After riding our local Metrolink yesterday, I came upon an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding their concern about funding and possible budget cuts. On that note, here are just some of the articles I’ve come across the last few months that are a bit more positive.
This article, “More Riders on Board with Amtrak” by Elisa Crouch at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about how Amtrak is planning to increase spending to reduce delays.
Meanwhile, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via the Associated Press, “Kansas City again considers light rail“. Here’s hoping.
To go along with that, this article was the beginning of a repeated story, “March Driving Down For 1st Time Since 1979:Governement” from Reuters.
Finally, over at the Wall Street Journal came this article, “Gas Prices Push Commuters to Try Out Mass Transit” by Joseph P. White.
And away we go-
Here are a couple of odds and ends that I wanted to post today.
First up, my last article on bottled water (I promise). This city decided that there will be no bottled water sold in all of their municipal buildings. Taking the idea that St. Louis took one step further. The article is called “No Bottled Water in London, Ontario” by Bonnie Alter at Treehugger.
Next, I have an article for those who are the of the garden variety. According to Anita Joggerst at the St. Louis Pos-Dispatch “It’s Time to Sow for Autumn Crops“. Where has the summer gone?
Last, this one today just makes me happy. It’s entitled “Maine Conservationists Reach Milestone in Plan to Buy 3 Dams” by Katie Zezima at the New York Times. Yea!
While over at Treehugger I just found this article from the UK Guardian on the French and bottled water. It’s entitled “Eau dear! French Turn on the Tap” by Lizzy Davies. And if that’s not enough, check out this resource, also over at the UK Guardian entitled “Water“.
In honor of World Water Week, I thought I would throw out some articles I have come across on the topic of water.
First up, the UNICEF Tap Project. At the moment there is no information for 2009 but hopefully they’re will be soon.
In conjuction with that, here’s an article entitled ” U.N. Experts Concerned by Water Footprint” by Arthur Max at the Associated Press.
To show you it’s not just an issue abroad, check out this article called “Water Law Awash in Debate” by Oren Dorell at USA Today.
Meanwhile, “Calls Rise for Public Control of Water Supply” by Jim Carlton at the Wall Stree Journal show how important this issue has become.
Next, there is this article, “Is Your City Going to be Bottled Water-Free?” by Tara Lohan at AlterNet and the response according to St. Louis ( at least Mayor Slay and City Hall) is “No More Bottled Water at Many City Offices” by Jake Wagman at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
And finally, this article just came up this morning over at the New York Times. It’s entitled ” Bottling Plan Pushes Groundwater to Center Stage in Vermont” by Felicity Barringer.
As fall begins it’s approach, reminding me of my youthful days when I use to look for turtles, I have just come across a couple of additional articles on turtles (and one older one).
First, out with the old. It’s entitled “Cuba Bans Marine Turtle Hunt“from Reuters at the Environmental News Network.
Now, in with the new. Again from the Envirionmental News Network, comes the article “Marine Turtle Conservation Moves into High Gear“.
Finally comes this alls well that ends well story, “Confused Baby Turtles Pick Italian Food over the Cold Ocean” by Cat Lincoln at the Green Daily.
Just a couple of stories about turtles.
First, this report over at Oceana regarding “Trouble for Turtles: Trawl Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico“. It’s a long read but very informative.
Second, the story of a two headed turtle entitled “Missing Turtle Report: Watch for the Two Heads” by Jennifer Lee at the New York Times.
For today, I thought I would just post a few maps/pictures that I’ve come across (mostly at Treehugger) on a variety of topics the last few months.
First there is this map over at National Geographic entitled “Photo: Pollution Prevalent in U.S. West’s National Parks“.
Next, this map called “A Picture is Worth…Ocean Deserts Expanding” by Tim McGee at Treehugger is a little scary to say the least.
Then there’s this map entitled “A Picture is worth…Access to Drinkable Water Around the World (And Much More)” by Jeremy Elton Jacquot again at Treehugger.
Finally, here’s an interesting map entitled “Migratory Bird Flyways and Off-Shore Wind Farms: A Co-Evolutionary Overlap” by John Laumer and yes, it’s also at Treehugger.