Global Assessment of Corals Finds Bad News, Good News, Looming Threats
December 8, 2004 10:08 AM - WWF-US
About 20 percent of the world's coral reefs are so damaged they are beyond repair, finds a new global assessment of the state of coral reefs released today at the WWF headquarters in Washington, D.C. The damaged reefs no longer provide fish for people or attractions for tourists. At the same time the percentage of reefs recovering from past damage has risen but half of the world's reefs are threatened with destruction, the assessment found. All told, 70 percent of the world's reefs are threatened or destroyed, up from 59 percent four years ago. Climate change, runoff pollution and destructive fishing methods pose the greatest threats to reefs. The Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004 involved 240 scientists from 96 countries in the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.
California Appellate Court Upholds Results-Oriented Water Quality Plans
December 8, 2004 03:40 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council
A unanimous three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal today ruled that state regulators can require that bodies of water are clean, not merely require that polluters make an effort to reduce contaminated runoff. The decision will immediately affect more than half-a-dozen pending cases that challenge the right of state regulators to require compliance with water quality standards.
MAP's Children's Mangrove Art Calendars for 2005 Now Available!!! (from
December 8, 2004 10:07 AM - Mangrove Action Project
MAP's new Children's Mangrove Art 2005 Calendars are now available. In addition to these beautiful calendars, we are selling packets of 5 beautiful greeting cards containing several mangrove images from Monica Gutierrez-Quarto's artwork. to raise funds for MAP.
An Open Letter on Certification of Farmed Shrimps to Certification Groups and the NGO Community
December 8, 2004 10:06 AM - Mangrove Action Project
Rising concern over intensive food production has resulted in an increased demand for "organic' alternatives. Certification has the potential to promote sustainable production systems.
WRI Sends Experts to the Buenos Aires Negotiations Of the UN Climate Change Convention
December 7, 2004 09:13 AM - World Resources Institute
Experts from the World Resources Institute (WRI) will participate in the Tenth Conference of Parties (COP 10) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dec. 6-17, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. COP 10 is particularly significant in light of Russiaâ€™s recent ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, UNEP and 3D Entertainment Join Forces to Protect Sharks with New 3D IMAX Theatre Film
December 7, 2004 09:05 AM - UN Environment Programme
Jointly issued by UNEP, Ocean Futures Society and 3D Entertainment, World premiere screening of "SHARKS 3D", hosted by Jean-Michel Cousteau, to be held December 15, 2004 at the Luxor IMAX theatre in Las Vegas in association with the Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay.
Army Corps of Engineers Violating Court Order by Allowing Coal Companies to Bury Streams with Mining Waste, Environmentalists Charge
December 7, 2004 09:03 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has violated a court order halting the agency from allowing coal companies to bury streams with mining waste, according to a contempt motion filed last Friday by environmental groups. The groups filed the motion in federal district court in Charleston, West Virginia.
Coral Reef Vacations May Become a Thing of the Past
December 7, 2004 09:02 AM - WWF-US
Finding Nemo may be more of a challenge as tropical coral reefs fight to survive assaults by their most formidable foes: humans. According to a major report released today, the Status of Coral Reefs of the World 2004, pressures on reefs from natural predators appear to have stabilized, but human encroachments have escalated, vividly degrading ocean floor topography around the world.
2nd Announcement: MAP SEEKS TO MATCH A $5000 GRANT
December 6, 2004 10:14 AM - Mangrove Action Project
You can help MAP match a $5,000 grant from two long time supporters. If you donate now to MAP at http://www.earthisland.org/map/map.html the value of your contribution will be matched till we reach our goal of $10,000!
Free Export Consulting Program Launched for California Organic Companies
December 6, 2004 09:54 AM - California Certified Organic Farmers
The Certified Organic Product Export
Strategy - California (COPES) (
www.copes-ca.org ), an innovative export marketing initiative
for California's organic industry, is now providing free trade promotion
and organic regulatory consulting to California based organic growers,
processors, and shippers. These new free one-on-one consulting services
are offered as part of CCOF's (California Certified Organic Farmers)
successful COPES program. Services offered include assistance with
international organic standards compliance, logistics, banking, market
analysis and international tradeshow follow-up. CCOF (www.ccof.org