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June 9 to 16, 2011

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Beat the Heat: Weatherizing for Summer
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Global
War on Drugs A Peaceful End to the War on Drugs?
Earlier this month tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest a war that has left more than 35,000 people dead in the last four and a half years. When elected president of Mexico in 2006, Felipe Calderón vowed to crack down on drug trafficking in his country. With the support of U.S. policies like the Merida Initiative, he executed a military crackdown that has only increased drug-related violence. Read more here.

Jellyfish Jellyfish Blooms Shunt Food Energy from Fish to Bacteria
A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) shows that jellyfish are more than a nuisance to bathers and boaters, drastically altering marine food webs by shunting food energy from fish toward bacteria.

An apparent increase in the size and frequency of jellyfish blooms in coastal and estuarine waters around the world during the last few decades means that jellies' impact on marine food webs is likely to increase into the future. Read more here.

Bike Share Bike-Share Schemes Shift Into High Gear
Hold onto your helmets, city dwellers. It’s the summer of bike sharing.

Around the world, cycle-hire operators are rolling out bicycles that were tucked away for the cold and rainy months. Hundreds of new bikes and docking stations will join existing fleets, while many more cities, from Kailua to Tel Aviv to the Big Apple are joining the bike-sharing wave for the first time. Read more here.

Earth is Full The Earth Is Full
You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once? Read more here.

Energy Three energy developments that are changing your life—and not in a good way
Here's the good news about energy: Thanks to rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions worldwide, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that global oil demand will not grow this year as much as once assumed, which may provide some temporary price relief at the gas pump. In its May "Oil Market Report," the IEA reduced its 2011 estimate for global oil consumption by 190,000 barrels per day, pegging it at 89.2 million barrels daily. As a result, retail prices may not reach the stratospheric levels predicted earlier this year, though they will undoubtedly remain higher than at any time since the peak months of 2008, just before the global economic meltdown. Keep in mind that this is the good news. Read more here.

RoundupRoundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World's Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals. Read more here.

Motor Oil Is Motor Oil a Renewable Resource? Re-refiners Say Yes
Drivers think more about the gasoline or petrol they pay for at the pump than they do about the motor oil that has to be changed every few months.

But energy companies and environmentalists are focusing on ways to reduce the waste generated by this ubiquitous petroleum product. They’re even researching how the right formulas might significantly boost fuel efficiency. Read more here.

Mummies Mummies show evidence of pollution in ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians may have been exposed to air pollution way back when, according to new evidence of particulates in the lungs of 15 mummies, including noblemen and priests.

Particulates, tiny microscopic particles that irritate the lungs, have been linked to a wide array of modern-day illnesses, including heart disease, lung ailments and cancer. The particulates are typically linked to post-industrial activities, such as fossil-fuel burning. Read more here.

Airline Emissions EU's Barroso stands firm in airline emissions row
The European Union is not considering changing its law obliging airlines flying to Europe to buy carbon emissions permits, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.

"The inclusion of aviation in the ETS is not a proposal, it is now European law. It was approved unanimously by the member states of the European Union, and it was adopted ... with a very strong backing by the European Parliament. So we are not thinking at all about the possibility of changing our legislation," Barroso told a news conference. Read more here.

Coral Reefs Under the Sea, Coral Reefs in Peril
A ghostly pallor is overtaking the world’s coral reefs.

This draining of color results when heat-stressed corals expel the algae they rely on for food — and which are responsible for their bright and beautiful hues. Death often follows.

Reefs have long been under threat from destructive fishing practices, sediment and nutrient runoff, coral mining, reckless tourism and coastal development. Now, scientists say, global warming is accelerating the destruction. Read more here.

Wheat Crops A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself
CIUDAD OBREGÓN, Mexico — The dun wheat field spreading out at Ravi P. Singh’s feet offered a possible clue to human destiny. Baked by a desert sun and deliberately starved of water, the plants were parched and nearly dead.

Dr. Singh, a wheat breeder, grabbed seed heads that should have been plump with the staff of life. His practiced fingers found empty husks. Read more here.

Radiation Understated After Quake, Japan Says
TOKYO — Japan said Monday that radioactive emissions from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the early days of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster might have been more than twice as large as a previous estimate, suggesting the accident was more grave than the government had publicly acknowledged. Read more here.

Environmental Chamber Aircraft Systems in the Environmental Chamber
How can air transport be made more environmentally compatible, economical and sustainable? The Fraunhofer flight test facility in Holzkirchen is soon to be expanded with the installation of a thermal test bench for aircraft systems, with the aim of achieving efficient energy management onboard. Read more here.

Dam Map Building a Better Dam Map: New Database of Reservoirs and Dams for Sustainable River-Flow Management
Humans have been building reservoirs and dams for thousands of years. Over the past few decades, their construction has spiked as our need to harness water -- critical in flood control, irrigation, recreation, navigation and the creation of hydroelectric power -- has grown. And while dams and reservoirs have important benefits, they can also be disruptive and costly to both humans and the environment.

A close assessment of critical environmental and social tradeoffs associated with dams and reservoirs within the global river network has been impossible because the data describing their location, size and purpose have been incomplete and inadequate. That is, until now. Read more here.

Recent Increase in Sustainably Managed Tropical Forests, but Forces Driving Preservation Could Lose to Those Favoring Destruction
A comprehensive assessment of tropical forest management reports a 50 percent increase in the area of tropical forest under sustainable management in just five years, but cautions that key drivers of that increase -- growing demand for certified timber and funding for climate change initiatives -- could have only a marginal impact in the long-term. Read more here.

National
Reconstructing Building Codes for Greater Energy Efficiency
In Oklahoma, the governor’s mansion is powered by a wind turbine. In Chicago, City Hall keeps its workers summer-cool with a sod-garden roof. In Colorado, the state capitol provides legislators with heat and light from solar panels. These are some of the glamour projects states and localities have built to harvest energy savings and encourage other property owners to go forth and do likewise.

But these high-profile projects are just part of what states and localities are doing to chart a path toward a low-energy future. The bigger thrust comes from a more mundane approach: reconfiguring building codes. Read more here.

Electric Car Batteries Leading The Charge To Make Better Electric Cars
When the automobile first emerged at the end of the 19th century, there were two types of cars on the road: gasoline-powered cars and electric cars. And at first, it was unclear which type would attract more drivers.

"Electric cars had some early advantages," says science writer Seth Fletcher. "Gas cars were loud and dirty and nasty, and they had to be started with a hand-crank, which could sometimes backfire and break your arm. And electric cars were clean and quiet and civilized and they worked well in the city." Read more here.

Obama Gives Up Wilderness Protection Plan
Under pressure from Congress, the Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo Wednesday that his agency will not designate any of those public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said officials will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West. Read more here.

Heat Wave The Heat Is On
Scientists from Stanford University reported this week that the Northern Hemisphere will see an "irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years," but the U.S. may already be getting a sneak preview. Read more here.

NY assembly extends fracking ban for another year
The New York State Assembly on Monday passed a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a method of natural gas drilling already under a temporary ban in the state due to concerns that it might pollute drinking water.

The moratorium on new drilling permits would run through June 1, 2012, replacing the current ban set to expire later this summer, when state environmental officials are expected to release a report on potential hazards of "hydrofracking." Read more here.

Romney Romney reaffirms stance that global warming is real
In the first town hall of his freshly announced presidential campaign, Mitt Romney yesterday reaffirmed his view that global warming is occurring and that humans are contributing to it, a position that has been rejected in recent years by many Republicans as the issue has taken on a greater partisan tinge.

After opening remarks in which Romney blamed President Obama’s policies for the new anemic hiring figures, the first questioner from the floor — a software developer from Hanover, N.H. — wanted to know the candidate’s position on climate change, an issue his opponents have generally avoided so far. Read more here.

The networks aren’t talking about greenhouse gas regulation
Media Matters studied news reports on greenhouse gas regulation by the EPA. Not surprisingly, 76 percent of the guests the networks brought on to speak were against acting on climate change. It’s no wonder Americans are confusing on the issue, and support for action has been dropping. Read more here.

Ciimate-Ready Cities Top 10 Climate-Ready Cities in the U.S.
Cities are now home to a majority of the world's population and are on the front line in the battle against climate change. While action at the federal level in the U.S. has been painfully slow, cities in the U.S. are starting to lead by example at a local level. Cities must take an active role in helping their constituents (starting with themselves of course) to mitigate their impact on climate change as well as begin investing in appropriate climate change adaptation solutions. Read more here.

The Second Cycle of Cleantech Startups
Cleantech industry is still in its nascent days and an ecosystem that promotes sustainable production, distribution and consumption of energy is still developing, especially the entrepreneurial and managerial talent that will lead us hopefully into a new era of job creation, economic growth, and global competitiveness.

Startups play an outsized role in bringing clean energy technology and innovation to market, creating new jobs, and defining a new American competitiveness. We are now in what I would define as the Second Cycle of modern cleantech startups (not the 1970s era environment focused companies). Read more here.

Styrofoam Garbage California Moves to Ban Styrofoam State-Wide
After San Francisco banned styrofoam in 2007, over 50 other municipalities in the state of California followed suit, and now, the entire state is poised to make it official–35M+ people will now get their take-out food in containers made from reusable or renewable materials as opposed to the lightweight plastic known as expanded polystyrene. The shift this law (beginning January 1, 2014) will have on the take-out industry as a whole is hard to fathom…it’s realistically the beginning of the end for styrofoam. Read more here.

Tax Button What Should We Tax? Income vs Consumption
For some time a small group of ecological economists has been suggesting that we switch the tax base from income (value added to natural resources by labor and capital), and on to natural resources themselves. Value added to resources is something we want more of, so don’t tax it (either at each stage of production as in Europe, or at the final stage as income as in the U.S.). The resource throughput, beginning with depletion and ending with pollution (both real costs), is something we want less of in a full world economy, so let’s tax it. Read more here.

My Plate Healthy Eating My Plate’ for healthy eating huge shift in government guidelines
Since 1958, the United States Department of Agriculture has provided Americans with various illustrations of food guides and pyramids attempting to encourage us to eat healthfully, based on health population research, and promote a hierarchy of foods within groups. However, with changes in administration, the ever-increasing obese population in the U.S. and the oh-so confusing MyPyramid of 2005, it was time for a change. Read more here.

Local
Seabrook Power Plant Markey says Seabrook nuclear plant asking too soon for license extension
Congressman Edward J. Markey wants the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny Seabrook Station – and other nuclear power plants - license extensions if they are asked for too early in the plant’s operating life.

