Policy News from ESA’s Public Affairs Office, April 13, 2007

A Bi-Weekly Publication of the Ecological Society of America April 13, 2007 In this Issue: CLIMATE: SUPREME COURT ORDERS EPA TO CONSIDER REGULATING GREENHOUSE GASES CLIMATE: WHITE HOUSE SAYS IPCC REPORT ‘REINFORCES’ ADMINISTRATION POLICIES CLIMATE: CHINA VOWS TO PARTICIPATE IN TALKS ON FUTURE EMISSIONS FRAMEWORK CLIMATE: FOUNDATION OFFERS $100M FOR POLICY RESEARCH ENDANGERED SPECIES: FEDS MAY RECLASSIFY ENDANGERED FL MANATEES...

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The end of the Leadership Conference and the beginning of a great batch of SEEDS

I sit here in the Wild Palms Hotel sipping coffee and thinking about the great information we gathered this weekend, the ideas that were generated and the amazing insight that the invited speakers gave all of us. I think of whats ahead in my life and in the life of each of the fellows and I know that we will all become great scientists. We have also realized to a greater extent that with becoming a great scientist comes great...

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SEEDS Leadership Meeting, San Jose CA (DAY 2)

The ESA Strategies for Ecology Education, Developing Sustainability (SEEDS) Program offers professional mentorship, funding and the opportunity for students to develop ecological research through the Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Today we had a full agenda of meetings for the 2007 Leadership Conference and it was great to share our ideas with current and past SEEDS fellows as well as the ESA Advisory board. Governing board...

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ESA activities on biofuels

Recently a number of people on the ECOLOG listserv have either recommended or asked about Ecological Society of America (ESA) activities on the topic of biofuels. ESA is in fact planning several activities on this topic, and we thought readers might appreciate a summary. At this summer’s Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA, Linda Wallace of the University of Oklahoma and Jim Ansley of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station are...

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Ecology and Global Democracy

Right now, a constitution is being written for the globe. In it, humans are defining what democracy means for the Earth and all of its inhabitants. In this essay, I want to explore some of the reasons why I think science is deeply relevant to the project of writing a global constitution. The emerging global constitution is not being written as the United States Constitution was, by a group of men sitting around a table. Rather, it is...

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Environmental guarantees: A new ecological and political model for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country of an important ecological and human diversity due to its location and biophysical characteristics. The country has 5% of the world’s species in a geographical territory of 51,100 square kilometers (km), 0.1% of the earth’s surface, and a marine territory of 500,000 square km. In the last thirty years significant changes have occurred in the judicial, administrative and social systems to protect the...

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