Archive for September, 2008

Weekend tidbits

A few miscellanous tidbits regarding this weekend-

First up, if you’re in St. Louis this weekend then, head down to the Jefferson National Expansion  Memorial (better known at the Arch) to celebrate National Public Lands Day. 

I took my older kids down and we had a blast. We had a chance to do what they call geocacheing, checked out the orienteering booth along with seeing the mighty mississippi river. Here’s the website to see all of the days events.

While we’re on the topic of rivers, check out this article by Rebecca Wodder at Treehugger entitled “On World Rivers Day, Take Time to Appreciate What Rivers Give Us“.

I was also reminded today of a event in St. Louis this weekend entitled Green Homes & Renewable Energy Festival. While the educational and informational part is over (and we didn’t make it unfortunately), the house tour is tomorrow. Here’s the website for more on that. That probably would have helped with my solar panel project.

Last, here are three more articles that I’ve come across recently on a topic I blogged about a couple of days ago, bees. They are “Beeologics to Save US Honeybees with New Anti-Viral Medicine–Have a Colony to Share?” by Karin Kloosterman at Treehugger, “A Honey of a Season” by Joe Bonwich at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “Local Beekeepers Could Boost Bee Population” by Georgina Gustin, also at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Have a green weekend

I thought I would end the week with some good pick-me-up stores.

First up, this article entitled “Lesson On Solar Energy is a Picnic for Students” by Joe Crawford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I love solar power and I always love a good picnic, put the two together and magic.

Which takes me to my next article “How to Make Inexpensive DIY Home-Built Solar Panels with Damaged Solar Cells from Ebay” by Michael Graham Richard over at Treehugger. I’m actually going to give this a try.

These last three articles are all about one of the few upsides to the real estate downswing. They are “Officials Open Coffers for Open Space” by Dennis Cauchon at USA Today, “Conservancy Buys Slice of Adirondacks” by Martin Espinoza at the New York Times and “Deal Is Struck in Montana to Preserve Forest Areas” by Kirk Johnson, also at the New York Times.

The first one is about the actual idea of environmental groups purchasing tracks of land and the last two are about two examples that have happened recently.

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E.P.A.

Three little letters that can say so much. So without further adue, here we go.

Let’s start off with an article entitled “A New (and Unlikely) Tell-All” by Felicity Barringer at the New York Times. I think it sort of says it all regarding today’s E.P.A.

Now in today’s news, we have an article entitled “EPA Won’t Act on Water Pollutant from Jet Fuel” by Patricia Mayville-Cox over at Green Daily.

Finally, we have these two articles, “White House Refused to Open E-Mail on Pollutants” by Felicity Barringer at the New York Times and “White House Blocks EPA Emissions Draft” by Ian Talley and Siobhan Hughes at Green Change that give us a different perspective of the agency.

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buzzzzzzzzzzzzy

In case you haven’t had time to head over to the Daily Green yet,  here’s the latest on bee’s. It’s entitled “3 Unreported Threats to Honey Bee’s” by Kim Flottom.

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Sunday bees

After watching some of the Bee movie with my kids, I thought that today would be a good day to talk about bees.

First up is actually a book review that came out a few days ago entitled “Buzz Interrupted” by Josie Glausiusz over at the Wall Street Journal. The books is called Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have a copy (yet).

The next two articles, “Germany and France Ban Pesticiedes Linked to Bee Deaths: Geneticist Urges U.S. Ban” and “Italy Bans Pesticides Linked to Bee Devastation“, are both over at ENN.

Finally, we finish with this article, “Evidence That Pesticides Are Seriously Messing Up Our Honey Bees” over at the Daily Green.

For more good reading on bees, check out Kim Flottum over at the Daily Green and his blog, the Beekeeper.

Almost forgot this article entitled “Fighting To Save the Bees and Other Pollinators” by Barbara Kessler over at Green Right Now.

Sweet days!

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Happy trails

With all the talk around St. Louis lately regarding the status of our mass transit system called Metrolink and then carried over into my lunch, I thought I would post a couple of articles on alternative ways to do it.

First, here’s an article that shows one way to approach mass transit. It’s entitled “Creativity Helps Rochester’s Transit System Turn a Profit” by    at the New York Times.

Second, here’s how they approach in another city halfway around the world. This article is entitled “Toyama Compact City with Citizen Involvement” by Greenz.jp over at Treehugger.

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I have felt the claws of the Grizzley

Today seemed like a good day to mention a couple of articles about two animals in the news right now that are also in the book “The Tree” by Dana Lyons. The header is a quote from that wonderful books which my daughter loves . The last article is about an animal that my son loves, Rays.

First up, this article came across yesterday entitled “Study Indicates That Montana and Glacier National Park’s Grizzly Bear Population Has Grown” by Levi Novey over at EcoScraps.

That follows on the heels of this good news over at the Grist entitled “The Gray We Were“.

Last, we have this bit of good news for our friends down under with “100 New Sharks and Rays Named” over at LiveScience.

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Nature walks

As I hope to take both a butterfly walk and nature walk this weekend with my kids (weather permitting), I thought I would post some articles along those same lines.

First up, “Another Thoreau Lesson” by Robert Lee Hotze over at the Wall Street Journal. Gotta love an article with Thoreau’s name in it.

Next, we have “In Urban Wilderness, Tracking Hoots in the Night” by Anne River at the New York Times. Owls is one of the animals on our list.

Finally, “To Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs” by Anne River (again) at the New York Times is another good article on the nature around us.

Finally, with those of you with kids, here are two shorter articles related to kids and nature. “A Shot Against Nature Deficit Disorder” over at the Daily Green is a book review on the Young Birder’s Guide by Peterson Field Guides and “How the Author of Last Child in the Woods Gets Kids Outside” by Tobin Hack over at Plenty Magazine.

Now lets get outside!

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Kids play

With it being a few days since my last post and seeing that tomorrow the family is going to the Farmer Jason concert, I thought I would just grab a few of my kids favorite topics.

First off, this story about boats entitled “Earthrace Boat Crosses Globe in 60 Days to Break Record” by Jason Sahler over at at Inhabitat.

My son wants to invent a solar sub but since that hasn’t happened yet, there’s this story over at ENN via Reuters called “Japan Firms to Work on Solar-Powered Ship” by Osamu Tsukimori.

Now for my daughter comes this story, “Fishing Technololgy Letting Turtles off the Hook” at Science Daily from the WWF.

Following that story is this one, also from ENN entitled “Marine Turtle Conservation Moves into High Gear“. Good news for our friends the turtles.

Lastly, this article comes from LiveScience called “Fossil of Ancient Pregnant Turtle Discovered” by Jeanna Bryner. Fascinating stuff.

This next article is a great read on the topic of kids and nature called “What Do Robots, Sir David Attenborough and Kids Have in Common?” at Treehugger. A must read for all parents.

Finally, while I said kids, I never gave an age limit. So here’s one article on something near and dear to my heart, dams. It’s entitled “Maine Conservationists Reach Milestone in Plan to Buy 3 Dams” by Katie Zezima at the New York Times.

Play on!

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