April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day

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At least for one day, please try not to harm our planet.

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February 28, 2012

The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology

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Often used as a textbook, The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology by Gene S. Helfman, Bruce B. Collette, Douglas E. Facey, and Brian W. Bowen has amazing photographs and "readable" text in this second edition.

The second edition of The Diversity of Fishes represents a major revision of the world's most widely adopted ichthyology textbook. Expanded and updated, the second edition is illustrated throughout with striking color photographs depicting the spectacular evolutionary adaptations of the most ecologically and taxonomically diverse vertebrate group. The text incorporates the latest advances in the biology of fishes, covering taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, ecology, and behavior. A new chapter on genetics and molecular ecology of fishes has been added, and conservation is emphasized throughout. Hundreds of new and redrawn illustrations augment readable text, and every chapter has been revised to reflect the discoveries and greater understanding achieved during the past decade. Written by a team of internationally-recognized authorities, the first edition of The Diversity of Fishes was received with enthusiasm and praise, and incorporated into ichthyology and fish biology classes around the globe, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The second edition is a substantial update of an already classic reference and text.

Even if you are not a student, this is a great resource to expand your knowledge of the world's fish.

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February 16, 2012

Gaiam and Discovery Channel Partner for the Amazing Earth Collection DVD

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We live on an amazing planet! Thankfully, photographers can capture habitats most of us will never see in person. The Amazing Earth Collection is a collection of four programs.

Mysterious, fragile and remarkable - this is your Amazing Earth. The Amazing Earth Collection is a spectacular journey - a collection of four episodes that will take you places no one has seen, and offer experiences that can only be imagined. See the violent upheavals of the Earth's geography - travel from the highest peaks to the red-hot center of the planet. Crawl into spectacular caves - including terrain on which no human has ever tread. Face the extremes the future could hold - from a vanishing rainforest to the eye of a hurricane. Meet the visionaries -- pioneers who work to shape a better future and make saving the planet a viable, even profitable venture.

I find the ads for the Military Channel in the beginning very annoying, but it is worth the wait for the incredible cinematography.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 17, 2012

Globalization of Water: Sharing the Planet's Freshwater Resources

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We cannot survive without fresh, clean water, yet our global economy impacts far off places in ways we don't often imagine. Our cheap goods made abroad require water for manufacturing. Do we ever think about what this is doing to local ecosystems and communities?

Globalization of Water: Sharing the Planet's Freshwater Resources by Arjen Y. Hoekstra and Ashok K. Chapagain thoroughly explores the issues surrounding globalization and water.

Globalization of Water is a first-of-its-kind review of the critical relationship between globalization and sustainable water management. It explores the impact of international trade on local water depletion and pollution and identifies "water dependent" nations.

  • Examines the critical link between water management and international trade, considering how local water depletion and pollution are often closely tied to the structure of the global economy

  • Offers a consumer-based indicator of each nation's water use: the water footprint

  • Questions whether trade can enhance global water use efficiency, or whether it simply shifts the environmental burden to a distant location

  • Highlights the hidden link between national consumption and the use of water resources across the globe, identifying the threats facing 'water dependent' countries worldwide

  • Provides a state-of-the-art review and in-depth data source for a new field of knowledge


Parts of this book are very scientific with formulas and such that do not make for casual reading; however, much of the text is understandable to the lay person.

I like how the authors do not take a stance against or pro-globalization. Instead, they focus their energy on "the establishment of proper arrangements at the global level where national arrangements are not sufficient". We cannot stop globalization in its tracks, but we can work towards sustainable water management in conjunction with it.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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November 4, 2011

Tax Deductible Holiday Gifts: Environmental Working Group Gift Bag

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Sometimes it is hard to find the gift for those who have it all, and sometimes it is hard to find a gift that you feel good about. During the holiday season that often equates to overconsumerism, tax deductible donations are a great alternative to traditional gifts, especially one that comes with a great holiday gift bag that also will educate.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization I rely on for accurate information about healthful, natural living.

EWG is working overtime to give you the crucial information you need about the toxins that could be lurking in your food, water and personal care products. Our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce tells you which fruits and vegetables are lowest in pesticide residues. Our Tap Water Database tells you what harmful chemicals are in your water depending on where you live. Our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database helps you make smarter product choices, from shampoo to aftershave, to protect your family from harmful chemical ingredients.

By purchasing a gift bag right now, you'll help EWG meet our 2011 budget goal and ensure that we have the necessary funding to continue our groundbreaking research in 2012. And because a generous donor has agreed to match your donation dollar-for-dollar, you have the extraordinary opportunity to double the impact of your gift.

I know you'll love this year's gift bag because it's full of products that will help you eat better - for your own health and the health of our planet.

