Archive for July, 2008

As for the rest of his home

Some interesting facts about the ocean.

First up, “World Sea Levels to Rise 1.5m by 2100: Scientists” by Karin Strohecker at Reuters.

Next comes this bit of intriguing news, “North Atlantic Warming Tied to Natural Variability” at Science Daily.

In hand with those articles, we have “Can You Hear Me Now? How Fish Are Losing Their Way in a Warming Ocean” by Jeremy Elton Jacquot at Treehugger.

Now for some good news, “The World’s Largetst Marine Protected Area“, also at Science Daily.

To follow that trend we have, “For Better or Worse, Modern Ocean Explorers Stay Connected from the National Science Foundation.

While we’re on a roll, lets finish off with some good news, “Sea Change: U.S. Shrimpers Go Green to Compete” by Alyssa Abkowitz at the Wall Street Journal. This article is not available free at the Wall Street Journal but can be found at the Sea Turtle Restoration Project website.  Here’s the link to the article.


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Home is where the sharks are

I thought I would post these articles that have come up on coral reefs lately, a place that sharks are known to hang out at.

First up, this interesting article on “Coral Reefs May Be Protected by Natural Ocean Thermostatat the Environmental News Network.

These next two articles are some of the more concerning issues regarding the corals but the article after them will give you more hope.

Sunscreen Promote Coral Bleaching by Stimulating Viruses” by Jeremy Elton Jacquot at Treehugger and “Belize’s Coral Reef is Gorgeous but Threatened” at USA Today by Laura Bly are the more concerning articles.

This one however will give us all hope. It’s entitled “Want to Save a Coral Reef? Bring Along Your Crochet Hook” by Patricia Cohen at the New York Times.


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Great whites

Here’s a quick post on a great video about what research scientist are doing to help reverse the trend of die offs of great whites.


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Sharks are our friends

In honor of shark week, I thought I would share these articles, some good and some not so good. Unfortunately, mostly not so good.

Recently came this article, “Mediterranean Shark Numbers Drop Dramatically” from the Environmental News Network.

Next, also on the not so good side comes “Majority of Oceanic Shark Species Face Extinction” from Live Science.

Now on a bit more of an different downturn comes “Warming Waters May Make Antartica Hospitable to Sharks“, this time at Science Daily.

Lets end this on some good news. “U.S. Government Issues Shark Finning Ban in Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico” at Environmental News Network.

No wonder people don’t think so highly of sharks. Lets find something good to say about our friends the sharks.


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Water, water everywhere

With rain in our forcast for the last couple of days and more on the way, I thought I would bring a few articles on our drinking water. As I take a drink (of water), I will begin:

First, this one just came up over at Green Right Now entitled “The World’s Water Needs: A Global Perspective” by Shermakaye Bass. I found it a good primer to start this topic out with.

Next we have an article on drinking water by the AP (via the San Francisco Chronicle)  entitled ” AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water”. This is very scary!

As of that’s not scary enough, try “Sewer to Spigot” Recycled Water” by Anjali Athvaley at the Wall Street Journal.

And here’s one more to make you worry despite the title of “Officials Say Spill Doesn’t Threaten Drinking Water” by Christopher Boyce at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

And as the first article imply’s, it’s a issue world wide. Check out “Vanishing Central African Glaciers Threaten Water Supplies of Millions” at the Environmental News Network.


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Solar days are here again

I was going to list some great solar products that I have read about lately but instead I thought I would start with this great article over at the Environmental News Network. It’s entitled “Clean Tech Intro: The Solar Family“. It’s a great primer for those interested in solar power. Now, on with the products.

Okay, not yet. Here’s one more good article on the Solar Industry, again from the Environmental News Network. This one is called “Getting Down and Dirty with a Solar Industry Insider“. Another great article on some of the latest information on solar power.

Okay, lets try again. This first article is called “Portable Solar Fan-What’s Up with That”? Yes, it’s also from the Environmental News Network.

Next up, this solar generator article “Powercube: Rock-Solid Generator To-Go” at Inhabitat. Looking good!

Last, here are two articles on some of the latest solar flashlights. We have  “SunNight Solar Gives Away 500 Solar Flashlights” over at Good Clean Tech and Tri-Solar LED Flashlight: Three Times the Fun under the Sun, again over at Good Clean Tech. Check them both out. I know my two year old son would love one of those (and with no batteries required, so would I).


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To the sea we go.

On the ocean front, things are a bit depressing but let’s get on with it:

First up, this article entitled “Reduced Sulfer Might be the Key to Function” by Tim McGee at Treehugger. It’s always good to look for answers.

Next, “Ocean ‘Deserts’ Are Expanding, Say Scientists” at Earth & Sky.

Then there is “Strange Things are Happening to the Planet” by Jesse Fox at Treehugger. Some nice pictures but unfortunate consequences of our actions.

To wrap up this round of ocean news, we have one very bright note on a topic near and dear to my heart, sea turtles.  This article, entitled “Leatherback Turtle in Texas-First Since 1930’s” by Andrew C. Revkin at the New York Times is indeed a very encouraging sign for those who love turtles.


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Lakes update

Here’s a little good news on the lake front so to speak. I came across this article a few days ago, “Michigan OKs Great Lakes Water Plan” from the Associated Press via USA Today.


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From lakes and ponds to streams to rivers

Since we’re on the topic of water (and there’s no rain in sight here in the midwest) I thought I would graduate from lakes and ponds to rivers and streams. Particularly since I sit at work each day and look over one of the most beautiful rivers of all, the mighty Mississippi River.

First up, this interesting article brings up an issue that came up 15 years ago (in 1993) and is still an issue today. It’s entitled “Midwest Floods Dredge Up Dispute” by Douglas Belkin at the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately it’s not available for free on-line but is well worth the read if you can get ahold of it.

Next, along those same lines comes this story, “Property Owners Feel Betrayed” by Tammy Webber and Maria Sudekum Fisher of the Associated Press. Hmmm… there’s a theme here.

From there we go to “Flood Expose Dated Protections” by  Peter Eisler at USA Today and as sort of a bookend to that article, we have “As Sand Bubbles Up Along an Illinois Levee, So Do New Questions” by Malcolm Gay at the New York Times.

Finally, here’s what FEMA said: ‘They’re In Good Shape Down Here‘ by Shane Graber at St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Who Knew?


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As I fold the kids beach towels…

I’m reminded of the lakes we go to up in Minneasota each year and so here we go so to speak (as like many of you, with the price of gas, we are unable to afford our annual vacation to the land of 10,000 lakes this year.

First up, this article on Lake Tahoe (a lake I use to visit during my childhood) entitled “Global Warming Could Radically Change Lake Tahoe in Ten Years” from the University of California at Davis from Science Daily.

Here’s another lake that’s been in the news the last few months Lake Mead and the article is “Is Lake Mead Disappearing”? at the Environmental News Network.

Speaking of Lake Mead, here is another really good article by Felicity Barringer at the New York Times entitled “Lake Mead Could Be Within a Few Years of Going Dry, Study Finds“.  

Next, here an article on the Great Lakes entitled “Wisconsin Signs Great Lakes Compact” by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger. It’s some great news on getting protection for the Great Lakes. About twelve years ago, I got my only chance to see one of them, Lake Superior up by Duluth, Minnesota. Very impressive to say the least.

Finally, on a lake half away around, comes this article “Family Science Project Yields Surprising Data About a Siberian Lake” by Cornelia Dean at the New York Times. A fascinating look at Lake Baikal, the deepest and largest fresh water lake on earth.

Happy Vacationing (wherever you go)!


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