Archive for February, 2009

Warm fuzzies

Being that this is how most of us (including my kids) view animals and nature,  I thought I would post some articles of good news on our friends.

First up, these two articles on recent spottings of a couple of big cats. “Hidden Cameras Capture Remote Jaguars” by the Live Science Staff and “Rare Jaguars Spotted in Arizona and Mexico” by Robert Roy Britt both at Live Science.

Last, here are two more on our good friends, the sea turtle. They are “Deadly Ghost Net Removed from Sunken Ship” by Jaymi Heimbuch at Treehugger and “Progress Made Towards Mitigating Sea Turtles Bycatch in Costal Net Fisheries” at the Environmental News Service.


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While it’s still warm

I was thinking this morning that since it’s still warm and it’s going to rain, I would talk about oceans and their role in climate change. Warm (climate change or global warming), rain(oceans). Okay, it’s a stretch.

One of the areas in which we have seen great change regarding climate change is our oceans. This article, “We’re Beginning to See Hints  That Ocean Circulation is Changing: International Polar Year Director” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger is a good jumping off point.

One reason for that could be found in this article, “Ocean Less Effective at Absorbing Carbon Dioxide Emitted by Human Activitiy” at  Science Daily.

Another issue with the oceans and climate change is talked about in “Global Warming Could Suffocate the Sea” at the Environmental News Network via New Scientist.

Finally, there is “Another Dire Global Warming Effect: 10 Times As Many Ocean Dead Zones” and like our first article, is by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.


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As the weather warms

I thought I would post some articles on a topic that seems to be everywhere these days, climate change (formerly global warming).

Lets start off the the latest news with the article “Satellites Designed to Count Carbon” by Rigel Celeste over at the Green Daily. This talks about both the recent failed launch by the the United States to launch their’s and the one recently launched by Japan.

That said however, we did manage to launch a deep sea cam. Check out “Deep Sea Webcam Will Hel Monitor Climate Change Effects” by Jaymi Heimbach at Treehugger.

The recent Australian Wildfires has recently brought this topic up as discussed in the article “What’s Climate Got to do With It“? by Joseph Romm over at the Grist.

Stay Cool (wait, it’s only February)-

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As the sun comes up

Knowing that the sun will becoming up in a few hours, I realized today that I haven’t posted much about solar power lately but today I came across an article on the latest developments so I thought I would post that one and a couple of more.

The article is entitled “Making Cheaper Solar Concentrators out of Acrylic”. Unfortunately, I can’t locate the article tonight, so I will update this post in the morning.

Next comes this article just a few days ago entitled “Cheaper Materials Could Be Key to Low-Cost Solar Cells” over at the Environmental News Network.

Finally, there is “There’s Energy in Them There Hills” by Allison Boyer over at EcoScraps.

Good night-


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Time to plant

As spring approaches, thoughts and conversations turn to gardening as they did at work yesterday. So lets plant some seeds.

First, for those of you who doubt you have the room for a garden,  “Urban Gardening: You Can Grow Food, No Matter Where You Live” at Earth First says otherwise.

Next, “Local Food Movement Grows Even in Recession” by Laura Malesich at the Green Daily lets us know that at least one area of our economy.

Speaking of the economy, “Half The Food in the World is…Wasted” by Ed at Sustain Lane via the Environment News Service and “Food Crisis Forces New Look at Farming—Poor Nations, and Their Donors, Now Rethink Emphasis on Free Trade” by Joel Millman and Roger Thurow at the Wall Street Journal let you know that we’re all in this together.


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Kid of the week

In honor of my daughter being the kid of the week in her classroom at school this week (they just rotate so everyone in her classroom is it for one week) and since she took one of her favorite books with her The Tree by Dana Lions and David Lane Danioth) to read today, I thought I would post an article  a couple of articles that I’ve come across lately on trees.

The first one is over at Treehugger by entitled “Under a Spreading Chestnut-Tree“. There’s also a nice poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The second one is “Trees That Can Help Cut Your Energy Costs” at Green Right Now.


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While I go to sleep

Here’s one more article that touches on migration entitled “Climate Now Shifting On a Continental Scale, Huge Study Says” by  Doyle Rice at USA Today.

Sleep Tight-


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As I wait for spring

Just a couple of weeks ago as Missouri celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of one of the worst tornadoes in it’s history and the temperature was hitting seventy, my thoughts turn to climate change. Here are just couple of the articles that I’ve come across in the last few weeks.

First up, this article over at the Environmental News Network entitled “Climate Change Delaying Gray Whale Vacationss, Scientist Say“. 

Also, on a region that I’ve always been attracted to, we have “Great Lakes Water Levels Sensitive to Climate Change” ove at Science Daily.

Next, with all this recent talk about climate change, here’s an article about something being done to help us better understand it entitled “Deep Sea Webcam Will Help Monitor Climate Change Effects” over at Treehugger.

Finally, for all of you who are interested in climate change, here’s an article on one our most famous climatologist Henry David Thoreau entitled “Thoreau Is Rediscovered As a Climatologist” by Cornelia Dean at the New York Times.



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Day late and a dollar short

Okay, it took me two days to get back and I could only find one other article on migration. I do however have a few more articles to go through yet.

Anyway, the article is “Bye-Bye Birdie: Avian Speices Head North with Rising Temps” by Jordan Lite over at Scientific American.

I also happened to pick up the book The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen at the library just today. Stay tuned.


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If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound

On a more disheartening note about trees (as per yesterday’s note) come these two articles.

First, here in our own backyard comes “Profit Trumps Preservation for Boy Scout Councils Nationwide” by Lewis Kamb at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Half way around the world we have “The Stolen Forests” by Raffi Khatchadourian from the New Yorker.


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