In a letter sent to NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko this morning, Markey noted that inspections at Seabrook uncovered structural weaknesses in concrete surrounding a safety-related tunnel only two decades into the plant’s 40-year license. Seabrook applied for relicensing last year and is hoping to receive approval soon to operate another two decades once its license expires in 2030. Read more here.

Boston's Lamps City’s antique lanterns to sport a greener tint
For decades, they have been Boston’s eternal flames, burning bright day and night — vintage gas lamps strung along narrow, twisting streets of Beacon Hill and Charlestown, Bay Village, the North End, and the Back Bay. Hardly beacons of energy efficiency, the 2,800 lamps are environmentally retro in a world turning greener.

But 600 gas lamps will soon be fitted with automatic igniters that make them flicker on at nightfall and off at daybreak, and save the city roughly $140,000 a year in fuel bills while reducing carbon emissions. Read more here.

Power politics
An NStar-NU merger could create a voice with massive clout in the energy debate
The proposed merger between Boston’s NStar and Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities is as much about politics as it is about business.

Executives at the two companies say they are pushing the partnership to not only gain economic advantages, such as lower overhead and greater market power, but also to increase political clout to influence energy and environmental policies that can cost utilities billions. Read more here.

Student UMass Lowell student shows how to make a clean break
Once he started commuting from Acton to Lowell each day for school, David Harrington would cringe at the soaring gas prices.

But now the 23-year-old drives by gas stations with a smug look on his face.

“I laugh at it,’’ said the University of Massachusetts Lowell junior who converted his 1996 Honda Civic into a wallet-friendly, fully electric car. “I may stop off to use the window washers.’’ Read more here.

Tornado Trail from Satellite Twister Trail: NASA Satellite Shows Nasty Scar Left by Massachusetts Tornado
This is a NASA satellite image of the deadly tornado that tore through Western Massachusetts. On June 1, an EF3 tornado touched down in Westfield, intensifying as it traveled due east, until it reached Springfield. Footage of the vortex moving through downtown Springfield is particularly startling to lifelong Northeasterners like yours truly, who may be used to crazy volatile weather, but not this kind of crazy volatile weather. Read more here.

Kingstown Anti-Turbine Logo North Kingstown Wind Project Back on Track
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The halt to construction of a 380-foot-high wind turbine is apparently over.

After several residents in the town's Green housing development on Ten Rod Road put a stop to work, a deal recently was reached to get the project moving again. Read more here.


Freetown voters approve Community Preservation Act with little debate
FREETOWN — Unlike recent meetings, Monday’s annual Town Meeting added more funds to the next fiscal year’s budget rather than cutting them.

Without much debate, Town Meeting approved the Community Preservation Act, which will impose a 1 percent surcharge on residents, adding to a tax increase of approximately $22 for the average homeowner with a home assessed at $312,000. Moderate income residents, seniors and businesses will be exempt.

By adopting the CPA, 10 percent of funds raised will be allotted for open space, 10 percent will go toward historic resources and 10 percent will be used for community housing. Read more here.

1938 Hurricane Damage The dirty dozen of New England hurricanes
Although the Hurricane Season in New England begins on June 1, August and September are the prime months. Most of the 40 tropical systems that have hit over the past century have been in those months.

Here are a dozen of the most notable New England storms ever. Read more here.

Swansea's Waterfront Revitalization Committee looks for inspiration, advice
SWANSEA — The Swansea Waterfront Revitalization Committee met for the second time last week to discuss the fate of the Town Beach and waterfront, including the deteriorating Bluffs building in Ocean Grove.

Committee Chairman Kenneth Furtado, representing the Board of Selectmen, said the group is in its beginning stages and is currently researching to “spark some ideas.” Read more here.

Block Grants Cartoon OUR VIEW: Misplaced community development priorities
A 16 percent reduction in federal funds allocated under the Community Development Block Grant program means that a wide range of services — from libraries, to senior centers, to youth recreational programs — will see a significant reduction in funding. While $532,719 will be cut from this year’s $3.3 million CDBG budget, certain programs have been spared by Mayor Will Flanagan. That has led to a 27 percent reduction in funding for those organizations that did not receive the mayoral pardon. Read more here.

Wind developer looks to attorney general for help
WAREHAM — The Zoning Board of Appeals delayed a decision on a wind turbine proposal until the state Attorney General's Office reviews a bylaw change that puts the project in jeopardy.

Town Meeting last month repealed a wind energy bylaw, potentially undercutting the two-turbine project known as Bog Wind. The zoning board's attorney, Jon Witten, says the developer's failure to file specific planning documents before Town Meeting means the project is not grandfathered. Read more here.

Hurricane BarrierCity's hurricane-barrier wonder of the world
It is said to be the largest stone structure on the East Coast and the largest hurricane barrier in the world.

Properly presented, it could be one of the biggest attractions in the city of New Bedford. Read more here.

Letter: Pellets for heating should be encouraged
I just read an editorial piece in your paper regarding solar and wind. Yes we must get green and stay away from oil. In my travels, I have found people with solar are getting what was promised as far as output. Windmill owners have been somewhat disappointed in output that was promised, but I digress.

Biomass is the forgotten alternative energy. Wind and solar get all the props. Biomass can be a lot of recycled green things, from grains to cherry pits. But here in New England, biomass are pellets. Read more here.

