Recent Reports and Publications
Global Warming Threatens Terrestrial Biodiversity. According to a new report by World Wildlife Fund, global warming could forever change the diversity and abundance of species in many of the world's unique habitats, and cause the eventual extinction of many plant and animal species. The report, detailed in a WWF press release shows how global warming could fundamentally alter one third of plant and animal habitats by the end of the 21st Century. "Cold weather species like the sugar maple may be completely driven out of the northeastern United States, thereby sounding the death knell for the that region's maple syrup industry" said Adam Markham, co-author of the WWF report.
Island Press. Conserving Earth's Biodiversity. This CD-ROM and web site is a superb introduction to biodiversity and conservation, by one of the most accomplished scientists of our time. E.O. Wilson . The CD-ROM helps students understand the major aspects of conservation biology, including its biological, social, political, and economic elements, and describes what needs to be known and understood in order to effectively protect biodiversity.
Island Press. Nature's Services. A collection of essays and analyses about the economic value of ecosystem services.
WorldWatch: Since 1965, the water table under Beijing has fallen by some 59 meters or nearly 200 feet. In 1999 alone, water fell 8 ft. These declines warn China's leaders of the shortages that lie ahead as the country's aquifers are depleted. Why is this important? Falling water tables in China may soon raise food prices everywhere.
Amazon Watch: Mega-Projects are massive infrastructure projects-pipelines, power lines, roads, dams, and waterways-designed to open the Amazon rainforest frontier to large-scale industrial development. Mega-projects enable industries to extract and export raw materials (oil, gas, timber, gold, etc.) to regional and global markets. Mega-projects and associated development threaten millions of acres of pristine wilderness, national parks, and indigenous peoples' territories.
Conservation Strategy Fund: Two Roads and a Lake: An economic analysis of infrastructure development in the Beni river watershed. The Madidi area of NE Bolivia is one of the least trammeled and biologically richest spots on Earth. It was featured in a cover story of the March 2000 issue of National Geographic. Now Bolivia and Brazil are advancing plans for the economic development of the region, including a massive dam that would flood hundreds of thousands of hectares in the new Madidi National Park. This report analyzes the economic viability of several development projects proposed for the region. It turns out that none of the current projects are justifiable economically, even before environmental considerations are introduced.
Forests of the Pacific Rim
The David Suzuki Foundation. Pacific Salmon Forests. The ancient rainforest of British Columbia's North Coast is one of the richest places on earth, and one of the most rare. If we have any hope of conserving the wealth of living diversity found here, we must work with the communities whose livelihoods depend on this extraordinary ecosystem to develop ways of living and working in balance with nature.
EcoTrust Canada. Salmon Nation: People and Fish at the Edge. This new book examines the health of salmon runs in British Columbia, and highlights solutions that can help build an economy rooted in conservation rather than depletion.
Pacific Rivers Council: Salmon, Timber, and the Economy, by Ernie Niemi, Ed Whitelaw, Michelle Gall, and Anne Fifield. ECONorthwest 1999, Timber production in Oregon has contributed substantially to declines in salmon runs. What should be done about it, and what will the economic consequences be?.