Jiuzhaigou valley: a fairy tale world http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2006-05/25/content_600074.htm


 

Conservation & Ecology News - May 2006 in Review

 

Celebrate National Environment Week (June 4-10, 2006) http://www.communication.gc.ca/events_evenements/nel_fg_e.html

 

 

Quotable(s): "The ongoing tragedy of conservation biology, with its limited resources, is that large attractive creatures--"charismatic megafauna ," in biologist-speak, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker generate most of the hoopla and therefore receive most of the protection. Less sexy creatures are often ignored, though they may be no less critical to complete and well-functioning ecosystems." Eric de Place

 

Video Bytes:

 

Upholding Wonder is the third in a series of video interviews with beloved Orion writers, produced for Orion by filmmaker Haydn Reese and Magnolia Films. Are CD ROMs replacing our experience of nature? Authors Barry Lopez, Scott Sanders, and Robert Pyle examine the ways in which children, particularly, are deprived of the subjective experience of the natural world - both through lack of a naturalist education and by the introduction of new technologies.

http://www.oriononline.org/pages/oo/curwis/index_UpWonder.html

 

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit... http://www.climatecrisis.net/downloads/ 

 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is promoting its new flash animation: Robocow - The Aquifer Connection. Robocow involves city and country people in her mission to eliminate source water contamination . Request a copy from Serena McIver. Also see online water quality fact sheets. http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/flash/robocow2/en/robocow2_e.htm

 

George Bush demonstrates why Climate Change is an issue all Americans need to be concerned about! http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1147&pID=1143716

 

Finally a tool to Understand how the U.S. budgets for conservation and sustainability!

http://www.truemajority.org/oreos/

 

The Meatrix 2 has Launched!!! It's been two years since Free Range produced the runaway hit and winner of the Webby award, The Meatrix. Now, the action packed sequel is here! Follow Moopheus, Leo and Chickity as they dive deeper into the Meatrix to uncover the the truth about factory farming. Watch the next chapter by clicking here: www.meatrix2.com

Also from Free Range Studios:

Renew U.S. Making Climate Change History

http://www.renewus.org/index.html

Victoria's Dirty Secret

http://www.victoriasdirtysecret.net/secret/
Late Night with Conan the Barbarian

http://www.conanvskcop.com
Extreme Auto Makeover

http://www.suvsolutions.org/suv-tv-extreme-auto-makeover.html


The Sustainable Region: Video stories ONLINE at http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/tv/TheSustainableRegion.htm

 

Ashes and Snow: If you have time to take a meditative break (and even if you don't!), this virtual exhibit and multi-media communion through poetry, music and photogrpahy is an ethereal and surreal voyage. You can easily get lost for hours in the photo montages on each page. After entering indicate your connection speed and then click on 'experience" if you want to go straight to the exhibit - or you can check out the background. Then sit back and relax, as you move your mouse around each image or film clip another image will appear linking to another and so on. The experience is interspersed with haiku poetry. Not sure if its coming to Vancouver (I think Seattle), I'm sure the hour long film will surface eventually. www.ashesandsnow.org *once you're in the site it doesn't really have back buttons, but you can close the window and exit to the index page whenever you want.

 

Check out the newest source for the CEN:
 

Theme areas (Scroll at your leisure or go straight to the section you want by clicking below): Check out some of the hot editorials in Section 6!

1) Connecting to the Living Tapestry: Efforts to understand and conserve nature's gifts.
2) Time to Clean up the Planet: Planet earth - a toxic wasteland or green Eden you choose.
3) Planning for Sustainability: Yes we really can make it better and its not as hard as you think.
4) Ecosystems & Species at Risk: Nature takes its last stand at home & around the world.
5) Community Stewardship & Advocacy Links: What's happening on the local scene and links to taking action.
6) E=Miscellaneous Commentary2: Editorials, opinions and other "stuff" for further reading.
7) The CEN Toolbox: A web-link to the editors hot picks on wide range of resources on environmental education, stewardship, planning and conservation.

 

* All sources in the CEN are from free list serves or journals, however some sources may require you to subscribe in order to view the article.  Looking for a previous report or resource link?  It's may have been moved to the CEN toolbox "vault", click on section 7 to go to the toolbox page.

 

 


 


1) Connecting to the Living Tapestry: "The diversity of life forms so numerous that we have yet to identify most of them, is the greatest wonder of this planet." (Edward.O. Wilson)

 

Scientists count White River corridor's wildlife-biodiversity blitzing The lower White River corridor that divides King and Pierce counties might be one of the last, best places for wildlife to thrive in the rapidly urbanizing region. Puget Sound Energy, the landowner for nearly a century, says the 3,000-acre corridor contains deer, Roosevelt elk, bears, cougars, bald eagles, wood ducks, great blue herons and other wildlife. Experts will do an intense wildlife and plant inventory to provide on-the-ground, scientific proof. The intent: to show landowners and the public what might be lost if the area is developed (05/10/06) Tacoma News Tribune http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/5728157p-5127736c.html

 

Group Starts 'Give a Hoot For Owls' Campaign The Center for Biological Diversity launched a nationwide "Give a Hoot" campaign to protect imperiled owls, an event that coincided with the release of the major motion picture Hoot. Based on a novel by Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is an "eco-thriller" about teenagers who take on Florida developers that are destroying habitat for owls. As part of the campaign, more than 100 volunteers in 27 cities and a dozen states educated moviegoers about the real-life plight of vanishing owls and other endangered wildlife, and collected petition signatures supporting their protection. http://www.enn.com/aff.html?id=1279 

 

Casual Dining Leader Supports Best Aquaculture Practices Standards: The parent Company of Red Lobster and Olive Garden Will Require Certification of Shrimp Suppliers' Environmental and Social Responsibility.The Global Aquaculture Alliance announced today that Darden Restaurants, Inc. -- the world's largest casual dining company in sales and market share -- supports GAA's newly revised Best Aquaculture Practices standards and will begin requiring its farmed shrimp http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-04-2006/0004242641

 

Institute Launches Science Integrity Initiative: The Pacific Institute launched its Integrity of Science Initiative in February to respond to and counter the assault on science and scientific integrity in the public policy arena, especially on issues related to water, climate change, and security. "The Pacific Institute was founded on the concept of using good science to inform good public policy," said Institute president Dr. Peter Gleick. "The muddying of science that we have seen in the past several years has hampered governance in the United States. With this initiative, we are adding the Institute's resources to the list of those favoring a fact-based government." As part of this initiative, the Institute will be convening an ad hoc science advisory review panel, working with like-minded organizations to combine our strengths at every level of government, and developing fact sheets for journalists who cover science and environment issues. In addition, the Institute has launched the Integrity of Science blog. The blog will be updated regularly, and readers are encouraged to share their comments and news tips. Learn more about this initiative, and check out the Integrity of Science blog. http://pacinst.org/topics/integrity_of_science/blog/index.php

 

UN to launch biodiversity programme: The United Nations Environment Programme on Saturday announced plans for a new programme to protect the world's sacred historical sites.Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said there was an "urgent need" to help people protect their heritage. "There is clear and growing evidence of a link between cultural diversity and biodiversity," Toepfer said in a statement announcing the launch of the programme. "Sadly, sacred sites are also under threat and there is an urgent need to help local, indigenous and traditional peoples safeguard their heritage which in turn can do much to conserve the biological and genetic diversity upon which we all depend." http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MTg0OTg

 

UN Environmental Meet Aims to Slow Species Loss As alarm bells are sounding about the rate of extinctions, officials say a number of decisions are expected to be taken at the CBD that will put into ractice several proposals that for years have existed only on paper. http://www.dailyindia.com/show/9534.php/UN_environmental_meet_aims_to_slow_species_loss

 

Vegetation Mapping Helps 30 Year, $8 Billion Restoration Avineon Inc. has inked a $1.5 million deal that will make them part of one of the world's largest ecosystem restoration projects. Avineon will perform a vegetation-mapping project to help document the location and type of vegetation habitats within Florida's Everglades. http://www.indusbusinessjournal.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=D24EDD4694714D40B67A6E7972D17A68

 

EPA, Corps of Engineers Move to Improve Wetlands Restoration and Conservation Swamps, bogs, fens, and marshes – in short, wetlands – are as vital to our environment as coral reefs and rain forests. With that in focus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are proposing a new rule to ensure more effective wetlands restoration and preservation nationwide. The agencies' rule, being published for public comment, proposes improved science and results-oriented standards to increase the quality and effectiveness of wetlands conservation practices under the Clean Water Act (CWA).Contacts: Dale Kemery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (202) 564-4355 / kemery.dale@epa.gov ; David Hewitt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (202) 761-1807 / david.w.hewitt@hq02.usace.army.mil  For more information regarding compensatory mitigation and how to provide comments on the proposed standards, see: http://www.epa.gov/wetlandsmitigation  Information about the importance of wetlands is available at: http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/  Additional information about the Corps' regulatory program can be found at: http://www.usace.army.mil/inet/functions/cw/cecwo/reg/

