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January 6-13, 2010

In This Issue

News:

Global, national, and local news

This week:

From Copenhagen to Cuttyhunk

Winter Wildlife Walk

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Save The Date:

NOFA conference

Cuttyhunk Seal Trip

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Announcements:

Lloyd Center is hiring!

Weekly Green Tip:

Refillable Water Bottle Choices

Weekly Quote:

"The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future." - Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

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Leaf Bullet News
Global The Pope
Pope urges lifestyle changes to save environment
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict used his traditional New Year address on Friday to call on people to change their lifestyles to save the planet, saying environmental responsibility was essential for global peace.

Recalling that world leaders had gathered in Copenhagen last month for the U.N. climate conference, the pope said action at a personal and community level was just as important to safeguard the environment. Read more here.

Middle East Water
Arab World in Water Crisis, Reports Jordanian Journalist
There are people in over 17 Arab countries living well below the water poverty line of 500 cubic metres annually, said Arab decision makers from around the Arab world, meeting on water insecurity this past Monday, in Jordan, reports the Jordan Times. They recognized climate change in the Middle East as an issue that will further impact their poorly-available water resources, noting that 75% of the surface water in the Arab world, originates from outside its borders. Read more here.

Solar farm
Sun, wind and wave-powered: Europe unites to build renewable energy 'supergrid'
It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up plans to link their clean energy projects around the North Sea. Read more here.

burning computer parts
How Europe's Discarded Computers Are Poisoning Africa's Kids
People in the West throw away millions of old computers every year. Hundreds of thousands of them end up in Africa, where children try to eke out a living by selling the scrap. But the toxic elements in the waste are slowly poisoning them. Read more here.

National Ice
C.I.A. Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists
The nationís top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal governmentís intelligence assets ó including spy satellites and other classified sensors ó to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests. Read more here.

ManureDown on the Farm, an Endless Cycle of Waste
GUSTINE, Tex. ó Day and night, a huge contraption prowls the grounds at Frank Vollemanís dairy in Central Texas. It has a 3,000-gallon tank, a heavy-duty vacuum pump and hoses and, underneath, adjustable blades that scrape the surface as it passes along.

In function it is something like a Zamboni, but one that has crossed over to the dark side. This is no hockey rink, and itís not loose ice being scraped up. Itís cow manure. Read more here.

Cars
U.S. scrapped more cars than bought new ones
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans scrapped more automobiles than they bought last year as the ragged economy reduced demand and some major cities expanded mass transit service, according to a new report.

The United States scrapped 14 million autos while buying only 10 million last year, shrinking the country's car and light duty truck fleet to 246 million from a record high of 250 million, according to the report to be released on Wednesday by nonprofit group the Earth Policy Institute (EPI). Read more here.

As Colleges Add Green Majors and Minors, Classes Fill Up
Classes are filling up as fast as colleges can add new major and minors in green programs, as students demand the courses and employers wanted trained students, reports USA Today.

More than 100 majors, minors or certificates were added this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs at colleges nationwide, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), reports USA Today. This is up from three programs added in 2005. Click here for AASHEís list of academic programs in sustainability. Read more here.

Local Cape Wind
For Cape Cod Wind Farm, New Hurdle Is Spiritual
BOSTON ó In a new setback for a controversial wind farm proposed off Cape Cod, the National Park Service announced Monday that Nantucket Sound was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, guaranteeing further delays for the project.

Known as Cape Wind, the project is the nationís first planned offshore wind farm and would cover 24 square miles in the sound, an area roughly the size of Manhattan. The park service decision came in response to a request from two Massachusetts Indian tribes, who said the 130 proposed wind turbines would thwart their spiritual ritual of greeting the sunrise, which requires unobstructed views across the sound, and disturb ancestral burial grounds. Read more here.

Council on Sustainability gets ready to take action
DARTMOUTH ó Heading into the new year, the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability is looking for a few good men and women to help transform the South Coast into a greener, more sustainable place to live, work, and raise families.

After months of investigating key issues concerning energy use, food production, transportation, economic development and ways to protect natural resources, the Council on Sustainability is now ready to start developing action groups to create positive change in communities throughout the region. Read more here.

BCC Solar
Bristol Community College adding 420 solar panels to three buildings on campus
FALL RIVER ó During a tough fiscal period, Bristol Community College has found a way to save nearly half a million dollars a year without cutting jobs or eliminating classes. It also happens to be the same way the college hopes to go green.

The college, which already has more than 50 solar panels covering the roof of its engineering building, has built about 420 more on the Hudnall administration building, Siegel health technologies building, and facilities, or F, building. They will begin creating power by the end of the month. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

From Copenhagen to Cuttyhunk: How Global Warming Affects Us

Thursday, January 7th 7:00 p.m., New Bedford Ocean Explorium
John Bullard will go over global warming and ocean acidification impacts on our area, the Copenhagen talks, the recently released ocean plan which will allow industrial turbines off of Cuttyhunk, the recently approved plan to build turbines in Dartmouth and perhaps some discussion on an idea to build turbines at Fort Rodman. Refreshments will be served at 6:15.

Winter Wildlife Walk

Saturday, January 9th 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m., Lloyd Center lower parking area
Enjoy a refreshing morning walk to select locations in South Dartmouth to view and learn about the various adaptable species one might encounter in January in a coastal environment.

Of particular interest are seals and winter waterfowl found along the shoreline, where a passing raptor may also be observed. You'll also stroll the forested Lloyd center property to view its winter songbirds, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the forest in winter. If there's snow, evidence of mammal activity and perhaps a roaming fox can be enjoyed.

Dress warmly (boots if snow!), bring optical equipment (binoculars, camera); all are welcome!

