Archive for December, 2007

EPA

I think I would be remiss if I didn’t talk a little about the EPA libraries and their continual battle with the Bush administration to exist . The news looks good as the current omnibus appropriations bill sent to the President this week will:

 “earmark $3 million dollars to restore the network of EPA libraries recently closed or consolidated by this administration and to report witin 90 days on its plan  to restore publically available libraries to provide environmental information and data to each EPA region”.

This is good news!

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

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A teachable moment

Recently I’ve come across two good articles on environmental teaching. The first one is entitled She shells out lessons with environmental spin by Deborah Sharp in USA Today. The other article is in the New York Times and it’s called The Green House as Classroom” by Lisa Selin Davis. As someone who’s spouse, mom, dad, sister, grandmother and grandfather have all been teachers, it’s pretty much a given that I would be a firm believer in education and particularly when it comes to the topic of the environmental.  

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Bee cause

With all the news this summer about bees and their decline, a website has been created for amateur entomologists, thanks in large part to the University of Illinois. To find out more, check out this article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Good books

Here are two good books I’m reading right now. The first is Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris. There’s also a dvd out for a show with the same title by PBS. I caught either the beginning or the end when it was on but,  I hope to get ahold of it at the library one of these days.

The second book is Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger. An excellent book about what goes into the world famous twinkie. I’ve learned more about how food is processed than I ever thought possible.  It’s been a good motivator for me to continue working on my gardening skills.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Here we go again

Another midwestern winter, another midwestern freeze. As noted in many article recently, including in the New York Times and USA Today, the midwest begins another winter season with ice.   There was also a nice picture alongside the article in the New York Times. 

Sincerely-

Green Librarian 

Ocean zones

On a very topical note, in accordance with my son’s recent homework, comes a book called The Deep by Claire Nouvian. A great book on the last zone in the ocean, the midnight zone and the amazing creatures that live there. The book has some incredible pictures of animals that the vast majority of us will never come into contact with some wonderful insight into that world.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

International Flavor

With my final exam this week, life is a little hectic but here’s a little international flavor on the environment.

There are two nice articles on forest preservation over at the Environmental News Network. One is on protecting Polands old-growth forests and the other is on Ugandas plan to increase forest coverage.

In addition, theres a very interesting article on using Africa’s desert sun to power Europe. I’ll let you be the judge on that. It’s located over at the Guardian.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian