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Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Away through Sunday

My apologies Vegan Bloggers but I'll be away and without internet today through sunday, as I take some needed R&R and go visit the Guadalupe Dunes up near Pismo Beach, CA.

Enjoy the the weekend, and use the opportunity to demonstrate your matriotism in the face of fireworks, flag-waving, and American barbeque.

Posted by Richard
7/02/2003 10:00:10 AM | PermaLink

 
Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Few Habitats, Many Species and a Debate on Preservation

Via: NY Times

Conservationists call them hot spots -- habitats that cover just 1.4 percent of the earth's land surface but are so rich in biological diversity that preserving them could keep an astonishing number of plant and animal species off the endangered list. But a growing number of scientists warn that directing conservation funds to hot spots may be a recipe for major losses in the future.

Posted by Richard
7/01/2003 12:36:48 PM | PermaLink

SAGM: Sickles Against Genetic Modification

Via: Ananova

A group opposing the development of genetically modified crops says it has destroyed an entire plot of GM wheat. The group said that some 60 of its members got into the Jealott's Hill Research Centre, near Bracknell, Berkshire, which belongs to the seed and agrochemical company Syngenta. They cut through two wire fences, but were not challenged by security or police, the group claimed. The protesters then used sickles and their own hands to uproot a 35 by 40 metre crop of genetically modified wheat.

The group, which does not have a name and describes itself as a collection of anonymous individuals opposing the spread of GM crops, claimed its members then left, again without being challenged. It also claimed the crop was about to pollinate and spread GM material into the surrounding countryside. Liz Snook, one of the protesters who took part, said: "It's like wandering into an episode of the X Files out there. "Syngenta are using our land as a laboratory despite the courts repeatedly upholding the position that these crops are a very real threat to property and the environment."

Posted by Richard
7/01/2003 03:13:04 AM | PermaLink

 
Monday, June 30, 2003

Estrogen Added To Lake Feminizes All Male Fish

Via: Knight-Ridder

A unique controlled Canadian study has been completed where scientists added birth control pills to an otherwise pristine lake. The result: one-third of the males in one species of minnow grew eggs in their testes; all the male fish in the lake were feminized; and the fathead minnow population crashed because it couldn't reproduced. This is a perfectly controlled study, the first out in the wild, where just one variable was added: estrogen.

Estrogen gets into waterways through a familiar path. Millions of women take different types of estrogen in birth-control pills and hormone replacement therapy; Kidd's study used the synthetic estrogen called ethynylestradiol, or EE2. When the women urinate, the estrogen passes into sewer systems, where bacteria eat much but not all of it. The remaining estrogen leaves sewage-treatment plants and flows into rivers, lakes and streams along with the treated wastewater.

Posted by Richard
6/30/2003 12:08:17 PM | PermaLink

Japan's Fishing Industry in Peril: High Mercury Levels and Industrial Run-Off Suspected

Via: Asia Times

Local fish stocks contaminated with toxins and a perilous drop in shellfish catches are signaling to millions of Japanese that their favorite food is in danger.

After all, seafood - per capita consumption in this country is some 70 kilograms, among the highest in the world - is a staple in Japanese homes.

Hence the shock when on June 3 the Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry issued a statement advising pregnant women to limit their consumption of certain fish species because of fears of mercury poisoning.

These include the bright-red sea bream called kinmedai and swordfish, both of which are expensive delicacies. The seven fish species that are the subjects of the warning also include cheaper tuna and shark, and sperm whale.

"The public is very concerned," said Kazuhiko Tsurumi, who is coordinating the warning and response effort. He said the ministry has been deluged by phone calls from the public. "We are trying to tell people that there is no reason to panic. The danger is only for pregnant women and even they do not have to fear if they limit their intake," he explained.

Already under pressure on the issue of whaling - this month's annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission blocked a bid by Japan to reintroduce commercial whaling, banned since 1986 - the fishing industry is alarmed too.

At the ministry, frantic inquiries came also from fishing companies worried about their sales. Since the official statement, the prices of the two expensive fish species on the list have plummeted in Tokyo's fish markets.

"Prices are down on average of 40 percent," said Norie Hara, who owns a small fish shop in Meguro, a residential area in Tokyo. "The kinmedai was much sought after, but not anymore." At an average of US$10 per kilogram, selling kinmedai meant good business for vendors.

Statistics from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government bear this out: it estimated that kinmedai alone accounted for $3 million of the total fish sales of $38 million in the capital's metropolitan region for 2000. Not surprisingly, Tokyo is the biggest consumer market for fish and seafood products in the country.

