Archive for October, 2009

Only because my son mentioned this…

You just never know what they can recycle. While driving down highway 44 the other day, and after mentioning to my son they’re tearing down these two large “gasometers”, he said they should recycyle them instead. I had jut read an article on them the day before entitled  “Two City/County Landmarks Coming Down” at the Webster-Kirkwood Times by Steve Birmingham.

A couple of weeks later, someone else was apparently thinking about this very same topic. Check this article out over at Inhabitat by Diane Pham entitled “Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities“. Hmmm…maybe my son is on to something here.


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With the rains approaching yet again…

On that note, I thought I would mention a few articles on our relationship with water. It can be very precarious.

First up, this article came out on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and I’m disheartened as I hear very little about the wetlands and how they might be included in the recovery of the region. It’s entitled “Katrinaversary Urges Wetlands Restoration” by Karl Burkart at the Mother Nature Network.

Let’s follow that up with an interview over at Earth Sky entitled “John Goff Describes How Hurricane Ike Eroded Gulf Coast Islands“.

Up north we have this article, “After the Storms, an Island of Calm and Resilience by Eric Sanderson at the New York Times. And if you’re looking for a good read, I would check out Mr. Sanderson’s “Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City”. I admit I haven’t read it but it looks good.

Finally we have this article on the topic of “River Deltas Sinking” at Science Daily via the New Scientist.



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Where the river runs to it

While I think back to the times I was lucky enough to visit the ocean, I think the next best place to be is near a river. In that sense, I am very lucky as I live (and work) near one of the most amazing rivers around, the Mississippi. So that maybe why I so dislike dams and when I saw this article this morning, I knew it was time to write a post on dams.

First up, this article over at the New York Times entitled “Plan Outlines Removal of Four Dams on Klamath River in Oregon and California” by Jesse McKinley. All I can say is it’s getting closer. Yea!

Next up, this article on another dam gone bad (hopefully before it ever gets built) in “Japan Election Results: Yamba Dam Project Suspended” by at Treehugger. Again, Yea!

Finally, while some feel the damage to wildlife can be immense due to dams, sometimes they can also hurt people as evident in “Decaying Soviet Infrastructure Shows It’s Era” by Andrew E. Kramer, also at the New York  Times.

Let our rivers go!


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While we’re on the topic of the ocean and…

Since the ocean is home to one of my favorite animals, the sea turtle, I thought hey, here are a few articles I’ve compiled on them lately.

This first one is some good news to one of the sea turtles most dangerous foes, man. It’s entitled “Ruling on Longline Fishing Aids Turtles” by Cornelia Dean at the New York Times. It’s about time.

These next three (yes, three) are all about one of our sea turtle friends in particular, the Hawskbill and all written by Rhishja Larson at EcoWorldly. They are “849 Endangered Hawksbill Turtles Rescued in Vietnam“, “Rangers of Indonesia’s Thousand Islands Marine Park Work in Isolation to Monitor Hawksbill Turtle Nests” and  “Performance-Based Conservation ProgramHelping Hawksbill Turtles in Nicaragua“.

We also have one article on another sea turtle, this one the Olive Ridley entitled “Brunei Releases Olive Ridley Turtle Fitted with Transmitter“, again by Rhishja Larson at EcoWorldly.

For those of you (like me) who don’t have a favorite, we have one more article for you called “Bahamas Outlaws Killing of All Sea Turtles” . Yes, again at EcoWorldly but this time by Derek Markham.

Finally, a little closer to home,we have just another example of our our friends remain imperiled. The article is “Miami Beach’s Sea Turtles Threatened by It’s People”. It shows us how there is still work to be done to help them.



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Man oh manfish

Every now and again, I come across articles that remind me of the Manfish (Jacques Cousteau) and lately I’ve found a couple.

The first one is one that I came across in the New York Times by William J. Broad entitled “Diving Deep For a Living Fossil“. How he loved to dive into caves.

The other article was called “Rare Black Coral Forest Found in Italy, But Location Still a Secret” by Jami Heimbuch at Treehugger. He would be very happy.



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