Caribbean coral reefs are disappearing at a very fast rate. A recent report sheds light on possible solutions and what's happening.
The report was "prepared over three years by 90 experts, was produced by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Environment Program".
Since 2009, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has held the prestigious “Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of ideas regarding green solutions. The award, whose patron is Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours 25 young researchers from around the world each year. The winners come from various scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. The Green Talents 2014 will be selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts and are granted unique access to the elite of the country’s sustainability research field. This includes:
- An invitation to Germany in 2014 to participate in the fully funded two-week science forum. While touring Germany, top locations will open their doors to the Green Talents and offer them an exclusive insight into their facilities and projects.
- A chance to present themselves and their work in personal discussions held as part of individual appointments with experts of their choice (during the two-week science forum).
- A second invitation to Germany in 2015 for a fully funded research stay of up to three months. At an inspiring location of their choice, the Green Talents will gain new experiences and advance their professional careers while establishing long-lasting partnerships.
- Exclusive access to the “Green Talents Network” of over 100 highpotentials in sustainable development from over 35 countries.
Deadline for submission: 16 June 2014, 12 p.m. CET.
The newest episode dealt with wind energy and methane gas leaking from natural gas drilling sites. I think it's only shown in America on the Showtime channel but there's a lot of clips on youtube you can watch if you don't have showtime. It's definitely worth a watch
In 1997, a reporter named Jane Akre and another reporter named Steve Wilson wanted to run a news story on the links between bovine growth hormone and cancer. Since growth hormone (rBGH) is in milk (in the U.S.) and Monsanto helped developed it, there was a huge pressure not to air the story along with Monsanto threatening to sue. Akre and Wilson became whistleblowers when the news station pressured them to change their report. Very interesting story, here's a video about it.
Here's another small interview with Akre:
Long ago, I wrote a small check in support of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). I liked their mission. An at-risk element of ecological sensitivity was behind each acre they secured. Other conservation organizations were maniacally zealous about preserving land – any land – and that’s not the kind of conservationist I am.
In 2007, my support of TNC became more tangible. I volunteered to do some photo monitoring at Ogden’s Cave – the closest preserves to my home. I made a few trips to this cool property in my role as monitor and instantly fell in love with it. However, shortly after I became involved, the cave was turned over to the State of Virginia’s Department of Conservation, meaning my volunteer efforts and love affair came to an end.
A few months ago, I received an email from TNC looking for volunteer Preserve Monitors. Basically, they need caring people to visit preserves, perform minor trail maintenance, and report their findings. I signed up in a blink. My preserve to monitor will be Wildcat Mountain near Marshall, Virginia and we had our organizational meeting this past Saturday. Everyone in attendance seemed to bear the same conservation ideals as I, which served only to reinforce the reasoning behind writing that small check long ago.
Over the years, I’ve made a habit out of visiting TNC preserves, both near and far. I’ve stood feet-immersed in the sandrock potholes of Indiana, strolled through a maritime forest along the coast of North Carolina, and breathed the cooled air venting from the talus slope of a West Virginia mountain. In Virginia, I’ve visited nearly half the state’s sixteen preserves. Far or near, all TNC visits have made for unique and memorable experiences.
In 2001, I made my first visit to Wildcat. It was early spring - that time of year when winter ever-so-slightly begins to yield its grip. I had the preserve to myself allowing for unadulterated exploration. It was a fine day for sure, and remains a strong memory. Twelve years later, it feels good knowing that my next visit to Wildcat will be philanthropically focused, and a chance for me to start giving back.
Nick Arundel, the man who donated the land for Wildcat, said this about giving back:
“In the first part of your life, you learn. In the second, you earn. And in the third, you give back.”
The Nature Conservancy has given plenty to me through the years; now it’s time for me to return the favor.
From this January 2012 BBC news article:
"In the decade between 1996 and 2005, 19,500 sq km (7,530 sq miles) of jungle was lost on average every single year. The comparison is overused, but that really is an area about the size of Wales or New Jersey each year. It reached a peak in 2004 when more than 27,000 sq km was lost.
Then, in 2004 Brazil declared war - it said it would cut deforestation by 80% by 2020.
Seven years later and it has almost reached its goal. The latest figures, released just weeks ago, show that 2011 had the lowest rates of deforestation since records began three decades ago -just over 6,200 sq km was cut. That's 78% down on 2004, still a lot of trees - an area the about the size of Devon, or Delaware - but a huge improvement."