Notes from a rare planet: Ecuador’s tallest waterfall threatened by dam


This photo of the San Rafael Falls in Ecuador comes courtesy of Flickr user visionshare.

Ecuador’s tallest waterfall to be destroyed by Chinese dam

  • “The 1,500 megawatt Coca-Codo Sinclair Hydroelectric Project will divert water flow away from the 480-foot San Rafael Falls, leaving it “high and dry.” Worse, the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2016, will be pressure on Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, an area so renowned for its biodiversity that “even the oil companies spared this area during prospection and development of pipeline corridors in the Ecuadorian Amazon,” according to Save America’s Forests, which says the falls have become the principal attraction of Sumaco.”

Six Times More Insect Species in Tropical Mountains Than Predicted

  • “This shows that what we know of insect diversity still lacks knowledge on tropical mountain diversity. I have worked with one type of herbivore insects, moths. Now we need to test if this pattern also occurs in other types of herbivore.”

80% of New Farmland in Tropics Carved From Forests Between 1980-2000 – Land the Size of Alaska Cleared

  • “Ever million million acres of forest that is cut releases the same amount of carbon into the atmosphere as 40 million cars do in a year.”

Captain Planet Turns 20, and Get His Own Holiday (and he is still awesome)

  • “If you’re like me, when you think of Captain Planet, you’re hit with a wave of nostalgia for your 1990s childhood. But even if you’re a bit older (or younger), I’ll bet you’re excited to hear that the world’s first and only eco-superhero is turning 20 years old this month, and is getting a party to celebrate. The Captain Planet Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating youth about the environment, has declared September 15, 2010 “National Captain Planet Day.” To mark the occasion, a group of adult “Planeteers” have created the website Captain Planet @ 20.”

Are Energy Star ratings too lax?

  • Consumer Report said the ratings program needed to raise the bar on qualifying products and develop better testing standards.
  • “Potential cost savings abound, Consumer Reports found: $200 a year just by programming the thermostat, $400 by fixing leaky ducts, $75 by avoiding pre-rinsing dishes before they go in the washer.”
  • Doss_ladarius

    wow that kinda sad if they do