Archive for May, 2019

Plastic, be gone!

So when I saw this article today, I immediately thought of a friend of mine who lives in Greece. I don’t know if she’s been to the island of Donousa but maybe now she will. Anyway, the article is entitled “Greek Island Strives to be First to Ban Disposable Plastic (video)by Tasos Kokkinidis over at the Greek Reporter. Maybe I need to visit her?

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Tree library

So as someone who just recently had a tree taken down but not necessarily by choice, I really wished I’d had come across this article a little bit earlier because had I, well, who knows what I might have done.

The article I’m posting today is entitled “Woman honors 110-year-old tree by turning it into a magical library” by  over at Treehugger. I mean after all, what else would a librarian do with a beautiful tree?

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Green Librarian

Following the bees

So in keeping with the bee theme here, I came across this article a few weeks ago about what are believed to be one of the earliest drawings of bees, somewhere between 1625 and 1630.

These drawings are courtesy of a compound microscope sent to the artist by their friend Galileo. The article is entitled “Spring Bees over at our local newspaper, the Webster-Kirkwood Times.

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Green Librarian

Bumblebee stripes

So I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know how the color of a bumblebee stripes varied in part by the region they live in. This according to the article entitled “Why do bumblebees have stripes? Think of them as a warning label” by Christian Cotroneo over at Mother Nature Network. Who knew!?

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Green Librarian

Windy days

So when we first moved here to where I live now, we had five trees but over time, one by one they’ve all gone. The first one lost a large branch in the wind, the next one died due to disease, then one split apart and fell on the house, while the next one (which was leaning towards the house) had to come down and finally, the last one was dying a slow death before being taken down.

One concerned me most about the last one was actually all the strong winds we’d had lately, which finally leads me to this article entitled “The Ocean’s Biggest Waves Are Getting Even Bigger” by Rafi Letzter over at LiveScience.

The article in fact got me to thinking that I’m wondering if the winds on land have also gotten stronger. I have to say, I don’t remember having wind advisories like we had this spring. Meanwhile, we’re planting our first new tree in a week or two. In the fall, I hope to plant at least one more.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian