Archive for December, 2017

Peace and quiet, this new years eve

I don’t normally post on a Sunday, because by the end of  the day, I’m exhausted. I have my kids most weekends and I usually need this time to recover. With new years falling on a Sunday this year however, they are with their mom this Sunday.

So as I was cleaning house this afternoon, I came across this article entitled “The Noise Within” by Meghan O’Rourke over in the New York Times Style Magazine. Talk about an appropriate article for this time of year.

Happy New Year!

   

Green Librarian

 

Fossils

FossilRock

I remember back in middle school at what was considered an alternative school, we got the chance to look for fossils and even dig some out of rocks (like the one above) that are teacher  brought to school. So of course, when I come across articles on fossils, I’m always fascinated.

In this article, we are actually talking about the oldest ones ever found. The article is entitled “Oldest Fossils Ever Found Confirmed to be 3.5 Billion Years Old” by Bryan Nelson over at Mother Nature Network. How cool is that?!

Sincerely-

    

Green Librarian

Snowy Christmas

So in honor of the snowy Christmas we had, I thought I would post this nice article about a Snowy Owl that was spotted here in West Alton and where she sat for over six hours as bird watchers took pictures.

The article is entitled “Snowy Owl Sightings Bring Out the Bird Paparazzi in St. Louis” by Eric Heffernan over in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Scroll down to the bottom of the article and there are a ton of really cool pictures.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Fire clouds

So I recently wrote a post entitled Fire & science about the fires in California and mentioned a book I previously read entitled Fire Season by Philip Connors. Well, to follow that up, I recently came across this article entitled “Amid California Forest Fires, 3 Books Set Among Flames” by Concepcion De Leon in the New York Times that also suggested that book, along with two others. I think I need to add them to my must read list.

Now normally I only post one article but I also came across this article the other day on those California wildfires entitled “California’s wildfires are Spawning ‘Fire’ Clouds by Michael D’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network.

I may or may not have mentioned it before, but clouds are also one of my favorite topics. Which reminds me I need to look up that book I read on clouds several years ago, that first got me interested in them. I also just checked and found out that it’s not on my Green Reading List, so I need to add it. A librarian’s job is never done.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

 

Nature at it’s finest

So this article, at least to me, show’s nature at it’s fines despite what some human’s continue to do to this planet. The article is entitled “The Amargosa River Defies the Desert” by Jim Robbins over at the New York Times. This river in the middle of a desert and all the animals that live within it’s ecosystem, simply amazing.

Sincerely-

       

Green Librarian

500 years

Yes, I’ve seen the movie Jaws and yes sharks, scare me (though I haven’t been to the ocean in decades) but I still think sharks are amazing. According to this article, entitled “Greenland Sharks May Live for More than 500 Years” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network, they’re also the longest living vertebrate in the world. Still scary but that is so cool.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Fire & science

So once again, I have another article that unless you have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you’re going to have to go to your local library to read. It should be in the December 11, 2017 edition.

With wildfires spreading across parts of California on a daily basis, it’s hard not to be saddened by this story. That said, this article is actually about the science involved here. It’s entitled “Hunting the Ventura County Wildfire, Trying to Predict its Next Attack by Erica Phillips over at the Wall Street Journal.

It also reminds me of the book Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philips Connor. The book offers great insight into how we currently handle wildfires. Definitely, food for thought in regards to the wildfires in California and elsewhere.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

 

Reusable cups

So this story is for a friend of mine who loves her coffee. It seems the city of Freiburg, Germany that has this amazing reusable cup program where you can purchase a cup that can then be returned to any of 100 stores in the city.

Then they will disinfect and reuse the cups, up to 400 times. The article is entitled “City of Freiburg Has a Brilliant Alternative to Disposable Cups” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. I’m actually thinking checking into this to see if my city might be interested.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

World of insects

This article really struck home because of all the amateurs that are involved in what is described as a “obscure, volunteer-run Entomological Society Krefeld“. I think they would also be called citizen scientist, something that I have been fortunate enough to do.

Anyway, the article is entitled “The German Amateurs Who Discovered ‘Insect Armageddon’” by Sally McGrane over at the New York Times. This article reminds me that I need to find another project to get involved with.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Light time

I admit that when Christmas time approaches, I start thinking about putting up the lights on the house. That said, I’m also one of the first to talk about light pollution when I see it. I first really started to think about it when I read the book Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina.

Then when I read The End of Night by Paul Bogard, I realized how bad it is. So reading this article only reminded me of those books. The article is entitled “We’re Losing the Night (and that’s not good) by Michael D’estries over at the Mother Nature Network. Definitely a good read, perhaps in the middle of the day, outside on the porch.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian