Environment

Studying a Polar Menagerie on an Island in Arctic Russia

Yale Environment 360 - 5 hours 28 min ago
Ninety miles from the Russian mainland and 300 miles above the Arctic Circle, Wrangel Island is home to an eclectic assortment of fauna and flora — muskoxen,

Second in a series of blog posts from the Russian Arctic polar bears, wolves, reindeer, wolverines, walruses, Asia’s only population of snow geese, and 417 plant species. Joel Berger, a field biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Montana, spent several weeks on Wrangel Island this spring. In the second of three blog posts for e360, he describes the arduous conditions under which Russian and U.S. scientists collect data on the island’s odd assortment of creatures.
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California Game Commission to Consider Whether to Protect Gray Wolf

The EnvironmentaList - 10 hours 20 min ago
It is only a matter of time before wolves re-establish themselves in the Golden State
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Bulletin: Operation USA Partners with We-Care.com for Typhoon Recovery

Operation USA - April 15, 2014

Charitable shopping site pledges more than $10,000 in funding for education related projects in the Philippines

Los Angeles, Calif., April 15, 2014– Operation USA, a Los-Angeles based international relief agency, today announced that is will receive funds from partner company We-Care.com in sponsorship of the purchase of educational supplies in the Philippines as part of the organization’s typhoon recovery programs.

In February, thousands of We-Care.com users supported Operation USA’s work in the Philippines through a Cause of the Month campaign in which stories of the struggle and need that followed the typhoon were shared with the We-Care.com community. By shopping at online stores such as Target, Best Buy, Travelocity and thousands of other merchants, We-Care.com users generated $10,016.22 in funds to be donated to Operation USA.

“We’re blown away, proud, and excited,” said Dylan Nord, Partner Relations at We-Care.com. “We want to thank Operation USA for giving We-Care.com and its users the opportunity to be a part of this program.”

After Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, slammed into the Eastern Visayas and Eastern Samar regions of the Philippines in November 2013, Operation USA identified recovery needs in the coastal municipality of Guiuan. Much like Tacloban, its more urbanized neighbor to the North, Guiuan was leveled by Haiyan’s strong winds and equally destructive storm surge. Virtually every person, every family, every house and every building in the area was impacted. To date, OpUSA has sent sea shipments of much needed relief and recovery supplies. Now, as the emergency phase is waning, OpUSA is embarking on a multi-phased rebuilding project that will include a public school and a playground.

Funds generated by the We-Care.com community will be used to provide educational materials and/or other supplies to be determined as part of Operation USA’s rebuilding efforts.

About Operation USA
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

About We-Care.com
We-Care.com empowers users to turn shopping, booking travel, and doing taxes online into a means to donate to a favorite organization. Launched in 2008, We-Care.com consists of a team of internet marketers and technologists who believe one can succeed while doing good for others. Partners Kevin Lee and Dave Pasternack are successful “serial entrepreneurs”, and the founders of the leading Search Engine Marketing (SEM) agency Didit – part of the 2007 Inc 500 fastest-growing privately held companies (#137) and Deloitte’s Fast 500 (#12). We-Care.com provides Dave and Kevin an opportunity to support organizations that improve our communities.

Press Contact:
Mary Dolan
Director, Social Media & Media Outreach Programs
Operation USA
323.413.2353
mdolan@opusa.org

Categories: Environment

Solar-Harvesting Windows Could Become Reality with Advances in Semiconductors

Yale Environment 360 - April 15, 2014
New semiconductor technology is advancing the development of house windows that could double as solar panels, according to scientists from Los Alamos National Lab and Italy. Their research into so-called Solar-harvesting materials under UV light "quantum dots" — ultra-small bits of semiconductors that transmit energy extremely efficiently and can be tuned toward specific colors — shows that quantum dots can be used in transparent materials to harvest sunlight with efficiencies comparable to standard solar panels. When highly transparent materials are embedded with quantum dots, they are known as luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs); the structures can absorb sunlight and re-radiate it at longer wavelengths directed toward the edge of the slab, where the energy is collected by a solar cell. In tests using large LSC slabs (sized in tens of centimeters), researchers reported harvesting photons at roughly 10 percent efficiency. Typical photovoltaic solar panels have an average efficiency of about 15 percent.
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In Vietnam, A New Campaign To Stop the Rhino Horn Trade

Yale Environment 360 - April 15, 2014
Conservation groups are mounting campaigns to persuade Vietnamese consumers that buying rhino horn is decidedly uncool. But such efforts are likely to succeed only as part of a broader initiative to crack down on an illicit trade that is decimating African rhino populations. BY MIKE IVES
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In Vietnam, A New Campaign To Curb the Rhino Horn Trade

Yale Environment 360 - April 15, 2014
Conservation groups are mounting campaigns to persuade Vietnamese consumers that buying rhino horn is decidedly uncool. But such efforts are likely to succeed only as part of a broader initiative to crack down on an illicit trade that is decimating African rhino populations. BY MIKE IVES
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Environmentalists Could Win the Keystone XL Battle and Still Lose the War

The EnvironmentaList - April 15, 2014
Will the KXL fight be environmentalists’ Vietnam?
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Operation USA: Active Projects & Programs Update

Operation USA - April 14, 2014

Operation USA has many active projects around the world (and here in the United States) in need of support from donors like you. Read on to learn more about what we’re up to and how you can help. Click HERE to make a donation now.

United States: Pine Ridge Reservation
Operation USA has recently started supporting health and education programs on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In partnership with the Suanne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club, where children have access to a number of extracurricular activities and can learn and play in a safe environment, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Health Administration, which offers a variety of invaluable health programs for tribal members, Operation USA will provide both monetary and in-kind assistance to projects that provide much-needed services to those living on the reservation.

United States: Awesome Girls
The Awesome Girls Mentoring Program has successfully mentored at risk girls throughout the greater New Orleans area since 1977. Offered year-round, the programming not only appeals to girls’ interests, but also enables their families and volunteers to help foster the healthy growth and development of happy, self-sufficient young women. Operation USA has been an enthusiastic supporter of the program since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in 2005. Nutritional programs, self esteem and confidence building classes, scholastic tutoring and physical activities are just a few of the many services the program makes available to the girls and their families.

Financial help from organizations like Operation USA and supporters like you is essential, and would help to continue to make possible this important community resource.

Click here to make a donation in support of Operation USA’s ongoing programs in the United States now.

United States: California Clinics Supply Program
Since 1983, Operation USA’s Community Clinics Supply Program has worked with over 100 nonprofit community clinics and health centers throughout the state of California–providing donated medical supplies, equipment and medicines to our partners. These nonprofit health centers provide comprehensive primary and preventative care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Many of their clients are medically indigent, working poor, minorities, high-risk and vulnerable.

Through this program, distributed inventory helps to enable our nonprofit clinic partners to increase their capacity for delivery of care, and helps them to redirect scarce funds from supplies to personnel, operations, and programs.

Nicaragua: Clinic Reconstruction (early planning stages)
In response to the devastating disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch (1999) in Nicaragua, Operation USA developed a number of relief and rehabilitation projects. One of the largest projects Operation USA undertook was the rehabilitation of a clinic building in the village of Santa Rosa, located close to Nicaragua’s border with Honduras. Due to a series of floods and continued seismic activity as well as unavoidable wear and tear, the clinic is currently not operating. Operation USA is planning to rebuild and equip a new village clinic and is currently seeking funds and/or partners to make this project possible. Once built and staffed, the clinic will serve up to 2,000 residents of three villages.

Click here to learn more about partnership/sponsorship opportunities and in-kind donations now.

The Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Recovery
On November 8th, 2013 Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, slammed into the Eastern Visayas and Eastern Samar regions of the Philippines, carving a path of death and destruction in its wake. The small coastal municipality of Guiuan was where the monster storm first made landfall. Much like Tacloban, its more urbanized neighbor to the North, Guiuan was leveled by Haiyan’s strong winds and equally destructive storm surge. Virtually every person, every family, every house and every building in the area was impacted.

Operation USA has focused our relief efforts in Guiuan in hopes of helping this wonderful community get back on its feet. To date, we have sent sea shipments of much needed relief and recovery supplies. Now, as the emergency phase is waning, OpUSA is embarking on a multi-phased rebuilding project that will include a public school and a playground. OpUSA is currently seeking funding for playground equipment, computers, sports equipment and other school supplies for the estimated 100 children who will attend the school.

Haiti: Education and Feeding Programs
The massive earthquake that struck in 2010 brought unprecedented devastation to Haiti. Immediately following the earthquake, Operation USA aided relief efforts across the country with air and sea supply shipments and carefully targeted grants to partner agencies. Four years on, Operation USA remains committed to the people of Haiti. Focusing on the city of Jacmel, where, in partnership with Honeywell Hometown Solutions, we constructed a nine-building public school complex. Our work in Haiti is centered on education and child nutrition, which research has directly linked to enhanced literacy and capacity for learning.

Operation USA continues to support a feeding program at the newly constructed school which makes available a hot lunch to all students daily. This hot meal is too often the only one that the children at the school will receive that day. Your support will help us to ensure that this vital resource, and the wonderful children who benefit from it, continue to thrive.

Click here to make a donation in support of Operation USA’s ongoing disaster recovery programs now.

Cambodia: Micro-Credit Programs and Hospital Supplies Shipments
Operation USA has maintained an active presence in Cambodia since 1979, when it was the first western NGO allowed into the country following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Over the years, we have supported numerous health, education and livelihood programs throughout the country in partnership with community-based organizations like Mekong Plus, which offers income-generating opportunities and training as well as health education to women and the poorest of the poor. Operation USA also continues to deliver invaluable supplies to health care partner, King Sihanouk Hospital–a state-of-the-art facility in Phnom Penh which provides free medical care to all who cannot afford it.

