Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Copenhagen, lighting the way

It seems that whenever people talk about what countries are leading the way environmentally, the Scandinavian countries are always near the top and in regards to energy use, Denmark is right there.

I was cleaning tonight when I came across this article entitled “Lighting the Way to a Green City” by Diane Cardwell over at the New York Times.With all the technology that we have, that region always seems to be light years ahead of us.

Lights out!

  

Green Librarian

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The three R’s

Now this story takes the three R’s to the extreme. It took me back a couple of years ago when my son and I were on our way home when we passed these two old gasometers. Now what’s a gasometer you ask, well there is a page entitled “Gas Holder” via Wikipedia that will give you a basic idea.

Anyway, when we drove by these two huge buildings, my son got very upset after I told him about the city’s plan to demolish them.  When we finished talking though, we decided to write a letter to the editor (which you can find here).

Despite that, they were still dismantled but recently I came across this story over at Inhabitat about some gasometers in Vienna that have become a beautiful city within a city. Check it out in the article “Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna” by Diane Pham.

Cheers!

 

Green Librarian

What I’m thankful for

Every night when I put my kids to bed, I ask them what they’re thankful for. For me each night, it’s them. So here are a few posts on topics they love.

First up is Evan. For him I have a couple of articles on volcanoes. The first one is entitled  “Electric Ash Found in Evjafjallajokull’s Plume, Says UK Rsearchers” at Science Daily. Very funky.

The other one is on a volcanoe closer to home, Mount St. Helens entitled “Mount St. Helens Aftermath” by Andy Soos at the Environmental News Network. This was acutally the topic of his Science Project this past school year.

For Gwen I have one that I couldn’t agree more with, “Outdoor Bacteria Can Make You Smarter, and Happier” by Jeff Kart at Treehugger. She’s proof positive of that.

The other one, while an extremely depressing story, is about a man whose grandfather she admires very much. It’s entitled “Cousteau Dives Into ‘Nightmare’ U.S. Oil Slick” over at the Grist.

Finally, for Julian I have one about a car that I think he will love entitled “Toyota Releasing Prius ‘Alpha’ MPV in 2011” by Ariel Schwartz at Inhabitat. Very cool and it’s about time.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

So you can have your (birthday) cake and..

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.

Here’s hoping!

Green Librarian

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.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian


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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Me and my son and tall buildings

When I saw this post, I immediately thought of my son and his love of tall buildings. So for him, check out “Empire State Building Goes Green: Major Energy Efficiency Improvement Retrofit Announced” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian