Site lists humans as endangered
Sun Valley Web site focuses on
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
A new, locally based Internet site that
focuses on endangered species gives Homo sapiens, sometimes called people, an
early warning designation.
"It may be that the species are caught in
a chemical and heavy metal trap that already is affecting human sperm count,"
said Max Casebeau, director of the Sun Valley-based Center for Environmental
The organization announced last week that
it is posting a new Internet site called Endangered Species Early Warning at
www.esew.org. According to Casebeau, the
addition will make his organizationís Internet offerings the largest in the
Casbeau said the center decided to list
the human family as a candidate for an early warning designation, principally
because of chemical contamination of oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.
But the focus is considerably larger than
that, and the effort is about more than alarming people.
The new informational database, which was
planed to be online by Friday, July 2, but fell behind schedule, focuses on
eight classes of species in North America that Casebeau said are in danger. It
integrates the information with habitat and watershed data.
Species will be listed by threatened,
endangered and extinct categories. They will also be listed by state and by
According to Casebeau, it will be the only
Internet site aimed at relating habitat status to threatened and endangered
The United Nations Environment Programme,
an organization devoted to improving quality of life without compromising that
of future generations, estimates 150 species per day are going extinct, up from
a 100 species per day 10 years ago.
"This new Web site will call attention to
the situation for threatened and endangered species, and may provide the time
needed for those species to recover before itís too late. Endangered Species Act
listings are usually too late" Casebeau said.
Casebeauís organization has been
maintaining Americaís Threatened Streams and Restoration Strategies, an Internet
site that focuses on the countryís water bodies, for years at
The Center for Environmental Education
claims that it connects with hundreds of middle schools, 12,000 high schools and
junior colleges, and 3,400 colleges and universities all over the United States
as part of its outreach effort. The organization has been on the Internet since
1992, pioneering Internet environmental education.
CEEI has been nominated three times for
having the most important environmental Web site in the country.