Archive for June, 2009

Better late than never

While I am nowhere near the oceans, I am a friend of the oceans and so here are a couple of articles ( the last two of which came out in honor of World Oceas Day) on my friend the oceans.

The first one is a great article from the New York Times entitled “Mapping the Sea and It’s Mysteries” by William J. Broad at the New York Times. It’s a great read.

The last two are articles on recent films about our oceans. They are “Sea Change Documentary Highlights Threat of Ocean Acidification” by Sarah Van Schagen at the Grist and “End of the Line: Plenty of Fish in the Sea” by Linda Geddes at the New Scientist.


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Did I mention the rain?

As the rivers and creeks fill up and I remember the sign we found in our local creek saying that it’s against the law to even be in the creek, I recently came across this article on creeks entitled “Rebooting Urban Watersheds: Activist Restore Blighted Bay Area Creeks–and Impoverished Communities” by Jeremy Miller at High Country News.


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Books imitate art (or in this case, the environment)

If you want to see a nice reuse project, check out the article on High Line Park in New York City over at Inhabitat by Jill Fehrenbacher. It’s entitled “Inhabitat Exclusive Video: The NYC High Line Opens. Like the book “The curious garden” by Peter Brown, it’s a good example of how to reuse something.

Ode to a tree

With some work still ahead, I thought I could pay homage to the fallen tree in our yard with some (mostly) fun and upbeat articles about trees.

The first one is entitled “Why Don’t Trees Lean Towards the Equator” over at Scientific American by Edgar Spalding of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Next we have “Trees Are Air Pollution Sentinels” by Michael Graham Richard at Treehugger.

These next two articles show how even trees can figure out climate change. They are “Michigan Cherry Growers, Deciphering Climate Models, Find Uncertainty Reigns” by Andrew McGlashen at Scientific American and “Tokyo Cherry Blossom Viewing Season Opens Early for Fourth Straight Year” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.

Lets finish up here with two fun articles entitled “Hug a Really Big Tree” by Leslie Wolscott at Green Daily and “14 Strange and Fabulous Trees (Slideshow) at Treehugger.

If I ever get around to it, my mom recently came across a picture of me as a teenager  (I believe) standing next to a big redwood in California, which I’m hoping to post soon. Stay tuned!


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There’s something in the air (or water)

Sometimes it feels like when I decide to write on something, it just sort of picks itself. Today over at National Geographic there is an article entitled “Pictures: New Cloud Type Discovered?” and in it they jokingly refer to the new cloud as the Jacque Cousteau Cloud.

Also, if you’re interested in clouds, check out The Cloudspotter’s Guide by the gentleman mentioned in the article, Gavin Pretor-Pinney.  It’s a great book.


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This reminds me…

When I read this article today, I immediately thought of of the Cousteau’s. Check out “Sub Explores Ocean’s Deepest Trench” by the staff of Live Science.


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The next generation (or two)

Here’s a great article on what Jacque Cousteau’s grandson is doing. I guess it just runs in the family. The article is entitled “9  Reasons to Listen to Fabien Cousteau” by Dan Shapley at The Daily Green.


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Oceans again

With a sudden deluge of Jacque Cousteau movies and World Ocean day coming up, here are a few more articles that have popped up lately on our world oceans.

First up, this article (one of many) that came out yesterday regarding the acidicity of our oceans entitled “Climate Deal Must Cover Acid Oceans, World Scientists Urge”  at Environment News Service.

If that doesn’t do it for you, here are two more that showed up a couple of months ago. They are “Climate Change: Acid Oceans Transform Marine Life,  Says Study” at the Grist and “CO2 Makes the Ocean Extra Acidic” by Cat Lincoln at Green Daily.

For a little more gloom, we have “Plastic Bags a Major Problem for Marine Wildlife” by Lori Brown via Live Science and “Humanity  Bites Into Ocean Predators’ Lunch” at Science News.

Speaking of fish, I would be remiss if I forgot to mention a new film entitled “The End of the Line“, set to open on World Oceans Day (June 8th) courtesy of Siel Ju at the Mother Nature Network.

And while this may all be rather depressing, there are some bright spots. One Is “Dirty for Swain-The Filthy Campaign for Clean Oceans” by Sami Grover at Treehugger. Jacque Cousteau would be proud.


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