Schooner Ernestina Ailing schooner Ernestina gets a physical
Supporters of the schooner Ernestina will soon discover just how much money may be required to get the historic ship sailing again.

The schooner is certified by the Coast Guard only as a moored attraction and cannot sail until extensive restoration work has been completed. The troubled ship was towed across the harbor to the Fairhaven Shipyard this week for a required Coast Guard inspection. Read more here.

Dartmouth Town Meeting approves Lincoln Park zoning change
DARTMOUTH — The developers of Lincoln Park plan to break ground later this year on a $45 million residential and commercial development after Town Meeting approved a zoning change for the project Tuesday.

The announcement of the start of construction at the 42-acre site near the Westport line has been long awaited; the mixed-use development has been on the drawing boards since 2005. Read more here.

Studies sure to slow offshore wind area development
NEW BEDFORD — For all of the ambitious goals set for the development of offshore wind, it will take years before any of the recent proposals become a reality.

That was clear Tuesday at a public information session conducted by officials of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs along with federal officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Read more here.

Our View: Fishermen could benefit from putting NOAA in Interior Department
A proposal to combine two federal departments could bring significant changes to the policies that control commercial fishing.

A bill filed in Washington two weeks ago by North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr would combine the departments of Commerce and Labor into a new Department of Commerce and the Workforce. Read more here.

Economic Development InternsStudent interns help FROED envision Fall River's future
FALL RIVER — A dozen graduate school students immersed in architecture, design, planning and other disciplines are aiming fresh sets of eyes on how the city might best connect its waterfront and downtown to hasten its elusive economic revitalization.

The students, who are interns with Watertown-based Sasaki Associates Inc., are consulting with the Fall River Office of Economic Development for the next two weeks. Read more here.

Homeowners seek $90M for Mass. tornado damage
BOSTON — Homeowners in western Massachusetts have filed $90 million in insurance claims for damage caused by deadly tornadoes that ravaged Springfield and several smaller communities last week, state officials said Tuesday.

The state Division of Insurance estimate is the largest in recent memory from any natural disaster in the state, and the figure is expected to rise. Read more here.

New England looks to expand local beef industry
HARTFORD, Conn. — With few slaughterhouses in New England equipped to process beef on a large scale, Paul Miller ships cattle from his dairy farm in eastern Connecticut about 300 miles to a meatpacker in Pennsylvania.

Miller said he'd prefer to send the cattle — about 150 to 250 head a year — to a local slaughterhouse so he could sell locally produced beef, save on transportation costs and avoid long rides for calves that lose weight during shipping. New England agriculture officials prefer that too, as they aim to increase food production to make the region more self-sufficient should disasters ranging from massive snow storms to terrorist attacks make it impossible to bring in food. Read more here.

Waste into Fuel New Bedford plant uses molten metal to turn waste into fuel
NEW BEDFORD — A cauldron of boiling copper on Shawmut Avenue is making a statement: Industries can reliably dispose of solid waste using molten metal and collect clean fuel in the bargain.

Ze-gen Inc. announced this week that it has successfully run its waste-to-gas prototype plant for 30 consecutive days without a hitch and without interruption, except to make minor adjustments and to clean out the inert slag that's left behind in its process.

Correction: Ze-gen does not process hazardous waste
A story in Friday's Standard-Times described an experimental waste-to-energy plant run by Ze-gen as processing hazardous waste. It does not. It is fueled by railroad ties and wood pallets that are otherwise difficult to dispose of, but are not classified as hazardous. Read more here.

Nitrogen debate resurfaces at Town Meeting
WAREHAM — Residents approved roughly $149,000 to lease police vehicles and nearly $2.4 million for the town's share of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School's budget Tuesday in the fifth and final night of the annual spring town meeting.

Residents breezed through most of the remaining articles but hit a snag over whether to reconsider a narrow vote in April to delete a "nitrogen net zero" provision Town Meeting passed last year. The nitrogen net zero article, approved last November, directed the Board of Health to draw up regulations requiring new commercial or housing projects of at least 10 units to be "nitrogen net zero" and offset any new nitrogen inputs. Read more here.

Westport River petition tossed over vague wording
WESTPORT — Petitioners of a Town Meeting article seeking to end the town's pursuit of the "Wild and Scenic" designation for the Westport River will have to wait until next year. That's because the wording of the petition article on last month's warrant made it impossible to enact legally. Read more here.

Drinking water ban lifted in Somerset
SOMERSET -- The ban on drinking tap water in Somerset has been lifted after testing showed it is not dangerous to consume.

Robert Lima, superintendent of the Water Department, tells the Herald News the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon after water sampled from six locations across town showed contaminants to be either very low or undetectable. Read more here.

'Our turn is coming': Local weather watchers say tornadoes can happen any time, any place
As residents of Springfield and its surrounding communities begin cleanup efforts in the wake of Wednesday's deadly tornado, local weather watchers are warning SouthCoast residents to be on their guard against complacency.

"Given the right conditions, tornadoes can occur at any place, any time of the year in the United States, including Alaska," said local weather spotter M.L. Baron of Fairhaven. "Look at what's happening nationwide now. Mother Nature is on the rampage." Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Aha! Night

June 9, 5, 6, and 7pm, Coalition for Buzzards Bay
As part of June's "Walking Tours" theme, come tour the Award Winning Buzzards Bay Center in Downtown New Bedford. The guided tour will focus on the Center's unique combination of historic preservation and green design while visiting the Richard C Wheeler Bay Learning Center, Emerson Riggs Lab, the Croll Conference Room, and the Henry Wheeler Library. Tours at 5, 6, and 7pm. Details here.