Register by calling 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the walk, please call Jamie at 508-990-0505 x23 or email him at jbogart@lloydcenter.org.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

NOFA/Mass 23rd Annual Winter Conference - "Food From Farms For Families"

January 16, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, Ma
Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) presents their 23rd Annual Winter Conference "Food From Farms For Families". Joel Salatin to present keynote speech and all day seminar "Introducing Livestock to your Farm." Over 40 workshops on organic farming, gardening, landscaping, and sustainable living. Lively exhibit area, NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting, great children and teens program, potluck lunch!

General registration fee $50 with discounts available. Registration for Salatin seminar $115 (includes entrance to entire conference). For more information visit http://www.nofamass.org/conferences/winter/index.php or contact Conference Coordinator, Jassy Bratko, jassy.bratko@nofamass.org or 978-928-5646

Winter Wonderland Walk

January 16, 10 - 11AM, Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, 2929 Blossom Road, Fall River
The harsh New England winter presents a challenge to plants and animals alike. Unable to escape exposure to the wind and cold, the trees of New Englandís forests have developed many ways to endure the winter months, while animals have their own strategies for staying warm, finding food and avoiding predation. On this guided walk, we'll join get out into the crisp air and explore an area not normally open to the public along the eastern shore of North Wattuppa Pond. Bioreserve Education Coordinator, Linton Harrington, will help us explore the amazing adaptations that help living things survive the coldest months of the year. This event is free. Learn more here.

Presentation on an Economic Framework for Sustainable Agriculture

January 21, 10:00AM - 12:00PM, Kingston, RI (directions)
Michael Hamm, CS Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University will lead this presentation. He'll explore the following questions: If the regional population were to eat the USDA recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables, what would be the increased consumption? How much of that food could be grown locally? How much more land would have to be in cultivation in order to produce that amount of food? What would be the economic impact of the agricultural expansion? Learn more here.

Eyes on Owls

January 30, 1:00PM, Westport High School
Who's watching you? Find out on January 30th, 2010 at 1pm at Westport High School when Eyes On Owls presents a live owl program in conjunction with WRWA. All who attend are in for some fun with educational close-up views of these secretive birds of prey. Naturalist Marcia Wilson will present "Who's Watching You? Owls of the World."

Wilson introduces the audience to owls found in New England and as well other parts of the world. A slide show begins the program by showcasing colorful wildlife photos by her husband Mark Wilson. Marcia imitates the owls' calls herself, paying special attention to the more common owls that we might encounter in our area. Learn more here. Free for kids, $5 for adults.

RI Local Food Forum

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00AM - 3:00PM, Providence, RI
A networking opportunity for farmers, restaurants and food service buyers.|| This year's theme is "Fresh for All". In addition to general networking and local food discussion, there will be a special focus on the exciting resurgence of RI agriculture is still just a few years in the making, and it's happening in large part due to the renewed interest of Rhode Islanders in where our food comes from. Yet this success presents new questions:
* Who is not being served by this recent success?
* How do we scale up to meet new demand?
Registration online. Free.

Slocum's River Long Walk

February 6, 1 - 4PM, Slocum's River Reserve (directions)
The extensive conservation efforts led by The Trustees make it possible to walk from the Slocum's River to the Westport River almost entirely on protected land. Before watching the Super Bowl, get outside and stretch your legs on this 4.5-mile walk from the Slocum's River Reserve to the Buzzards Bay Brewery (where you can stock up for the game). Be aware that trails may be icy, snow covered, or muddy. Transportation will be provided back to your car.

Seal watch and island tour - Cuttyhunk Island

February 6, 10AM - 2PM, Cuttyhunk Ferry company parking lot, state pier, off route 18 in New Bedford
Venture out to the Elizabethan Chain to view overwintering seals 'hauled out' at low tide. Seals migrate from colder northerly waters in search of warmer, shallow embayments for wintering habitat - these secluded islands being a perfect topover.

Departing from New Bedford State Pier on the fabulous 'MV Cuttyhunk' vessel, you'll be treated to views of the open bay and the islands, rafts of winter waterfowl, and perhaps a wandering seal. Learn more here.

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival 2010

February 25 - 28, various locations and times
For the 2nd year in a row, Save The Bay brings you some of the most popular short films from the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest of its kind in North America! This year the films will be shown over three days in three locations:
Thursday, February 25
6:00 - 8:00 pm La Grua Center 32 Water St., #7 Stonington Common Stonington, CT
Friday, February 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm Jane Pickens Theatre 49 Touro St., Newport, RI
Sunday, February 28 4:00 - 6:00 pm Avon Cinema 260 Thayer St., Providence, RI Learn more here, or order $10 tickets here


Leaf Bullet Announcements

Lloyd Center Seeking Director of Development

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a highly regarded research and educational organization, headquartered in Dartmouth Massachusetts, seeks an experienced Director of Development to work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in developing and executing an aggressive fundraising strategy. Learn more here.

Spring Sustainability Courses

UMass Dartmouth is pleased to announce its spring, 2010 sustainability courses. See the course list here.

Winter Study 2009/2010

Mondays at 7 PM (with an option to join us at 6PM for a simple Soup, Salad, and Bread Potluck Supper)

Healthy Crops: A New Agricultural Revolution - Jan 25th through approx. Feb 22nd/March 1st

We'll plan on gathering for 6 evenings for each book, leaving a little room in the schedule for any weather related cancellations.

To register for the either Winter Study (registration is free) please contact Derek Christianson at 508-992-1868 or derekchristianson@gmail.com.

We'll also be coordinating a wintertime garden planning course held in New Bedford in January and February... Planting Seeds in January stay tuned for more details.


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Reusable water bottle choices

Disposable water bottles are out, reusable water bottles are in. It's great news for the environment; but what sort of refillable water bottle should you choose and why? Learn more here.

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