But Japanese families are now worrying more about parts per million (ppm) instead of yen per kilo.

What worries environmentalists is the fact that the warnings were occasioned by the results of surveys conducted on local catches. Given that species such as swordfish and tuna are on the top of the food chain and feed on smaller fish, which are known to have accumulations of poisonous methyl mercury, industrial pollution is once again under scrutiny.

Yukio Murata of the World Wildlife Fund Japan explained: "Heavy metal, mercury and dioxin have been found in segments of sea beds in the seas surrounding Japan, a result of wanton discarding of chemicals by companies."

Such industrial runoff is also seen as affecting Japan's most popular shellfish - short-necked clams. The densest populations are found in the Ariake Sea in southern Japan, but their annual harvests have declined precipitously - from about 160,000 tonnes in the 1980s to 60,000 tonnes now.

Worse still, land reclamation in the Ariake Sea is adversely affecting clam habitat. Sand dunes are important sanctuaries for the rearing of short-necked clams, said Hideo Sakaguchi, a marine expert at the Mie University. Sakaguchi is now probing the drop in clam catches to examine the impact of dike construction in the sea.

The reclamation is considered to have affected the entire Ariake Sea. With the issue becoming environmentally sensitive, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is now conducting a study to examine the damage that reclamation is causing to the marine ecology there.

The official response cuts no ice with Sakaguchi. "The government undertakes environmental surveys only after problems are suspected or recorded," he said. "This is almost too late for the protection of marine life."

What is suspected by environmentalists and researchers may well be confirmed by the fishermen of the Ariake Sea. Last July, hundreds of fishermen protested against dike construction after poor seaweed harvests.

Rampant overfishing in the waters off Japan, the danger of remaining fish stocks being contaminated by industrial poisons, and the destruction of coastal marine life are all contributing to the environmentalists' fear that Japan's self-sufficiency in food is declining further.

The country is already the world's biggest importer of marine products. To ensure the supply of the 10 million tonnes of seafood consumed annually, Japan imports about 5.2 million tonnes, a sum that accounts for about a quarter of the global fish trade.

Posted by Richard
6/30/2003 11:57:04 AM | PermaLink

 
Sunday, June 29, 2003

Starving Farmers Destroy Rainforest to Buy Food

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and it holds a profound fascination for all lovers of nature's variety. Madagascar broke away from continental Africa 65 million years ago, isolating its flora and fauna, so that now its wildlife is predominantly unique. All the island's mammals, 225 of its 257 reptile species and almost 80 per cent of its plants are endemic; that is, to be found nowhere else on Earth.

Via: UK Observer

Millennia-old trees and rare wildlife in Madagascar are vanishing as hungry families, their crops shrivelled by drought, sell bags of charcoal to survive. A forgotten famine is reducing one of the world's richest stores of biodiversity, the rainforests of Madagascar, to ash. Farmers stricken by drought on the Indian Ocean island are burning swaths of primeval woodland to make charcoal. Trees that pre-date the Roman Empire are going up in smoke and with it an eco-system that sustains thousands of unique plant and animal species - for the sake of turning a trunk into a bag of fuel worth 30p.

In a vicious circle, poor maize, potato and manioc harvests in the south and east have driven families from their fields to scavenge a living from what remains of the forest, further degrading the soil. Environmentalists warn that the rate of destruction will turn Madagascar into a lunar landscape of scrub and sand, diminishing the planet's biological patrimony and depriving science of potential cures for disease.

Posted by Richard
6/29/2003 08:17:28 AM | PermaLink

Atlantic Countries Seek to Save Coral Reefs from Trawlers

Via: SMH.com.au

Twenty nations have agreed on immediate measures to protect the north-east Atlantic's coral reefs from destruction by deep-water trawlers. Cold-water corals, which grow at depths of between 40 and 2000 metres, have recently been found to cover an area in the north-east Atlantic twice the length of the Great Barrier Reef. The corals, some of which are so deep that they were discovered only in the past five years, form a rich habitat for species such as false boarfish, monkfish, round-nosed grenadier, lumpfish, rabbitfish, morid cod and deep-water sharks. For this reason, they are favoured by fishermen who have taken to catching deep-water species because other stocks have disappeared.

As a result, up to half of the corals are already estimated to have been damaged by the nets of mainly French, Irish, Scottish and Norwegian fishermen, a German study for the European Union found. The corals, which are at their shallowest in the cold waters off Norway, are extremely slow-growing and it is estimated that damage done in an afternoon by trawlers can take 100,000 years to grow back.

Posted by Richard
6/29/2003 08:11:49 AM | PermaLink