Food Choices Are A Key Strategy for Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2013-11-25 12:44:35Most people agree that good tasting food is part of what makes our travels more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the food served at tourism resorts is often not very sustainable.
Our food choices do impact tourism in several ways including the climate change impacts, higher energy costs, soil erosion and loss of agricultural land, and marine environment pollution from fertilizers.
It is estimated that global food production contributes between 14 and and 22% of total CO2 the world produces every year.
Food production is one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions including:
emissions from animals
transport of food
deforestation to develop cropland
The U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization reports that our diets, especially meats, may cause more CO2 than industry or transportation.
Higher energy costs can make tourism operations less profitable. As... More »
Scientists excited about new lab at bottom of Pacific OceanLast Updated on 2013-05-19 00:00:00SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists are eager for access to information from a quarter-billion dollar lab at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that they hope will teach them about climate change, earthquakes and even the origins of life on Earth and other planets.
The $239 million National Science Foundation project will install video cameras, seismic monitors and other gauges along a volcano in deep waters off the Pacific Northwest coast, giving researchers the ability to monitor activity 2 miles below the ocean surface.
The project could potentially warn of earthquakes that would threaten the Seattle area, according to scientists.
"It really will make a huge difference," said University of Washington oceanography professor John Delaney, who is leading the effort.
Thanks to nearly 600 miles of electrical wires and Internet cables this project will provide continuous information, separating it... More »
An Ocean Champion in the White HouseLast Updated on 2013-05-17 00:00:00This article was originally published by the Center for American Progress.
It should come as no surprise that a president who grew up in Hawaii and has been known to enjoy the occasional vacation on Martha’s Vineyard would prioritize policies that result in the improved management of America’s oceans and coasts. In the past few weeks, President Barack Obama has met such expectations. His administration released a final implementation plan for the National Ocean Policy that he established by executive order in 2010. It also finalized a budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, which, even in a time of sequestration and fiscal austerity, asks for an 11 percent boost from current funding levels.
Both actions show that the administration understands the challenges facing our marine resources and is willing to prioritize them. President Obama’s National... More »
Ocean pursuit leaves toothfish pirates with nowhere to runLast Updated on 2013-05-04 00:00:00
The battle to make fishing for ''white gold'' sustainable is being won.Ocean pursuit leaves toothfish pirates with nowhere to run.
An Australian-backed illegal fishing watchdog in Asia is on the heels of some of the last toothfish pirates, as a long-plundered fishery moves to a sustainable catch - and to local meal tables.
A fishing vessel believed to be loaded with millions of dollars worth of Southern Ocean toothfish is being tracked through Malaysia and Indonesia, where it was stopped from landing its catch in a joint operation with Australian fishing managers.
Known as the Thunder, or Wuhan, and operated by a Spanish company, the 1100-tonne ship is one of a handful believed to be still operating in the Antarctic, rapidly switching their names and registrations in efforts to escape detection.
Long-lived, bottom dwellers: A taxinomically correct... More »
Top 5 Ocean Priorities for the New Secretary of StateLast Updated on 2013-03-29 00:00:00
When President Barack Obama convenes his cabinet in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, one might be left with the impression that defenders of our oceans are rather pointedly underrepresented. The Department of Commerce, which oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has lacked a secretary since John Bryson resigned last summer. Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta probably pulled double duty as Aquaman in the president’s Hall of Justice; prior to his service in the Obama administration, Secretary Panetta served as a congressman from Monterrey, California, and as head of the Pew Oceans Commission. But now he, too, has left the building, with a shout-out to his trusty sidekick, his dog Bravo.
President Obama is seeking to fill the open seat at Commerce, and to replace Jane Lubchenco, who stepped down last month as NOAA’s... More »
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