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Cal Fire gives nearly $1 million for fire safety in Sonoma Valley

By Christian Kallen Photo: Robbi Pangelly
The Sonoma Valley Wildlands Collaborative has received a Cal Fire California Climate Investments Fire Prevention grant of $934,286 to fund an additional three years of hazardous wildfire fuels reduction and planning in Sonoma Valley, announced…

How Napa And Sonoma County Winemakers Are Responding To Climate Change

By Wendy Lee Photo: Larkmead Vineyards
As one of the premier winemaking regions in the world, the California winemakers of Napa and Sonoma counties are deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change on their vineyards, and ultimately on the quality…

$5 million to fight climate change on Highway 37

By Christian Kallen Photo: John Burgess , The Press Democrat
The solution to traffic and infrastructure woes along State Route 37, popularly known as Highway 37 between Novato and Vallejo, is aided by $5 million added to the pending state budget bill, Senate Bill 170.…

Bay Area winemakers are feeling climate change more acutely than ever this harvest season

By Esther Mobley Photo: Jessica Christian , The Chronicle
This year's wine harvest is well underway throughout California, and vintners in some parts of the state say they're feeling the effects of climate change more acutely than ever.

Close to Home: Drive less to combat climate change

By Willis Richards and Richard Sachen Photo: Diana Vucane , Shutterstock
Sonoma County aims to be a leader in the battle to cope with the climate crisis. Our Regional Climate Protection Authority seeks to have “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions within the next nine years — by…

Sonoma’s climate change commitment on the spot

By Christian Kallen Photo: Robbi Pangell
The commitment of the City of Sonoma to its own climate goals, as articulated in the 2020 Climate Plan and the 2020 Declaration of a Climate Emergency, runs up against a deadline for compliance with…

California’s biggest heat wave of the year heightens drought and fire fears

By Hayley Smith and Lila Seidman Photo: Al Seib , Los Angeles Times
With a worsening drought gripping the West and wildfire season looming, California is bracing for the most severe heat wave of the year — one that promises to tax the state’s power supplies while also…

Can bud grafting help vintners stand their ground with climate change?

By Peg Melnik
A plant surgeon of sorts, Marcelo Robledo cuts into a vine with precision. After adding a pinot noir bud to fill the incision, he bandages it up for its metamorphosis.

Marin officials: Bridge water pipeline could be permanent

By Will Houston
Officials are raising the prospect of a permanent water pipeline over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge as a potential drought-fighting strategy for Marin County.