Archive for September, 2009

Summer days

I heard at my son’s IEP today how he wanted to write a story about fishing and his summer vacation. On that intro, here are a couple of stories about fishing, the old fashion way, by hand.

The first one is “Still Trout Fishing in America” by Michael Wolcott at the High Country News.

The next day, this article came out. It’s a little more local. It’s entitled “Hand-Caught Catfish Inspires Youthful Memories in Arnold” by Christine Byers at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Oh, if it were only summer again!


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So what to do?

Here are a few of the solutions being tossed about. Besides cutting our planets emissons of course.

A couple of the most talked about are in the articles “Save Forests, Wetlands to Fight Climate Change: Study” by Madeline Chambers over at Reuters via Scientific American and “Geoengineering Schemes Shouldn’t be Dismissed Out of Hand, Scientist Say” at the Grist.

 A couple of the less discussed ones are in the articles “Does Pollution Actually Fight Global Warming?” by Lea Bogdan at Inhabitat and “Global Warming Versus the Volcano: Could Eruptions Slow Climate Change?” Brian Merchant at Treehugger.  Definitely food for thought.

Finally, I guess those ideas don’t pass the mustard, we should start looking to the sun with articles like “How Sunlight Controls Climate” by David Biello at  Scientific American and “Small Fluctuations In Solar Activity, Large Influence On Climate” at Science Daily.

Until the sun comes up again-


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What’s happening?

Okay, I’m a day late and a dollar short. I will post the possible answers by scientist tomorrow. Work, family and school will do that to you. Not necessarily in that order.

This first article talks about how climate change is affecting our neighbors. It’s entitled “Weird Ways Global Warming is Changing Animal Populations” by Naturally Savvy at Treehugger.

Meanwhile, over from our oceans we have “Global Warming Warps Marine Food Webs” by Erik Stokstad via the Environmental News Network.

And if that’s not enough, talk to the people from the tiny village of Tuktoyaktuk in northwest Canda. Or just read about them in “Residents of Tiny Town live on the Front Line of Climate Change” over at Mother Nature Network by Charles S. Hanley.

Scarry Stuff!


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Note to self: empty the humidifier

It took all summer but the humidity is still alive and well in St. Louis. With the weather on my mind and the climate change conference in Copenhagen, here are a few articles for your casual reading.

First up, a topic of hot debate is brought up in this first article entitled “Arctic Geological Record Correlates Warming to Man” by Thomas H. Maugh II at the L.A. Times via the Environmental News Network.

Then there was this article at National Geographic that points to the same topic. It’s entitled “Next Ice Age Delayed by Global Warming, Study Says” by Christine Dell’Amore.

Finally, here are two more articles on climate change that have been published lately entitled “Long-Term Cooling Trend in Arctic Abruptly Reverses, Signaling Potential For Sea Rise”  at Science Daily and “Artic May Be Changed Forever, Study Finds” by Andrea Thompson at Live Science.

Tomorrow I’ll post a couple of articles on some of the consequences scientist are seeing from climate change and Friday some articles on possible solutions being offered.



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One here, another one there

I came across this first article last week and thought I would post it (along with a couple of other nice feel good articles on some of our neighbors). The article and slide show is “Lost World of Fanged Frogs and Giant Rats Discovered in Papua New Guinea” over at the Guardian.

Next up, another slide show on “A Decade of New Species in the Himalayas” by Katherine Harmon at Scientific American.

Finally, this article actually came up first on the topic over at entitled “3 New Species Found in Underwater Cave in Canary Islands” by Zachary Shahan at EcoWorldly.


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One person’s trash is…..still trash

Researchers are now beginning to dissect the trash of the great garbage patch. Here are a couple of articles and a recent interview on the topic.

The articles are “Great Pacifice Garbage Patch is Worse Than We Thought” by Ariel Schwartz at  Inhabitat and “A Trip to the Garbage Patch” by Rachel Ehrenberg at Science News.  

The interview is “Marcus Eriksen Describes Ocean Gyre of Plastic Garbage” by Beth Lebwohl at EarthSky.

Finally, I came across this article just the other day and thought what a great way to follow up on all the studies happening with the great garbage patch. Check out “Tagged-Trash Study Shows Where it Goes” by Phuong Le from the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle.



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Here we go again

After finally finishing up  The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus by Jacque Cousteau, I was very disappointed to see the article “The New Nukes” by Rebecca Smith at the Wall Street Journal. Check out the book at your local library and you’ll see what I mean.



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Brave new world

With my son’s love of volcanoes, I thought this was a really neat story. Check out “Lost World of Fanged Frogs and Giant Rats Discovered in Papua New Guinea” by Robert Booth at the Guardian.



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Whats with the weather around here?

With these cool days here in St. Louis towards the end of summer, it makes you wonder. Well, here’s some more articles on weather to make you ponder some more.

While it cool here in the midwest, “Texas Drought Produces Long, Active Fire Season” by Rick Jervis at USA Today lets us know that not everyone is so lucky.

 Then there’s the story out west entitled “California Firefighters’ Mission Is Far From Local” by Sabrina Shankman at the Wall Street Journal. The sad thing is that the fires continue to rage.   “Los Angeles Wildfires Fueled by HeatMary Milliken at Reuters via ENN  is just one of many stories to come out in the last few days.

And if you think that you need to get away from all this, don’t head to Greece as “Thousands Flee as Fires Rage in Greece” by Demetris Nellas from the Associated Press (courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) tells another tale of yet another fire. This one half way around the world.

Now, not to add fuel to the fire but here’s a scary story on a topic near and dear to my eldest son’s heart, tornadoes. You think a good old fashion tornado is something to be afraid of, check out “Fire Tornadoes Make Forest Fires Even More Deadly” by Mark Wheeler at Discovery Magazine via EarthFirst. I think I’ll stick to being a librarian.

Finally, we have this story in which while it talks about an event that happened thirty years ago and it may not be exactly weather related, it no doubt affected our weather way back when. It’s entitled “Clash over Rebirth of Mt St. Helens” by  Cornelia Dean at the New York Times.



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