Gifts from the volcano goddess Pele

So while the Kilauea volcano has done tremendous damage as it has erupted, it has also done some (at least to me) amazing things. The most obvious being creating nearly a mile of additional  coastline to the island.

As this article however, also points out, it’s created what is know as Olivine or the gem Peridot. The article is entitled “Hawaiian Volcano Offers Gifts of Gemstones Delivered from the Sky” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. They’re even green to boot.

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Green Librarian

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Paper, not plastic straws

So with my desire to begin to remove plastic from my life, I’ve decided to start with plastic straws. Maybe a couple of weeks ago, I saw paper straws for sale in one of our two local grocery stores. So now with this article tonight entitled “UK Burger King Bans Plastic Straws ” by Sami Grover over at the Treehugger, I’m feeling a bit ambitious.

What I would like to do is write a letter to both of our local groceries stores to see if they’ll stop carrying plastic straws. You see I purchased a set of metal straws for my family a while ago, so maybe this is the next logical step. I’m also thinking about starting a petition over on the Care2 website. I’ll let you know.

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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.

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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

Bees crafting

So today I took back the book Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley, mostly because I thought it’s way over my head. At this point, I need to find a book a little more at the beginner’s level, to learn about bees.

Anyway, after coming across this very interesting article entitled “These Special Bees Craft Nests from Flowe Petals” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger, I went ahead and re-requested. I also requested a book I hope will be more what I’m looking for entitled Our Native Bees by Embry Paige. I’ll keep you posted.

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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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Volcanoes 101

So as I said in an earlier post entitled Volcanoes, I learned a lot from my son and his interest in volcanoes and science projects over the years, but apparently there was still a lot for both my son and I to learn. These two articles tonight cover topics in which we didn’t discuss much, if at all.

The first is entitled “When it Comes to Volcanoes, What is Laze?” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at Mother Nature Network which talks about these steam plumes which are created when the lava flowing out of Kilhauea, hits the ocean. Now while we did talk about the reaction of lava when it hit the ocean, I must admit I didn’t know there was an actual term for that.

The second article is entitled “Why Eerie Blue Flames Just Erupted from Hawaiian Volcano” by Laura Geggel over at Live Science and talks about the blue flames that are currently popping up. These I don’t remember ever talking about. Oh well, back to school we go.

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Green Librarian