The residents of the remote, rural eco-village of Las Gaviotas, Colombia (population around 200) and their international allies are marketing their pure water to Americans through a grassroots network of mostly volunteers. Despite the cross-continental transportation and plastic bottles required, they expect the project not only to have a neutral or negative "footprint," but also to support the growth and duplication of this model community and the ambitious reforestation project that supports it.
Islands often serve an important role in protecting and preserving species because of their isolation and lack of predators. But some species aren’t suited to the offshore ecosystem, and some countries don’t have the islands to devote to conservation efforts. New Zealand has decided to import the benefits of offshore island habitats inland by creating “mainland islands,” typically surrounded by large predator-resistant fences. Despite early success, the effort is meeting some skepticism and resistance.
With a population expected to swell by two million in 25 years, the Washington, DC metro region is under tremendous pressure. Already facing a daily onslaught of cars, the region is girding for a huge increase in traffic. In response, two of the oldest DC suburbs, Silver Spring, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia, are trying to find an antidote to sprawl—or perhaps simply to recreate an older sense of neighborhood.
It’s been a momentous year for cleaner vehicles (see "Getting There: A Guide to Planet-Friendly Cars," Consumer News, July/August 2004). DaimlerChrysler rolled out the first plug-in hybrid, albeit as a test vehicle, and announced it would soon import the fuel-sipping Smart city car. Several more manufacturers, including Ford, added new hybrids to their fleets. And the race to bring a fuel-cell car to market is getting hotter, as Honda and General Motors unveiled the latest versions of their hydrogen prototypes.
Conscious consumers can pride themselves on pushing the global coffee market in a more eco-friendly direction, but what about the disposable cup industry? According to the Food Service and Packaging Institute, Americans use and throw out nearly 44 billion disposable cups for hot beverages each year.
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Podría ser afectada negativamente nuestra salud por todas las frecuencias de radio de los fonos móviles y sus torres, los buscapersonas y sistemas Internet, y otros usos de frecuencia radial y radiación de microondas?</B>
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> Recién oí la expresión "secuestro de carbono" en relación al cambio climático. ¿De qué se trata y cómo podría ayudar a detener el calentamiento global?</B>
The rooftop at St. Simon Stock Catholic School on East 182nd Street in the Bronx, New York is a lone patch of green in the quilt of gray, beige and black that stretches across the southeast Bronx. Six inches of a patented, lightweight growing medium called Gaia Soil covers 3,500 square feet, divided into plots for both elementary and graduate school research. The roof hosts 20 native species: delicate columbine flowers, milkweed that attracts migrating Monarch butterflies, tomato and cucumber plants, and black-eyed susans, favored by bumblebees.
For the first time, national environmental groups are looking beyond federal politics and allocating a portion of their campaign financing to state elections in California, New York and elsewhere. The Sierra Club is spending a third of its $4 million campaign budget on state races. The League of Conservation Voters is chipping in 10 percent of its $7 million political war chest to state contests as well.