Newport Bike Ride

June 9, 6pm, Newport
Enjoy a 20-plus-mile evening ride along Ocean Drive and the beaches. All are welcome. Helmets required. Contact Sid Wax at 401-849-2595 or e-mail sid_w@yahoo.com for exact location. Details here.

Lecture: "Naturalist's Guide to the Atlantic Seashore."

June 9, 7 to 8pm, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St., Bristol
Estuaries, such as Narragansett, Chesapeake and Delaware bays, support rich natural communities of fish, shellfish and plants. We value them as great places to harvest seafood and recreate. Their shorelines are highly desirable as places to live and as shipping ports. Scott Shumway, professor of biology at Wheaton College, will present a slideshow addressing the ecology of estuaries and the obstacles to survival placed upon their inhabitants. After the lecture, Shumway will sign copies of his book "A Naturalist's Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: Beach Ecology from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras." Info: Cost is $8 for members; $10 for non-members. Details here.

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities

June 9, 7pm, Olde Towne Hall, 1478 County St., Somerset, MA
Olde Towne Hall, 1478 County St., Somerset, MA Please try to attend and bring friends and family. Email: nolng1@yahoo.com

Blue Crabs, Minnows, Shrimp, and more! A Seine Net Demonstration

June 10, 3:30 to 5pm, Goosewing Beach Preserve, South Shore, Rd, Little Compton, RI
Join us for an informal lesson on the history and use of the seine net. See what critters we can collect and discover the biodiversity of Goosewing Beach Preserve. Meet in front of the Benjamin Family Environmental Center. All ages welcome. Please register by email at kpisano@tnc.org, or by phone 401-331-7110 x. 33 Details here.

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities - Famous Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner & Raffle

June 11, 6:00pm, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 North Main St., Fall River
Come enjoy our fundraiser catered by Ma Raffa's Italian Restaurant of Somerset, MA! Raffle includes scores of donated items and gift certificates. $10. per person For more info: 508-646-3616 Email: nolng1@yahoo.com.

Cooks & Books Series: SEMAP & How On Earth

June 11, 6:30pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett
FREE EVENT! Join SEMAP and Margie Baldwin, founding member of Marion Institute and How On Earth for an evening discussion of local food and sustainable agriculture. Discover how you can help support local farms in Southeastern Mass., as well as create healthy eating habits that help the planet! Cost: FREE! RSVP to scogswell@semaponline.org. Details here.

East Over Bird Walk

June 11, 7-9 AM, East Over Reservation
Bill Gil of the Paskamansett Bird Club leads a walk through the East Over Reservation's picturesque forests and fields in search of Orioles, Bobolinks and Bluebirds. Details here.

Coyote 101 with Laura Hajduk

June 14, 7 PM, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Join us for a free lecture, presented by Laura Hajduk sponsored by the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society. Details here.

Big Bycatch: Marine Animal Entanglements Offshore of Southern New England

June 15, 7 to 8 PM, Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
How much do you really know about our Rhode Island Beaches and the creatures that call New England's waters home. This special summer lecture series will explore our coastal habitats and the animals that live there: June 15, July 27, August 11 and August 17. Program fee per lecture: $8/member; $10/non-member. Registration is required as space is limited. Call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041.

Big Bycatch: Marine Animal Entanglements Offshore of Southern New England: June 15, 2011
One of the leading causes of concern for marine animal populations is entanglement in debris and fishing gear. Scott Landry, of the Marine Animal Entanglement Response Program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, will discuss the problem and ongoing efforts to disentangle large whales and sea turtles. You will be amazed by efforts and risk Scott and his team endure to save these whales and sea turtles from death and injury by entanglement. Details here.

Salt Marsh Monitoring Workshop

June 15, 1-4 PM, Lloyd Center Headquarters
Volunteers wanted for salt marsh monitoring assistance!

The Lloyd Center has received a grant from MA Ecological Restoration Program to monitor the major chemical and biological indicators of salt marsh health in two local salt marshes which were recently restored: "The marsh" in Somerset and West Island in Fairhaven. The parameters to be monitored include salinity and groundwater levels, birds, finfish, and vegetation. Details here.

Quarterly Meeting - Crafting a Regional Energy Strategy

June 16, 1-4 PM, The ATMC, Fall River
Join Clean Energy Companies, the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Municipal Leaders, Policymakers, and your neighbors and friends to discuss the energy future of Southeastern Massachusetts. With revolutions in the Middle East; new concerns about Natural Gas, Coal, and Nuclear Power; and rising oil prices, the future of our energy supply becomes increasingly uncertain. On June 16th, we will speak frankly about our situation and discuss potential regional responses and support for the development of renewable energy systems at the municipal and regional level. Details here.

Women's Full Moon Canoe Trip

June 16, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Lloyd Center
Cost: Members: $20 Non-members: $25. Pre-registration required by noon on Wednesday, June 15th. Limit: 12 Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Senior Educator-Naturalist 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). Register online or call our event phone at 508-558-2918. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Liz at 508-990-0505 x15. Details here.

South Coast Sustainable Cinema - PLAY AGAIN

June 16, 7-9 PM, Fairhaven Unitarian Church
One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. Information now appears with a click. Overseas friends are part of our daily lives. And even grandma loves Wii. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet? Details here.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Blue Crabs, Minnows, Shrimp, and more! A Seine Net Demonstration

June 17, 3:30 to 5pm, Goosewing Beach Preserve, South Shore, Rd, Little Compton, RI
Join us for an informal lesson on the history and use of the seine net. See what critters we can collect and discover the biodiversity of Goosewing Beach Preserve. Meet in front of the Benjamin Family Environmental Center. All ages welcome. Please register by email at kpisano@tnc.org, or by phone 401-331-7110 x. 33 Details here.

River Run 2011

June 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hix Bridge - Westport
Join WRWA and Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures for the 8th 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.

Attracting Pollinators to Your Home Garden

June 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Westport Town Farm
MIT Native bees and butterflies are important to the productivity of your garden! Learn which pollinating insects are beneficial for your plants, and what measures you can take to attract them. Details here.

Book Signing and Tasting

June 18, 10:30 – 12:00, Partner's Village Store, Westport
MIT Scallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook by Local Authors Elaine Tammi and Karin A. Tammi. A seafood cookbook devoted to New England's most prized and valuable shellfish—SCALLOPS—is finally here and is filled with LOCAL photographs and recipes. This book weaves together some of the best recipes in New England with interviews and recipes from local restaurants, scallop fishermen, marine scientists, world-renowned chefs, shuckers, and sea scallopers. Cooking icon Julia Child remarked in a letter to Elaine, "You have done a wonderful bit of research and it should be known." Details here.

Summer Solstice by Candelight

June 18, 7-9 PM, 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.

Cornell Farm Bird Walk

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

SEMAP's Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner

June 20, 5:00pm to Sunset, Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth MA
Enjoy the summer solstice with SEMAP and friends at our annual fundraising dinner! Fresh locally grown food served in open air fashion is at the center of this unique dining experience. Click here to see more information, and to order your tickets! *SEMAP Foodshed Members get two free tickets! Details here.

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop

June 21, 5:00pm, Lawler Library, 745 Rockdale Ave. in New Bedford
Fertility Through the Summer – Compost Tea, Foliar Sprays & Nutrient Drenches plus Potatoes! Details here.

10th International Herb Symposium

June 24-26, Wheaton College, Norton MA
A Symposium to touch your heart and soul as well as mind and spirit, this gathering is for all people enraptured by the healing essence of herbs. The International Herb Symposium offers herbal enthusiasts an incredible opportunity to learn from the worlds leading experts in botanical medicine and herbal lore. Whether a novice or advanced in your herbal interests, the Symposium offers classes, workshops, panel discussions and learning experiences to touch every level of your being. Details here.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

June 25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters, Dartmouth
Cost: Members: $45 Non-members: $55. Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, June 24th. Ages 14 and up. Limit: 10 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. Register online or call the Center's event phone at 508-558-2918. Details here.

Little River Kayak Trip

June 25, 1 - 4PM, Cornell Farm
Paddle through the hidden creeks and marshes along the Little River that connect to The Trustees' Cornell Farm, one of our newest reservations. Members: $20. Nonmembers: $30. Details here.

South Shore Locavore's Gathering

June 27, 7 p.m., Beal House, Kingston MA
All are invited to come at 6:45 to register, mingle, and get some refreshments before the program starts. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share. There will be samples and door prizes. The gatherings are free. However, donations of up to $5 will be gratefully accepted to help cover expenses and to supplement the Library book budget. In an effort to help fight hunger on the South Shore, non-perishable foods are collected at the beginning of each gathering. Items are donated to the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. Details here.

Sunset Kayak Tour

June 29, 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 shore birds 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. Inexperienced paddlers are welcome. All tours include basic kayak equipment and instruction by certified guides. Details here.

Lloyd Center Clambake XXVI

July 8, 6:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters
Cost: Personal "patron" and corporate "sponsorship" levels vary General Admission: $150 per ticket Top-shelf Open Bar Dinner Extraordinaire Silent Auction…Bid!...Bid!...Bid! Dancing to the music of Men in Black… For reservations, call the 508-990-0505 x 10. Details here.

Food Conference: Reclaiming Our Community

July 11-14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth
A four day educational and working conference addressing the South Coast Region's food systems, food availability, and local food education. (July 11-14)
Monday: You are what you eat
Tuesday: Food Vulnerability-Food Systems Challenges
Wednesday: Food Availability
Thursday: Reclaiming Our Community: Small Changes-Huge Impact
What will the conference be like? Learn, Engage, and Participate in the Local Food Movement! Presentations, panel discussions, and working groups focused on local food topics and issues. Get details and register here.

Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities

July 14, 7:00pm, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 North Main St., Fall River
Please make an effort to attend and bring friends and family. Email: nolng1@yahoo.com.

Capturing the Herbal Harvest

July 16, 10:00AM - 12:00PM, Blithewold, Bristol, RI
Capture the herbal harvest while gardens and farm stands are brimming with fresh herbs. Even though no one wants to think about winter now, you will be thrilled when your pantry and freezer are stocked for winter cooking and holiday gift giving! Imagine lining your cupboard shelves with jewel toned bottles of herb vinegars, golden brown herb mustards and sparkling jars of herbal jellies. Picture containers of herbed butters, bags of rosemary walnuts and bottles of herb pesto filling a corner of your freezer. Details here.

