Archive for the ‘Islands’ Category

Life without plastic

One day recently, on my morning commute by train to work, I noticed all of the plastic bags along the tracks and it was then that I decided to try and reduce and /or eliminate  my use of plastic bags.

Reading the article entitled “Henderson Island is the Most Remote, Most Polluted Place on Earth” by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger has only reinforced my desire to do that and more. So now I’ve also decided to try and stop using plastic straws and eating utensils too. What can you do?

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Green Librarian

Lost Continent

It always amazes me what science is able to discover. In this case, it’s how they’re able to discover a piece of a lost continent under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius through the discovery of a rock known as zircons. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never heard of it.

Anyway, the article is entitled “3-Billion-Year-Old ‘Lost Continent’ Lurking Under African Island” by Tia Ghose over at LiveScience. Reminds me, I need to go back and check out the book Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles G. Spencer. Next stop, the library.

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Green Librarian

Turtleday

Thank you Mr. Qarau!

  

Green Librarian

Not in my islands or NIMI

Palau

So if your home is important enough, this article is all about finding a way to protect it. It seems the island nation of Palau wanted to protect their home and so first they banned all commercial fishing in their waters, creating a marine sanctuary, but then the next question was what now?

They decided to start a crowdfunding campaign, to obtain the resources necessary for protecting their sanctuary. You can read all about it in the article “This is What Happens When You Crowdfund an Awesome Marine Park”  by over at Grist.

There is also an article entitled “Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area”  By David Shiffman over at Scientific American.  So how cool is that?!

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Green Librarian

After the “super storm”

Tonight as I sit and sift through some old copies of the Science section from the New York Times, I came across an article about hurricane Ike entitled “After Hurricane Ike, Finding the Coastline Rearranged, Again” from September of 2008 and it got me to thinking, I  wonder how Long Island fared in all of this?

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Green Librarian

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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Green Librarian