Eco-toxicity: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

[tweetmeme The European Environment agency has addressed the often overlooked eco-toxicity of pharmaceutical products in the environment in a new publication “Pharmaceuticals in the environment – Results of an EEA workshop.”  In this document, the EEA advocates a life-cycle approach, which means looking at pre‑production issues (including raw materials and energy), secondary manufacturing, and the … Continue reading

Mapping Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in California

[tweetmeme Jeanette Howard and Matt Merrifield of the Nature Conservancy (USA) have published an article titled „Mapping Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in California.“  The abstract of this article: Background Most groundwater conservation and management efforts focus on protecting groundwater for drinking water and for other human uses with little understanding or focus on the ecosystems that … Continue reading

Urban Environment: Wind speed and the ecosystem

[tweetmeme Christofer Bang, John L. Sabo (Arizona State University) and Stanley H. Faeth (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) have completed a study on the effects of wind speed modifications in the urban environment on the ecosystem.  The abstract of their paper reads:  The often dramatic effects of urbanization on community and ecosystem properties, … Continue reading

A Review of the Ecological Footprint Indicator—Perceptions and Methods

[tweetmeme Thomas Wiedmann and John Barrett of the Centre for Sustainability Accounting, Innovation Centre (NY, USA) have published a new paper titled “A Review of the Ecological Footprint Indicator—Perceptions and Methods.” In this paper they present a comprehensive review of perceptions and methods around the Ecological Footprint (EF), based on a survey of more than … Continue reading

Scaling up ecosystem benefits – A contribution to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study

A new EEA publication titled „Scaling up ecosystem benefits – A contribution to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study“ presents options for scaling up existing estimates of ecosystem service values to larger geographical scales. It also presents a case study of wetlands at the European level and discusses the results and policy applications.  … Continue reading

Using GIS in Ecological Management: Green Assessment of the Impacts of Petroleum Activities in the State of Texas

Edmund Merem, Bennetta Robinson, Joan Wesley, Sudha Yerramilli (Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Jackson State University) and Yaw Twumasi (Department of Advanced Technologies, School of Agriculture & Applied Sciences, Alcorn State University) have published a paper titled „Using GIS in Ecological Management: Green Assessment of the Impacts of Petroleum Activities in the State of … Continue reading

Loss and Recovery Potential of Marine Habitats: An Experimental Study of Factors Maintaining Resilience in Subtidal Algal Forests at the Adriatic Sea

Predicting and abating the loss of natural habitats present a huge challenge in science, conservation and management. Algal forests are globally threatened by loss and severe recruitment failure, but our understanding of resilience in these systems and its potential disruption by anthropogenic factors lags well behind other habitats. We tested hypotheses regarding triggers for decline … Continue reading

Rapid Decline of a Grassland System & Its Ecological and Conservation Implications

One of the most important conservation issues in ecology is the imperiled state of grassland ecosystems worldwide due to land conversion, desertification, and the loss of native populations and species. The Janos region of northwestern Mexico maintains one of the largest remaining black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colony complexes in North America and supports a … Continue reading

Identifying Thresholds for Ecosystem-Based Management – Help for resource managers and policy makers

One of the greatest obstacles to moving ecosystem-based management (EBM) from concept to practice is the lack of a systematic approach to defining ecosystem-level decision criteria, or reference points that trigger management action. Methodology/Principal Findings To assist resource managers and policymakers in developing EBM decision criteria, we introduce a quantitative, transferable method for identifying utility … Continue reading

Using Community-Based Social Marketing Techniques to Enhance Environmental Regulation

Abstract: This article explores how environmental regulation may be improved through the use of community-based social marketing techniques. While regulation is an important tool of sustainability policy, it works upon a limited range of behavioural ‘triggers’. It focuses upon fear of penalty or desires for compliance, but individual behaviour is also affected by beliefs and … Continue reading

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