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A weekly public affairs show that delivers news and views about the most critical environmental issues across California and globally. From agriculture and wildlife to energy and climate change, industrial pollution to design solutions, Terra Verde brings you stories of struggle and triumph that will determine the future of our planet.
 
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[caption id="attachment_380639" align="alignright" width="370"] The Marathon refinery in Martinez gets greenlight for producing high emissions biofuels. (image source: Contra Costa County)[/caption] To open this week's episode an attorney from Communities for a Better Environment [1] joins Terra Verde to describe the rubber stamp permitting of the …
 
[caption id="attachment_379904" align="aligncenter" width="345"] The planned conversion of two Bay Area refineries into biofuel processing plants is being opposed by many local residents and environmentalists. Photo by Peg Hunter.[/caption] On May 3, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the proposals by Phillips 66 in Rodeo …
 
[caption id="attachment_379261" align="aligncenter" width="307"] Photo of an Arizona copper mine by drburtoni / Flickr.[/caption] This year marks the 150th anniversary of the United States’ hardrock mining law. The law, signed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, regulates mining of metals like gold, copper, uranium, lithium, and more on some 350…
 
[caption id="attachment_378733" align="alignright" width="320"] A rally sign from March 25 at the state capitol in Sacramento. (photo Gary Hughes)[/caption] There is a bright light of grassroots environmental activism that is shaking up the status quo from the redwood region to the state capitol. The Save Our Pomo Homeland [1] campaign is redefinin…
 
California currently has over 1.4 million small-scale rooftop solar systems installed, and California leads the nation in the number of households that have solar panels. Key to California’s relatively swift rise to being a leader in solar energy production is a solar incentive program called net-energy metering, which credits homes, businesses, al…
 
[caption id="attachment_377878" align="aligncenter" width="345"] A Lidar-derived digital elevation model image of the dry Colorado River Delta in Mexico. Photo by Daniel Coe [1].[/caption] As the cycles of flood and drought intensify across the world, we are quickly learning that our water infrastructure — think dams, levees, sea walls, reservoirs,…
 
One of the greatest climate challenges for Californians is coming to grips with the perverse outcomes of the states markets-based mechanisms for managing emissions. Public interest attorney Brent Newell joins Terra Verde to describe efforts to address the harms from factory farm pollution and the environmental injustice embedded in the false climat…
 
Burnout has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. As the pandemic drags on, many people continue to face evolving workplaces, navigate uncertainty around childcare and school schedules, and confront difficult choices about acceptable risk in practically everything they do. It’s no wonder that so many are feeling stressed and …
 
What if one of California’s most highly celebrated pathways for achieving ‘decarbonization’ could actually increase pressure on increasingly rare tropical forests? To look into this contradiction Terra Verde welcomes Dr Chris Malins, the founder of the private consultancy Cerulogy [1]. In the interview we learn of his research on the global land us…
 
Gas appliances (like stoves and heaters) produce over 50 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in California annually. In this episode, Berkeley Vice Mayor Kate Harrison and Matt Gough join Terra Verde host Fiona McLeod to discuss California's progress towards building electrification. Berkeley was the first city in the US to pass legislation to…
 
[caption id="attachment_374659" align="aligncenter" width="287"] Paean to the California Peony / Everyday is Earth Day. Artist: Barnali Ghosh [1]. (Peony photo by Teddy Llovet. [2])[/caption] An exploration of nature, art, and California’s native flowers with artist, landscape architect, community historian, and storyteller Barnali Ghosh [3]. Over …
 
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