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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"" 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 >>

"" 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 >>

"" Seabirds Respond To Volcano’s Changing Habitat. Article by George Divoky et al. Nesting habitat for birds on volcanic Bogoslof Island, Alaska, has changed constantly since this island emerged from the sea starting in 1796. Bird populations have fluctuated with those changes. Rock cliffs formed, eroded into boulders, and then broke down into soil which supported vegetation. Article >> More about George Divoky >>

"" Fall Migration Of Ross’ Gull (Rhodestethia Rosea) In Alaskan Chukchi And Beaufort Seas. Report by George Divoky et al. Report for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Research Center about monitoring seabirds populations in areas of oil and gas development on the Alaskan Continental Shelf. Article >> More about George Divoky >>

"" 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 >>

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 >>

Fish Being Disastrously Depleted. Article by Reese Halter. "The Chinese, Japanese and Russians will not support a world measure to stop overfishing sharks. The United Nations will not unanimously protect the endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna. So now it’s up to the citizens of our planet to help nature." Article >> More about Reese Halter >>

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 >>

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 >>

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