Enough smoke already!

Posted on March 26, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

In this age of drought and yearly fire seasons and resulting dangerous smoke we all have to breathe. Can the vineyard owners not find a more enlightened way to get rid of piles and piles of old grapevines besides burning?

Every day there is smoke from the endless pyres on Leveroni Road filling the neighborhood with that PTSD-triggering smell, burning the eyes and lungs as we drive by.  Can’t a wood chipper do that work?  Enough smoke already!

— Anne Shapiro, Sonoma

2 thoughts on “Enough smoke already!

  1. In support of your position:

    Clouds affected by wildfire smoke may produce less rain. By Rachel Crowell SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

    Previous studies conducted in the Amazon have shown that “smoke will make the cloud droplets smaller and more numerous,” thereby reducing rainfall, Yokelson says. But this study provides robust evidence that the phenomenon isn’t isolated to the Amazon. It echoes the results of a much smaller 1974 study of smoke-filled clouds over the western United States, providing a crucial present-day snapshot of the challenges facing the region.

  2. The Rice Farmers in the Sacramento Valley are now prohibitied from burning the rice stubble. They mulch it in the paddy and flood the paddies as wildlife habitat after harvset.

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