Archive for the ‘Trash’ 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

Balloons

As a kid, I’m sure I enjoyed balloons as much as anyone but after I read the book Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina as both an adult and parent, I think I realized how harmful they are to nature. So seeing this article, entitled “Why Balloon Releases Need to Stop” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger only reinforced that thinking.

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Green Librarian

Art in nature

When I first decided to go to college, my degree of choice was art. I always loved art class when I was in school and so it made sense. Of course, that lasted about one semester as I realized what I liked and what was considered art by my instructors was not the same.

Looking back however, commercial art isn’t art. So here I am some many years later as a librarian and I’ve think I finally come to understand my love of art. I like writing, in particular writing about the environment and writing poetry.

I also like photography, a gift that my father gave me and why I’m hoping to finally get a camera this year. Until then however, I’ll keep using the one on my phone, trying to find that beauty in nature through a camera lense.

So this leads me to tonight’s article entitled “In Greenland, abandoned oil drums turn into fleeting art . The story here is about the artist Julia Edith Rigby and her desire to find art (or create art) in nature through garbage. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder.

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Green Librarian

 

 

There’s no place like home

I would definitely agree with Dorothy but it seems to me that we’re messing up someone else’s home and that is the home of our amazing sea creatures. The article is over at PlanetSave by James Ayre and unfortunately, it tells just part of the story.

It’s entitled “Discarded Fishing Traps Wreaking Extensive Environmental Damage, NOAA Research Finds“. Talking about all the stuff we’re leaving behind when we go fishing in our oceans. We wouldn’t do this in our own home, so let’s not do it in theirs.

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Green Librarian

 

 

Garbage in, garbage out

Okay, so not only does the garbage float in the ocean, it also sinks to the bottom. Here are two articles, on for the trash on top and one for what’s below.
 
The first article is “Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten 100 times worse in 40 years” by Jess Zimmerman at the Grist. With so much made out of plastic now, that makes sense.
 
The second article is by Dylan Stableford over at Yahoo! News entitled “’Carpet of Garbage’ covers sea floor in Sydney”. This is the part of the story that I must admit I never thought about.
 
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Green Librarian

One person’s trash is…..still trash

Researchers are now beginning to dissect the trash of the great garbage patch. Here are a couple of articles and a recent interview on the topic.

The articles are “Great Pacifice Garbage Patch is Worse Than We Thought” by Ariel Schwartz at  Inhabitat and “A Trip to the Garbage Patch” by Rachel Ehrenberg at Science News.  

The interview is “Marcus Eriksen Describes Ocean Gyre of Plastic Garbage” by Beth Lebwohl at EarthSky.

Finally, I came across this article just the other day and thought what a great way to follow up on all the studies happening with the great garbage patch. Check out “Tagged-Trash Study Shows Where it Goes” by Phuong Le from the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Green Librarian

Good news about trash

Follow up to the my last blog (before today’s). Yes I know it’s been a while. Life just gets busy.

Anyway, this just in. “Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup to Begin Next Month” at Earth First. Keep hope alive!

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Green Librarian