 

Botanical gardens not just 'pretty places' A report released today urges more support for botanical gardens because of the contributions they make to sustainable development. Botanical gardens play an often unrecognised role in international development — from supplying medicinal plants to HIV/AIDS patients to improving urban food security The report by Botanic Gardens Conservation International argues that botanical gardens are uniquely placed to use plant diversity to contribute to human wellbeing. http://www.scidev.net/News/index.cfm?fuseaction=readNews&itemid=2790&language=1

 

Fishermen hope new brand will draw national attention to wild salmon Gillnetters have launched a new initiative called Southeast Alaska Rainforest Wild. It's a grass-roots marketing effort to not only tout the salmon they catch but also to celebrate the place, the people and the principles behind the catch. (05/21/06) Anchorage Daily News http://www.adn.com/life/salmon/story/7752542p-7664624c.html

 

The W2O Marks International Day of the Ocean With A New Sustainability Perspective According to the United Nations, approximately three billion people - half of the world's population - live within 125 miles of a coastline. With these numbers on the rise, it is increasingly imperative to understand the connection between humanity and the waters that cover 71 percent of the earth's surface. June 8 has been declared the International Day of the Ocean, providing a time for the media to deliberate on the state of ocean affairs, and one organization - the World Ocean Observatory - is providing a new perspective on how to approach ocean sustainability in a changing world.  http://www.enn.com/net.html?id=1511

 

Selection and Use of Indicators to Measure the Habitat Status of Wild Pacific Salmon: This report is in support of strategy 2 of the Wild Pacific Salmon Policy (WSP). This report recommends specific indicators that can be utilized to describe habitat status. It makes further recommendations including that of undertaking pilot implementation to learn as we go.  http://www.fish.bc.ca/reports.php?report_id=104

 

Watchdog tests new approach to auditing effectiveness of forest practices The Forest Practices Board has successfully tested new tools to audit the effectiveness of forest practices in maintaining biodiversity and other important forest values, according to two new board reports released today. The first report addresses the testing of criteria and indicators to evaluate the maintenance of biodiversity – probably the most difficult forest value to measure. The board found that criteria and indicators provide an objective, science-based assessment standard for evaluating biodiversity conservation by forest licensees.

Full Reports: Lessons Learned (398 KB) - http://www.fpb.gov.bc.ca/special/reports/SR26/SR26.pdf  Biodiversity (1.13 MB) - http://www.fpb.gov.bc.ca/special/reports/SR27/SR27.pdf

 

Future Forest Ecosystems Web site: Symposium and Workshop Materials now available The Future Forest Ecosystems symposium and workshop was held at the University of Northern British Columbia in December 2005 to explore ecosystem changes and their implications to forest management. The Future Forest Ecosystems Web site ( http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hts/Future_Forests/  ) has now been updated with materials from the symposium, including speaker presentations, a summary report by symposium chair Al Gorley, and reports from the workshop's six break-out groups. Regular updates on the Future Forest Ecosystems initiative and new products will be posted on the Web site as they are completed. If you have any questions about this update or the Web site materials, please contact Future Forest Ecosystems project manager Kristine Weese, Forest Practices Branch (Vernon), at 250-558-1760.

 

"Preparing for Climate Change: Adapting to Impacts on British Columbia's Forest and Range Resources," for public review and comment. Climate change could increase forest and range productivity in certain areas of the province. It may also result in insect and disease outbreaks, forest-damaging events such as ice storms, floods and droughts, a shorter winter logging season and a longer fire season. It also has implications for rangelands, including wildlife habitat and the spread of invasive plants. The report recommends 13 short-term actions the Ministry of Forests and Range could take in response to the opportunities and risks associated with climate change. These actions include increasing knowledge and awareness of climate change through research and extension, examining reforestation policies to identify species and seed sources adapted to future climate projections, and providing leadership to the forest and range sectors in preparing for the impacts of climate change. The report is available online at www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/Climate_Change/

 

Report urges rethink on value of forest resources A new report urges international incentives to revalue tropical forests, only five per cent of which are managed sustainably. http://www.scidev.net/News/index.cfm?fuseaction=readNews&itemid=2864&language=1 

 

Global research project to create 'Digital Earth' A newly launched organisation will create a multi-dimensional representation of the Earth's natural systems to boost research into issues such as climate change. http://www.scidev.net/News/index.cfm?fuseaction=readNews&itemid=2858&language=1 

 

Criteria and Indicator Initiatives in British Columbia: A Dialogue on Science, Experience, and Innovation. February 21, 2006. The Forum Summary Report is available at: http://www.forrex.org/publications/other/filereports/C&IForum2006.pdf  You may also download the Forum Evaluation Results at: http://www.forrex.org/publications/other/filereports/C&IForum2006Eval.pdf

 

Biodiversity of British Columbia and E-Fauna portal update:  One stop shopping for information on our rich natural capital here in BC.  Developed in conjunction with E-Flora, UBC and many other partners this new portal is an on-line atlas and information warehouse on species and ecosystems in BC.

http://efauna.bc.ca/ , http://www.geog.ubc.ca/~brian/Biodiversity/Biodiversityintroduction.html 

 

A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay This is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide to the wildlife and habitats found around Boundary Bay, a dramatic and diverse coastal landscape that connects British Columbia with Washington State. The book covers the whole Boundary Bay watershed just south of Vancouver, and includes the Fraser River estuary, Burns Bog, Delta, Surrey, Langley, White Rock, Blaine and Point Roberts. Learn about bird migration, life in the intertidal, nocturnal wildlife, geology, local nature destinations and much more. /"A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay is one of those rare local guides that informs you about the broader world as well as your own backyard. Everyone in southwestern British Columbia should have this book on hand." / /~ Richard Cannings/  http://www.natureguidesbc.com/about_us.html.

 

Valuing Nature 2006 Conference Stewardship and Conservation in Canada is a national conference. Held every three years, this conference has been attracting participants representing federal, provincial, regional and municipal government, non-profit organizations, industry, aboriginal groups, educational institutions and individuals from across Canada and beyond. Following the success of two previous national stewardship conferences, Valuing Nature: Stewardship and Conservation in Canada 2006, will be held in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is appropriate that at a time when issues of environment and economy are often competing for attention, this conference will focus on the value of stewardship across Canada, and how environment and economy can complement each other. Valuing Nature: Stewardship and Conservation in Canada 2006, will gather a wide range of conservation and stewardship interests from the public and private sector to chart and evaluate progress, to examine the economics of stewardship and to make recommendations for future actions. www.stewardship2006.ca

 

Ecosystem Monitoring: Field Workshop September 21-23, 2006. Radium, BC. FORREX, Parks Canada, the East Kootenay Conservation Program, and the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) are pleased to announce a collaborative, hands-on workshop on ecosystem monitoring. The workshop is designed for both practitioners and those new to the field. Workshop content will cover monitoring frameworks, indicators, measures, study design, and data archiving. For more information, please contact Don Gayton at Don.Gayton@forrex.org  or (250) 494-1858. For further details on these and other upcoming events, visit the FORREX Web site events page at: http://www.forrex.org/events/events.asp

 

Environment Canada & Natural Resources Canada are working together to create watershed profiles using a national framework that identifies almost 600 watersheds across Canada. The project, Know Your Watershed, is 1 of 16 projects (more info at the following URL http://map.ns.ec.gc.ca/reseau/en/ ) being funded by the Treasury Board's Government On-Line Initiative. The purpose of the Know Your Watershed project is threefold. It aims to: * Improve public awareness in Canada of watershed geography. * Engage Canadians in responsible decision making using a watershed approach. * Demonstrate the importance of linking both environmental and human variables in a single watershed information system. The watershed profiles will include information on such things as water quality, water quantity, water use and community based groups/organizations involved in a particular watershed. We will be mapping as much of this information as possible and the information that cannot be mapped due to data constraints, will be listed in the profile. If you are interested in increasing interest in your group/organization locally/nationally, this is an excellent way to do so. Alison Galloway Sustainable Water Use Branch Environment Canada 351 St. Joseph Blvd. Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H3 Telephone: (819) 934-6528

 

If you like rivers, you’re gonna love this link: All About Rivers: http://42explore.com/rivers.htm  Why start with a search engine, when you can find a pathfinder to fit your needs at 42eXplore? When learning something new, it's nice to have more than one resource to explore. This web project provides "four to eXplore" for each topic. On each page you'll find definitions, activities, the 4 good starting points, and many more links and resources for the thematic topic.

 

Discover BC's Organic Community - The People, Products & Passion The 2nd annual Organic Islands Festival 2006 BC s largest organic lifestyle fair Come and join BC s top producing organic companies and local people offering sustainable and healthy lifestyle choices for home, garden, body and soul. Celebrate everything organic, sustainable and local. The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific at Glendale Gardens & Woodland 505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC July 8 and 9, 2006 For latest news about the festival see newsletter #2 at: http://www.organicislands.ca/HTMLEmail/2006/issue02.html  Reserve online at http://www.organicislands.ca  or contact: Deb Morse, Festival Director/Founder President, Organic Islands Promotions Ltd. Director@organicislands.ca  (250) 656-8130 ph

 

Support organic productions locally in the Lower Mainland....(NOW) Neighbours Organic Weekly Buying Clubs: Neighbours is a network of organic buying clubs operating in the Greater Vancouver area of BC. We are groups of people who live or work close by one another, co-operating to purchase groceries, often directly from local farms, through thier website. Enjoy fresh BC Organic food, Purchase with your neighbours and save, Support local farms and food processors, Build community where it counts! www.nowbc.ca for further information contact Grant Watson, Glen Valley Organic Farm, 604-872-4060

The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide. Sep 30-Oct 2 2005 National Fair Trade Conference

FTF directly links low-income producers with consumer markets and educates consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for workers in the developing world.  FTF also acts as a clearinghouse for information on fair trade and provides resources and networking opportunities for its members. By adhering to social criteria and environmental principles, Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) foster a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that benefits people and their communities

http://www.fairtradefederation.com/

The Fair Trade Resource Network raises consumer awareness about improving people's lives through Fair Trade alternatives.

http://www.fairtraderesource.org/

 

The Editors of Ecology and Society are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 10, issue 2 http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol10/iss2  This issue includes the first in a collection of articles devoted to the topic: "Scenarios of Global Ecosystem Services" sponsored by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The article, "Changes in Nature’s Balance Sheet: Model-based Estimates of Future Worldwide Ecosystem Services" by Alcamo et al. can be accessed by going directly to: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol10/iss2/art19 . More articles on this topic will follow in early 2006. With this new issue, Ecology and Society, together with the Foundation of Scientific Symbiosis (www.scientificsymbiosis.org), is launching a new annual competition called the "Science and Practice of Ecology and Society". A prize of $1000 Euro and an article in Ecology and Society about the winner will be awarded to the individual or organization that is the most effective in bringing the transdisciplinary science of the interactions of ecology and society into practice. The purpose of the competition is to recognize the importance of practitioners who translate the scientific findings and insights of the scholarly community into practical applications. See http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/news/announcements/spes.php  for details about the competition and how to nominate an individual or organization.

 

Access, the newsletter of the National Biological Information Infrastructure, is available at http://www.nbii.gov/about/pubs/news/

in PDF and HTML formats.

Ron Sepic NBII Information Liaison Biological Informatics Office

USGS Biological Resources Discipline

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 302

Reston, VA 20192

phone: 703/648-4218

 

 2) Time to Clean up the Planet: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)

 

Pesticides in the Nation’s Streams and Ground Water:Today, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report describing the occurrence of pesticides in streams and ground water during 1992-2001. The report concludes that pesticides are typically present throughout the year in most streams in urban and agricultural areas of the Nation, but are less common in ground water. The report also concludes that pesticides are seldom at concentrations likely to affect humans. However in many streams, particularly those draining urban and agricultural areas, pesticides were found at concentrations that may affect aquatic life or fish-eating wildlife. Gilliom explained that “The potential effects of contaminant mixtures on people, aquatic life, and fish-eating wildlife are still poorly understood and most toxicity information, as well as the water-quality benchmarks used in this study, has been developed for individual chemicals. The common occurrence of pesticide mixtures, particularly in streams, means that the total combined toxicity of pesticides in water, sediment, and fish may be greater than that of any single pesticide compound that is present. Studies of the effects of mixtures are still in the early stages, and it may take years for researchers to attain major advances in understanding the actual potential for effects. Our results indicate, however, that studies of mixtures should be a high priority.” The report, “Pesticides in the Nation’s Streams and Ground Water, 1992-2001,” Circular 1291 is available at http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/circ./circ1291 , or by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS, or by fax 303-202-4693. In-depth information about the pesticide assessment may be found at: http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/  under “What’s New.”

 

Lead-Based Wheel Weights and the Environment: Automotive buffs know lead-based wheel weights are needed for proper balance and a smoother ride but, what happens when the weights fall off? What are the associated environmental risks? What are the alternatives? A USGS scientist recently completed a study examining the contentious issue surrounding the use of lead-based wheel weights. Bleiwas tracked the flow of lead-based wheel weights from their manufacture, through their use, recycling, and disposal. He estimated that approximately 2,000 metric tons of lead contained in wheel weights may have been lost from vehicles in 2003. View the report at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1111/ . For more information on this study examining lead wheel weight production, use, losses, and recycling, contact Don Bleiwas at (303) 236-4208, ext. 340 or bleiwas@usgs.gov  or Diane Noserale at (703) 648-4333 or dnoseral@usgs.gov

 

National Flood Summary Describing Major Floods and Damages Now Available on World Wide Web Floods are the most frequent of all catastrophic natural hazards, costing an average of $6 billion in losses annually and threatening lives and property in every state. The U.S. Geological Survey has made the National Flood Summary information from 1970-1998, including maps and data, available on the World Wide Web at http://ks.water.usgs.gov/Kansas/floodsummary . The web site provides the public a tool to compare current or possible flood conditions with past historical flood information by state and year, as to magnitude, cause, loss of life, damage, and cost for this 28-year time period.

 

NOAA SAYS APRIL WARMEST ON RECORD FOR LOWER 48 STATES The contiguous United States experienced its warmest April ever based on records dating back to 1895, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Drier-than-average conditions and severe drought persisted across large portions of the southern and southwestern United States. April was also marked by a series of tornado outbreaks during the first half of the month impacting large parts of the Midwest and central Plains, into the Deep South. The global surface temperature was the seventh warmest April on record, in the U.S.  http://cbbulletin.com/Free/168744.aspx

 

Oceans of Waste: Waves of junk flow into the food chain email this article The Pacific Ocean's Garbage Patch is at least twice the size of Texas, hovers midway between Hawaii and San Francisco, and is filled with, you guessed it, trash. Old as the wind and ocean, the Garbage Patch is a natural phenomenon. For eons, long-lived sea beans, driftwood and other stuff has accumulated there. What's new is that it's now home to plastic debris that doesn't biodegrade. (04/23/06) Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw04232006/coverstory.html

 

An import from Asia: Bad air Toxic mercury from Asian power plants. Ozone produced by growing fleets of Chinese cars. Smoke from burning Siberian forests. It all rides the jet stream across the Pacific Ocean and lands in places as remote as the Olympic mountains, scientists are discovering. (04/21/06) Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002943714_asianair21m.html

 

Pesticides fall as mountain snow Winter snow falling on Mount Rainier and other high-elevation parks in Western states is contaminated with minute amounts of agricultural pesticides. Recently published scientific research shows some of the compounds detected are so dangerous that they are banned in the United States. (05/03/06) Tacoma News Tribune http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/5710966p-5114973c.html

 

EU on atrazine. The European Union has banned the herbicide Atrazine, effective next year, after finding it contaminated drinking water supplies. The weed killer first came under scrutiny for its effects on frogs, and more recently has been linked to adverse effects on human health. Living On Earth [related stories] http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=06-P13-00016&segmentID=1

 

Perchlorate found in produce from around the world. Just one serving of some fruits can contain enough perchlorate to exceed the National Academy of Sciences safe daily dose by more than 25%, and wines and beers pack a bigger perchlorate punch than waters. Environmental Science & Technology http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2006/apr/science/rr_produce.html

 

Popular antibacterial soap ingredient's presence in environment could be cause for concern. New research suggests that large quantities of triclocarban could be entering the environment through recycled sewage sludge. Environmental Science & Technology http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2006/apr/science/lt_soap.html

 

Why all gold doesn't glitter. Mines generate about 20 tons of waste for every gold ring made. Most gold deposits consist of microscopic specks that must be extracted chemically from rocks using thousands of gallons of cyanide. Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0427/p14s01-sten.html

 

Study Shows Vital Link Between Fresh and Recovered Paper Fiber Without the contribution of fresh fiber into the paper-making process, North American consumers would run out of paper in less than a year, according to the nonprofit Metafore. Its newly released research also finds that much more needs to be done to recover paper across North America. http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MTkwNjI 

 

Organic Milk Goes Corporate Can mega-dairies whose cows rarely get out to pasture still be called "organic"? And where's the government oversight? Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2006/04/organic_milk.html

Mega-producers tip scales as organics go mainstream. Consumers who think they're buying organic produce from a small local farm may actually be buying from a company moving up to half a million pounds of lettuce a day. San Francisco Chronicle, California. [related stories] http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/30/ORGANIC.TMP

 

Hospitals going green. Hospitals often use equipment and materials that contain toxic chemicals. Deadly ones. Which pose their own health risks. So increasingly, hospitals are rethinking the way they work. http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2006/05/17/PM200605177.html

 

Toxin-free treated wood. Wood treated by an innovative and environmentally friendly process will soon be available to builders and consumers for decks, docks, fences, and children's playground equipment. Environmental Science & Technology http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2006/apr/tech/mf_wood.html

 

Oysters and clams clean up dirty water. Researchers are refining an innovative method to clean up the nitrogen that is polluting New England's coastal bays and inlets. The solution is inexpensive, readily available, and perfect with chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. Environmental Science & Technology http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2006/may/tech/pt_oysters.html

 

Report Says Ozone Hole May Disappear by 2050 The ozone hole over the Antarctic is likely to begin contracting in the future and may disappear by 2050 because of a reduction in the release of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting gases, according to a team of Japanese scientists.  http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=10490

 

TOILETOLOGY. We all know that too much drinking water goes down the toilet every day, but do you know how to reduce it? This online resource teaches all the ins and outs of the loo and a trick or two on how to make it use less water. http://www.toiletology.com/

 

FLUSH WITH SUCCESS How companies are tapping the benefits of saving water The Gangi Brothers Packing Co., a tomato processing plant in California, cut its water use by more than 60 percent and found that the move saved it $130,000 a year. Green-biz guru Joel Makower heard a flood of such stories about water conservation; others came from a winery, a hotel chain, and a chocolatier. In his latest column, Makower tells you how your own workplace can soak up benefits from saving H2O.  http://grist.org/cgi-bin/signmeup.pl?source=weekly

 

Climate-change compendium You know how you have all those conversations with your friend about how much her job sucks, but one day you realize you don't really understand what she does? But you can't ask, because you've been talking about it for three years as if you know? Climate change is kinda like that. You worry and think and talk about it, and you should know all about it by now, but in truth you're a little fuzzy on some of the minutiae -- heck, maybe even some of the basics. Where to turn? Advice maven Umbra Fisk offers a list of climate-change resources just in time for Earth Day. new in Ask Umbra: Apocalypse 101 http://grist.org/advice/ask/2006/04/19/climate_info/?source=weekly

 

Landmark lakes treaty may be reworked. The landmark U.S.-Canada treaty that kept Lake Erie from dying needs updating so that it can be more effective in protecting the world's largest collection of fresh surface water from modern issues ranging from urban sprawl to global warming. Toledo Blade, Ohio. http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS06/605080310

 

Message in a bottle. While terms such as "organic" and "natural" often get top billing on cosmetic labels, synthetic polymers are the real stars behind personal care products. Chemical & Engineering News http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/84/8419cover1.html

 

The Renewable, Biodegradable, Energy-Saving Natural Bed Every day, beds made from petrochemical plastics that don't biodegrade are brought to landfills. Today's mattresses are designed to be throw-aways. Mattresses designed to be sold at low prices are made from low-quality materials that don't last more than a few years of nightly use.  http://www.enn.com/press.html?id=273

 

Sweet success for pioneering hydrogen energy project Bacteria that can munch through confectionery could be a valuable source of non-polluting energy in the years ahead, new research has shown. In a feasibility study funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, bioscientists at the University of Birmingham have demonstrated that these bacteria give off hydrogen gas as they consume high-sugar waste produced by the confectionery industry. http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/environment_sciences/report-60209.html

 

Innovation Canada: The Canada Foundation for Innovation's online magazine featuring some of the most exciting, leading-edge research taking place in universities and research institutions across the country: http://www.innovationcanada.ca/21/en/default.html

 

C-CIARN BC: British Columbia region of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network. Our purpose is: To facilitate communication and understanding of the potential impacts and effects of a changing climate on the people, the environment, and the economy of British Columbia, and To help increase our knowledge of how we, as British Columbians, can adapt and respond to these changes.  http://cciarnbc.ubc.ca/

 

 

3) Planning for Sustainability: "Heroes are not grand statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say this is my community and it is my responsibility to make it better." (Tom McCall)

 

LANGFORD TO SET NEW STANDARDS FOR GREEN NEIGHBOURHOODS. The City of Langford will develop a heightened set of environmental standards for developing new neighbourhoods on green field sites. The standards will be developed in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council and the Ministry of Community Services following the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program.  http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/302n.asp?newsid=1756

 

CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER POWERS AHEAD WITH NEW GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES. As part of its commitment to the Greenhouse Gas Local Action Plan, which aims to reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions, the City has become a member of BC Hydro's Green Power Certificate Program and Power Smart Partner Program. http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/302n.asp?newsid=1750

 

PORT COQUITLAM RECOGNIZED BY SMART GROWTH BC. The City of Port Coquitlam's Official Community Plan and Sustainability Checklist have been recognized for achievement in facilitating and enabling the application of smart growth principles. Details: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/302n.asp?newsid=1803

 

Ceres Releases First-Ever Ranking of 100 Global Companies on Climate Change Strategies Company scores, profiles, and the summary report are available at http://www.ceres.org  BOSTON - After years of inaction, a growing number of leading U.S. companies are confronting the business challenges from global warming, recognizing that greenhouse gas limits are inevitable and that they cannot risk falling behind their international competitors in developing climate-friendly technologies. Some companies, such as Chevron and General Electric, are catching up and joining DuPont and Alcoa in leading their domestic industry peers. But many other companies, including Sempra Energy, are still largely ignoring the climate issue with ‘business as usual’ strategies that may be putting their companies and shareholders at risk.

 

How to invest in foreign firms that do good. The idea: Find the best fund managers who in turn find profits in industries that inherently generate social benefits, such as natural foods, renewable energy, and water-resource development. Christian Science Monitor http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0424/p14s02-wmgn.html

 

The Greater Vancouver GreenGuide is a user-friendly pocket-sized guidebook and a foldable map that highlight key sustainability features of almost 100 projects, provide self-guided tours, and tell our sustainability story. Now available for pre-orders**...* Few resources exist to tell the story of sustainability in our region and to showcase our successes to visitors and residents. The Greater Vancouver GreenGuide will be released in June 2006, as an essential step towards promoting "sustainability in action" in the Greater Vancouver region.  Please note that only bulk-orders are accepted at this time. Watch the website www.greatervancouvergreenguide.ca   for future notices on where you can purchase individual copies of the GreenGuide. The GreenGuide will be available to the public in early June 2006.

 

100-Mile Diet Campaign Launched! When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at least 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Last spring, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon chose to confront this unsettling statistic with an experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. The 100-Mile Diet was born. Response to their new take on local eating has been overwhelming. And today, Smith and MacKinnon are building on this energy with the launch of a public campaign at 100milediet.org Will you pledge to get involved and help grow the local-food movement? 

http://100milediet.org/

 

Do you have an innovative approach, information, technology or other special expertise on water issues to share? Water in the City, taking place in Victoria from September 17-20, 2006, will explore broad-ranging water issues in urban and rural communities and provide an opportunity to share your expertise with people whose decisions shape our communities. Presentations will include breakout sessions, panel discussions, field trips, educational workshops and poster sessions. The deadline for presentations is March 1, 2006. For more information visit www.WaterintheCityVictoria.ca , e-mail us at info@WaterintheCityVictoria.ca  or call (250) 391-8772.

