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May 26 to June 2, 2010

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Osprey kayak tour

Garden and herb festival

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Summer bird walk

Climate Action Plan Workshops

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Adult Sustainability Camp offered

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Take a Green Vacation

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Global
MadagascarSix top global crises that have nothing to do with Greek debt
Next time you're worried about the euro or Greek debt, look at these six top global crises.
If you’re not tired already of hearing the phrase “perfect storm” bantered around with reckless abandon… a recent piece, “The Perfect Storm: Six Trends Converging on Collapse” could be just up your alley.

Despite the unfortunate title, it’s the kind of article you’d expect to cover the global selloff, collapse of the euro, and so forth. Fortunately it’s not. It’s all the other forces bent on destroying the world, and it’s actually worth a look. Below is a short highlight from each of the six top trends. Read more here.

OceanNew Study Finds Ocean Warmed Significantly Since 1993
The upper layer of Earth's ocean has warmed since 1993, indicating a strong climate change signal, according to a new international study co-authored by oceanographer Josh Willis of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The energy stored is enough to power nearly 500 100-watt light bulbs for each of the roughly 6.7 billion people on the planet continuously over the 16-year study period.

"We are seeing the global ocean store more heat than it gives off," said John Lyman, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, who led the study that analyzed nine different estimates of heat content in the upper ocean from 1993 to 2008. Read more here.

MadagascarShaky Rule in Madagascar Threatens Trees
MAROANSETRA, Madagascar — Exploiting a political crisis, Malagasy timber barons are robbing this island nation of its sylvan heritage, illegally cutting down scarce species of rosewood trees in poorly protected national parks and exporting most of the valuable logs to China.

For a decade or more, this illicit trade existed on a small scale. But in the past year, it has increased at least 25-fold, according to environmental groups that have been tracking the outgoing shipments. They estimate the value of trees felled this past year at $167 million or more. Read more here.

Global Fish Production Continues to Rise
Total global fish production, including wild capture and aquaculture, rose to approximately 159 million tons in 2008, the most recent year with data.1 This is a 1.27 percent increase from 2007 production levels.2 (See Figure 1.) Aquaculture, after growing steadily for the last four decades, now contributes nearly half of the fish produced worldwide and is expected to catch up to wild capture by 2012.3 Overall, 77 percent of fish production is for human consumption; the remainder is used for non-food production, mostly in the fishmeal and fish oil industries and for livestock feed. Read more here.

ObamaMajority of firms will spend more on climate change
Seventy percent of firms with revenue of $1 billion or more say they plan to increase spending on climate change initiatives in the next two years, a global survey reported on Tuesday.

Nearly half of the 300 corporate executives who responded to a survey conducted for the accounting and consulting giant Ernst & Young said their climate change investments will range from 0.5 percent to more than 5 percent of revenues by 2012. Read more here.

National
OilScience of the Oil Spill: Our Reporting Team Tackles Five Key Issues
Sizing up the weeks-long spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its impacts is proving a challenge for marine and coastal scientists. The source is beneath 1600 meters of seawater, the winds and currents spreading the oil can be capricious, and the marine life in the oil's path is spread over hundreds of square kilometers, from the sea floor to the surface. Commercial fisheries have already been affected, and fragile coastal marshlands are at risk. Just monitoring all these ecosystems is the first challenge; gauging the toll taken and sounding the all clear will come later. Here are five of the key questions that scientists will be trying to answer over the coming months and years. Read more here.

SpillOil Hits Home, Spreading Arc of Frustration
PORT FOURCHON, La. — For weeks, it was a disaster in abstraction, a threat floating somewhere out there.

Not anymore. In the last week, the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has revealed itself to an angry and desperate public, smearing tourist beaches, washing onto the shorelines of sleepy coastal communities and oozing into marshy bays that fishermen have worked for generations. It has even announced its arrival on the Louisiana coast with a fittingly ugly symbol: brown pelicans, the state bird, dyed with crude. Read more here.

Scientists to Study Impact of Gulf Oil Spill on Marine Food Webs
New reports are surfacing every day about the immediate impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf Coast wildlife, especially as the oil reaches the sensitive marshlands along the coast. But how will these communities be affected over time? Read more here.

HandsA new source of dioxins: Clean hands
The contaminants that form are novel and their risks unknown
Manufacturers have been adding the germ fighter triclosan to soaps, hand washes, and a range of other products for years. But here’s a dirty little secret: Once it washes down the drain, that triclosan can spawn dioxins. Read more here.

ObamaThe Food Movement, Rising
by Michael Pollan.
It might sound odd to say this about something people deal with at least three times a day, but food in America has been more or less invisible, politically speaking, until very recently. At least until the early 1970s, when a bout of food price inflation and the appearance of books critical of industrial agriculture (by Wendell Berry, Francis Moore Lappé, and Barry Commoner, among others) threatened to propel the subject to the top of the national agenda, Americans have not had to think very hard about where their food comes from, or what it is doing to the planet, their bodies, and their society. Read more here.

That won't workCommentary: How should environmentalists deal with an onslaught of bad news?
It's easy to close your eyes and turn away, but facing problems and thinking about them can, in the long run, make us happier individuals
Not long ago, I gave a talk with the title, ‘How facing bad news about the world can make you happier’. If, like me, you find yourself horrified by the planetary emergency we face, this might seem a touch over-positive. Yet my interest is in how we can start from where we are, feeling what we feel, and respond in a way that is good not just for our world, but also for our mood. When action for our world is experienced as enjoyable and uplifting, it becomes more attractive and draws people to it. As it is easy to get sunk emotionally by the constant barrage of bad news, this approach also helps protect us from burnout. Read more here.

Local
Living LabUMD to open nearly 400 acres of natural habitat to visitors
DARTMOUTH — People often associate UMass Dartmouth with the futuristic, concrete buildings that seem to dominate the campus.

But what many don't know is that the university also has nearly 400 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands that will soon be more accessible to both students and the wider community.

Part of the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative, the "Living Classroom" will feature several miles of trails for walking, biking and cross-country skiing, along with signs to educate visitors about the various ecosystems. Read more here.

William ReillyDurfee grad will head up Gulf oil spill probe
ALL RIVER — B.M.C. Durfee High School graduate William K. Reilly has been appointed, along with a former Florida senator, to lead an independent probe of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

On Saturday, President Barack Obama appointed Reilly and Democrat Bob Graham to head the investigation into the spill, which started after a drilling rig exploded on April 20. The panel will include five others and will issue a report in six months, according to the Associated Press. Read more here.

Commentary: Memo to Cape Wind foes: Enough already
The arguments have been studied, debated, and finally decided. There's only one thing left to do: Move on.
Dear Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound (and all of your related hangers-on):

Let’s admit it. It’s never really been about the birds and the fish, has it? Neither has it been about air-traffic patterns, sacred Wampanoag burial grounds, or oil in the turbines’ transformers. Exploitation of a precious natural resource? Save us the big tears. Most of you have been doing that for years, fishing and boating in the water and building outsize eyesores perched far too close to the water’s edge. And surely your cries over the fact that Cape Wind Associates was a for-profit venture were contrived, too. (I mean, having oil billionaire William Koch, your cochair and a major funder, complain about someone making a dime off energy production is one audacious piece of hypocrisy, isn’t it?) Read more here.

TurtleBORN TO BE WILD: Bristol Aggie students care for young turtles
Dighton — A group of students from Bristol County Agricultural High School was forced to say goodbye to some of their friends last week.

The sophomore natural resources management students have cared for more than 70 Blanding’s turtle hatchlings since October. The turtles were released at the Assabet National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury on Friday as part of the Head Start Program, a collaboration between Bristol Aggie, Oxbow Associates and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure the long-term survival of the rare species. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Osprey Tour with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

May 29, 9AM - 1PM, Osprey Sea Kayak, Westport (directions)
The Westport River is home to the largest Osprey colony in New England. Come explore the river and observe these magnificent birds from our excellent vantage point. We'll paddle along the islands to view the ospreys watching over their nests, soaring above the river, and dramatically diving for food. Shelli Costa, Education Director, from the Westport River Watershed Alliance, will join us to add insight into their behavior. This is a bird lover's trip not to be missed. Costs are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members. Please contact Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures at (508) 636-0300 to register for this event. Details here.

Community Prayer & Meditation for Healing from the Effects of the Gulf Coast Oil Disaster

May 29, 9-10am at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven
Lead by Reverend Ann Fox of the Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven, the event will be an opportunity for people to do something positive about an event that seems overwhelming and hopeless.

Garden and Herb Festival

May 29, 9AM - 1PM, Tiverton Four Corners
The 16th annual Tiverton Four Corners Garden and Herb Festival will take place Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3852 Main Road. Rain date is Sunday, May 30.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

The Bering Strait Fur Trade: Native and Foreign Competition for Its Control in the Nineteenth Century

June 3, 6:15pm, Ocean Explorium
John Bockstoce will deliver a fully illustrated lecture on the competition among native and foreign nations to control the flow of furs across Bering Strait from North America to Asia, a competition that involved Russia, Great Britain, the United States and fifty native nations. Details here.

