26 de fev de 2008

The Encyclopedia of Life has gone live!

According to the official portal of the EOL:

(...) This is the very beginning of our exciting journey to document all species of life on Earth.

Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about all life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goals are to:
  • Create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike.
  • Transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating virtually all known data about every living species.
  • Engage a wide audience of schoolchildren, educators, citizen scientists, academics and those who are just curious about Earth's species.
  • Increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity.
A good article about the project's launch can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSL2566738920080225.

25 de fev de 2008

10th International Estuarine Biogeochemistry Symposium- “Estuaries in a changing world”, May 18-22, 2008, Xiamen, China.

The "10th International Estuarine Biogeochemistry Symposium" which will be held at the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, on May 18-22, 2008.

The deadline of abstract submission is February 28, 2008.

Latest news will be available on the website.



Seventh International Chrysophyte Symposium 2008

The International Chrysophyte Symposium will be held in New London, CT, USA during the week of June 23rd, 2008.

The deadline for registration is April 15th and Abstracts are due by  May 1st.

21 de fev de 2008

32nd Annual Larval Fish Conference, 4-7 August 2008, Kiel, Germany


6 April 2008: Abstract submission deadline

This conference will include sessions on: larval ecology linked to physical processes; aquaculture and stock enhancement of early life stages, early life history strategies of fish and cephalopods, larval fish and cephalopod taxonomy, developmental molecular biology and physiology; and databases and tools on early life stages.


http://www.larvalfishcon.org/


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Linking herring, 26-29 August 2008, Galway, Ireland


1 April 2008: Early registration deadline

The conference focuses on linking the biology, ecology and status of herring populations in the context of changing environments.



http://images.websnapr.com/?url=www.linkingherring.com&size=m

Coping with Global Change in marine social-ecological systems, 8-11 July 2008, Rome, Italy

1 April 2008: Early registration deadline

The central goals of the symposium are to build relationships across natural and social science disciplines in regards to marine ecosystem changes, and to identify key next steps and common elements and approaches that promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global changes.


http://www.peopleandfish.org/


8th Larval Biology Symposium, 6-11 July 2008, Lisbon, Portugal

30 March 2008: Registration and abstract submission deadline

The symposium will consist of five topic sessions including: larval behaviour, dispersal and mortality; molecular and geochemical markers for assessing larval dispersal; larval feeding strategies; eggs embryogenesis and early larval life; and, ontogenetic strategies in extreme aquatic environments

Please note the conference has a new website: http://larval2008.fc.ul.pt/

Eastern boundary upwelling ecosystems: integrative and comparative approaches, 2-6 June 2008, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

15 March 2008: Early registration deadline

The symposium will consider most aspects of the dynamics, structure and functioning of the four major eastern boundary upwelling ecosystems linked to the Benguela, California, Canary (African Canary and Iberian Peninsula) and Humboldt Current systems.


http://images.websnapr.com/?url=www.upwelling-symposium.org&size=mUpwelling Symposium

http://www.upwelling-symposium.org/

20 de fev de 2008

Movimento Amazônia Para Sempre

http://www.amazoniaparasempre.com.br/



O Movimento Amazônia Para Sempre não autoriza ninguém a comercializar nenhum tipo de material promocional em nome do Manifesto ou coletar qualquer tipo de doação. Somos um Movimento cívico, sem fins lucrativos e sem associações politico-partidárias.
Se você também deseja uma 'Amazônia para Sempre', subscreva nosso manifesto. Ao obter o número de assinaturas necessário, ele será encaminhado ao Presidente da República para que sejam tomadas as providências necessárias para resolver este que é um sério problema brasileiro e mundial: A devastação da Amazônia. Sua participação é muito importante!


CARTA ABERTA DE ARTISTAS BRASILEIROS SOBRE A DEVASTAÇÃO DA AMAZÔNIA
Acabamos de comemorar o menor desmatamento da Floresta Amazônica dos últimos três anos: 17 mil quilômetros quadrados. É quase a metade da Holanda. Da área total já desmatamos 16%, o equivalente a duas vezes a Alemanha e três Estados de São Paulo. Não há motivo para comemorações. A Amazônia não é o pulmão do mundo, mas presta serviços ambientais importantíssimos ao Brasil e ao Planeta. Essa vastidão verde que se estende por mais de cinco milhões de quilômetros quadrados é um lençol térmico engendrado pela natureza para que os raios solares não atinjam o solo, propiciando a vida da mais exuberante floresta da terra e auxiliando na regulação da temperatura do Planeta.
Depois de tombada na sua pujança, estuprada por madeireiros sem escrúpulos, ateiam fogo às suas vestes de esmeralda abrindo passagem aos forasteiros que a humilham ao semear capim e soja nas cinzas de castanheiras centenárias. Apesar do extraordinário esforço de implantarmos unidades de conservação como alternativas de desenvolvimento sustentável, a devastação continua. Mesmo depois do sangue de Chico Mendes ter selado o pacto de harmonia homem/natureza, entre seringueiros e indígenas, mesmo depois da aliança dos povos da floresta “pelo direito de manter nossas florestas em pé, porque delas dependemos para viver”, mesmo depois de inúmeras sagas cheias de heroísmo, morte e paixão pela Amazônia, a devastação continua.
Como no passado, enxergamos a Floresta como um obstáculo ao progresso, como área a ser vencida e conquistada. Um imenso estoque de terras a se tornarem pastos pouco produtivos, campos de soja e espécies vegetais para combustíveis alternativos ou então uma fonte inesgotável de madeira, peixe, ouro, minerais e energia elétrica. Continuamos um povo irresponsável. O desmatamento e o incêndio são o símbolo da nossa incapacidade de compreender a delicadeza e a instabilidade do ecossistema amazônico e como tratá-lo.
Um país que tem 165.000 km2 de área desflorestada, abandonada ou semi-abandonada, pode dobrar a sua produção de grãos sem a necessidade de derrubar uma única árvore. É urgente que nos tornemos responsáveis pelo gerenciamento do que resta dos nossos valiosos recursos naturais.
Portanto, a nosso ver, como único procedimento cabível para desacelerar os efeitos quase irreversíveis da devastação, segundo o que determina o § 4º, do Artigo 225 da Constituição Federal, onde se lê:
"A Floresta Amazônica é patrimônio nacional, e sua utilização far-se-á, na forma da lei, dentro de condições que assegurem a preservação do meio ambiente, inclusive quanto ao uso dos recursos naturais"
Assim, deve-se implementar em níveis Federal, Estadual e Municipal A INTERRUPÇÃO IMEDIATA DO DESMATAMENTO DA FLORESTA AMAZÔNICA. JÁ!
É hora de enxergarmos nossas árvores como monumentos de nossa cultura e história.
SOMOS UM POVO DA FLORESTA!

