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Sustainable Pacific Rim Cities provides innovation and sustainability by using the method of ecological applied research that both combines academic thinking with application through projects and consultancy between and within the Pacific Rim Cities and Villages

Starred Project     Our Focus: 

Environmental Engineering & Planning
Ecological Economic Development
Ecological Urban Planning and Design

Starred Project      Key Applied Research: 

Pacific Rim Ecosystem Restoration & Eco-Village Initiative
The Impacts of Disasters on Vegetation Design & Policy
Pacific Rim Outlook
Urban Design and Planning Responding to Disaster Preparedness and Adaptation
Innovation and Sustainability on Trade, Finance, and Economic Development

Urban Design and Planning for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Announcement: 
We are working with our partners to update our key projects. We would like to invite you participating in updating the projects.  For more information please contact us at: info@sustainablepacific.org

Starred Project    Topic of the Week (our blog):

Climate Change and Adaptation Planning
Pacific Institute Releases Update on Seawater Desalination in California
by Pacific Institute
Natural Disasters and Preparedness
A Run of Bad Luck
by Dan Farber
Health, Safety and Food Security
Burger King to Pigs: Have It Your Way?
by PAIGE SMITH ORLOFF
Understanding Environmental Pollution Problems
The World’s Worst Toxic Pollution Problems 2011 report
by Blacksmith Institute
Environmental and Economic Sustainability
At Risk: America's Poor During and After the Great Recession.
by School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University Bloomington
Environmentalists versus Economists: Time for a Truce?
by Daniel Farber   
Looking Back 2011

A girl's room is exposed in a destroyed house in the devastated town of Pleasant Grove, Alabama, on May 1, 2011, the second-worst tornado disaster on record. 
Source: Indiatimes

Ocean and Plastic

Marine life under threat because of our dependence on plastic

by 

Environmentalists are warning about the effect on sea-life, particularly sea-turtles, of the impact of humans' dependency on plastic.

The stomach contents of a young sea-turtle found dead off the Argentinian coast were examined by scientists. It was found to contain hundreds of small pieces of plastic detritus. More than half of the 90 sea-turtles found dead of the coast of Brazil were found with similar shards of plastic in their guts or faces.

Environmentalists say the small pieces of plastic are caused by human waste. Over 290 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year. When thrown away or dumped in the world's oceans they are not biodegradable so do not break down naturally. Instead they are broken up into smaller and smaller pieces by the seas' currents (more...)

Starred Project      Maps and Data Resource

Coastal Flood Risk Lookup 
This coastal flood risk map views for the cities, states or zip codes you type. You may make modest adjustments to achieve different sizes, by modifying width and height in the snippet below. Click Here to check the flood risk in your area.
For more information: climatecentral.org
TOXNET 
Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. 
TOXMAP 
e-map to explore on-site toxic chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from the US EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).
Find Water Polluters Near You
THE UNITED STATES WATER POLLUTION MAP (the map)
CHINA WATER POLLUTION MAP (the map)

Starred Project    Environmental Law & History

Intersection of Environmental Law and Disaster Law
by Daniel Farber
In an environmental disaster, a disaster causes environmental harm, or an environmental change causes an acute risk to humans, or a combination of both takes place. Examples include the BP oil spill, the London killer fog of 1952, the 2003 European heat wave, and the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Climate change will intensify the connection between disaster issues and the environment. Given the interwoven nature of disasters and the environment, we should consider what environmental law and disaster law can learn from each other. Environmental law has the most to teach disaster law about risk management and prevention. Disaster law, in contrast, directs attention to issues of unequal risk exposure and to compensation as a supplement to risk mitigation. 
link to the paper
MARPOL Annex V
Annex V of MARPOL prohibits ocean dumping of all ship-generated plastics and regulates the dumping of other garbage. Annex V is of particular importance to the maritime community (shippers, oil platforms, fishers, recreational boaters and cruise lines) as it prohibits the disposal of plastic at sea and regulates the disposal of other types of garbage at sea. Under Annex V, garbage includes all kinds of food, domestic and operational waste – excluding fresh fish – generated during the normal operation of the vessel and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically. This annex also requires ports and terminals to provide garbage reception facilities for boats. As of 31 July 2007, 135 countries have adopted Annex V (more...)
Source:  The Ocean ConservancyThe PlasTEP 
The US Clean Water Act Basic Information

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. "Clean Water Act" became the Act's common name with amendments in 1977.

Under the CWA, EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry. We have also set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters more...

The US Safe Drinking Water Act Basic Information

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation's public drinking water supply. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996 and requires many actions to protect drinking water and its sources: rivers, lakes, reservoirs, springs, and ground water wells. (SDWA does not regulate private wells which serve fewer than 25 individuals.) more...

Starred Project     Our Partners 

China Center for Sustainable Development Studies

The Institute of Beijing SanSheng Environment & Development

Local Ecology

The US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC)

Starred Project     News and Events 

This Year Earth Week Conference:

2014 Bay Area Sustainability Symposium and Tour

Resilient Cities and Pre-Disaster Planning: Linking Together Regional and Community Partners

Conference : Friday  April 25th, 2014 8:30am - 6:00pm

Tour: Saturday April 26th, 2014

Location: Laney College Conference Auditorium

The conference information:

http://sustainablepacific.org/2014SustainabilityConference.html

Register the Conference at this link

Registration Fee

The conference sponsorship information: 

http://sustainablepacific.org/SPRC_2014ConferenceSponsorhip.pdf

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Starred Project     Knowledge-sharing 

THE YEAR THAT SHOOK THE RICH: A REVIEW OF NATURAL DISASTERS IN 2011

by Elizabeth Ferris and Daniel Petz

link to the report

END THIS DEPRESSION NOW!(April 2012) 

by Paul Krugman

link to the book,

Paul Krugman talked about his new book in C-Span, link to the interview

US TREASURY & RECENT U.S. ECONOMY (May 2012)

Recent U.S. Economic Growth – In Charts (pdf)

UNDERSTANDING LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT

Down and Out: Measuring Long-Term Hardship in the Labor Market

GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK:

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012

UN DESA REPORT:

The Global Social Crisis: Report on the World Social Situation 2011

UNEP REPORT: 

Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20, 

LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM:

People's GroceryBuild a health local food system for the West Oakland Community

LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY:
Go with flow: Touring Cordonices Creek in Berkeley

UNDERSTANDING POLLUTION PROBLEMS:

Cornell University research study finds that water, air and soil pollution causes 40 percent of deaths worldwide

WHAT WE LEARN:

Frontline investigation of Huangbaiyu Sustainable Village, China by UC Berkeley Journalism graduate student, Timonthy Lesle

Starred Project     Multimedia 
THE EARTH SYSTEM
The Ocean is key component of the Earth System.  Amongst other functions critical to human life, it supplies the oxygen in every second breath we take. 
The biggest threat to our Ocean's health is climate change, with its twin super-dangers of rising sea temperatures and acidification. If we had the power and resources to address this single- handed, we would... 
By ocean.org
ANTHROPOCENE CARTOGRAPHY -- MAPPING HUMAN INFLUENCE ON PLANET EARTH
By globaia.org 
Global and Local: Dispatches from the Climate Fight  
The Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation 
University of California at Berkeley Fall 2011:  
Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature
The Passing River - Bringing Life into a Dead River

“Water for All” at the Asian Development Bank

 
FLOW is directed by Irena Salina/Daljhit Dhaliwal

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

 

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