Our Eat Green on the Go limited-edition gift bag includes:

  • Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic Cookbook to help you cook yummy meals that are good for you and the environment.
  • A Klean Kanteen Reflect reusable stainless steel bottle that's 100 percent plastic-free and made with a bamboo cap - a first of its kind!
  • A To-Go Ware Snack Stack food carrier that's perfect for packing both hot and cold foods.
  • An EcoBags organic cotton canvas lunch sack that's reusable and machine washable.
  • A LunchSkins by 3GreenMoms reusable sandwich bag that is dishwasher-safe and free of lead, BPA and phthalates.
  • Earthbound Farm's new organic savory snack mix.
  • Organic seeds from Seeds of Change.
  • EWG's Quick Tips for Safer Cosmetics shopping guide.
  • EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce wallet guide.
  • EWG's Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change + Health wallet guide.
  • More than $50 in coupons from great companies like Organic Valley, Amy's Kitchen, Stonyfield and ChicoBag.
All it takes is a tax-deductible donation of $135 and you'll get an incredible gift bag while also helping EWG meet our end-of-year fundraising goal.
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October 13, 2011

USFWS: "America's Coastal Wetlands are Vanishing at an Alarming Rate"

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There is bad news for America's wetlands, according to a new US Fish and Wildlife Service report. RESTORE AMERICA'S ESTUARIES writes:

A new federal report confirms that America's coastal wetlands are vanishing at an alarming rate, according to a national coalition of environmental and sportsman's groups concerned with the health and sustainability of our nation's coastal ecosystems.

"Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States, 2004-2009," released last week by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), represents the most up-to-date, scientifically valid assessment of the nation's wetland habitats.

While the report holds out some hope - overall national wetland losses are slowing because of increased emphasis on wetland conservation, protection, and restoration - it is clear that not all habitats are created equal. The report documents substantial losses in coastal wetlands when compared to other habitat types. In the five years covered by the study, coastal wetlands experienced a decline of 110,000 acres or 2.4%-roughly the size of 84,000 football fields. This rate of loss far surpasses that of all other wetland habitat types.

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October 6, 2011

California Subsidizes Logging Industry $18 Million a Year

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In a time when California is threatening to close numerous state parks, logging industry subsidies are coming under hard scrutiny. The Sacramento Bee reports:

The key question before the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee was whether any of that subsidy is justified.

Owners of the state's 8.7 million acres of private forestland argue they provide public benefits including wildlife habitat, clean air and carbon sequestration - not to mention about 22,000 jobs.

Environmental groups counter that logging causes habitat loss and water pollution and that the industry should cover all of the state's cost to police those problems.


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September 8, 2011

6 Months Later: Is Our Food Still Radioactive from Japan's Nuclear Fallout?

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One of the biggest fears and concerns after the Fukushima nuclear reactor started leaking after the devastating tsunami in Japan six months ago was that food in the US would be affected by radiation drifting across the Pacific Ocean. Sure enough, radiation was detected in food from California to Florida. These levels, of course, are nothing compared to the people of Japan's exposure, but nonetheless, any amount of additional radiation is a concern. Should we still be concerned?

Healthy Child Healthy World reports:

In a word, yes.
As long as the reactors continue to leak, radioactive particles will end up in the air and water, subject to the currents and jet streams that will carry them all over the globe. And, even after the leaking has stopped, there is an issue with how to dispose of or contain all of the contaminated soil, sewage, debris, etc. Some of these things are currently being dumped into the ocean or burned - both of which lead to further spread of the radioactive particles...

Radioactive cesium in particular is of concern. David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center, says in The Wall Street Journal that "its half-life of 30 years means that what was released from the Fukushima plant will be with us for many decades. Most of this radioactive cesium will end up in the Pacific Ocean and will be enormously diluted in the 200 quintillion gallons of water there. But some of it will end up on dry land, in our food and water--and there it will stay, at very low levels, literally for generations."

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July 14, 2011

Exxon "Whitewashes" Yellowstone River Oil Spill

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Anytime an oil spill occurs, whether in a pristine location or not, the environmental degradation is inevitable. Those responsible try to assure the public the consequences are minimal, often overstating clean up efforts and their successes.

Exxon is being accused of "whitewashing" the recent spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana. UPI reports:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday gave Exxon two months to clean up the spill, which came from a ruptured pipeline -- a pipe officials warned Exxon about a year ago, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

Exxon said it could comply with the directive, but deputy director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality Tom Livers said Exxon had asked him to sign off on overly optimistic news releases concerning the oil spill.

Livers said he rejected the offer to sign off on a press release that said the oil spill would not be harmful to people and another that said the oil spill had been contained.

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June 14, 2011

LeafSnap App Makes Tree Identification Easy

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If you have an Apple iPad 2 or iPhone, tree identification just got a lot easier. Developed by the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, and Columbia University, LeafSnap is quite handy if you are like me and are always trying to learn more about the plants that surround you. The Huffington Post reports:

Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

Users make the final identification and share their findings with the app's growing database to help map the population of trees one mobile phone at a time.


This app is an incredible resource that will continue to expand its database to all of North America!

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