Our Contaminated Fish – Tissue Health Declining

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report on U.S. Coastal Waters (National Coastal Condition Assessment 2010) shows concerning evidence of declining fish health. “Ecological Fish Tissue Quality is rated good for less than 1% of the nation’s waters. This means there is a potential threat to the most sensitive predators…

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Test of Environmental Resolve – Cuba’s Future

The New York Times reports that although Cuba’s commitment to environmental protection has never been tested, or tempted, it will be if trade and travel barriers with the U.S. fall. The Times reports Cuba’s green sensitivities evolved as much out of necessity as ideology. “The collapse of the Soviet bloc…

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What is the Price Tag for Nature’s Defenses?

Carl Zimmer writes recently in the New York Times that levees are not the only things that protect coasts from storm damage.  “Nature offers protection, too” he says.  “Coastal marshes absorb wind energy and waves of storms, weakening their impact farther inland.”  These coastal ecosystems and their services provide significant…

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The Yellowstone River – Still the Longest Undammed River in the Lower 48?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Montana Department of Environmental Quality have issued a joint notice advising plans currently being considered by the District Engineer at Omaha, Nebraska.  According to the notice NOW-2008-02556-MTB the applicant is intending to “conduct periodic placement of rock” on the existing diversion dam and to…

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Unintended Consequences May Have Created a “Point of No Return” for Commercial Fisheries

In Conservation Magazine’s recent good read, “Point of No Return: Why Aren’t Fish Populations Recovering?” author Natasha Loder examines why fishery management policies may have resulted in an insurmountable “Darwinian Debt.” In the 1940s, cod in the northeast Arctic had an average size of 95 cm. Today they average only…

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At TEDxCharlottesville: Ushering in the Age of Natural Capitalism

“There are two great joys in life: the tilling of the land, and the cultivation of character. One anchors us and one elevates us,” said conservation capitalist Chandler Van Voorhis late last year at TEDxCharlottesville. Chandler Van Voorhis is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GreenTrees, which plants, grows, and sells permanent…

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