Friday, November 25, 2005
The NY TImes editorial today opposes delisting of the grizzlies in Yellowstone because the US does not have legislation protecting "almost" threatened and endangered species. Do we need federal biodiversity legislation -- or can we trust the states to do appropriate wildlife management?
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USFWS DELISTING PROPOSAL
National Wildlife Federation
USFWS Yellowstone Grizzlies
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Predator Conservation Alliance
RM Wildlife Reports
NY Times on Delisting Proposal (Nov 15 2005)
NY Times on Grizzly Status (Sept 2005)
Planet Ark reports that two articles published in Science today concern global warming. First, a study by Miller et al indicates that sea level has risen at double the rate during the last 150 years (about a centimeter a year) than the rate during the preceeding 5000 years. Miller says that half the sea level rise can be attributed to natural warming -- the remainder is attributable to human activity. 150 years, of course, corresponds nicely with the intensified use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution. A study by Stocker, et al indicates that carbon dioxide levels were relatively stable over the last 650,000 years until about 200 years ago. The rise during the last 200 years is 200 greater than any previous rise. Science Reports
Richard Kerr reports in Science (Science 18 November 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5751, pp. 1106 - 1108
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5751.1106)that the non-OPEC peak of oil production is likely to occur within the next decade (US production peaked in 1970; UK production peaked in the last few years). OPEC production may not peak for another two or three decades, but due to the decline in non-OPEC oil, world production is likely to peak between 2015 and 2030. summary
The problem with this scenario, of course, for those of us who remember the oil embargo is that the rest of the world becomes totally dependent on OPEC. OPEC countries have had more than their fair share of war, which tend to interfere with oil production. So do cartels that profit from holding supply below demand to increase prices.
The trick will be finding new energy sources and encouraging conservation while world energy supply exceeds demand -- and prices stay relatively low. We had the American public's attention when gasoline went over $ 3. As it falls below $ 2 again, will hybrids still be hot?
Thursday, November 24, 2005
The CEL Forum has provided a communications channel for many of us interested in environmental law. The CEL has decided not to continue the forum. Welcome to the CEL members who should feel free to use this blog as a means to communicate events, books, and matters of substance.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
A study by IDDRI indicates that, although geological capture and storage could theoretically offset global power plant CO2 emissions, the difference in potential capture and storage in given regions makes it unlikely that we can rely on geological capture and storage to reduce emissions.geological carbon capture and storage
For another view, IPCC Special Report on CSS (update)
The NY Times reported that Goldman Sachs is setting the green standard among financial institutions. Goldman Sachs Goes Green Goldman Sachs environmental policy is far more specific than most corporate environmental policies. GS Policy
It pledges to:
- reduce its own footprint;
- use its power plants as demonstration projects for innovative technology;
- be a market maker for development of emissions markets;
- help develop markets in ecosystem services;
- become a leading wind energy developer;
- make a $1 billion available for renewable energy/conservation projects;
- avoid lending for projects in environmental sensitive areas or extractive projects affecting World Heritage sites,to companies or projects engaged in illegal logging, to projects violating domestic laws enacted to implement international environmental agreements;
- finance preservation and non-extractive use of forest resources in forests with high conservation values;
- develop due diligence procedures around key environmental issues.
Duke Law School maintains “Supreme Court Online,” with recent Supreme Court opinions, full-text and edited versions for classroom use, and plain-English summaries and commentaries. The site is designed to serve “the general public and facilitate the classroom use of recent decisions.” Supreme Court Online
The Tehran Times reports that the sturgeon, who so generously provide us with caviar, will be extinct within a generation due to poaching. May be this endangered species will get the Bush Administration's attention. Sturgeon