Loss Of Mangrove Forests Contributed To Greater Impact Of Tsunamis!
January 6, 2005 02:23 PM - Mangrove Action Project

The severity of the current tsunami disaster is beyond comprehension. The tremendous force of the 9.0 earthquake that occurred off the coast of Sumatra caused extremely powerful tsunamis. This fact is soberly understood. Nevertheless, the immense loss in human life and property boggles the mind, and the ongoing reports from the multiple scenes of the disaster are nightmarish. What is more disturbing is the fact that the severity of this disaster could have been greatly lessened and much loss in human life and suffering could have been averted had healthy mangrove forests, coral reefs, sea grass beds and peatlands been conserved in a healthy state along these same now devastated coastlines. Instead these vital protective buffers that nature provides against wind and wave had been foolishly degraded or removed for unsustainable developments such as industrial shrimp aquaculture, tourism and urban expansion into these fragile and now quite vulnerable coastal regions.

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and Computer TakeBack Campaign Participate with eBay to Launch Rethink
January 6, 2005 01:56 PM - Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

More than half of all U.S. households have electronics items in working condition that are no longer being used, according to a survey commissioned by eBay and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) and conducted by the A.C. Neilson organization.

College Awards IPM Grants
January 6, 2005 11:46 PM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Extension IPM Program recently awarded three grants under its IPM mini-grants program.

Disaster Relief Teams en Route to Aid Animal Victims of Tsunami
January 6, 2005 11:44 PM - World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Disaster relief teams from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international UN-recognized charity representing nearly 500 affiliated animal welfare organizations worldwide, are en route to aid the animal victims of the tsunami that has devastated several countries in South East Asia and assess what needs to be done.

Sea Turtle Organizations Announce Tsunami Recovery Fund
January 6, 2005 01:52 PM - SEATURTLE.ORG

The Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG), the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) and SEATURTLE.ORG have announced the development of a fund to help with the recovery of marine turtle conservation and research projects in the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia region following the recent tsunami disaster.

Industrial Longline Fishing: A War on Fish
January 6, 2005 01:50 PM - Todd Steiner, Director STRP

Among the greatest of the threats to our future is the decline of our planet's greatest resource, the oceans. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that 70% of marine fish species are on the brink of collapse due to overfishing. Meanwhile, globally, 44 billion pounds of fish are discarded every year-25% of the entire world catch.

Seacology Establishes a Different Kind of Tsunami Relief Fund
January 6, 2005 01:41 PM - Seacology

In response to the devastating tsunami which struck Asia on December 26, Seacology (www.seacology.org) is establishing a Tsunami Relief Fund to directly aid four communities in the region which were impacted by the natural disaster.

New 2005 Nature-Connected Grants and Scholarships are Offered to Strengthen Self-Help, Counseling, and Education that Improves Personal and Environmental Sanity.
January 5, 2005 04:02 PM - Project NatureConnect

In a timely and passionate article entitled How You Can Come to Your Senses: What They Don't Teach You at Harvard or Yale (1), Ecological Psychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. describes a new grant program for restoring personal and global balance. The program funds the understanding or application of a proven personal and environmental, nature-connecting tool called the "Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP)."

The Health Effects of Air Pollution: The Human Body Under Attack
January 5, 2005 01:53 PM - Vicki Wolf, Citizens League for Environmental Action Now

The human body is an amazingly complex defense and self-healing system. The nose, mouth and throat filter air, food and water as it comes into the body.

"Tsunami Impacts on Coral Reefs in Thailand Under Investigation"
January 4, 2005 01:09 PM - Reef Protection International (RPI)

In addition to the horrible toll on human life caused by this week's Indian Ocean tsunami, people around the world anxiously await word on its impact to Thailand's famous coral reefs, one of the key natural features that draws so many international visitors to these tropical areas. As aerial photos trickle in, the devastating effects of the tsunami clearly illustrate how the landscape has forever been altered by this natural disaster. In addition to ongoing relief efforts, assessments of how the powerful tsunami may have altered the fragile coral reefs of the region are currently underway.

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