Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Mental health & blue space

So according to this article and I would say from personal experience as well, it appears that living near water is good for your mental health. I know I’m only around water one week of each year and that’s when we’re on vacation at our cabin on Town Line Lake in Minnesota, but I definitely feel more relaxed there the longer we are at the cabin.

The article that apparently supports this theory is entited “Living Near Water Boosts Mental Health” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. So the next time you’re surrounded by water, see if you’re not more relaxed.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

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Rivers & the law

As a law librarian and an environmentalist, I found this article rather fascinating. The river is the Colorado River and the law is, well, the law. The article is entitled “Does a River have a Right to Life” by Reed Benson over at High Country News. My hope is as Reed Benson states, “Someday, a river in this nation may have a right to life“.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Canoeing

I will be the first to admit that I’ve never done a lot of canoeing except for a few times on our lake at the family cabin. That said however, I must admit it’s something that I’ve always admired other people doing.

So when I saw this article on a short documentary (originally filmed as a commercial), I found myself again drawn. The article is entitled “This Canoe Documentary is Almost too Beautiful to Watch ” by Michael D’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network. Unfortunately my computer isn’t that great so I will have to watch the rest of it this weekend.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

 

Ocean blue

Okay, here’s another one of those articles which I am recommending that is over at the Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately you will need either a subscription to the Journal online or you can hop on down to your local library and look for the Review Section of the March 11-12 weekend edition page C4.

The article is entitled “Why Is the Ocean Blue? We know that water is transparent and colorless, so what accounts for its color? Think of it as a big game of molecular pinball” by Helen Czerski. Another option however would be to check out her book Storm in a Teacup: The physics of everyday life , which came out last year. I just requested it myself.

Sail away!

   

Green Librarian

Great Lakes

I would be the first to admit that going up to see Lake Superior and Lake Michigan this summer was pretty cool. I will also admit that I’ve always admired Lake Baikal over in Russian is also pretty cool. The fact that it holds 20% of the Earth’s unfrozen freshwater is also pretty amazing.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Summer at the lake?

When I came across this article the other day entitled“Why is Lake Abert Disappearing” by Rob Davis over at the Oregonian Newspaper after stumbling upon the article “When Water Turns to Dust” over at High Country News by Hillary Rosner (which unfortunately has no link), it instantly reminded me of Lake Mead and the recent record low that it hit earlier this year.

Here’s a great article on Lake Mead, entitled “Lake Mead reaches a record low” by over at Earthsky. This whole climate change is really  hitting home this summer. With the fires in Ft. McMurray (where one of the St. Louis Blues hockey players is from) and the fact now that we’ve been at 99 degrees here in St. Louis the last three days and it’s only June.

Ouch!

  

Green Librarian

Without water, there is fire

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian