinkers seeking to expand the scope of the possible in American politics
The Vote Solar Initiative's mission is to promote a national transition
to clean energy by empowering city governments to implement large-scale,
cost-effective solar projects. It can be done. In November 2001, San
Francisco voters approved a $100 million revenue bond for renewable
energy and energy efficiency that pays for itself from the savings
and costs taxpayers nothing. The Vote Solar Initiative aims to replicate
this model in cities across the country, and by doing so, dramatically
accelerate the nation's transition to renewable energy.
Owns the Sky?
If George W.Bush were looking for a painless way to reduce global
warming, he'd spend a night reading this short and eloquent book.
In Who Owns the Sky?: Our Common Assets and the Future of Capitalism,
entrepreneur Peter Barnes redefines the debate about climate change.