Archive for the ‘Sea’ Category

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

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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

 

Guilt by plastic

So tonight my son and I stopped to get a shake after hi s golf class and I have to say, I’m really getting taken for a ride with guilt every time I use plastic. Along the way I’ve also come across multiple articles on plastic pollution.

Now I could post several articles tonight but instead I’ll just post this one about the tragic loss of a pilot whale due to plastic pollution. The article is entitled “Whale’s Death in Thailand Points to Global Scourge: Plastic in Oceans” by Mike Ives over at the New York Times.

I’ll save the other articles for another day because unfortunately, this scourge is far from over but at least for me, it will now always be on my mind whenever I go shopping. I will however make sure to spread the word, one person at a time.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

Blue & red

So tonight’s article is really quite random except for the fact that Whale’s are one of my favorite animals. This article actually just struck me as “cute”. It’s entitled “Why did this Blue Whale Swim into the Red Sea?” by Bryan Nelson over at Mother Nature Network. 

While several of the reasons as to why it’s there are not necessarily good, to me, the chance for people who otherwise wouldn’t see it is always a good thing. Perhaps one of those people who see’s it might find it as majestic and beautiful as I do and therefore volunteer in some small way to help Blue Whales. I guess that’s me just being the eternal optimist but nonetheless, here’s hoping.

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Green Librarian

Oceans, carbon dioxide & climate change

So while scientist agree that the oceans play a role in climate change, at least in regards to the absorption of carbon dioxide, a recent article from some British scientist appears to show that the oceans might be absorbing many more times than originally thought. This according to the article entitled “Ocean Waves Show Earth’s CO2 Imbalance is Greater than Expected” by Jon Fingas over at Engadget.

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Green Librarian

Wales, dolphins and octopuses

So the first story here was actually how some octopuses came out of the ocean and started walking the beaches of the town of New Quay, Wales. Then this article came out in the New York Times about this town in Wales and their relationship to these ocean inhabitants including the octopuses, jelly fish and Portuguese man-of-war, along with dolphins.

The article is entitled “A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dophins – and Octopuses” by Rod Nordland over at the New York Times. There is also a link to the video of the octopuses walking the beach. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the town is in Wales, which is where my dad’s family is from.

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Green Librarian