Summer is here in St. Louis in a big way. So with that in mind, let’s talk a little about the climate (or climate change as it were).
While I may be complaining about how hot it is, Matthew McDermott at Treehugger writes that the “British Summer Arrives 18 Days Soon Then it Did Half a Century Ago“. Hmmm…
Then if you’re still not sure, check out “Finding Evidence of Climate Change in the Caves of the American Southwest” by Seth Shulman at the Grist. Wow!
Well, it did go away just in time for the kids end of the school year picnic. So as school winds down for them (and for me, it wound down last week), lets try to end this work week on a positive note.
Just a couple of posts here kids and getting them outside. The first one was over at the Wall Street Journal entitled “Can Dirt Do a Little Good?” by Melinda Beck. Ivote yes.
To prove this point (okay, this is a little less positive) check out “Rising Levels of Dioxins from Common Soap Ingredient in Mississippi River, Study Finds” over at Science Daily.
Finally, back to the positive. While it’s not really a lot in today’s economy, at least it’s something. Check out how the U.S. Forest Service is getting involved in getting kids out in “U.S. Government Spends $500,000 to Get ‘More Kids in the Woods“” by Warren McLaren at Treehugger.
With the stars out tonight as the skys clear and with an outlook of sunny days ahead, you can bet I’ll be outside this weekend with the kids.
That’s the title of a Shel Silverstein cd that my kids love and since it’s been raining for what seems like forever, I thought I would continue on the theme of the oceans but this time on a more upbeat note.
First up, there is this article on one of my daughter’s favorite animals (the whale) entitled “Gray Whale, Extinct for Centuries, Sighted in Mediterranean” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.
There was another encouraging article by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger entitled “Conservation Works: NOAA Declares Four US Fish Stocks Rebuilt to Healthy Levels“.
That said, on another level we have “Current Influence Fish Stocks: More Cod in the Barents Sea” at Science Daily. At least someone is benefiting from the warmer temperatures.
Okay, it’s a quote from the movie “Nemo”, which my kids watched this past weekend and it got me thinking. Then I saw this post about a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle named Will over at the Gulf Restoration Network website and anyway, you get the point.
First up, let’s start with a small science lesson. How much water do we have in our oceans? The answer can be found in the article “Ocean’s Depth and Volume Revealed” over at Live Science.
Now that we know the answer, lets take a look at what’s happening in our oceans. Even before the “Oil Spill”, we’ve already done our fair share of damage to the oceans and the post entitled “We’re Taking 100 Million Tons of Sear Creatures From the Ocean & Replacing Them with Plastic: Sylvia Earle” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger says it all.
Finally, for the latest we have “Loop Current Now Dragging Gulf Oil Disaster Towards Florida Keys Updated“, again by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.
While the garden down the street fails to materialize and my kids plant pumpkin plants to hopefully sell, I’ve seen a few articles recently on farmers markets and so as the rain falls, here are a couple of articles on the good old farmers market.
First up, This nice article in our own St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Georgina Gustin entitled “Green Oasis in a Food Desert“.
Next, also from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is this article about a Farmers Market Manager entitled “Pupils Find New Program Tasty” by Michele Munz.
Finally, here’s some to think about (of which I guess I never really realized) entitled “Food for Thought: Do You Need Farmers for a Farmer’s Market?” by Lauren Etter at the Wall Street Journal.
After making my son a birthday cake of a hurricane (Hurricane Evan, named after him of course), I must say it’s been quite depressing the last week or so reading article after article on the oil spill in a region best know for it’s last catastrophe, Hurricane Katrina.
To give you a good definition of what this ecosystem is all about, check out the Encyclopedia of Earth’s website today with their featured article “Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem“.
Then to get an idea of what will happen as a result, read the interview entitled “Nancy Rabalais on Impact of Gulf Oil Spill on Fish, Shrimp, Sea Turtles” over at EarthSky. It really gets to the heart of the matter.
Then to see the beginning of what this will all bring, go to “First look at oil washing up on Alabama shores” from Shea Gunther at the Mother Nature Network courtesy of Treehugger’s Briant Merchant. This is just so, so sad.
Finally, just to keep hope alive, we’ve got two (sort of) hopeful stories on this spill. Theyare “One (Sort of) Positive Thing in Cleaning Up the Oil Spill: At Least We’ve Got Warm Water on Our Side” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger and “Nature Fighting Back Against Gulf Oil Spill” at National Geographic.
Librarian aside, as the father of three amazing kids, I thought I would post this link to a video from the Green Mom Review about kids and the world in which we live.
As I watched it, I thought of all the ways I try to make a difference in my kids lives. The foods they eat, the stuff in our house and while I worry I’m not doing enough, I do my best.
This past month was Children & Nature Awareness Month (check out their website) and it was while I was busy trying to keep track of them during Amphibian Night that I realized once again, I must be doing something right. Shortly after that, they got two pet tree frogs.
Enjoy your Friday!