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Is Weed Greener Indoors or Out?

Author Kate Raphael By Kate Raphael
Although cannabis has a reputation as an environmentally-friendly plant, indoor cannabis cultivation demands significant energy to maintain precise light and temperature requirements. Last year, Colorado State researchers published the first...

Feathered Flames

Among the more well-known causes of wildfire — lightning, volcanic activity, neglected cigarettes, gender reveal parties gone awry — there remains a less notorious culprit: electrocuted birds.

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Two Towns Shortlisted for FEMA Millions

Author Sierra Garcia By Sierra Garcia
Grimes and Belvedere were the only two northern California towns that FEMA shortlisted this year for flood prevention funding. But flood protection is often more easily planned than done.

San Mateo County Pieces Falling Into Place

A plan to protect SFO could become a critical link in a chain of resilience projects along the San Mateo County bayshore. But projects that cross jurisdictional borders, get complicated.

North Fair Oaks Residents Create Clean Air Refuges

When he purchased a house, Ever Rodriguez noticed how North Fair Oaks differed from surrounding areas. “We don’t have the same infrastructure or services as in Menlo Park.”

Quick Reads

Is Weed Greener Indoors or Out?

Although cannabis has a reputation as an environmentally-friendly plant, indoor cannabis cultivation demands significant energy to maintain precise light and temperature requirements. Last year, Colorado State researchers published the first study on the topic.

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Feathered Flames

Among the more well-known causes of wildfire — lightning, volcanic activity, neglected cigarettes, gender reveal parties gone awry — there remains a less notorious culprit: electrocuted birds.

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We awarded three honorable mentions for our first ever ClimateCraft student reporting contest. Check them out:

https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/excerpts-from-climatecraft-student-reporting-contest

Grimes and Belvedere are both poised to get tens of millions from FEMA for flood protection. We visited the two small Northern California towns — a "severely disadvantaged community" and one of the richest places in the US — to learn about their plans.

https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/two-towns-shortlisted-for-fema-millions/

Excited to finally get to share this piece on the North Fair Oaks Community Alliance and wildlife smoke resilience for unincorporated communities with @KneeDeepTimes https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/north-fair-oaks-residents-create-clean-air-refuges/

In case you're getting back to work this morning and looking for some hope...I asked some folks who work on the climate crisis what keeps them going: https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2022-11-24/climate-future-dont-give-up-hope-boiling-point

"Focused regional approaches to climate adaptation along the shoreline make sense," says the initiative's CEO. "Because if a project crosses borders, things get super complicated.”

Reporting by @cariadt.

https://www.kneedeeptimes.org/san-mateo-county-pieces-falling-into-place/

#sfo #sealevelrise #Adaptation #climate #SFbay

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Person knee-deep in surf casts a fishing line. The Golden Gate Bridge and Marin headlands are sunlit in the background.

November 2022

Photojournalist Alyson Wong captures crab fishing for a local meal on San Franciso’s Baker Beach. The season for Northern California Dungeness crab fishing opened on November 5, with catch limited to 10 crabs per day to keep local waters resilient. From dawn to dusk, sport and recreational fishermen line the Pacific shore, dressed in waders and equipped with fishing rods complete with bait-filled crab snares (small cages) at the end of lines which are cast into the water. Observing this harvest ritual made Wong feel “a sense of connectedness, seeing humans move with nature’s seasons.” She was fascinated by the “patience required of such an activity and how fun it looked.”