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop

July 19, 5:00pm, Brix Bounty Farm
Summertime Farm Tour at Brix Bounty Farm plus Melons! Details here.

Wild Night at the Zoo

July 23, 6:00pm to 10pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Pre-sale tickets are available for $100 per person or $125 per person at the door. You “otter” join us for the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society’s annual gala and benefit auction! Wild Night at the Zoo features the best food, music, drink and silent auction of the season. Pre-sale tickets are available for $100 per person or $125 per person at the door. Proceeds of the gala support educational and conservation programs at the Zoo. Don’t miss a photo with our Asian elephants, Emily & Ruth! Details and ticket sales here.

Sustainability Summer Camp 2011 - Remaking Our World: Greening the planet and our lives

July 25-July 29 WHO: Students entering grades 6, 7 or 8, dedicated to creating a more sustainable world.
WHAT: Campers will be engaged in hands-on projects using artistic media and film technologies to document and promote their environmental learning from the week. Activities throughout the week will include environmental crafts, building, utilizing energy technologies, and scientific research in the campus forest. Field trips and swimming are also part of the week.
WHY: The goal of camp is to develop creative sustainability leaders equipped to respond to the environmental challenges of the 21st century. Topics covered include Renewable Energy Technologies, Environmental Science, Environmental Math, and Nutrition. Get details and register here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements
Westport River EcoTours
Eco-tours of the Westport River are available on Thursdays and Fridays until Labor Day Weekend. There will be a tour at 10 AM to noon and another from 1PM to 3PM on Thursdays and Fridays. There is a limit of four people per tour, and children under the age of 13 must wear a life preserver at all times. It is $100 per tour for WRWA members, and $140 non-members. Please call our office at (508)636-3016 to book a tour. If you are paying with a credit card please give us your information when you reserve your tour – your card will not be charged until after the tour. The boat leaves from Dock D-Slip 1 from F.L. Tripps on Cherry & Webb Lane, so please meet us there at least ten minutes before departure time. Get details here.
Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) Workshop
Inquiry-Based Science: Investigating Water & Energy Concepts in the State Frameworks - for kindergarten through 8th grade teachers
Monday - Thursday, July 11th - July 15th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, July 18th – July 22nd 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Locations: Lloyd Center (Dartmouth), Whaling Museum (New Bedford), Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford), Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Norfolk). Registration cost (Tuition Fee waived in Southeast Region): One educator: $250. Two educators from the same school or school district: $225 each. Three or more educators from the same school or school district: $200 each. PDP's provided and graduate credit is available for an additional fee. Discover the natural history of the estuary and a diversity of freshwater resources. Investigate the various species that live here, how they are adapted to survive in a marine or aquatic environment and how we are connected to these invaluable resources. Then utilize these significant natural resources to create an inquiry-based program that will highlight the many forms of water and energy that cycle through the region. Get details here.
Zoo Crew Summer Program for Children
Zoo Members: $175 per week for one child. (Siblings are $150 each) Non-Members: $200 per week for one child. (Siblings are $175 each) Zoo Crew is a summer program for children ages 8-12. Each session has a balance of outdoor and classroom learning opportunities, educational games and activities, crafts, and fun! Each week-long program runs 9:00AM-3:00PM, Monday thru Friday. For more information or to register, please call the Zoo’s education department at (508) 991-6178 x 31. Session One: July 25-July 29 Session Two: August 1- August 5 Sessions Three: August 8-August 12 Get details here.
Department of Energy Webcasts
This interactive page will help you quickly find live webcasts that fit your schedule, or on-demand webcasts and pre-recorded training presentations to view at your convenience. You can choose your time zone as well and filter the list by week, month, webinar series, eligible activity or topic, or presenter. The DOE offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your organization. No travel, no lost time out of the office, and no cost - The DOE makes it easy to get the information you need, today. Join your colleagues to better understand how the DOE can help you lower operating costs, improve your energy management program, and expand your professional development. Get details here.
Mass Audubon's Hiring for Allens' Pond and Great Neck
Mass Audubon's South Coast Sanctuaries (Allens Pond and Great Neck) seeks an energetic, organized self-starter with great verbal and interpersonal skills to serve as our Volunteer and Outreach Programs Administrator. Position is fulltime between April and September and part-time (24 hours) between October and March. This is a unique opportunity to support operations for a large property that provides important habitat for coastal wildlife and valuable experiences for the public. The Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses a barrier beach, a large coastal salt pond, agricultural fields, forested uplands, and trails at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts. Under the direction of the Sanctuary Director, the candidate will organize and conduct the sanctuary's volunteer program, particularly the recruitment, selection, training, and management of more than 300 interns and volunteers. Additionally, candidate will coordinate the sanctuary team in the development and implementation of outreach programs and special events, including the Allens Pond Duck Derby. Responsibilities include but are not limited to customer service, program delivery, public relations, and office support. Additional duties include writing sanctuary newsletters and press releases, representing the sanctuary at meetings and events, and acting as liaison with partner organizations and local groups. Candidate will develop and maintain a schedule of work, prepare outreach program annual plan and budget in coordination with supervisor, and participate in all aspects of the sanctuary's operation as requested. Get details here.
It's Time to Join a CSA!
Community Supported Agriculture, often shortened to 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. Some CSAs also incorporate farm workdays for shareholders. Pickup days vary by farm and some offer pickups in Providence. Find local ones here.
Organic Pest & Disease Control Course
Bristol Community College announces a new course in Organic Pest & Disease Control. The course is designed to benefit farmers, gardeners, nursery growers, landscapers, land managers, and community organizations. The course will be a practical survey of principles and practices for effective management of pests and diseases in SE Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The course will be available as a 1 credit college accredited course ($166 tuition) or as a noncredit course ($75) through the Center for Workforce and Community Education. Online enrollment is available at www.bristolcc.edu. Senior citizens and veterans may be eligible for waiver of tuition for credit courses. The course will begin on September 12 and meet Mondays (6-9 pm) until October 24. More information: contact Dr. Jim Corven (james.corven@bristolcc.edu).
Ocean Explorium Annual Appeal 2011
The Ocean Explorium has just launched its 2011 Annual Appeal, with a mailing to individual and corporate members, donors, volunteers and community supporters. Contributions to the Annual Appeal support the organization, its staff, exhibits and programs. Mark Smith, Executive Director of the Ocean Explorium, hopes that gifts to this year's Appeal surpass previous campaigns as a new exhibit is being installed at the same time that demand for programs continues to increase. Learn more here.
Volunteering at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm
Get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and have a positive impact on your life and others. Volunteers help in every stage of farming here at STH – from planting seeds, to transplanting seeds grown into plants; to cultivating those freshly-planted plants to harvesting their produce. During April, volunteers can expect to spend the majority of their time in the greenhouse, seeding; they may also freshen up the raised beds and direct-seed some cooler-weather crops. If you're interested in volunteering, our drop-in hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00AM to 1:00PM - Wednesday afternoons from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. For more information about volunteering, please visit www.ymcasouthcoast.org and search for Sharing the Harvest. You can also contact us by email at sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org or via phone at 508 993 3361 extension 13.
Local Agriculture Opportunities
Building Agricultural Skills for the Southcoast - Our apprenticeship program is at the heart of our on farm educational programs. In 2009, we initiated a formal apprenticeship program through collaboration with 2 New Bedford community organizations to provide a summertime urban agricultural apprenticeship. This season we are expanding our training programs to offer full-season agricultural production apprenticeships, as well as hope to continue our urban agriculture partnerships. Come learn the craft of organic agriculture on a small scale diversified vegetable farm.  Learn more here or here (PDF)
New Bedford Wetland Photo Contest
The New Bedford Conservation Commission is proud to announce the first ever New Bedford Wetland Photo Contest! We are looking for your best photograph(s) of any flora, fauna, or natural landscape in New Bedford’s wetlands. The goal of this contest is for everyone to become more aware of wetlands in New Bedford and of their beauty and benefit to the environment. Photographs will be displayed at New Bedford City Hall and the public can vote for their favorite photo(s). The top 12 photographs will have their credited picture in the 2012 Conservation Commission electronic calendar. There is also a drawing to win great prizes just for entering the photo contest. Pictures will be accepted until September 30, voting begins October – November 4th and winners will be announced in December.

For more information and to read official rules, view New Bedford wetland locations and to print an entry form visit  http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/WetlandPhotoContest.htm
Buy Carbon Credits with the Marion Institute
Happy New Year from everyone here at the Marion Institute, where to celebrate 2011 we have just introduced our $7 Carbon Diet which is your chance to offset one ton of carbon emissions for just $7. Your tax-free donation will go directly to our Gaviotas Carbon Offset Initiative, which has been reforesting tropical rainforest for over twenty years. So here's hoping you, and our planet, have a great new year. Donate here.
Sustainability Assessment: Responsibility and Renewal
Our sustainability assessment, "Responsibility and Renewal," the work of dozens of UMD community members, was published a few weeks ago. Packed with information about our current state and our collective dreams, the publication is available online at: http://issuu.com/umdpublications/docs/responsibility_renewal_assessment We also have beautiful printed copies for use in classes and offices--call us for more information. Download it here (PDF).
New Bedford's Ocean Explorium seeks volunteers
The Ocean Explorium is currently in need of adult volunteers for our admissions and gift shop operations. All volunteers for the Ocean Explorium receive training, uniform shirts and other benefits. Volunteers are invited to learn about aquarium operations, behind the scenes as well as in the public eye. Learn more here.
EPA Webcasts and Podcasts: Local Climate and Energy Webcasts
The Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series assists local governments as they explore topics related to local government climate change and clean energy efforts. These monthly webcasts highlight EPA resources available to local governments and present examples of successful climate and energy programs and policies implemented locally. Presentations, recordings, and other supplemental materials are available sorted by topic or sorted by date. Learn more here.
Coalition For Buzzards Bay seeks many positions
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay is growing and we are looking for talented, energetic, and passionate staff members and volunteers to help further our mission. Check out the opportunities here.
Essay Contest for Kids and Teens
Like A Drop of Water's writing contest offers young people, ages eight through seventeen, world wide the opportunity to share their ideas on how they and their countries can reduce climate change and pollution. We hope parents, grandparents and teachers will feel free to share their ideas with their young author. Teachers and their students may submit a class essay as well as serve as judges. Learn about the contest here.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Beware of the green rebound effect
We are by nature greedy. Until we acknowledge it and then fight that tendency; the struggle to save the environment will be an uphill battle, or more accurately, a downhill run. Even if we do buy "green" everything, we need to be wary of the green rebound effect. Learn more here.

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