17 de fev de 2008

Bottled Water: Who Needs It?

In the UK last year we spent nearly £2 billion buying bottled water, yet a billion people around the world don't have access to safe drinking water.
[Read More]

Panorama: Bottled Water - Who Needs It, BBC One 8.30pm Monday 18 February 2008.

15 de fev de 2008

RESILIENCE CONFERENCE 2008



The international science and policy conference "Resilience 2008 - Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times" is held in Stockholm, Sweden, April 14-17 2008.

The aim is to bring together scientists working with the complex dynamics of interconnected social-ecological systems and to present, discuss, and if possible, summarise the current understanding of resilience, adaptability and pathways of transformation in such systems.

Among the guest speakers you will find B. Holling, E. Ostrom, S. Carpenter as keynote speakers but also B. Walker, C. Folke, K. Brown, T. Hughes, M. Scheffer and F. Westley as other key speakers.

For more information, please see the official website www.resilience2008.org or have a look at the program http://resilience2008.org/resilience/programme/.

SHALLOW LAKES CONFERENCE - “Structure and function of world shallow lakes" - Uruguay (23rd-28th November 2008)

We are pleased to announce the opening of the abstracts submission for the 6th Shallow Lake conference, to be held in Punta del Este-Uruguay (23rd-28th November 2008).

You may now visit the website www.shallowlakes2008.org and register (just need to provide a username and password), to have access to more information and be able to submit your abstracts. The deadline is 31st March, and the decisions on their acceptance will be announced in May. Please follow the instructions given about format and sizes.

The final registration fee will be displayed in the website by 1st March the latest.

For more information visit the Conference website:
http://www.shallowlakes2008.org/

13 de fev de 2008

Clam, 405, is oldest animal ever

A British scientific team discovered the 405-year-old clam, named after the Chinese dynasty and not the former Liberal Democrat leader, at the bottom of the ocean, and hope its longevity will reveal the secrets of ageing. (Read More)

The oldest creature everhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/28/nclam128.xml
The oldest creature ever

12 de fev de 2008

International Congress SeaSink 2008, Oporto, Portugal



Oceans, representing about 70% of the earth surface, are considered as deposits for a large number of anthropogenic residues. Receiving input from human activities through land drainage, atmospheric deposition, rivers,  and direct dumping, oceans act as sinks for several classes of compounds. Among these, several substances may be mobilized at any time, and may also be incorporated into the biota, hundreds of kilometres away from the original source. This scenario is progressively more likely to occur, and may endanger not only marine ecosystems but also human health, since oceans are also valuable sources of nutrients for human consumption. In any case, the ocean sinking capacity is an important service to mankind. A good example of this is the "ocean biological pump" and its usefulness in preventing a faster than observed accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. One of the most important scientific challenges is in preventing that carrying capacity of marine ecosystems to human induced stresses is exceeded.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
  • 15 March 2008: submission of abstracts for communications.
  • 30 March 2008: notification to authors, if a given abstract was accepted for oral communication or for poster presentation, or not illegible.
  • 30 April 2008: registration deadline; after this date a percentage of 20% - 50% on registration fees will be charged.
All questions may be sent to the institutional address of the congress:
seasink2008@ufp.pt.

7 de fev de 2008

31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) / Hamburg

The ICCE 2008 will be held in Hamburg / Germany from Sunday, 31st August 2008 to Friday, 5th September 2008 at the Hamburg Congress Centre CCH. The ICCE 2008 will be organised by the German Society of Port Engineering and the German Coastal Engineering Research Council under the auspices of the Coastal Engineering Research Council (CERC) of Coasts, Ocean, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Papers will be presented on theory, measurement, analysis, modelling and practice for the following conference topics:

  • Coastal Processes
  • Coastal, Shore and Estuarine Structures
  • Ports, Harbours and Waterways
  • Coastal Environment
  • Coastal Risks
  • Coastal Development

Practical papers detailing the design, construction and performance of case study coastal projects will also be presented.

Further details concerning the conference are available on the conference website:

http://icce2008.hamburg.baw.de

Registration is now online:

http://icce2008.hamburg.baw.de/registration.html
or
http://www.i-plan.de/reg/hhicce08/