Archive for May, 2009

My man, Jacque Cousteau

It’s interesting how some things (or people) just don’t go out of style. I was recently reading book reviews in the New York Times Book Review when I came across a couple on Jacque Cousteau.

The first one I got was “Manfish: a story of Jacques Cousteau” by Jennifer Berne. The last couple of days I’ve followed that up with some of his videos. That said, here are a couple of nice articles on his passion, the ocean.

The first one is  “Oldest Sea Creatures Have Been Alive 4,000 Years” by Andrea Thompson at Live Science.

The other one is ” New Clues to Sea’s Green Glow“, by the staff at Live Science.

Also, if you’re interested, check out the Cousteau Society website. They’re in the process of restoring the Calypso (Jacque’s ship). Yea!


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What a cool word, amphibians

Just prior to the rains of last week,  my kids and I took another amphibiban walk, this time to the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area and boy did they have a blast. So in honor of those amphibians, here are a few of articles on amphibians (mostly frogs).

First, there is “Ten New Amphibian Species Discovered in Columbia” at Science Daily.

Next, we have “Tiny New Found Frog Fits on a Fingertip“at LiveScience.

Last is “Science Moves to Protect Frogs From Extinction” by Dave Harcourt at EcoWorldly.

Happy Trails!

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Forty days and nights

Okay, it hasn’t been raining for forty days but lately it feels like it. With last Monday being some of the worst, my kids were looking for me to build them an inside fort and while I did build a couple of small ones, my thoughts turned, first to how to make a really cool one and then to camping because my daughter has been asking to go camping.

That said, I got an e-mail recently from one of my favorite organizations, the Children & Nature Network. Long story short, here’s a great article on how some school curriculum’s are turning green. It’s entitled ” Teachers and Schools Embrace Green Curricula” by Harriet Blake at Green Right Now.

And for those of you who are in to camping, check out the Great American Backyard Campout on the National Wildlife Federations website.

Finally, here’s one more article to enjoy from the creator of the Children and Nature Network, Richard Louv. It’s entitled  “The Gift of Nature“.


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As I sat at work and tried to figure out why I came in late last Friday, I realized it was for bike to work (or in my case bike to my kids school) day. So with that in mind, here are a few articles on bikes.

Starting us off is a nice story on bike paths out of Detroit entitled “Awesome! Abandoned Railroad Gets Converted in Biking and Walking Path in Detroit” by Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger.

As a librarian, I gotta love this article titled “Library Bikes: Too Good an Idea to be Quiet About” by Warren McLaren, also at Treehugger.

These next two are about two examples of bike sharing (to the north and south of us), an idea whose time has come. They are “Montreal Inaugurates Continent’s Most Ambitious Bike-Sharing Program” by Ian Austen at the New York Times and  “Rio de Janeiro’s Bike Sharing System, Appropriately Called Samba” by Paula Alvarado, at Treehugger.

Finally, here’s a story on a city in Europe going (mostly) without cars. It’s entitled “ In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars” by Elisabeth Rosenthal at the New York Times.

On the road again-

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Holiday weekend

With the holiday weekend fast approaching, don’t you just want to get away from it all? Here’s a couple of animal friends who have recently.

First up, “Jaguar Photographed Visiting Island in Panama Canal” over at LiveScience and “Jaguar Swims Panama Canal, Then Takes Own Picture” by Levi Novey at EcoWorldly.

For those who are really hard to find, we have “Basking Sharks Hiding Places Found” by Emily Sohn at Discovery News.

Finally, if you’re looking for a place where there is no one, try “On a Hunt for Fishless Lakes, Teeming With the Life” by Murray Carpenter at the New York Times.

Chow for now!


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In the region

Since I found a nice article today by Valerie Schremp Hahn at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled “Rain Garden Pays Dividends“, I thought today would be a good day to focus on St. Louis.

So next we have “School’s Green Roof is Sound Investment” by Corinne Lestch.

Then there is “FFA Finds Fertile Ground at School in St. Louis” by Georgina Gustin.

With bike to work day last week (in which I jogged with my kids as they rode to school on their bikes), there was this gem entitled “Bike to Work Day in Nothing New for Rising Number Here” by Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian.

For all the good news though we still have this one unfortunate one entitled “Recycling Movement Falters in City” by Paul Hampel. All the stories here can be found at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Two steps forward, one step back.  Okay, in this case five steps forward, one step back.


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Good news about trash

Follow up to the my last blog (before today’s). Yes I know it’s been a while. Life just gets busy.

Anyway, this just in. “Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup to Begin Next Month” at Earth First. Keep hope alive!


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Washing dishes

As I stood there washing one solitary spoon with as little dishwashing soap as possible, my thoughts turned to chemicals.  So as I decided to wash the silverware I use at work at home, I thought I would pass on a couple of articles on chemicals. Sounds like fun huh?

First up, these two from the Environment News Service entitled “Toxic Chemical Releases Down Overall, Mercury and PCBs Up” and “Flame Retardant Chemicals Taint All U.S. Coastal Waters“.

Lets follow that up with a couple of old friends from the world of toxics, say hello to DDT  and PCB in “Plastic Resin Pellets: Your New Source of DDT and PCB” by at Treehugger. Where’s Rachel Carson when you need her (again).


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