 

The Sustainability by Design project website is now live and viewable: http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/sxd/  A project of the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability, the SxD initiative is multi-year collaborative effort to produce a visual representation of what Greater Vancouver region might look like in 2050, at neighbourhood, district and region-wide scales. Of particular interest is the project's test run with the UBC Urban Design Studio. View the results and maps at: http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/sxd/7_studio.htm

 

The Sustainable Building Centre is still in development phase and we want to hear from you. What do you think the SBC should be? What are your favourite 'green' buildings? What does your dream green home renovation look like? Visit the SBC discussion forums and share your ideas, questions and thoughts online. Join an ongoing discussion, answer someone else's question, or start a new topic of your own. Your participation will help to inform the SBC's future direction and contribute to the advancement of sustainable building. Imagine that. Visit the SBC forums and take part in the discussion! http://www.sustainablebuildingcentre.com/connect/forums  Contact Jessica Woolliams Director of Programs Sustainable Building Centre 1575 Johnston Street, Vancouver In the heart of Granville Island t: 604 682 5960 f: 604 682 5961 V6H 3R9 Canada Ideas That Last: March 25th through June 20th 2006 www.sustainablebuildingcentre.com

Planners for Tomorrow website. Planners for Tomorrow (P4T) is a year-long, internet-supported dialogue that will result in a two-day forum at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) June 14-16, 2006. The P4T Forum will be held immediately before the World Planners Congress (June 17-20) and the U.N. World Urban Forum (June 19-23). The Forum will be the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS), which on this unique occasion is inviting participation by students from planning schools across North America and around the world. http://www.plannersfortomorrow.ca/ 

New resource from EPA: Smart growth scorecards and rating systems from around the U.S.. Wondering if a proposed development is smart growth? Curious if your policies and zoning will deliver the results your town wants? This new resource can help answer those questions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compiled a set of smart growth scorecards and rating systems currently being used in communities across the country. These tools help communities choose the best policies and strategies to ensure that growth and development benefits everyone. Some scorecards will help communities understand how the local regulatory climate impacts development patterns. Others are designed to determine if proposed new developments meet community-defined smart growth goals. Click on the link below to access this new resource. www.epa.gov/smartgrowth

The Smart Growth Canada Network (SGCN) has received generous funding from Natural Resources Canada to create one Pilot Primer E-course. This will be a Tier One course which is self-paced and posted online with free access. This series of courses will take Canadian case studies and precedents on implemented smart growth solutions and showcase them in plain language and enhanced graphics. The target audience is decision makers, cross disciplinary professionals and the public. The Pilot Primer on Smart Growth will introduce the main principles and showcase some related Canadian case studies. The primer is currently in the research phase. Expertise will be drawn from the members of the Steering Committee and Advisory Board which represent national stakeholder organizations. For further details and other SGCN news, please download our most recent newsletter on our home page: http://www.smartgrowth.ca/home_e.html  Alex Tang Assistant Coordinator Smart Growth Canada Network www.smartgrowth.ca    e. atang@smartgrowth.ca   t. 604.987.1424 f. 604.987.1494

 

The Cascade Agenda Newsletter, a monthly look at what is happening in Cascadia.  http://www.cascadeagenda.com 

 

Greenshift: A Company about Profit with Principles...about Integrity… demanding Higher Standards…Searching, Screening, and Providing

Healthier and Safer Alternatives…Creating the Green Shift from within and without. Through consulting with all types of business and

by opening friendly, responsible, reliable, easy and cost effective channels to environmental solutions.  Developing a looping support network of Responsible,
Ethical Companies in order to Shift us into a world where capitalism is more in harmony with nature, and where success is defined by more than greed.

http://www.greenshift.ca/index.html

Earthcycle: Linear, cradle-to-grave packaging design piles billions of dollars of material assets in landfills where their value is lost. At Earthcycle we’ve gone back to the cradle-to-cradle design brilliance of nature. Earthcycle Packaging comes from the earth and when it’s finished its job, returns to earth. So come on in. Check out our site and learn more about our sustainable packaging solution. It's simple. It's natural. It's Down to Earth.

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 Earthcycle Packaging Ltd. Suite 1100 – 1166 Alberni Street Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6E 3X3 Tel : 604-899-0928 Fax : 604-682-4133 info@earthcycle.com

 

Green roofs snapshots:

http://www.greenroofs.com/directory.php

http://www.bluestem.ca/green-roofs.htm

http://hortweb.cas.psu.edu/research/greenroofcenter/index.html 

 

Protect BC's Greenbelt! Three decades after its inception our Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) faces pressures that threaten our foodlands and compromise one of North America’s most effective tools for protecting green space and limiting urban sprawl. Without a strong commitment to its preservation our finite supply of agricultural land, and the quality of life it serves, is sentenced to a slow, piecemeal, but inevitable demise "Protecting the ALR: Our Foodlands Under Threat." The ALR Protection and Enhancement Committee has received notable media attention for its recent report, The document is available for download here: http://greenbelt.bc.ca/content.php?id=3

CANSEE is the Canadian chapter of ISEE, the International Society for Ecological Economics. ISEE endeavours to facilitate understanding between economists and ecologists in pursuit of a vision of a sustainable future, through trans-disciplinary research and dialogue.  CANSEE fosters interdisciplinary research, activities and dialogue among natural and social scientists, to deepen understanding of the interactions between humans and nature and to inform the sustainable stewardship of our common natural, human, social and produced capital endowments. We recognize that economies of communities, regions, and countries are imbedded in and dependent upon nature’s capacity to sustain ecological goods and services for present and future generations.  The CANSEE mandate is to promote an understanding of this reality through research, education and practice, and to inform policy development and decision-making in government, communities, businesses and other organizations.  We believe that a world governed and grounded in sustainability and ecological economic principles and practices will lead to a sustainable future, for the common good.  http://www.cansee.org/default.aspx

Re-designed SmartStepsTM website: The GVRD SmartStepsTM program provides information, technical assistance and tools to help businesses improve their

material, water and energy use efficiencies.  Also, our Business Advisors are available to help businesses with their questions and give on-site technical assistance for companies within the GVRD area. Please contact us at 604-451-6575 or business_services@gvrd.bc.ca . We hope to hear from you soon!

www.gvrd.bc.ca/smartsteps

 

EnergyWiz™ is the only do-it-yourself home energy audit software that accurately estimates where energy and water is used and determines the most cost-effective energy-saving upgrades based on the homeowner’s unique habits. We believe that homeowners know their homes and their habits best. The homeowner’s knowledge and an extensive housing database combined with EnergyWiz’s method of prorating the estimate with the energy bills is what makes our product so impressive www.winergy.ca  Free copies of energywiz can be obtained at Zellers stores when buying GE compact fluorescent light bulbs or by logging on to www.abetterenergyplan.com

 

The REGIONAL DISTRICT TOOL KIT is now available on the Union of BC Municipalities' website at

http://www.civicnet.bc.ca/siteengine/ActivePage.asp?PageID=278. The Tool Kit is a resource developed by the UBCM in cooperation with the

Ministry of Community Services and the Local Government Management Association of BC to promote a better understanding of regional districts in

British Columbia. It is a resource that regional districts, municipalities and others can use to engage and help inform a broad range of audiences, and

is the first document of its kind ever produced on the regional district system in BC.

 

Heat Your Home with Cookies? Next time you finish baking, turn off the oven, open the door, and let the warm air help heat your home. If you’re just baking a small meal, consider a toaster oven or frying pan, which use half as much energy as a conventional oven. Close doors and heating vents in rooms rarely used. Lower the thermostat and use a space heater when you are in only one part of your home. For every one degree lowered, you’ll save up to 5% on your heating bill this winter. Conduct an energy audit to locate potential problem areas in your home, such as ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Go digital. Replacing a mechanical thermostat with a digital model allows you to save energy by programming your heat to turn on and off at preset times. Earth 911 – energy conservation tips for the whole house. enter your postal code at the top left and it will link you with made in BC solutions. http://www.earth911.org/master.asp

It's time to fess up - Measure Your Ecological Footprint: No matter where you live, take the online quiz to measure your impact on the Earth's resources.  http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp

4) Ecosystems & Species at Risk: "As creatures swim and crawl, our kingdoms rise and fall. We show our worth as kings of earth by how we treat them all." (From "Leviathan" by Schooner Fare)

 

GROUPS DEMAND CHANGES TO CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATIONS Critical habitat designations established for 19 protected West Coast salmon and steelhead stocks late last summer have flawed legal, biological and economic foundations, according to a legal warning fired early this month by agriculture, water user and homebuilder groups. The groups' May 5 petition says NOAA Fisheries, which created the designations, will be "held accountable in a court of law" if the habitat determinations are not corrected within 60 days. The Endangered Species Act, which calls for "critical habitat" designations for listed salmon, requires a 60-day notice before citizen lawsuits are filed claiming violations of the 1972 law's provisions. The groups say that NOAA Fisheries also violated the Administrative Procedures Act in making the determinations. " ...unnecessary salmon and steelhead regulations injure the Western States' economies, affecting almost every sector -- homebuilding, transportation, power generation and pricing, agriculture, education, and natural resource management," the petition says.  http://cbbulletin.com/Free/168747.aspx