Wildflower Walk

June 5, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Deconstruction Brook Woods in Dartmouth - directions
With guest leader Martha “Mike” Schroder.

No Plastic Day

June 8, All Day
No Plastic Day is a world wide event intended to bring awareness of the over consumption of disposable plastic goods such as plastic bags and bottles. It is well known that there are floating islands of trash in most of the world's oceans. The huge amounts of plastic trash we all discard daily doesn't decompose, doesn't break down, and most of it is toxic to the animals that accidentally consume it. Details here.

Public Hearings under the Global Warming Solutions Act: Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target and Draft Climate Implementation Plan for 2020

June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Lakeville Public Library (4 Precinct Street)
The meetings will begin with two short informational presentations. The first presentation will be an overview of the Commonwealth’s work on a 2020 emissions target and the Draft Climate Implementation Plan. The second presentation will summarize the results of the technical analysis of GHG reduction potential for 2020. After a brief time for clarifying questions, the formal hearing will be opened for testimony. Details here.

Climate Action Plan workshops

June 9, 8:00-4:00 pm, UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons and Library Browsing Area
Colleges & Universities are encouraged to send represenative teams of faculty, staff, students and administrators for a chance to network with peer institutions and learn best practices in the creation, submission, and implementation of campus climate action plans.

Workshop topics:

  • Energy Efficiency: Low & No Cost Non-building efficiency programs
  • Pathways toward zero net energy buildings
  • Reducing Scope Three Emissions: Commuting and Travel
  • Reducing Carbon Through Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
  • Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
  • Massachusetts Energy Policies and Campus Climate Programs
Individual opportunities to have your questions answered by the experts! Details here.

Southeast Regional MassRecycle Meeting

June 9, 9:00 a.m. – noon (sign-in and refreshments at 8:45 a.m.), Mansfield Town Hall, 6 Park Row
Discussion topic = *RECYCLING EDUCATION: Classroom Tools for Teaching Recycling and Composting to Students With presentations/demos from Quincy, Norwood, Framingham and MassDEP's Green Team. Also including a round table discussion of public space/ event recycling. Please RSVP to Kathi Mirza by 6/4/10. I can be reached at macse2@tmlp.net or 508-821-9469

Regional Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

June 10, 3-5 p.m., AD Makepeace, Wareham, MA (directions)
With a focus on sustainable food and agriculture. Guest Speaker: Scott Soares Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Details here.

Summer Bird Walk

June 12, 8:00am – 10:00am, Lloyd State Park
The public is invited to join Lloyd Center Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, on Saturday, June 12 for an early morning walk at Demarest Lloyd State Park. Observe a rich variety of bird species, many of which nest within the forest, estuarine border, salt marshes and sand spit habitats that constitute this treasured location. Of particular interest are the endangered shorebirds (piping plover, least tern) of the beach, with many other species expected. Details here.

River Run 2010

June 12, 9:00 a.m., Westport
Join WRWA and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures for the 7th annual River Run on the Westport River. The day will start off with paddlers racing on either a 3.5 mile Family Fun Course or the 6.5 mile Challenge Course. It will be followed with a celebration at the Head of Westport with food, children's games, and awards for the paddlers. For more information and for registration details click here or call us at (508)636-3016. Details here.

East Over Bird Walk

June 13, 7-9:00 a.m., East Over Reservation
Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club leads a walk through the forests and fields in search of Orioles, Bobolinks and Bluebirds. Details here.

Fourth Annual Green Office / Green Facility Conference

June 15, 8 am - 2:30 pm,LaCava Center, Bentley University
Whether you own your office or lease it, whether your facility is large or small, there are ways to make it more sustainable, healthier for the staff, and more cost-effective.

Listen to representatives of leading New England Businesses and institutions that have made “green” work for them. Details here.

Spring Lecture Series: Basking with Humpbacks

June 15, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Buttonwod Park Zoo
The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s Spring Lecture Series continues! Rhode Island-based author Todd McLeish will take us along on an entertaining journey with biologists who are studying these creatures to better understand the complex threats they face. He follows basking sharks—the second largest fish in the sea—as they search for food, helps harbor porpoises escape from fishing nets, snorkels in search of wild bay scallops, and learns how the blood of horseshoe crabs is used in medical research. Along the way he visits the islands where rare seabirds nest, tracks humpback whales on their long migration to the Gulf of Maine, and watches as stranded sea turtles are released back into the ocean. Details here.

Summer Solstice by Candlelight

June 18, 7-9:00 p.m., Copicut Woods
Celebrate the arrival of summer and the quiet beauty of Copicut Woods at twilight with a candlelit walk down Miller Lane. We?ll begin by making candle lanterns that will light our way down the trail at dusk. Details here.

