Protecting & Restoring Nature

EcoIntelligence protecting and restoring nature articles, speeches, and interviews.This section focuses on protecting and restoring the natural environment. It includes articles, speeches, reports, interviews, book and anthology excerpts, PowerPoint presentations, and presentation transcripts. Topics include habitat protection and restoration, endangered species, ecosystems, and stewardship of natural areas. Focuses include mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, parks, and other wild areas. Outdoor recreational activities and ecotourism are also covered.

Extraction and consumption of natural resources, population growth, urban sprawl, agriculture, and climate change are having dramatic impacts on the natural world. Human health and biodiversity are both threatened. Sustainability requires that we understand our impacts, learn how to lessen them, and restore ecosystems to reverse damage that has already been done.

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"" Are Marine Mammals the New Canaries? By Michael Castleman. In the Baltic sea during early 1988, more than half of the harbor seals - some 25,000 animals - suddenly died. The die-off, the largest ever recorded for seals, was caused by a virus very similar to the one that causes distemper in dogs. Environmentalists immediately pointed to what they believed to be cause - industrial wastes discharged into the Baltic. Article >> More about Michael Castleman >>

"" Big Economic Benefits From Open Space. By the Trust for Public Land. Parks and the conservation of natural and agricultural lands contribute billions of dollars every year to local economies across the nation, according to a new report by the Trust for Public Land. Article >>

"" Breeding And Natal Dispersal, Nest Habitat Loss And Implications For Marbled Murrelet Populations. Anthology chapter by George Divoky and Michael Horton. The ability of Marbled Murrelets to disperse from natal sites, and their fidelity to breeding sites, has important implications for the potential of the species to respond to habitat loss and colonize or reestablish breeding areas when habitat has been altered. Anthology Chapter >> More about George Divoky >>

"" Damn the Torpedoes & Torpedo the Dams. By Robert "Birdlegs" Caughlan. Four hundred miles of California's fabulous beaches are starving for sand, but surfers and other beach lovers have the muscle to bring them back. We know why they're starving and shrinking, and we know how to rescue them. Article >> More about Rob Caughlan >>

"" Distribution And Subspecies Of The Dovekie In Alaska. Article by George Divoky et al. The Dovekie is a primarily North Atlantic alcid that also breeds in the Arctic Basin of the north-eastern U.S.S.R. and probably eastward to the Bering Strait and the northern Bering Sea. Article >> More about George Divoky >>

"" Ecologically Based Municipal Land Use Planning. By William Honachefsky. "I admit there was a time in my own early years as a young land surveyor (the pre-Earth Day decade at least) when I too regarded the land simply as a commodity, and not part of a larger continuum, intimately linked to the surrounding air, water, vegetation, and wildlife." Article >>

The Endangered Species Act At Thirty, Vol. 2: Conserving Biodiversity In Human-Dominated Landscapes. Book excerpt by Adam Davis. In this chapter on "Conservation Banking," market-based systems for protecting habit and species are discussed. The ability to purchase conservation credits allows developers to mitigate project impacts and landowners to benefit from protected species on their property. Book Excerpt >>

"" Environmental Stewardship Vs. Economic Development. By Walter McGuire. In the long term, the economy and the environment are inextricably linked. Today's economy depends heavily on the availability and cost of resources. Yet, we have built an economy that values resource consumption rather than stewardship. Article >> More about Walter McGuire >>

From Walden To Wall Street: Frontiers Of Conservation Finance. Book excerpt by Adam Davis. "Imagine a marketplace where each unit of improvement in environmental quality was worth real money and competition managed cost so that the greatest amount of improvement per dollar could be purchased. In fact, this kind of market activity is already under way." Book Excerpt >>

"" Pacific Trash Vortex Could Signify Future Of Our Oceans. Article by Summer Rayne Oakes. Oakes describes what she learned about ocean plastic debris from visiting with Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. He has been studying the "great Pacific garbage patch" in the North Pacific Gyre. Article >> More about Summer Rayne Oakes >>

Will Americans Stand Up For Parks And Open Space? Article by Huey Johnson. Johnson discusses whether or not parks and open space can win out over bottom line economics. Caught between money and morals, questions are raised about the value Americans place on environmental preservation. Article >> More about Huey Johnson >>

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