Archive for March, 2008

Earth hour and save the trees

Just two articles today.

The first is on Earth Hour (tonight at 8:00pm). Not sure what to do during that hour? Then read this article from Treehugger by Lloyd Alter entitled “60 Things to do During Earth Hour” why’ll you still can.

The second article is about learning to go paperless. I’m going to give it a try starting next Monday. To get motivated, read “Clicking, at Last, on Don’t Print” by Lisa Belkin at the New York Times.

Happy Earth Hour!

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A little light reading

After going through at least six months of book reviews, I decided to go ahead and post some of those more topic specific books today. I won’t get to them all as some are from subject lists, but here goes:


The first two are by Michael Pollan. They are “In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals”. The reviews are here at the USA Today and here at Treehugger.

The third one is entitled “Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food” by Warren Belasco. Both discuss the production of food in this country. Check out this review at the NY Times.
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This one is brand new, “Farewell, My Subaru” by Doug Fine. Click here and here to see two reviews of the book at USA Today and Treehugger. If you like this book, you might also try another one I read a couple of years ago called “Better Off: Flipping The Switch On Technology” by Eric Brende, an excellent book on getting off the grid. Here’s an old  review.


The first book came out in 2004, called “The End of the Line: How Overfishing is Changing the World” by Charles Clover. It was first published in Britain and has been updated for U.S. readers. Here’s the review at Library Journal. After reading another good book on animalsSea called Voyage of the Turtle (see my post Sea Turtles), it was a real eye opener on the fishing industry.

This one sounded looks good. It’s called “Listening to Cougar” by Marc Bekoff and Cara BLessley Lowe. I figure if it’s got a forward by Jane Goodall, there’s a good chance it’s worth reading. Here’s a review at Library Journal.

This last one is about fish and people. It’s entitled “Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body” by Neil Shubin. Looks very interesting. The reviews are also at Library Journal. Click here.

While I decided to post these today, there will be more next week. I have a few more lists to purge and a few more journals to catch up on.


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Greening Libraries

I forgot to post these two article that I’ve come across the last couple of months in Library Journal. The first is the Editorial “Seeing Green” by Francine Fialkoff in the January issue and “BackTalk: Go Green!” in the February issue.


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May I help you (a.k.a. reference librarian)

Okay, as a librarian I must admit I see my fare share of books but I think it’s time I start spreading the wealth. Here are some of the new reference books I think look good in 2008:

The first one I found at Treehugger that looks really good and I will probably put up on my green reading shelf is “Trees: A Visual Guide” by Tony Todd and Jennifer Stackhouse. Here’s the review over at Treehugger by Tim McGee.

This next one is the “Encyclopedia of Environment and Society” by Paul Robbins. No one here in St. Louis has it but I will recommend it. Sounds like a great book. Here’s the review at Library Journal from January 2008.

I’ll group these last books together as they come from an article entitled “Collection Development Sustainability: Sense and Sustainability” by Robert Eagan, again at Library Journal.

They are “Environmental Issues in American History: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents” by Chris Magoc, “The New Atlas of Planet Management” by Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent and “Our Earth’s Changing Land: An Encyclopedia of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change” (2 vol.) by Helmut Geist.

Here’s the link to those books (plus a healthy dose of others that are  more topic specific reading and that are too numerous to list). I’ll get to those next week.


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Ice in your drink

I just found this article about Ginny Catania, a Glacioologist. I kid you not, someone who studies glaciers. A very timely topic with the recent story “Slab of Antartic Ice Shelf Collapses Amid Warming” from Reuters and over at ENN.

Anyway, here’s the interview over at ReGeneration.


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Recycle Wednesday?

I found this article over at Ecospace this morning and it reminded me of a group here in St. Louis that has been doing this for years. The article, “Creative Reuse: SCRAP”, is about a program in Portland, Oregon that allows schools to reuse items that have been donated by the community and businesses. Here’s their website and here’s the website for the St. Louis Teachers Recycle Center here in St. Louis.


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Even though I’m full, here’s one last crumb

I found this website, Sustainable Table over at the Daily Green website. Check them both out.


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Thinking about lunch is making me hungry

That said, here are a few more articles on food that I’ve come across the last few days and weeks.

The first is from Treehugger entitled “Slow Food: Small, Simple Sustainable” by Tim McGee. It’s all about the Slow Food Movement. If that’s enough, check our their website.

Next on the menu, are two articles on slow cooking. The first is “Conserve While Cooking” by Jaye at Ecospace and the second is “Slow Food Meet Slow Cook” Warren McLaren at Treehugger.

The last one here is about that Bammer of a cook, Emeril Lagasse entitled “BAM! Emeril Lagasse Unearths Fresh Ingredients on Planet Green” by Jasmin Chua, again at Treehugger. Enjoy!


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Go outside and play!

One last article to mention on the state of nature and kids. This article, “Go Play Outside; Nobody Else is” by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger is anotherarticle on a study that shows how visits to parks has decreased over the last twenty years. The pictures by Ansel Adams are also stunning.


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Spring break

Since my kids are on spring break from school, I thought I bring up an article on another type of education, nature. This article, “Americans Spend Less Time on Nature Activities: Study” by By Julie Steenhuysen is over at Reuters. It shows that outdoor activities have fallen by more than 20 percent since the 1980’s.

To see or read more on nature and kids, check out the book “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv’s or go to the Child & Nature Network for more information. Both good resources.


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