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EXTINCTION: It's all around us

EXTINCTION: It's all around us

How long will it take a plastic bottle or bag to biodegrade? How long will it take for greenhouse gas emissions to raise atmospheric temperature 2-4 degrees? How long can we ensure the safe storage of nuclear waste? All of these questions are central to current environmental debates, and, of course, all involve consequences that none of us will live to see. The “seventh generation” approach to judging our actions gives us a sense of the long view, but may not ultimately provide a ton of motivation: we don’t know those people, after all.

Of course, not all environmental issues revolve around long-term impacts: it’s taken a relatively short amount of time to create ocean dead zones because of increasing nitrogen pollution, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from larger amount of plastic in our waste streams. We’ll see other species go extinct in our own lifetimes while we watch our own population balloon. Sure, we should consider the needs of future generations, but we can look around ourselves right now and see the consequences of refusing to consider ourselves a part of the greater natural order.

Global Passions for Football and Biodiversity Harnessed for Life

Global Passions for Football and Biodiversity Harnessed for Life

The world of international championship football and the world of biodiversity conservation are coming together this year in a partnership announced Wednesday by the German sport lifestyle shoe and clothing company PUMA and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Fished Out: Caribbean Sea's big fish nearly gone

Fished Out: Caribbean Sea's big fish nearly gone

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, May 5, 2009 (ENS) – Sharks and barracuda disappear on Caribbean coral reefs as human populations rise, endangering the region’s marine food web, its reefs and its fisheries, finds a new study by researcher Chris Stallings of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Stallings says overfishing is the most likely cause…

Turtle safety puts shallow Gulf of Mexico off-limits to longliners

Turtle safety puts shallow Gulf of Mexico off-limits to longliners

WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2009 (ENS) – An emergency fisheries closure to protect threatened sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico was announced Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. Conservation groups were pleased with the move, but commercial fishermen said many small businesses will go under as a result. The six-month closure…