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Jul 27
2010

Sustaining Eco-Tourism

Posted by Bruce Robinson in tourism , resources , recreation , poverty , journalism , international , environment , economy , conservation , business , author

Bruce Robinson
  Eco-tourism is a growth industry, especially in remote and unspoiled areas. But as those areas attract more visitors, can the natural experience they offer remain the same?

Initially, most geo-tourism was the realm of small, localized businesses that combined personal attention with the providers’ knowledge of the area they served. That’s still true in many cases, says writer-reporter Todd Pitock, but they no longer have that segment of the industry to themselves.

Todd Pitock's article, "Can Tourism be Sustainable?" appears in the current issue of Miller-McCune magazine article, as well as their website.

Jul 26
2010

Eco-Tourism in Bolivia

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , tourism , state government , resources , recreation , poverty , planning , nonprofit orgs , land rights , jobs , international , Green , government , environment , employment , economy , conservation , business , activism

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A remote Bolivian valley full of rare birds and wildlife is becoming an eco-tourism destination, thanks in part to an assist from a Sebastopol non-profit, the Conservation Strategy Fund.
Doron Amiran of the Sebastopol-based Conservation Strategy Fund explains that while they helped local Bolivian groups successfuly oppose the dam project on the Beni river, they are not necessarily opposed to all dams.

Touring the Bala Valley, where the Amazonia jungle backs up against the eastern foot of the Andes Mountains, Amiran found that accommodations for visitors were comfortable, but basic.


As with most of the projects the Conservation Strategy Funds gets involved with, this Bolivian dam proposal was brought to their attention by local advocates for the people who would be directly affected by it.

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Jul 14
2010

Tektites

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma County , Science , research , history , environment , education , chemicals , California

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Small black balls of glassy rock found in the Dry Creek Valley may be remnants from a prehistoric meteor strike. Or maybe not.

Geology professor Rolfe Erickson with tektites collected from strewn fields all over the world. (Photo by Jean Wasp)

Jul 12
2010

Fog and Redwoods

Posted by Bruce Robinson in weather , water , trees , Science , research , parks , history , environment , education , coast , climate change , California

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A new analysis finds there are fewer foggy days along the Northern California coast than there were  100 years ago. That’s bad news for the venerable coast redwoods.

In addition to charting a reduction in the number of foggy days over the past century, U.C. Berkeley researcher Todd E. Dawson says their study also found fewer hours of foggy conditions on the days when the mist was present.

In their analysis, Dawson and  his colleague, James Johnstone, found there was a relationship between drought years and fog conditions, but it’s not what one might expect.

Read the abstract of their published paper on this research here.