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January 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Tipping Points and the Precautionary Principle

Many ecological systems have tipping points - thresholds where small changes in impacts can have very large effects on on ecosystem functioning, often in a bad way.  Lakes, for example, might show little impact from nutrient pollution until…


Added by Noam Ross on January 27, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Chair of Friends of CMS Receives Environment Prize

Hannes Jaenicke wins NatureLife Environment Prize

Hannes Jaenicke © Hannes Jaenicke Bonn, 25 January 2011 - German actor, film producer and Chair of the Friends of CMS Mr. Hannes Jaenicke was awarded the NatureLife Environment Prize 2011 for his commitment towards saving…


Added by Veronika Lenarz on January 25, 2011 at 15:44 — No Comments

Marine Centre Development in Tonga

Hi there, I wanted to let any interested scientists, marine educators, health care workers and journalists know that we are developing a Marine Research Centre and Diabetes awareness program in the provence of Vava'u, Tonga. The centre will be a not for profit, collaborative project focussing on the areas of marine conservation and ecology, marine education, marine mammal, turtle and coral research, and any other research related to the local environment. I won't go into all the information… Continue

Added by Richard Wylie on January 23, 2011 at 5:23 — No Comments

State of the World 2011 Symposium in Washington DC and Live Streaming Online

Today is the Worldwatch Institute’s 15th Annual State of the World Symposium, hosted at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. It is being live streamed on the Nourishing the Planet blog at 1:15PM (EST) for those unable to join the event in person. Bringing together leading thinkers in agricultural development,… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on January 19, 2011 at 16:12 — No Comments

Rural Abandonment and Ecosystem Services

I have an article up at GOOD magazine about the abandoned rural lands and how to manage them for ecosystem services:

Brazil has had a declining rural population since 1990. Even as loggers and farmers cut and burn ancient rainforest in the south, emigrants leave northern farmlands fallow. In China, between just 2000 and 2008, the countryside lost 86 million people. The United Nations…


Added by Noam Ross on January 17, 2011 at 20:05 — No Comments

Jellyfish and Ocean Tipping Points

Over at Yale Environment 360, Richard Stone has an interesting article about ongoing work examining recent blooms of jellyfish populations.  Anecdotal evidence suggests that jellyfish populations have been on the rise, and it is possible that some marine systems are entering alternate stable states that are jellyfish- rather than…


Added by Noam Ross on January 15, 2011 at 3:39 — No Comments

State of the World 2011 Launches in NYC Today

Nigeria: With IITA in Ibadan

Today the Worldwatch Institute launches its flagship publication, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet in New York City. The report spotlights successful agricultural innovations and unearths major successes in… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on January 12, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Press Release: Sharing power - the end of 'fortress' conservation?

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT), Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples Network (IKAP), Thailand, United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and Vereniging van Inheemse Dorpshoofden in Suriname (VIDS), Suriname have released the following press information (click the title to read the full press release):



Added by Annabelle Galt on January 11, 2011 at 14:09 — No Comments

REDD+ and Financial Resilience for Conservation

This month's Conservation Letters has a Policy Perspective on the risks of relying REDD+ funding for conservation projects.  REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, with the "+" standing for biodiversity and social benefits), is a…


Added by Noam Ross on January 7, 2011 at 21:01 — No Comments

2011 is the International Year of Forests.... Tick... Tock...

2011 is the International Year of Forests, so here is a link to a new post on IIED's Due South blog by Duncan Macqueen — Tick tock — it’s the year of forests

Unknown Object

In it he explains why more than a billion forest-dependent poor will probably not see 2011 that way and why local control is key to the…


Added by Mike Shanahan on January 7, 2011 at 11:46 — No Comments

Preparing for unexpected opportunities in Borneo

Conservation Letters has an article about a situation in Borneo that illustrates how sudden, unpredictable events in ecology are not always bad.  In the past year, the island's forests have undergone an ecosystem-wide event known as…


Added by Noam Ross on January 2, 2011 at 7:15 — No Comments

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