Breeding Bird Walk

June 19, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Lloyd Center
Rise early to see and hear avian life during the peak of breeding season on our unique Hardscrabble Nature Preserve with its forest, freshwater wetlands, and estuary habitats. In addition to learning about the birds encountered during this early morning stroll through the Center’s trail system, participants will discover other interesting aspects of nature on the Lloyd Center property. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

June 19, 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Lloyd Center
Members: $45 Non-Members: $55. Pre-registration required. Limit: 8 Suitable for ages 14 and older. Meeting place: Lloyd Center Headquarters The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

Disappearing Act: A World Without Honeybees

June 22, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, Local 121 in Providence (directions)
This film highlights the importance of honey bees in our food system. Follow the bees, imagine a life without them, and then see what a store would look like if they weren't there. A fascinating watch AND a great film for Pollinator Week. More details are forthcoming.

Doors open at 6:15 and the film starts at 7. Bonnie Freschette, bee champion, and Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods University Heights will be around to answer your bee questions. Details here.

Town Farm Bird Walk

June 19, 7 - 9AM, Westport Town Farm (details)
Explore the hay fields and salt marsh along the Westport River in search of songbirds, waterfowl and osprey with Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

June 24, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. , Lloyd Center Headquarters
What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle along the Slocum River. You'll feel your stress dissolve as you glide along this spectacular estuary, enjoying the setting sun. Watch wading and shorebirds flock to feed, see fish jump and await the multitude of color changes in the sky. This is a wonderful and relaxing way to explore the delicate ecosystem of this salt marsh. Details here.

Women's Full Moon Canoe Trip

June 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
Sorry gents, this one’s for ladies only! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation to launching site and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that won’t mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic). Details here.

Wild at the Zoo Gala

June 26
SAVE THE DATE for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, July 17th and party with a purpose! Have a Wild Night at the Zoo and help sustain the Zoo’s educational and conservation programs. The event includes a dinner buffet, open bar and a photo with our Asian elephants, Emily & Ruth!

Stay tuned for more information! Details here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
Summer and Fall Sustainability Courses
We are pleased to announce our summer and fall sustainability courses, including several online-only courses for those hot summer months. See the course list here.
Save the date: ADULT Sustainability Camp
How to Improve and Maintain Personal & Planetary Well-Being. Sponsored by The Second Half: Life Long Learning Institute & University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Retirees Association. $125/participant includes field trips, lunch, and interactive class sessions with renown faculty presenters. Click here for more information and to register.
Save the date: Sustainability Camp
We will be offering our third Sustainability Camp at UMass Dartmouth this coming July 12-16. This year's camp will focus on building a sustainable school. Offered for middle school students, the camp costs $80, with scholarships available. Click here for more information and to register.
NewsletterSpring Sustainability Newsletter Launched
We're proud to announce that the spring newsletter has been published! Check it out to learn about the imminent launch of our Sustainability Assessment and Climate Action Plan, find out about our plans to turn the long-neglected UMass Dartmouth Forest into a living classroom, get updates on numerous campus sustainability proejcts, and find out about our growing Green Navigator program. Download the newsletter PDF here.

City of New Bedford's Energy Office seeking interns

The Office promotes sustainability activities within city government as will all other sectors. Activities include energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, waste reduction, green buildings, alternative fuels, efficient transportation, recycling, water conservation, and other areas designed to reduce the environmental impacts of city activities and operations. The team works to develop policies and guidance, as well as identify and implement appropriate projects that will facilitate meeting short and long-range goals and targets, particularly the climate and energy goals established by the Mayor's Office. Contact Scott.Durkee@NewBedford-MA.gov for more info.

CSASign up for your local "CSA"
As New England eases its way into spring with its ususal fits and starts, it's time to start thinking about joing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSA is a prepaid subscription to a farm's produce for the season. Most CSAs give shareholders a weekly supply of veggies, herbs, fruits and sometimes even eggs and meat. You know it's fresh and you get to meet the farm and people who grew your food! The prepaid CSA arrangements also makes it a source of financial security for the farmer. Find a list of CSAs here.

Bioneers Seeking Workshop Proposals

Please SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual Conference, Thursday October 21st - Sunday October 24th, in historic Downtown New Bedford MA.

We are now excepting workshop proposals for the 2010 conference. To submit a workshop proposal please download the form below and e-mail it back to us at glenn@marioninstitute.org. Thank you for your participation, we can't wait for your ideas! Details here.

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. Details here.


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Take a Green Vacation
Traveling can have a big impact, but it's easy to leave lighter footsteps. Learn more here.

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