The second in a regular series of posts to biodiversity-related* items that have caught my attention during the week**.
- Plans for two giant lagoons to harness tidal power are being broadly supported by Friends of the Earth, and may have a positive impact on marine biodiversity in the area
- If you’d like to help raise money for bird conservation projects, please consider sponsoring Northants County Bird Recorder Mike Alibone’s team in the Champions of the Flyway event
- How much is ecotourism worth? Well, visits to protected areas “generate approximately US $600 billion/y in direct in-country expenditure and US $250 billion/y in consumer surplus” according to a recent study entitled Walk on the Wild Side: Estimating the Global Magnitude of Visits to Protected Areas
- A new initiative in Google Maps means that you can explore an area of tropical rainforest in Brazil
- Staying with Brazil, forest loss is strongly implicated in the drought that is being experienced in the south-west of the country Brazil. I particularly recommend the videoed seminar by Douglas Sheil, which is very thought provoking
- Still Brazil, clearance of cerrado vegetation for soybean production continues according to latest results from NASA Earth Observatory
- Related to this, vote for your favourite Earth observation image in this year’s NASA Tournament Earth competition
- Finally, if you’re the only person on the planet who has not seen a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker, would you like to? Of course you would!