Achieving environmental sustainability, one of the United Nation’s eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, requires the cooperation of the entire world – a seemingly daunting task. Currently, a $27 billion lawsuit is under litigation between Chevron and the inhabitants of the Oriente region of the Amazonian rainforest. It is a veritable David and Goliath battle. At stake is the clean up of one of Earth’s most delicate and important ecosystems, and this lawsuit could have priceless implications on the future of the Oriente.
For over 25 years, Dr. Larry Wiedman has led teams of high school and college students in documenting changes in the land and sea environments of Andros Island in the Bahamas. They are particularly interested in studying coral reefs but are intent on not influencing the very changes they are trying to study. Dr. Wiedman is a professor in the biology department at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. David Mullins, Earthzine‘s Associate Editor for Education, interviewed Dr. Wiedman about the project and his thoughts about educating future generations of Earth observers.
DMC International Imaging Ltd (DMCii), which has just won a €100,000 contract from the European Space Agency (ESA), will demonstrate the value of its coordinated multi-satellite optical imagery for tropical forest monitoring in Indonesia.
Offshore wind turbines offer huge potential as a renewable energy source in today’s world, but the number of offshore wind farms is surprisingly small. Here, three scientists look at the wind resources off the southeast coast of Brazil as a possible sight that could one day provide Brazil with clean, carbon-free electricity.
As the international remote sensing community readies the 2009 IGARSS in Cape Town, South Africa this July, Earthzine recalls last summer’s conference in Boston, Massachusetts with this Featured Person interview with Dr. Barrett N. “Barry” Rock, professor of forestry, botany and remote sensing in the Complex Systems Research Center and the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. Barry Rock exemplifies IEEE’s mission to put science and technology to work for the benefit of humanity and Earth. He has “grown” a network of hundreds of students and teachers in Forest Watch, the outreach program he founded in 1991 in order to scientifically track the effects of U.S. efforts to diminish the damage of air pollution on human health and vegetation. In Boston, he demonstrated the Forest Watch model of university/K-12 partnership and IEEE scientific/community outreach at the 2008 IEEE International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium.
In their submission to Earthzine’s 2009 Student Essay Competition, Sulaiman Tejan Jalloh of Sierra Leone’s Institute of Advanced Management and Technology discusses the negative environmental effects of traditional slash-and-burn agriculture and presents alternatives aim to reduce human’s impact on the environment.
This study attempts to derive Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) for gullies at Ode-Irele, Lipanu, Akotogbo and Ajagba town in Irele Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo-State, Nigeria. Gully morphometric attributes such as surface slope, catchments area, average depth and width as well as cross-sectional area and volume of material/ soil excavated were determined.
Under warm, sunny skies along Monterey Bay in California last May, marine scientists and engineers met with leading legislators and policy makers to confront some cold, hard, disturbing facts: Greenhouse gas emissions and other human-induced impacts are threatening the health of marine life, and coordinated action between policy makers and scientists is needed now to address this enormous problem.