Conference Looks at New Trends in Agriculture: Economic Development and Farmland Protection are Key Issues
January 10, 2005 10:32 AM - Hudson Valley Agriculture Partnership

The public and press are invited to participate in a forum about new economic development and farmland protection trends being promoted for Hudson Valley agriculture. The conference - Agriculture in the Hudson Valley: Innovations - will be Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marist College in Poughkeepsie and is being sponsored by the Hudson Valley Agricultural Partnership (www.hvap.org).

Quotable Quote
January 6, 2005 11:56 PM - Mangrove Action Project

Much of devastation caused by the Asian tsunami and storms like Hurricane Ivan can be avoided in the future if we take some basic steps, says Alfredo Quarto, executive director of the international NGO the Mangrove Action Project. It is our overdevelopment of coastal areas in the Caribbean which has directly led to the kinds of extensive damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in Grand Cayman.

Carbon Emissions Reach Record High
January 10, 2005 10:30 AM - Lila Buckley, Earth Policy Institute

In 2003, carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels climbed to a record high of 6.8 billion tons, up nearly 4 percent from the previous year. Global emissions of carbon have been rising steadily since the late eighteenth century-and rapidly since the 1950s. In fact, annual emissions have quadrupled since 1950.

Natural and Man-made Disasters Threaten Stability of Small Island Developing States
January 6, 2005 02:30 PM - UN Environment Programme

Vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters including tsunamis and cyclones is among a range of emerging issues challenging the health and wealth of the world's small island developing States.

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.

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