Archive for May, 2008

The farmer in the dell…

I’m not exactly sure what a “dell” is (I guess I’ll have to research that in the morning), but here are  just a few of the stories in the news on farming and how it’s sweeping the nation.

Lets start in Virginia with “Saavy Farmers Open the Gate to Agritourism” by Laura Bly at USA Today.  With more and more people wanting to know where there food is coming from, this was bound to happen.

From there, we’ll head to New York and “Urban Farmers Crops Go From Vacant Lot to Market” by Tracie McMillan at the New York Times. Again, people are looking for local food.

Then we go down to Philadelphia and “Where Industry Once Hummed, Urban Garden Finds Success” by Jon Hurdle, again at the New York Times.

Finally, we’ll finish with an article from good old St. Louis,  “Sweet Tast of Hard Times” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Chow for now!


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Damn the water…

And full steam ahead. Anyway, speaking of dams (see how I did that?!), I’ve come across some great articles on dams this year ands I thought I would share some of them with you.

(For more on dams, check out my previous post entitled “My Environment“).

First up, the lastest article entitled “Deal on Dams on Klamath Advances” by Felicity Berrringer at the New York Times. This is a big one.

With the salmon population continuing to decline along the west coast, perhaps this is some required reading for the parties that be. It’s titled “Salmon Says, Tear Down the Dams” by Nathaniel Grader at Terrain Magazine.

Finally, the article that sent me to “damn the waters” in the first place, “Montana Dam is Breached, Slowly to Restore a Superfund Site” by Jim Robbins at the New York Times.


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Just one more

It’s my last one on solar (for today at least) I promise.

My first thought when I saw this article, “IDS Develops Eco-Friendly Inflatable Solar Panel for Domestic Use” over at ENN is can I use it in the pool? Speaking of that, aren’t the pools opening tomorrow? Again, hmmm…


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With the rains returning…

I thought I would return to the subject of the sun or rather solar power.

A while back, “12 Cities Selected to Become New Solar America Cities” by Jeremy Jacquot were announced over at Treehugger.

This article also came out a while ago and it’s entitled “Powercube: Rock-Solid Solar Generator To Go” by Mike Chino at Inhabitat. With all the stormy weather, generator are becoming a must have item these days.

Finally, here’s one of those feel good stories that everyone enjoys.  It’s entitled “Disadvantaged Kids to Receive Gift that Shines with Opportunity” by Kenny Luna at Treehugger.

One side note. If your like me and don’t really enjoy mowing your lawn (especially with all this rain) and if you haven’t tried to replace your lawn with native plants and wildflowers yet, then here’s a suggestive article. It’s entitled  “Sheep Replace Lawnmowers in Italy” by Justin Thomas at Treehugger.


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P.S. As I’m writing this post, the sun has just reappeared. Hmm….

May is Bike Month

I must say this holiday, this year, has been getting lots of coverage. Here are a couple of the articles that I have come across this month.

The first article comes from Inhabitat, “Transportation Tuesday: May is Bike Month” by Jorge Chapa.

The other one was in USA Today on Bike to Work Day entitled “Gas Costs Push Commuters to Park It and Pedal” by Marisol Bello.

For those of you looking for a little more on the bike community, check out “Bike! Bike” over at EcoSpace. Here’s also the like to the Bike! Bike! website and their upcoming Conference in September.

Happy Bike Month!


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Since yesterday (now the day before) was Sunday…

and the fact that we’ve seen the sun for almost four straight days now, I thought I would post a few articles on solar power.

This first one comes courtesy of Inhabitat entitled “Paint on Solar Power” by Jorge Chapa. Now this sounds too good to be true. An article that goes hand in hand with this is “Colourful Idea Sparks Renewable Electricity From Paint” at ENN.

This next one, “InkJet-Printed, Flexible, Organic Solar Cells?” by Loretta Hidalgo Whiteside over at Wired Magazine is an excellent article on the latest buzz. Printable solar cells. Like the previous subject, this article also has an article that goes hand in hand with it. It’s entitled “Nanosolar: Power to the People” at ENN again.

These last two articles are sort of more house related. The first one, “Hammer and Nails Style Solar Roof Tiles by SRS Energy” by John Laumer at Treehugger and the second one is “SMIT’s Grow: Solar and Wind Leaf Photovoltaic Shingles” by Emily Pilloton at Inhabitat.

Good day sunshine!


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USA versus Canada (on bisphenol)

So who’s right? Is it Canada in “Canada Calls Bisphenol A dangerous” by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger.

Or is it the United States, who according to in this article at the Daily Green say “FDA Won’t Tell Parents to Avoid BPA Baby Bottles“. Read and decide for yourself.


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On an educational note

Speaking of Polar Bears, here’s a great article on an amazing lady teaching her students about Antarctica and all it has to offer. The article is “Harlem to Antarctica for Science, and Pupils” by Sara Rimer at the New York Times.



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In a salute to the Polar Bear

In a small way and as a salute to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, I have gone through my endless supply of articles on various species and found what I hope are some of the more positive stories on some of our larger friends.

First, lets start with the main attraction here, the polar bear. From the Grist comes “Bearly Legal” by Kate Sheppard.

Next we have two stories on two different rhinos. First we have,  “Species Sucess: Rhinos Recover” by Clara Moskowitz at Live Science. This includes both the White and Black Rhinos of Africa. Second, we have “End of Maoist Strife Spurs Nepal Rhino Numbers” from ENN.

Then there is “Presumed Extinct Javan Elephants May Have Been Found Again- In Borneo” at Science Daily.

Finally, we have this story, “At Indian Preserves, Tigers Remain King as People Are Coaxed Out” by Somini Sengupta of the New York Times.



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Let’s climb a tree

Lately I’ve seen a few stories on our friend, the tree. Today I thought I would share a few of them.

First, from our neighbors to the north, “Beetles Turning Forests into Carbon Bombs” by Patrick Metzger at the Daily Green. Let’s hope they need a passport to head south.

Next, down south, “How (not) to Prevent the Next Hurricane Katrina” by Jeremy Elton at Treehugger. Maybe with stories like this, all is not lost for the majestic Cypress. We can only hope.

As they say, misery loves company so, “Air Quality Standards: Too Weak for Asthmatic Kids” by Dan Shapley and courtesy of the Daily Green.

I know, I know, this is rather depressing. So rather than continue down this road, we’ll end a more positive note.

So how about this story from Treehugger,How Old is the World’s Oldest Tree” by Bonnie Alter. Discovered up in western Sweden, it’s believed to be over 9,500 years old. Amazing!


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