Natural Resources

May 8, 2012

Beyond Ideology: How Should We Feed Ourselves If We Care About Nature?

Faced with ever-increasing population and ever-decreasing food systems, five scientists discuss the challenges and potential solutions that could feed the people and protect nature. The fourth installment of The New York Academy of Sciences' and The Nature Conservancy's four-part series Discourses on Nature and Society.

"More on Coke's Role in a Shelved Bottle Ban"

"Jon Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, has said that its decision to scuttle a planned ban on small plastic water bottles at Grand Canyon National Park had nothing to do with opposition from the Coca-Cola Company. But a November 2010 e-mail released on Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request tells a different story."

Felicity Barringer reports for the New York Times' Green blog December 1, 2011.

Source: Green/NYT, 12/02/2011

"The Impact of Grazing? Don't Ask"

"Millions of cattle graze on public lands all over the West and have done so for more than a century. But a new complaint filed by an environmental group charges that despite Clinton-era moves to examine and diminish the impact of grazing in the arid West, Interior Department employees have blocked the use of federal data on the impact in regional scientific studies.

Source: Green/NYT, 12/02/2011

BLM Says 9 Western States Have Worthy Wilderness Areas

Designating lands as wilderness or some other highly protected status always is contentious, but the BLM has identified 24 areas in 9 western states the agency says have significant local support for this idea: CA (9 areas), CO (3), ID (1), MT (1), NM (2), NV (2), OR (2), UT (3), and WA (1).

"Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban"

"Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation’s parks chief abruptly blocked the plan after conversations with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation."

Source: NY Times, 11/10/2011

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