Notes from a rare planet: Prince Charles: ‘direct relationship between the resilience of Nature’s ecosystems and the resilience of our national economies’

Prince Charles: ‘direct relationship’ between ecosystems and the economy (Mongabay)

  • “I cannot see how we can possibly maintain the growth of GDP in the long term if we continue to consume our planet as voraciously as we are doing.”
  • “We have to see that there is a direct relationship between the resilience of Nature’s ecosystems and the resilience of our national economies.”

Enforcing Clean Air Act Rules Will Create 1.5 Million Jobs, Study Says (Treehugger)

  • “According to a new study, enforcing the new Clean Air Act requirements would create a jobs boom in professions like plumbing, construction, engineering, and pipefitting. Which is interesting new, especially considering that the main charge levied against rolling out the new regulations is that it would be a job killer. Not so, says the report — it’s just the opposite.”

The Pacific walrus is imperiled by climate change and deserves protection, but it will have to wait in line (New York Times)

  • “The Pacific walrus is imperiled by climate change, which is melting its icy Arctic home, and merits protection under the Endangered Species Act, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service said this week. Yet protections must wait until threats to higher-priority species are addressed, the agency said.”

Photos: new super tiny frogs discovered in Sri Lanka, one critically endangered (Mongbay)

  • These species were discovered as a part of a broad amphibian survey that we carried out about 10 years ago in Sri Lanka. In that survey we discovered nearly 100 new species new to science. We are in the process of describing them now.”

San Francisco considers ban on Yellow Pages (Earth 911)

  • “That would mean no more abandoned piles in elevator lobbies and by doorsteps, potentially cutting down on about 5 million pounds of paper waste for the San Francisco area.”