Archive for September, 2007

Kids and family

Speaking of kids, I came across this article today (I don’t have the website in front of me where I found this but, as soon as I find it, I will post a link to it). Anyway, Here’s a mom who manages to juggle her career as a scientist and family in a rather unique way. Check out Canopy Meg.

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Green Librarian

Kids and toys

I guess it was this latest article from the AP about another recall of kids jewelry and toys that prompted me to write this post. Add to that the recent articles about Mattel and Fisher-Prices being part of these recalls , that Wal-mart and Disney will now begin testing their toys and on top of that,  a recent article in the Wall Street Journal which was entitled “China to Ban Lead Paint in Toys” and it makes you wonder, where was the oversight before this.  As a parent, it concerns me.  

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Green Librarian

Environmental Hero

While Al Gore marches on with “An Inconvenient Truth” and Earth Day turns the page to 2008, quietly the world is made a better place thanks to people like Phung Tuu Boi. Mr. Boi, a forester and director of the Center for Assistance in Nature Conservation Community Development in Hanoi, has dedicated his life to repairing the ecological damage brought on by the Vietnam War.  To see for yourself, check out the article Through the Forest, a Clearer View of the Needs of a People in the September 9th issue of the New York Times.

In addition to that, there was an article just today at the Environmental News Network that tells of 11 new plant and animal species found in a remote area of Vientam called the Annamites Mountain Range.

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Green Librarian

Harvest Moon & Summer Equinox

The harvest moon (for the Northern Hemisphere) is just around the corner. It happens this Wednesday, September 26th. The exact time is 2:24pm central time.  Farmers of old used the light of the harvest moon to gather crops. It’s also the first full moon closest to the September Equinox (which happened last Sunday, September 23rd). For more updates like this, check out the Earth & Sky Radio Series over at National Public Radio.

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Green Librarian

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

To quote an old Joni Mitchell song, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Anyway, there was a recent article by LiveScience that showed in Indiana’s Tippecanoe county, there are three times as many parking spaces as drivers. Talk about overkill.

In a way to lower those numbers, today people are celebrating Parking Day. For more info on that, check out the article Why Protesters are Playing Ping-Pong in Your Parking Space in today’s Wall Street Journal or click here to find out more.

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Green Librarian

Fuel Choices

This is a post I meant to make the other day. I just noticed that one of our gas stations here in town has a sign out for flex fuel. While our family van can’t take flex fuel (though I’m still going to do some more research on that), there’s a nice article that came out in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in June of last year about fuel options called Some Fuel Options Are Hard to Find.

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Green Librarian

Sea Turtles

This is one of those posts that I’ve been waiting to make for quite awhile. Earlier this summer I read the most amazing book, Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. To compliment it, I just came across an article in the New York Times called The Season for Sea Turtles. When I finished that book, I wanted to go out and save all the sea turtle. Add to the fact that I have a four year old daughter who loves animals (i.e. turtles) and as a child I loved turtles, it was an inspiring book to say the least.

I almost forgot. Here’s a great kids book that I would recommend and that my daughter loved. It’s called One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies (no relation).

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Green Librarian