Archive for the ‘Wetlands’ Category

This is probably not your dad’s workshop

While my yard isn’t exactly under control (and I’m okay with that), Matt Conn’s yard is really out of control but he’s good with that too. You see, his property in Iberia Parish, Louisiana is a wetland and that’s what he likes.

Check out the article over at the New York Times entitled “A Hobbyist Whose Workshop Sits Among the Cypress Trees” by John Schwartz. It sounds like fun to me!

Happy Friday!

 

Green Librarian

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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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

So what to do?

Here are a few of the solutions being tossed about. Besides cutting our planets emissons of course.

A couple of the most talked about are in the articles “Save Forests, Wetlands to Fight Climate Change: Study” by Madeline Chambers over at Reuters via Scientific American and “Geoengineering Schemes Shouldn’t be Dismissed Out of Hand, Scientist Say” at the Grist.

 A couple of the less discussed ones are in the articles “Does Pollution Actually Fight Global Warming?” by Lea Bogdan at Inhabitat and “Global Warming Versus the Volcano: Could Eruptions Slow Climate Change?” Brian Merchant at Treehugger.  Definitely food for thought.

Finally, I guess those ideas don’t pass the mustard, we should start looking to the sun with articles like “How Sunlight Controls Climate” by David Biello at  Scientific American and “Small Fluctuations In Solar Activity, Large Influence On Climate” at Science Daily.

Until the sun comes up again-

 

Green Librarian

Wetlands

After hanging out two of my kids at Anphibian Night last Friday, being inundated with rain Saturday night and passing lots of standing water this morning on the way to work, I thought wetlands would be a good topic today.

First up, “Louisiana Begins Wetlands Repair with Mississippi River Sediment” at the Environment News Service. All I can say is, it’s about time!

Next up, another topic that’s been going on quite a while, the everglades in Florida. Among the articles I’ve seen lately on the topic, we have “Everglades Restoration Plan Shrinks” by Damien Cave at the Environmental News Network via the New York Times and “Water Quality Upgrades Planned for Northern Everglades Estuaries-“, at the Environment News Service.

To give you some idea of the current situation with wetlands,  we have “Coastal Wetlands May Get Climate Change Boost, Before Being Overwhelmed by Rising Seas” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.

Finally, to show that this is happening worldwide, there is  “Wildlife at Risk as Iraq’s Marshlands Shrink Again” from the Environment News Service.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian