• PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

    Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Jennifer Paluch, and Sonja Petek The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released its latest statewide survey on July 30. This is the 88th PPIC Statewide Survey and the eighth in the Californians and the Environment survey series, whose intent is to inform policymakers, encourage discussion, and raise public awareness about […]

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  • New Approaches to Evaluation

    Part of the process of continual improvement in communicating for conservation includes gathering baseline data and defining measurable objectives; effective implementation; and tracking progress toward conservation education and action goals. This month we are highlighting some important presentations, articles and resources from Good Measures: New Approaches to Evaluation, a conference held May 22, 2008 and […]

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  • West Coast Governors Launch Ocean Action Plan

    The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington recently launched an historic action plan to address challenging ocean and coastal management issues along the West Coast. This significant step comes on the heels of another precedent-setting state-driven ocean conservation action, with the passage into law of the Massachusetts Ocean Act of 2008. The West Coast Governors’ […]

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  • Encourage Walk-ins to Your Facility with New Google Maps Feature

    Adapted from story by Maura Judkis US News and World Report – July 23, 2008 Just in time for the recent announcement of America’s most and least walkable cities, Google has added a tool for finding walking directions to its maps. The Google Lat Long Blog details the latest improvements: Walking directions ignore whether or […]

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  • Good for the Environment = Good for Business

    Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), an Ocean Project Partner, has produced an inaugural review highlighting processes, products, and technologies that are making the biz world more eco-friendly. The first edition of the annual review highlights more than 20 processes, products and technologies that were chosen based on four criteria: good for business, good for the environment, […]

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  • Latest from Washington, DC on Environmental Education

    The Ocean Project continues to encourage our Partners and friends to take action on initiatives to help advance environmental education and literacy. The Campaign for Environmental Literacy, an Ocean Project Partner, has been instrumental in helping advocate for a number of EE initiatives. They report that the last 12 months have brought unprecedented attention to […]

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  • More pressure on global fish stocks as scientists warn of underreporting of catches

    In a July 9th story, www.guardian.co.uk reports that fish catches in some of the poorest nations in the world have been grossly underestimated, scientists warned recently. The implication is that global fish stocks, already widely acknowledged to be under heavy pressure, are in far more in danger than thought. The underreporting particularly threatens the hundreds […]

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  • That Buzz in Your Ear May Be Green Noise

    Alex Williams of the New York Times reports on the phenomenon of green noise – static caused by urgent, sometimes vexing or even contradictory information played at too high a volume for too long. Two years after “An Inconvenient Truth” helped unleash a new tide of environmental activism, green noise pulses through the collective consciousness […]

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  • Tracking Ocean Legislation

    E&E Daily reports that several major pieces of oceans legislation are on the move in Congress this year, ranging from coral reef protections to the Law of the Sea ratification measure, are unlikely to make it into law before 2009, senior congressional staff members and oceans advocates say. Ocean advocates assembled for “Capitol Hill Oceans […]

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  • Science Playing Limited Role in Stem Cell Debate

    A upi.com story begins by suggesting that, when forming attitudes about embryonic stem cell research, people are influenced by a number of things. But understanding science plays a negligible role for many people. “More knowledge is good – everybody is on the same page about that. But will that knowledge necessarily help build support for […]

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