 

Governments Have Failed to Stop Overfishing, Study Shows Governments worldwide have failed to prevent overfishing in the oceans, where a proliferation of bottom-trawling threatens to wipe out deep sea species, conservation groups WWF and Traffic said on Friday. The environmentalists said the existing system of regional fisheries regulation, meant to control the depletion of ocean life, had responded slowly to new threats and done little to enforce fishing quotas or rebuild vulnerable stocks. Their report, released ahead of a New York meeting on the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, argued that controls needed to be reinforced to prevent further damage to marine ecosystems and future food supplies.  http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=10490

 

Himalayan forests are quietly vanishing The forests are disappearing so fast that a quarter of animal and plant species in this biodiversity hotspot will be gone by the end of the century http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19025525.400?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=mg19025525.400

 

Where have all the butterflies gone? email this article Wild fluctuations in California's winter and spring weather have hurt fragile butterfly populations, causing numbers to fall to the lowest in more than three decades and increasing the concerns of scientists about long-term declines linked to climate change and habitat loss. (05/09/06) San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/05/09/MNGSVIO7NM1.DTL

 

Natural world on red alert A report compiled over two years details the ever-increasing species of flora and fauna facing extinction THE polar bear and hippopotamus have joined the list of species facing the threat of extinction, according to a report to be released this week. More than 16,000 species of animals, birds, fish and plants are registered as under serious threat of becoming extinct on the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The number is up from just over 15,500 last year.  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2159743,00.html

 

New paper on sea lice in BC published: Mortality Rates for Juvenile Pink Oncorhynchus gorbuscha and Chum O. keta Salmon Infested with Sea Lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis in the Broughton Archipelago - Alexandra Morton and Rick Routledge http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/afrb/vol11_n2/mortv11n2.pdf

 

EU's butterfly havens are vanishing: Disappearing wet grasslands are making a nonsense of the European Union's plan to halt biodiversity loss by 2010, judging by butterfly numbers. Since the 1990s, Martin Warren of Butterfly Conservation in the UK and his colleagues in the Netherlands have been gathering information on butterfly distribution in 45 European countries. They have found serious declines in almost every country, with 71 of the total 576 species now classed as threatened. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?hbxmail=nl&id=mg18925432.800

 

Coral Reefs and Sea-Level Rise Don’t Mix: The Hawaiian Islands are known for beautiful, blue waters, tropical fish, and magnificent coral reefs. They are also the laboratory for a new USGS study that finds the rising sea might be one of reefs’ greatest foes. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that worldwide sea level will rise 1.5 feet over the next 100 years, and USGS scientists' research suggests that this rise in sea level will cause the reefs in Hawaii and off other high islands (U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, etc.) to be more susceptible to land-based pollution such as sediment, nutrients, and contaminants. Is this an important finding? Judge for yourself http://coralreefs.wr.usgs.gov . For more information, contact Curt Storlazzi at (831) 427-4721 or at cstorlazzi@usgs.gov .

 

Climate change 'worse threat than deforestation' By the end of the century, climate change could pose a bigger threat to biodiversity than deforestation, say researchers.  In a study published in Conservation Biology on Tuesday (11 April), they say a doubling in atmospheric carbon dioxide could strip biodiversity-rich 'hotspots' of thousands, or even tens of thousands, of species. The most vulnerable species are likely to be those living in confined geographical areas, such as mountain ranges, because of the difficulty of dispersing from these areas.http://www.scidev.net/News/index.cfm?fuseaction=readNews&itemid=2786&language=1 

 

Climate change forces plants to search for better places to live. Climate change is reshaping the landscape of Britain as rising temperatures allow orchids and ferns to flourish in the north, while other species retreat to cooler conditions on high land and mountainsides. London Guardian, England. http://www.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,,1759922,00.html

 

Wasteful Farming Leaves Little for Drinking : Agriculture poses the biggest threat to the world's freshwater resources, while over-fishing threatens the oceans, according to the first global assessment of fresh and salt water resources.  http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=MTg1NzQ

 

5) Community Stewardship & Advocacy Links: "A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as well as that of his fellow man, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help." (Albert Schweitzer)

 

Flogging our water There is a nasty political battle going in the Squamish-Lillooet region. It pits local citizens, kayakers, environmentalists, and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) against some extremely powerful forces. The dispute revolves around a plan to build a “run-of-the-river” hydroelectric facility on the Ashlu River, just north of Squamish. The 49-megawatt Ashlu River power proposal gives some insight into much larger forces at play. The entire North American electricity industry is being restructured to serve the U.S. market, and the people in the Squamish district are caught in the middle. The fight should set off alarm bells for all British Columbians concerned about the blatant giveaway of B.C.’s water resource and the increasing privatization of electricity generation. Why? Because there have been 469 applications for run-of-the-river water licences across B.C. http://www.straight.com/content.cfm?id=16584

 

Stop Global Warming!  There is no more important cause than the call for action to save the planet on which we live. The evidence is here. The time is now. Add your voice to the 382,369 already marching. Join us.By joining THE STOP GLOBAL WARMING VIRTUAL MARCH, we commit to each other that together, as our numbers grow, we will use our collective voices to demand that governments, corporations, and politicians take the steps necessary to stop global warming. Today I join this march, and I take the first step.  http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/default.asp

 

"Heart of the Fraser" campaign A new initiative is being launched, to better protect a key part of the world's greatest salmon river -- our own Fraser River in British Columbia. The "Heart of the Fraser" campaign focuses on the Hope-to-Mission stretch. In the words of river conservationist and Order of Canada recipient Mark Angelo, "This may well be the most productive stretch of river in the world". Values Worth Protecting The natural values of the Hope-to-Mission stretch are enormous: * Up to 10 million Pink Salmon spawn right in the Fraser mainstem (BC's largest single run!), along with 1 million Chum Salmon. This is in addition to the millions of other Pacific salmon that migrate through on their way to tributaries upstream, including Coho, Chinook, and Sockeye. * 30 species of fish are found in this stretch, including Canada's largest population of White Sturgeon, which grow to 6 metres in length and live for 150 years or more. * Hundreds of bird and other wildlife species thrive on the lush forests and numerous side channels and sloughs that occur between Hope and Mission. * Fishers depend on the millions of salmon that migrate or spawn along this stretch. This includes First Nations use, as well as the many recreational and commercial fishers who depend on Fraser River salmon. A Plan For Protection - Government, First Nations, and the private sector can work together to protect the Heart of the Fraser from unchecked development. With population growth continuing to explode in the Fraser Valley, it's important that we act quickly. * Key private lands can be purchased for conservation purposes. * Governments can help to protect and manage key crown lands. Visit our Web site to download a report and find out more about the Heart of the Fraser... www.heartofthefraser.bcit.ca  If you have any questions about the "Heart of the Fraser" initiative, please contact Mark Angelo -- mangelo@bcit.ca

 

"Fish for the Future". All about getting kids into fishing as well as bringing awareness on conservation to the participants. At this event, we also have an educational component where we usually invite local groups to exhibit their work or conduct activities for the kids. In the past we have done fish and bug id/viewing, arts and crafts, flycasting and flytying instructions, etc. OWL will be exhibiting their beautiful birds at this year's event. I am putting out an invitation to all who maybe interested in attending. The event takes place at London's Landing in Steveston on July 8th. You can find out more about it at http://www.fishingwithrod.com/fftf/

 

Plan to attend International Bog Day, July 30, 2006 Nominations open for Celebrating Women & the Spirit of the Cranes November 19, 2005. Awards Ceremony, March 11, 2006, Keynote Speaker, Faye Wightman President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation Give that special person who has everything, a certificate acknowledging your gift in their name. We will send them a card and certificate acknowledging your gift. They'll appreciate it; no dusting, watering or feeding your gift! Protect. Provide. Educate. Our Mission: conserving and protecting Burns Bog forever.  www.burnsbog.org

 

Learn online with Stream to Sea! New opportunities to learn online this spring for educators and students in B.C. and beyond... For the past 25 years, teachers around British Columbia have been incubating salmon in the classroom and taking children on field trips to local streams. Stream to Sea lesson plans are swimming onto a web page near you. This web page will highlight links for Primary, Intermediate, High School or Classroom Field Trips. Each lesson plan combines Stream to Sea curriculum resources and learning outcomes for different subjects and grades.

Visit Fisheries & Oceans Canada online at: http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/community/education/eduintro_e.htm

 

Take a Geology Field Trip in Your Own Schoolyard: The education Web site Schoolyard Geology provides lessons and activities for teachers and ambitious science students to conduct a geologic field trip right in their own backyard. Lessons and activities on the site include mapping your schoolyard using the USGS' The National Map, locating and identifying rocks, and learning geologic features such as glacial striations, layers, and sinkholes, all within your neighborhood schoolyard. To access the Web site, visit http://education.usgs.gov/schoolyard/ . For more information, contact Matthew d'Alessio at 650-329-4829 or at dalessio@usgs.gov .

 

Grant expands environmental law clinic: The University of Victoria’s trail-blazing Environmental Law Centre Clinic is poised to expand its operations even further, thanks to a grant worth more than $640,000 from the Quadra Island-based Tula Foundation. The clinic gives law students hands-on training in environmental law and provides free legal information to a wide range of community groups. The grant will pay the clinic’s expenses for the next three years, allowing it to expand its operations by hiring a full-time supervising lawyer and administrator, and giving UVic law graduates the opportunity to complete their articling terms at the clinic. The foundation can renew the grant for a further two years, potentially bringing the value of the gift to more than $1 million. “Although environmental law clinics are commonplace at leading U.S. law schools, our clinic is the first of its kind in Canada,” says UVic law dean Andrew Petter. “The clinic is nationally recognized for inspiring, mentoring and training Canada’s next generation of public interest environmental lawyers.”  http://www.elc.uvic.ca/

 

Georgia Strait Alliance http://www.georgiastrait.org/ has launched a free online pledge program for recreational activities on and around Georgia Strait and its adjoining waters. The program, called Stewards of the Strait, is geared to anyone who enjoys recreational activities on or around the Strait. It's designed to encourage commitment to best practices among boaters, paddlers, beach walkers, birders, divers, sport fishermen, shoreline property owners, wildlife watchers and others who use these waters recreationally .  http://www.georgiastrait.org/stewards/stewards.php

Alternatives to BC Liberals Highway Empire Expansion Proposals: Take a look at www.thereisanotherway.com  website.

 

Salmonopolis website: check back each Wednesday for updated breaking news, educational resources and advocacy alerts for B.C. salmon stewards.  http://www.salmonopolis.ca/salmonopolis/home/soIndex.asp

State of the Salmon, we connect the people who catch, study, manage, and otherwise rely upon these irreplaceable species. Collaborating across disciplines and nations, we're assembling the big picture of salmon status and trends across the North Pacific--knowledge that can inform salmon conservation and management decisions in the future.  http://stateofthesalmon.org/index.php

Stream Talk is now online at: http://www-heb.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/community/streamtalk/streamtalk_e.htm  

 

Sierra Legal Defence Fund: Faced with a rapidly growing array of environmental threats in Canada and impressed with the effectiveness of litigation as a means of environmental protection, conservationists foresaw the need for an organization with a mandate to provide free legal services to environmental groups and concerned citizens. Thus, in December of 1990, Sierra Legal Defence Fund was launched.  http://www.sierralegal.org/index.html

Sierra Club BC: One earth, one chance: Members of Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter are British Columbians from all walks of life who care about the environment.  Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter is a democratic, grassroots organization dedicated to the conservation of British Columbia's natural legacy. We are one of five chapters of Sierra Club of Canada.  http://sierraclub.ca/bc/index.html sign up for the newsletter at: http://sierraclub.ca/bc/publications.shtml

 

More on the "streamlining" of Canadians health and environment from the Canadian Environmental Law Association http://www.cela.ca/newsevents/detail.shtml?x=2475  Health, safety and environmental laws at risk due to “smart regulation” CELA has followed closely the federal government’s “smart regulation” initiative making several interventions and submissions to the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR), which was appointed in 2003 and reported to the prime minister in September 2004. The EACSR’s final report advises the federal government to continue a twenty year trend towards reducing its capacity to protect against hazards to health, safety and the environment. Budget cutting, tax relief, "regulatory efficiency," and the push to shrink the size of government now have a new name: "Smart Regulation." This ambiguous term originally meant the use of a mixture of policy instruments in combination with enforceable regulations. However, under the heavy influence of industry lobbyists, it has been twisted to mean "economic competitiveness", and measures that will further weaken governmental capacity and accountability

 

The When, Where and How of B.C. Development Which mining, energy and industrial projects are currently going through the Environmental Assessment process in British Columbia?  http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/epic/output/html/deploy/epic_project_index_report.html

 

BCEN Launches new portal and Services for ENGO's: The BCEN was established in 1981. We are a provincial network of the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN). The CEN is a nation-wide umbrella organization of over 1500 environmental groups. It has regional and affiliate networks across Canada. Through group membership in the BCEN, environmental activists are linked via the ECOBC supersite with services, activities, breaking news and other environmental activists nation-wide.  BCEN's mission for the ECOBC portal is to strengthen the activist voice for environmental responsibility in British Columbia. ECOBC facilitates communication among member and non-member environmental groups and coalitions, other sectors, and individuals independently working on environmental issues. Through such collaborative environmental leadership BC's ecological sustainability and economic stability will prevail and biological diversity and human health remain viable.  http://www.ecobc.org/

 

Welcome to the Earth Charter Initiative: The Earth Charter is an authoritative synthesis of values, principles, and aspirations that are widely shared by growing numbers of men and women in all regions of the world.  The principles of the Earth Charter reflect extensive international consultations conducted over a period of many years. These principles are also based upon contemporary science, international law, and the insights of philosophy and religion. Successive drafts of the Earth Charter were circulated around the world for comments and debate by nongovernmental organizations, community groups, professional societies, and international experts in many fields.  http://www.earthcharter.org/

 

Living Oceans Society - Help Contribute to the Living Oceans Campaign and conserve our valuable marine resources in BC: The Living Oceans Society is a non-profit research and public education organization. We are committed to conserving marine biological diversity, in order to ensure a healthy ocean and healthy coastal communities. The Society is made up of energetic and talented people committed to conserving and restoring the wild marine life (above and below the tideline) along BC's coast.  The core of the organization is our staff, and our work is made significantly more effective through support from our Board and contributors. http://www.livingoceans.org/index.shtml

The Ocean Project is an international network of aquariums, zoos, museums, and conservation organizations working to create an understanding among their visitors and members of the significance of the oceans and the role each person plays in conserving our ocean planet for the future. www.TheOceanProject.org 

The principal mission of the Pew Institute for Ocean Science is to undertake, sponsor and promote world-class scientific activity aimed at protecting the world's oceans and the species that inhabit them.  www.pewoceanscience.org

 

CPAWS is pleased to welcome former subscribers to WildCanada.net. We’re a national voluntary organization working from coast to coast to coast to protect Canada’s big wilderness landscapes and defend our parks’ ecological integrity.  In 40 years, we’ve grown from a handful of volunteers to 13 chapters in every region of Canada.  Our conservation work is concentrated on four large geographic systems: Canada’s Boreal, Yellowstone to Yukon, Algonquin to Adirondacks and Northern Appalachians, and marine and great freshwater lakes. We work in innovative partnerships with progressive resource companies and Aboriginal peoples; we provide advice to governments and we educate the public about conservation opportunities.   Please take a minute to read about a few of the campaigns we’re working on, starting with the ones that you can take action on today. In coming months, we’ll bring you updates on all of these and more.  http://www.cpaws.org/

 

Cats Indoors! American Bird Conservancy’s Cats Indoors! Cats Indoors! Campaign supporters: Dr. Sheila Webster Boneham, author of the award winning, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting & Owning a Cat,” has generously offered to donate profits to ABC’s Cats Indoors! Campaign from the sale of this and two other books, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting & Owning a Dog,” and “Breed Rescue: How to Start and Run a Successful Program.” Dr. Boneham supports keeping cats indoors, and has referenced the Campaign in her guide to owning cats. In this entertaining and insightful book, Dr. Boneham offers helpful hints for finding the right breed, cat care advice to keep a cat healthy and happy, and training tips to stop undesirable behaviors. Please click on the link below to take advantage of this limited time offer! Dr. Boneham will also autograph the books for you. These books will make great gifts for your neighbors, family and friends. Click on the link below and order today!  http://www.sheilaboneham.com/catsindoorssale.html  Linda Winter, Director Cats Indoors! American Bird Conservancy 1731 Connecticut Ave., NW 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-234-7181, ext. 201 Fax: 202-234-7182 lwinter@abcbirds.org  www.abcbirds.org/cats

 

