Earth Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation communicator: voice for ecology, distinguished conservation biologist, broadcaster, public speaker, best-selling author, and syndicated writer.
Dr. Reese’s love of Nature began as a child. A springtime tree-planting ritual with his father became his passion. He knew from the time he was a child that he wanted to be an Earth Doctor and has university degrees in Physical Geography, Forest Resources and a PhD in eco-stress tree physiology from The University of Melbourne Australia.
It became clear at a young age to Dr. Reese that there was a tremendous lack of basic information on how trees and forests function. He believed that teams of interdisciplinary problem-solving scientists needed to work together to short-circuit ecological disasters, and identify and protect fragile ecosystems.
In the 1980s, Dr. Reese founded Global Forest Science a conservation institute. Global Forest Science has enjoyed a number of triumphs; including the legislation from Ottawa to protect the threatened westslope cutthroat trout of British Columbia and Alberta; protection of the world’s largest ant colony in Japan; using trees and forests in British Columbia, Georgia, Manitoba and Wyoming as a barometer of rising global temperatures; opening an international insect quarantine facility at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia; saving New Zealand’s multi-billion-dollar forestry and agriculture industries from the Australian painted apple moth and understanding dieback ofthe tallest trees on Earth – California redwoods.
Through Global Forest Science, Dr. Reese visits schools and encourages children around the globe to embrace conservation, science exploration, and learning.
Conservation biologist: Environmental consequences of Keystone ‘epic’Last Updated on 2014-02-05 15:45:59
Conservation biologist Dr. Reese Halter is asked by MSNBC host Craig Melvin to respond to House Speaker John Boehner's call to build the Keystone XL pipleline.
Dr. Halter shares what he thinks would be the environmental dangers the Keystone XL pipeline.
Dr. Halter also responds to the water crisis caused by the West Virginia chemical spill.
Food Choices Are A Key Strategy for Sustainable TourismLast Updated on 2013-11-25 12:44:35Most people agree that good tasting food is part of what makes our travels more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the food served at tourism resorts is often not very sustainable.
Our food choices do impact tourism in several ways including the climate change impacts, higher energy costs, soil erosion and loss of agricultural land, and marine environment pollution from fertilizers.
It is estimated that global food production contributes between 14 and and 22% of total CO2 the world produces every year.
Food production is one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions including:
emissions from animals
transport of food
deforestation to develop cropland
The U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization reports that our diets, especially meats, may cause more CO2 than industry or transportation.
Higher energy costs can make tourism operations less profitable. As... More »
Plastics Contaminating Lakes, GloballyLast Updated on 2013-10-18 21:57:37
Toxic plastic pollution is filling up the Great Lakes, the European lakes and even the subalpine lakes in Europe's famed Alps. This insidious byproduct of petroleum has infiltrated marine food webs and humans are indeed in harms way.
It wasn't until World War II that polyethylene (plastic single-use disposable bags, dispensable bottles), propylene (bottle caps, fishing gear) and polystyrene (take-away food containers) were invented, and by the late 1960s being mass-produced. By 1979, the production of plastics in the U.S. eclipsed that of steel. Today, globally, humans produce 280 million metric tons of plastic annually.
Plastics are long chains of monomer hydrocarbon molecules, and one of the principle ingredients of all plastics is crude oil. How much? Four percent of the entire world supply, or about 3.4 million barrels of oil, are used to make them each day.
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Earth Day: A Reminder to the Tourism Industry for the Need for Education and New Planning, Policy and Management.Last Updated on 2013-04-18 16:16:45
The first Earth Day in 1970 took place in the form of educational activities across the nation. It was chaired, though, not by educators, but by two politicians, Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson from WI and Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey from CA.
The event united both political parties, labor and business, the rich and the poor, urban and rural populations, and student movements across the land. Remarkable results were achieved through this educational consciousness raising, including the creation of the U.S. EPA, passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act, and it laid the foundation for many environmental initiatives still active today.
That first Earth Day, Dave coordinated a week-long Earth Day program at California Lutheran University that provided intergenerational education for the entire city of Thousand Oaks, CA. It was a life-changing... More »