Archive for the ‘Oceans’ Category

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

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Whale jail

As someone who works in the judicial system, I found this article very sad and at the same time, a little hopeful when I read that Jean-Michael Cousteau (along with a gentleman named Charles Vinick from the Whale Sanctuary Project) were involved.

The article is entitled “Russia Says It Will Try to Free Almost 100 Whales Held in ‘Jail’” by Neil MacFarquhar and Ivan Nechepurenko over at the New York Times. I guess what I take from this, and what I wish for is, to keep hope alive.

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Green Librarian

Ecosystems

So While I’m aware of ecosystems, and probably more of those on land, I must say I’ve never heard of a neuston. It is, as this article states, a zone that is just above and below the water’s surface.

The article is entitled “The neuston is a floating ocean ecosystem, and our plastic cleanup push could threaten it” by Starre Vartan  over at the Mother Nature Network. After reading the article, I realized I was sort of familiar with this ecosystem before, I just didn’t know it had a name.

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Green Librarian

Land and sea

So about a month ago I wrote the post Mother earth’s main ingredients where I talked about what’s in our soil. Then I came across this article a few days ago, entitled “Scientists just discovered billions of organisms underneath the land and sea by Ilana Strauss over at Treehugger. Who knew!?

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Green Librarian

Forest of the seas

When I read this article, I must admit I’d never read much about kelp or really seen the term kelp forest.  So I thought between my love of trees and forests, and the fact that the author of this article was looking for a way to spread this story, this would be a great article to write about today.

The article (or narrative as Kendra Pierre-Louis describe her work) is entitled “How One Climate Reporter Helps Readers Care About Kelp” over at the New York Times. While my post is not nearly as eloquent, hopefully it is a stepping stone to that aforementioned narrative.

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Green Librarian

Love of horses runs in the family

Just like my daughter love of horses, I too love them, just not the kind that live on land. One of my favorite animals in the oceans have always been seahorses and so when I read this article entitled ” These Sassy Little Seahorses are the Size of a Grain of Sand” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger, I knew I had to write about them. They are just beautiful creatures.

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Green Librarian

 

Plastics up north

So while all the headlines these day’s talk about plastics and our oceans, this story tonight is on another chapter of that story. It’s also about a place near and dear to my heart, the great lakes. The article is entitled “The Great Lakes Contain as much Plastic as the Oceans” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

On the bright side, I’ve greatly reduced my use of what are known as single-use plastic, like straws and plastic bags. In fact, tonight my son got a mint oreo shake and used one of our reusable metal straws. Yea!

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Green Librarian