World guide to environmental volunteering: Green Volunteers: Worldwide wildlife and conservation voluntary work... nearly 500 projects listed: short or long-term, marine or terrestrial, many with no or low cost...to protect a variety of habitats and species. Green Volunteers - the World's No. 1 Source of Conservation Volunteering Opportunities!  http://www.greenvolunteers.org/

 

MANUAL. The Sustainability Network offers a 64-page document Practical Guidelines in Organizing and Managing Workshops/Conferences, including sample forms and templates. Email Shehrina for a copy. http://sustain.web.ca/home.htm

 

Coast Mountain Field Institute: Coast Mountain Field Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering connections with, and understanding of, the natural world through field-based education and stewardship in Southwestern British Columbia

Box 1631 Gibsons,B.C. V0N 1V0 (604)312-8145 info@cmfi.ca www.cmfi.ca

 

Mountain Equipment Co-Op Events Calendar: MEC provides an on-line forum to post or find information about events related to self-propelled wilderness activities and environmental initiatives. Please Note: This is a public access information source. MEC is not responsible for, and does not specifically endorse posted events or any transactions resulting from these postings. http://www.MEC.ca/events for further information contact: Kate Scholz, kscholz@mec.ca Social & Environmental Responsibility Coordinator - Vancouver store/Local area Mountain Equipment Co-op, 130 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1P3 P: 604-872-7858 ext.317 F: 604-872-4088

 

Green Drinks Night, a monthly social gathering for people working in and interested in the environment and sustainability. Do you want to meet a lively group of friendly people interested in environmental issues from NGOs, academia, government and business for good conversation? If so, join us for drinks!  There is no agenda or other formality – it’s a chance to meet regularly to chat, debate, socialize and connect with others in Vancouver passionate about environmental and sustainability issues.
WHEN: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (20th April for this month!)
WHERE: Wrec Room – Kingston Tap House and Grille at 755 Richards Street, Vancouver. For a map and details see http://www.kingstontaphouse.com TIME: 5.45pm –?  RSVP’s? If you know you will be coming let us know- it will help us to plan the evening better.  Contact Us: Questions? Comments? Want to be on our listserv? E-mail us at greendrinksvancouver@yahoo.ca About us: Green Drinks began in Vancouver, in February 2005 and is the first Canadian chapter of Green Drinks International. Green Drinks International started in the UK in 1989 and has rapidly become a worldwide event. Please check http://www.greendrinks.org for updates and details. Green Drinks Night in Vancouver is brought to you in collaboration with Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP) http://www.yepcanada.ca/vancouver.htm.  Who attends? At the last Green Drinks Night, there were over 30 attendees representing a variety of professional interests in the environmental field such as sustainable energy; environmental consulting; environmental economics; green buildings; environmental education; environmental planning; environmental engineering; environmental law, and environmental studies students.

 

6) E=Miscellaneous Commentary2

 

Canada must quit as chair of Kyoto: Green groups across Canada united to demand Environment Minister Rona Ambrose step down as chairwoman of international talks looking into ways to strengthen the Kyoto protocol on climate change.  http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36304/story.htm

 

Greens must come out of the woods  Self-styled "greens" are seen as out of touch in many communities, says Peter Gibson. They should concentrate first on local issues, he argues, which are what many people, particularly the disadvantaged, see as the most important ones.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4974954.stm

 

It’s farming, not fishing Aquaculture: an industry without a home KIRK SQUIRES The Packet Where does this nation’s aquaculture industry belong? The department of Fisheries and Oceans? Or would it be better served under the jurisdiction of Agriculture Canada? Those questions are not new, especially among fish farmers across Canada. A paper from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) has reignited the debate.  http://www.thepacket.ca/index.cfm?iid=1378&sid=9858

 

Institute Explores Role of Private Social and Environmental Standards in New Article Pacific Institute program director Jason Morrison recently coauthored an article on the standardization of socially responsible and green labeling. The International Environmental Law Committee recently published "The Emerging Role of Private Social and Environmental International Standards in Economic Globalization," which traces the history of socio-environmental labeling (with familiar labels like "Fair Trade" and "organic"). Recently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has taken steps to set its own socio-environmental definitions. Morrison and his coauthor Naomi Roht-Arriaza discuss the implications of ISO's involvement.  http://www.pacinst.org/press_center/IELCN_ISO_article.pdf

 

The Decline of Oil Oil has shaped our twenty-first century civilization, affecting every facet of the economy from the mechanization of agriculture to jet air travel. When production turns downward, it will be a seismic economic event, creating a world unlike any we have known during our lifetimes. Indeed, when historians write about this period in history, they may well distinguish between before peak oil (BPO) and after peak oil (APO).  http://www.enn.com/aff.html?id=1278

 

Jane Jacobs dies: The urban expert who wrote The Death and Life of Great American Cities, died after about a year of up and down health problems. The American-born Canadian was 89 years old. When she was appointed as an officer to the Order of Canada in 1996, her citation said "her seminal writings and thought-provoking commentaries on urban development have had a tremendous effect on city dwellers, planners and architects." http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/04/25/jacobs060425.html

 

MAIR: THE DAM TRUTH? A motive, perhaps, to kill off BC salmon runs. By Rafe Mair: I'm always amazed and amused at the rubbish us poor peasants of the land will take.Recently, I was fortunate enough to have been invited by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to hear Dr. David Suzuki; and what a chilling speech it was. He spoke of survival of man in terms of decades, not eons. He reminded us that at the turn of the 20th century, there were a billion people on the planet and now there are close to 7 billion. When you reach those sorts of numbers, they increase exponentially.But, say the "developers", there are still lots of room. Look at the wide open spaces in Canada, the United States and Russia. No one asks why people would want to move to the tundra, the cold prairies or the unproductive land. And what would sustain them if they did? For a lot of reasons, we've become city people. http://thetyee.ca/Views/2006/03/06/DamTruth/

 

Wartime Mobilization To Save The Environment And Civilization By: Earth Policy Institute Our future also depends on changing course, on shifting from Plan A, business as usual, to Plan B, restructuring the global economy. Sustaining progress depends upon shifting from a fossil-fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy to a renewable-energy-based, diversified-transport, reuse/recycle economy. The good news is that we have the technologies needed to build the new economy. http://www.enn.com/aff.html?id=1240

 

Language: A Toolkit for Life on Earth The intimate link between linguistic and biological diversity makes the struggle to defend both essential to a sustainable human and planetary future, says Ehsan Masood. http://www.opendemocracy.net/globalization/language_3380.jsp

 

Are We Winning the Race to Stop Biodiversity Loss? With the natural forest loss rate at 13 million hectares a year — about 25 hectares a minute — the race is on to protect what’s left of the world’s forests. Forests are the lungs of the earth, regulating the earth’s climate, and are our storehouses of biological diversity, hosting over two-thirds of known terrestrial species and numerous plants and herbs. http://www.panda.org/news_facts/newsroom/index.cfm?uNewsID=63840

 

A walk in the woods By Ben Parfitt A long-time logger I know once quipped that “greed and stupidity make a lethal cocktail and this industry’s been drinking doubles for a long time.” Words which took on new meaning for me recently while touring two radically different forestry operations a half-hour drive’s east of Prince George, near the eastern front of the pine beetle outbreak now sweeping through Interior B.C. http://www.policyalternatives.ca/Editorials/2006/03/Editorial1332/ 

 

No Bar Code. An evangelical Virginia farmer says a revolution against industrial agriculture is just down the road. I might never have found my way to Polyface Farm if Joel Salatin hadn’t refused to FedEx me one of his chickens. I’d heard a lot about the quality of the meat raised on his “beyond organic” farm, and was eager to sample some. Salatin and his family raise a half-dozen different species (grass-fed beef, chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rabbits) in an intricate rotation that has made his 550 hilly acres of pasture and woods in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley one of the most productive and sustainable small farms in America. http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2006/05/no_bar_code.html

 

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Acknowledgements - the following organizations are major sources for the CEN, please take the time to visit them:

Tidepool News for the Salmon Nation

Grist Magazine

Above the Fold

Greenclips

Civic Info. BC,

SmartGrowth BC

American Oceans Campaign

The Pacific Institute

Electric Green Environment Newsletter
World Business Council on Sustainable Development

The New Scientist

The Tyee

UVIC Restoration of Natural Systems Newsletter

Green Communities Canada

Science and Development Network

Ideal Byte

Action BioScience

Planetizen

David Suzuki Foundation

Sierra Club BC

Society for Ecological Restoration (International)

Pacific Streamkeepers Federation

Forrex 

Environmental News Network  http://www.enn.com/

World Watch Institute  http://www.worldwatch.org/index.php