Archive for March, 2009

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck…

On my way to work last week, I was shocked and surprised to see a woodchuck. So on behalf of him (or her),  here are a couple of posts on another woolly animal, the bear.

First is the  article entitled “The Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project (and a Pole-Dancing Bear)” by Michael Graham Richard over at Treehugger followed up by “Missouri Black Bears On Comeback Trail?” from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch courtesy the Associated Press.

Go Bears!

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Spring showers, April gardens

I guess I’d better get it together. I can tell my kids are getting anxious as last weekend they wanted to get some seeds at the grocery store. It’s time to get them ordered (as usual, I will get my tomato plants from a local garden shop). So let’s go gardening!

First up, “The Future of Sustainable Food: Are We on the Edge of a New Era?” by Stephanie Rogers over at Earth First.

If you’re like me, a little behind on the planting, this next article will give you some information on gardens and what to plant. Check out “Garden Hardiness Zone Maps Shifting with Climate” by Marla Cone at The Daily Green. There  is a link hardiness zones on the right side of the page.

This last link is for those still not sure. “Edible Landscaping: Luscious Spring Fruits” by Linda Kincaid at Green Building Elements. It’s enough to make your mouth water.

Time to eat-

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It’s a mixed bag

As the weekend is almost here, I thought I would just post a mixed bag of articles.

First up, the people over at Good Clean Tech have done an excellent job recently on posting multiple articles on recycling for individual companies. They also posted at the end as a overall resource entitled “The GoodCleanTech Electronics Recycling Superguide”. Check it out.

Next, as is mentioned in “March 20 Equinox Sun Overhead at Equator” over at Earth Sky, today is the March Equinox and the first day of spring.

That said and last, there have been a couple of articles discussing the changing of seasons recently. They are”Timing of Seasons is Changing” by Andrea Thompson at Live Science and “Climate Change Discourages Second Families ” by Susan Milius at Science News.


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This one’s for the kids

With the kids and I going to a Bird Bash the week after next at our local park and me picking up “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv yet again (to finally finish the last sixty or so pages), I thought I would post a couple of articles on kids and nature.

This first article is entitled “Caw of the Wild” by Elizabeth Larsen over at the magazine Wondertime. Unfortunately, this article isn’t available online (yet).  It’s in the March 2009 issue if you get a chance to read it.

This next article remines me of my son and his desire to collect literally everything.  It’s entitled “Trash Tracker” by Loree Grifin Burns at Ranger Rick.  Again, not online but it is in the October 2008 issue.

By the way, it turns out Trash Tracker is also a book by Loree Griffin Burns. I just requested it from my library so I’ll let you know how it turns out.


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As the sun was setting

Towards the end of the day, I found a couple more articles that I thought I would share, along with a couple more from a while ago.

First up, these two articles show how some cities are beginning to get into the action. They are “California Cities Help Finance Residential Solar Power” by Sea Stachura at Green Daily and ” Innovative Solar Power Feed-it Tariff Program Approved in Gainesville, Fla.” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.

This one also talks along the same line as yesterday’s post in looking at the cost of solar power. It’s entitled ” Are You Solar-Ready? Solar Red’s Disruptive Solar PV Technology Can Halve Cost of Residential Solar” at the Environmental News Network.

Finally, here is an article is for those that really want to have a green house using all the latest (including solar). It’s entitled “Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World” by Alexandra Kain at Inhabitat.

Sunny Days-

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What a sunny day

Last night as I prepared for work today, I was thinking about what to write about and I thought since it is suppose to be a sunny day,  what about solar power? I also came upon the article “Europe’s Way of Encouraging Solar Power Arrives in the U.S.” by Kate Galbraith at the New York Times last Friday and so there you have it, solar power it is.

These two articles talk about a couple of possible solutions to some of the issues with solar power. They are ” There’s Energy in Them There Hills” by Allison Boyer at Ecoscraps and “How to Use Solar Energy at Night” by David Biello at Scientific American.

Shinging on-

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Headed towards the ocean

Today I was just sitting here and realizing as I type this post that I forget how the mighty Mississippi river behind me heads down towards the ocean. Then as I read an article this morning that points out a little good news with regards to the ocean, I thought I would post a few articles on our oceans. So without further adieu…

In Midst of Modern Ills, Some Ocean Success Stories” with Oceanographer Jeremy Jackson over at Earth & Sky.

These next two two articles are a couple of ways in which people are trying do just that. “U.S. Leaders Support of the Sea Treaty” via the Worldwatch Institute and “WWF Seeks Innovative Solutions to Bycatch Though Worldwide Competition” by Erika Viltz via the World Wildlife Federation, both courtesy of the Environmental News Network.

This next article, which also goes along with that thinking, is “Quote of the Day: Tim McClanahan on Fish and Coral Reef Conservation” by Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger.

We will finish with this last article, also from Earth and Sky. It talks about one example of what is also happening to our oceans right now and is entitled “Mystery Ocean Dead Zones in Pacific“.


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Time to talk about libraries

This is a topic that up till now, I don’t think I’ve covered. Well, all good things must come to an end.

Here’s a place that sounds like a great place to work. The article is entitled “The Aquarium: The Eccentric, Wonderful Environmental Library is Open” at The Daily Green.

The other article is how one library is doing something totally green in “Kill-A-Watt Meters  Available at Ottawa’s Public Library” by Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger.



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These are my kind of parks

Here are two articles on parks that I’ve come across recently that I thought were really neat.

This first one is about perhaps where the future of parks is headed entitled “Parks That Can Move When the Animals Do” from the Environmental News Network via the Christian Science Monitor .

The second article is “Brazil Promotes Sustainability With Sao Paulo Eco-Park” is over at Inhabitat. This too is a direction that newer parks maybe headed.



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Let the budding begin

With the trees starting to bud, I thought this is as a good time as any to talk about trees. This despite all the yard work that comes with having three huge silver maples surrounding your house (god love ’em).

Despite the fact that the kids and I weren’t able to tap the maple trees this year, this article made me yearn for the chance to try again next year. It’s entitled “In South Korea, Drinks Are on the Maple Tree” by Choe Sang-Hun over at the New York Times.

Speaking of trees, here are a couple more feel good articles on trees that I’ve come across lately.

Loving Trees in Kenya” by Kristin Underwood at Treehugger shows the importance of trees across the world.

In an article a little bit closer to home, “The Nature Conservancy Protects 272 Acres of Appalachia Forest” by Cris B. over at the Nature Conservancy also talks about that.

To finish up, we travel back around the globe to Turkey with “Planting New Trees: The Gift That Keeps on Giving” by Jennifer Hattam also at Treehugger.



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