Lima Journal: Guardians of Peru’s Treasures Stake Out Post Office to Block Smuggling
A Culture Ministry team tries to keep Peru’s ancient riches from being spirited out by mail, battling a depletion that began nearly 500 years ago with the Spanish conquest.
Dot Earth Blog: Satellites Reveal the Depletion of a Vital Middle East Water Supply
A satellite probes one of the planet's most turbulent regions and finds a new source of risk -- declining groundwater supplies
Green Blog: The Enduring Effects of Ozone Depletion
In a phenomenon that could contribute to climate change, the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer has changed the way that waters in the southern oceans mix, scientists report.
Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules
Baldrson writes "The Guardian reports that a massive geoengineering project has been detected off the west coast of Canada that violates UN regulations. An Amerindian tribe in the Pacific NW that depends on salmon teamed with an entrepreneur and a group of scientists to have 100 tons of iron sulphate spread across a huge area of the ocean in order to spur plankton growth. 'Satellite images appear to confirm the claim ... that the iron has spawned an artificial plankton bloom as large as 10,000 square kilometers. The intention is for the plankton to absorb carbon dioxide and then sink to the ocean bed – a geoengineering technique known as ocean fertilization that he hopes will net lucrative carbon credits.' The entrepreneur, Russ George, hopes to cash in on the carbon credits and the Amerindian tribe on an increased salmon harvest. The situation has sparked outcry from environmentalists and civil society groups. Oceanographer John Cullen said, 'It is difficult if not impossible to detect ...
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Green Blog: Q. and A.: Farming for an Uncertain Future
Wes Jackson, a co-founder of the Land Institute, reflects on population growth, resource depletion and the accumulation of carbon -- and what it means for contemporary agriculture.