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.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Heading south

Well, I’m always up for a migration story but this time, were talking about one that took place thousands of years ago right here in North America. That’s according the article entitled “Ancient Bones Spark Fresh Debate over First Humans in the Americas:A study of remains found in southern California puts an unknown human species in the New World more than 100,000 years earlier than expected—but critics aren’t buying it” by Kate Wong at Scientific American.

In some ways, it’s a follow up to another article entitled “First humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed“ from the Universite de Montreal over at Science Daily. This is an article talks about some human regarding the Yukon region in Canada while the first article talks about some mastodon bones that were found further south in San Diego.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

New Fire Season

So whenever I see an article on forest fires, I’m reminded of the book I read a few years ago entitled “Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout” by Philip Conners. I must admit that while it sounds scary, it’s something that has always intrigued me.

Unfortunately, times have changed and this article goes to talk about that. It’s entitled “New era of Western wildfire demands new ways of protecting people, ecosystems” from the University of Colorado at Boulder over at ScienceDaily.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Family of trees

Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve posted and it was because of technical issues. To start back up, I’m still reading the book, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben and right now he’s talking about how important it is for trees to grow straight. So when I saw this article, I wanted to read it.

The article is entitled “In Poland’s Crooked Forest, a Mystery with No Straight Answer” by Joanna Klein at the New York Times. Hopefully I’ll find the answer. That’s what we librarians do.

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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

Food for thought

So tonight I was asked what I’m going to have for dinner? Honestly, I had no idea but I ended up grilling a turkey and cheese sandwich on flatbread. Pretty much the same kind of sandwich I had for lunch, along with some grapes.

That said however, I realized that after reading the article entitled “Japan’s amazing school lunch program is ab out more than just eating” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger that maybe I need to expand my horizons on lunch & dinner and not just for me but also my kids.

Chow!

  

Green Librarian

Crocodiles & whales

These two animals, who seemingly are not related at all, do in fact have something in common. They both have jaws lined with conical teeth and a similar array of snout shapes. According the article over at Scientific American entitled “Why Crocodiles Look Like Whales: Shared dining habits have fueled a “remarkable” case of evolutionary convergence” by Brian Switek , the reason for this is convergence. So go converge on the article.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian