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Green Tip of the Week
Paper Nor Plastic. Bring your bags with you! By taking reusable bags to the grocery store, you can cut down on the 350 bags the average American uses each year and reduce needless deaths of marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in streams, rivers and oceans.
Original text from World Wildlife Fund

Conservation Calendar

National Fossil Day

Thursday, Oct 18, 4:00 to 7:45 pm, at the Oak Bluffs Library.
Bring fossils to show to others, or to ask about -- or just come and see what others bring. Participants include Nancy Cole of the MV Museum, Dr. Maurice Tivey of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Galadriel’s of Circuit Ave, Heidi Raihofer and Joe Leonardo, Jacob and Sam Gurney, Sondra Murphy of the OB Library, Fred Hotchkiss, and others.

Guided Birding Tours

Saturdays, 9:00 to 11:30 am, starting at MV Reg. High School.
Visit birding hot spots with your guide Robert Culbert. Carpool will depart from the high school faculty parking lot at 9:00. Cost is $30 per adult, $15 for under 18. For more details, call 508-693-4908.

Sunday Projects at the FARM Institute

Sundays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Katama Farm.

Help with farm projects that will be taking place this season. Ages ten through adult, children under ten must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Free. 508-627-7007.
Monday, October 15, 2012

Local News

Ecosystem to Experience Harsh Notes

It is impossible to predict what species will suffer when an entire ecosystem is altered. Spring peepers, aka Pinkletinks, are widespread across the U.S. and common on Martha's Vineyard, but they are declining where wetlands are rapidly being lost. (Photo from Well Tea, Wikimedia Commons)

The next installment of Liz Durkee's series on how climate change is impacting our island takes a step back from human self-interest for a look at the broader picture: how disruption of the historical climate regime under which our native plants and animals have evolved threatens both individual species and, through their interactions with each other, the entire ecosystem. From the opening,

“Plants and trees, birds and bees, butterflies and frogs have survived in a fairly fine-tuned Island ecosystem for a long time. Not anymore. Their interconnectedness is stressed not just by the loss of habitat to development but by hotter summers, warmer winters and more droughts and floods.”
Online Carpooling Group Helps Islanders Get Around

Almanac readers who are also facebook users might want to take a look at the "MV Rideshare and Carpool" group, started earlier this year. The facebook group can help reduce your carbon footprint while saving some cash, but will be more effective as more members join.

Also, if you're facebook user, make sure to like VCS at our page to receive VCS updates through your news feed!
Other News

Reports of Green Energy's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The fact that electricity production from renewable sources has doubled in the United States over the past four years might come as a surprise to most. The American press has taken to describing green energy as a hopelessly unprofitable venture (without government subsidy), a loss-leading marketing ploy, or a sincere attempt to do good, but rarely as a legitimate industry in its own right.

Andrew Winston at Climate Progress makes a good case that this is a mischaracterization of the current state of affairs, and that while individual companies may fall, the industry at large is thriving. As one example, the frequently referenced failure of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra was not because of a general lack of demand for solar panels, but primarily due to competition from much-lower priced products developed and exported from China.
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