Worldwide: Shipments
Often, the shipping process is the greatest challenge in providing essential relief to communities in need. When corporate partners provide materials, and their destination is determined, OpUSA warehouse staff must then coordinate the donation of shipping services by air, land and sea. Operation USA is currently seeking shipment sponsors and funds to support “getting it there” quickly and efficiently.

Click here to make a donation in support of shipping around the world now.

Click here to learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor now.

Categories: Environment

Despite Stark Warnings, IPCC Finds Some Signs of Hope on Climate

Yale Environment 360 - April 14, 2014
Although greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at an alarming rate, governments are beginning to embrace carbon-cutting initiatives, while technological advances are sharply reducing the cost of deploying solar and wind power, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The working group report on climate mitigation, released in Berlin, said that global CO2 emissions have risen about 2.2 percent a year this century — twice the rate of the last few decades of the 20th century — and that holding temperature increases to 2 degrees C (3.6 F) can only be achieved through an intensive push over the next 15 years. But the report also said that the political will to reduce carbon emissions seems to be rising around the world, and that shifting the global energy system from fossil fuels to zero- or low-carbon sources would reduce economic growth by only about .06 percent per year. “The loss in consumption is relatively modest,” said IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri. “The longer we delay the higher would be the cost.”
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A Fresh Boost of Energy for Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns on US Campuses

The EnvironmentaList - April 14, 2014
At the 2014 Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence, students renewed their pledge to dig deep, link up, and take action
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A Way to Come Together on Public Lands Conservation

The EnvironmentaList - April 14, 2014
If Congress doesn’t like President Obama’s national monument designation, it should pass the dozens of pending wilderness bills
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Defiende Cabo Pulmo

Costa Salvaje - April 14, 2014
Defiende Cabo Pulmo
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DEFIENDE CABO PULMO -CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA D.F.

Costa Salvaje - April 14, 2014
DEFIENDE CABO PULMO -CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA D.F.
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Showtime Series Uses Star Power to Drive Home the Truth About Our Warming World

The EnvironmentaList - April 11, 2014
Can a 60 Minutes-meets-Ocean’s Eleven show on climate change lure viewers away from Don Draper?
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Parasitic Flatworm Could Be Major Threat to Coral Reefs, Scientists Say

Yale Environment 360 - April 11, 2014
A coral-eating flatworm with a unique camouflaging strategy could be a major threat to the world's coral reefs, according to researchers in the U.K. The parasite, called Amakusaplana acroporae, infects a type of staghorn coral known as acropora, a major component Amakusaplana acroporae, a parasitic coral flatworm of reefs, and can destroy its coral host very quickly. The parasite has been detected at the Great Barrier Reef, and because it has no known natural predators, researchers are concerned it could spread quickly and decimate reefs worldwide. A novel camouflaging strategy makes the flatworm difficult to detect and monitor, the researchers say. When eating the coral tissue, the worm also ingests the coral's symbiotic algae. Instead of digesting the algae completely, the worm keeps a fraction of them alive and distributes them, along with the fluorescent pigments that give coral its characteristic hue, throughout its gut so that it perfectly mimics the appearance of the coral. The parasite has been identified in numerous aquarium-based corals, and biologists worry that it could spread rapidly if aquarium-raised coral, fish, or seaweed are introduced to natural reef environments.
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Overpopulation Must Remain a Key Issue for Environmentalists

The EnvironmentaList - April 11, 2014
A second take on Alan Weisman’s Countdown
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Why US Fracking Companies are Licking their Lips Over Ukraine

The EnvironmentaList - April 10, 2014
From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine, writes Naomi Klein
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Mapping Program Helps Cities See Money Saved by Planting Trees

Yale Environment 360 - April 10, 2014
New open-source software is helping cities better understand the benefits trees provide by calculating the value of the trees' ecosystem services, such as air quality improvements and CO2 storage. More than a dozen

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San Diego's mapped trees cities have undertaken tree inventory initiatives, thanks to the OpenTreeMap software, and residents have helped map more than 1.1 million trees worldwide. In addition to plotting a tree's location, users record its size, species, and other parameters that allow the software to calculate the tree's ecological value in terms of dollars saved through such benefits as cleaner air. San Diego's more than 340,000 mapped trees, for example, are estimated to provide the city more than $7 million in benefits each year, including $4 million in air quality benefits and $2 million in reduced energy costs. In the coming months, the software will allow city managers to decide where to plant trees for maximum environmental benefit.
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Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands?

Yale Environment 360 - April 10, 2014
As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without destroying the remaining tropical forests of Africa, South America, and Asia? BY WILLIAM LAURANCE
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Addressing Food Security in Cape Town, One Garden at a Time

The EnvironmentaList - April 10, 2014
Home gardens in crime-ravaged community prove the power of resourcefulness in the face of adversity
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