Photo: oil spill hits endangered penguins
Mar22

Photo: oil spill hits endangered penguins

Northern rockhopper penguins covered in oil. Photo by: Tristan Conservation Team of Simon Glass, Wayne Swain and Matthew Green. Courtesy of: The Tristan da Cunha Website. Northern rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi) hit hard by an oil spill from a wrecked cargo ship on Nightingale Island in the Southern Atlantic. Already listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List, the oil spill threatens nearly half of the northern rockhopper...

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Video: saving cape fur seals from fisheries’ trash

Innovative program by Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa to save wild fur seals from dangerous, and in some cases deadly, trash from local fisheries.

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Video: coral reefs at risk

An updated comprehensive analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) along with twenty-five partners finds that 75% of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by local and global impacts, including climate change. To read more about the report: Coral crisis: 75% of the world’s coral reefs in...

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Activism: the great bluefin tuna boycott

Note: mongabay.com does not endorse the action below, but believes its readers may be interested in taking action or discussing the issue in comments. Bluefin tuna. Photo by: NOAA. The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a bluefin tuna boycott after the fish’s regulatory body, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), failed to drastically limit the catch this year. The group has also...

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Activism: petition against oil exploration near award-winning marine reserve

Note: mongabay.com does not endorse the action below, but believes its readers may be interested in taking action or discussing the issue in comments. Leather back sea turtles are one of four marine turtle species in the Seaflower MPA. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs. The Providence Foundation has created a petition against oil exploration near, and perhaps even inside, Seaflower Marine Protected Area in the Colombian Caribbean. The park...

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New Guinea from above
Nov18

New Guinea from above

Winding river makes its way to the sea in the lowland rainforests of west New Guinea. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Click to see more photos of New Guinea.

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Liberally Green

Conservation is traditionally associated with left-wing politics. The distinction between left and right dates back to the days of the French revolution when those supporting radical changes in society where seated on the left side of parliament. Left-wing politics tend to strive for a more egalitarian society, achieved through cooperative, mutually respectful collaboration.Right-wing politics may see social and economic hierarchies...

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Event at Steinhart ..Bringing together Bay Area Clean Tech and Conservation interests?

With most of the local corporate community “distracted” by all the financial chaos on “Wall Street”, we have chosen to delay our planned clean tech expo at the new Steinhart until the first part of next year.  However, as with similar projects, this program is more about the production process (and the working relationships that develop) then the actual event.   On that note, we have made some in-roads with...

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Event at Steinhart Progressing ….

The event that we are working to develop at the new Steinhart / California Academy of Sciences is proceeding nicely.  As mentioned in a previous post, this event will showcase Bay Area “clean tech” and environmental initiatives with the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial community (Keiretsu Forum members …world’s largest “angel investor” group …see: http://k4forum.com ).  It looks like several...

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Event at New Steinhart

This blog is being written to document my efforts to develop an event at the new California Academy of Sciences (The Steinhart).  I am working in collaboration with Rhett Butler of Mongabay.com …details to follow as this event takes form.  Stay tuned!  Mark Szotek 

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NY Times Article on Europe’s Hunger for Illegal Fish

Yesterday the New York Times printed an enlightening article on the massive illegal seafood trade in Europe.   It may be time for a moratorium on eating seafood altogether… The article can be accessed here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/world/europe/15fish.html?scp=2&sq=fish+europe  An excerpt (by Elizabeth Rosenthal): “Fish is now the most traded animal commodity on the planet, with about 100 million tons of wild...

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Non-Violence and Environmental Action
Jan14

Non-Violence and Environmental Action

Currently, in the Antarctic seas, Greenpeace’s ship Esperanza is chasing Japan’s whaling fleet.  Japan plans to take 900 minke whales and 50 fin whales for what they claim is scientific study, yet the whale’s final destination is Japanese restaurants and markets.  Greenpeace believes in non-violent protest.  By chasing the whaling fleet the organization is attempting to interrupt the hunt–the Japanese cannot...

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