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Saturday, January 15th, 2011 | Author:  | 3,054 views - starting Aug 9/09

blue gold

a documentary about water … stark, informative, shocking, imperative to watch …

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | Author:  | 9,757 views - starting Aug 9/09

Tuna are magnificent fish. They are large, stealth predators with powerful, stream-lined bodies that can out-perform even the most sophisticated machine (of comparable size) in strength, resilience, and vigor.

Unfortunately for them, they are also incredibly tasty and one of the most desirable ocean catches worldwide. Unfortunately for humans, they are not nearly as abundant as they once were because over-fishing threatens their survival and neither are they as nutritious because they are becoming increasingly contaminated with pollutants such as heavy metals.

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Monday, July 27th, 2009 | Author:  | 13,675 views - starting Aug 9/09

skinny whale what?!?

gray whale identification

a quick reference to distinguishing gray whales from other species ... click for a larger image

according to the urban dictionary, there is such a thing as “dolphin whale syndrome” … that made me chuckle …

according to biologists, however, there is also such as thing as “skinny whale syndrome” … this one’s not so funny …

skinny whale syndrome is a recent phenomenon that is being observed in pacific gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) by fishermen, local people living near marine environments, and marine biologists … the migration, feeding, and breeding behaviours of these magnificent mammals are changing … more…

Category: climate change, Ecosystems, life, oceans, water, wildlife  | Tags: , , , , , , ,  | 2 Comments

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Friday, July 10th, 2009 | Author:  | 11,295 views - starting Aug 9/09

aquiferto help put into context this series of blog posts on water issues, i think it’s important to review aquifers … an aquifer is essentially a ‘gateway’ to accessing deep ground water that flows beneath the Earth’s surface … tapping into an underground aquifer by drilling or digging a well is one of the primary sources of freshwater worldwide … therefore, threats and risks to aquifer resources directly impact billions of people, as well as wildlife and ecosystems …

the global importance of aquifers is impressive when you consider that collectively, the world’s aquifers contain 100 times the volume of superficial fresh water … more…

Category: Ecosystems, lakes & freshwater systems, water  | Tags: , , , ,  | 3 Comments

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Wednesday, July 08th, 2009 | Author:  | 6,884 views - starting Aug 9/09

ecological footprintyou’ve likely heard of the term “ecological footprint” … the concept helps people to quantify and appreciate how lifestyle habits impact the environment … while the calculations are not always accurate (largely because there are innumerable variables that cannot always be factored into the equations and mathematical models), i think it’s very helpful for people to use this resource …

water footprintrecently, the concept of a “water footprint” has been promoted on a similar premise but with a focus on water use … more…

Monday, July 06th, 2009 | Author:  | 7,088 views - starting Aug 9/09

more suggestions on how to save water outdoors … see my previous blog for more outdoor tips …

gardens — herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, & other edibles …

apple tree* select plants that are native to your area or at least adapted to your growing zone … if in doubt, consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings …

* organize your garden using the principles of companion planting … for more tips, see this and this website … more…

Category: Easy Being Green, Ecosystems, lakes & freshwater systems, life, oceans, Tips, water  | Tags: , ,  | One Comment

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Friday, July 03rd, 2009 | Author:  | 11,251 views - starting Aug 9/09

this post is about saving water outdoors … if you’re interested in more suggestions, i’ve already posted water-saving tips for general, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry habits … i’ll split the outdoor water-saving tips into 2 posts to keep the entries relatively short but comprehensive …

most important tip:

* collect rain water … rain barrel this is becoming increasingly vital in areas all around the world … you can either purchase a rain barrel or use your own buckets and pails to harvest celestial down pours, then use this water to hydrate your indoor and outdoor garden plants, including grasses … you can also use this water for doing laundry, cleaning surfaces, washing dishes, bathing your pets, or washing your car … alternatively, you can direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward water-loving plants and trees in your garden or landscape … more…

Category: Easy Being Green, Ecosystems, lakes & freshwater systems, oceans, Tips, water  | Tags: ,  | One Comment

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Wednesday, July 01st, 2009 | Author:  | 4,997 views - starting Aug 9/09

already covered in previous posts: general water saving tips, saving water in the kitchen, and saving water in the bathroom … today, i discuss:

how to do laundry … (and save water) …

laundry daygeneral washing tips …

* i think the most important tip i can give straight away is that clothes can be worn more than once … even more than 2x or 3x … if clothing is stained or odouriferous, then it is understandably ready for a washing … however, the majority of people avoid re-wearing clothing due to purely aesthetic reasons … if your clothes aren’t dirty, fight the urge to throw them into the laundry pile … cutting back on the number of times you do laundry and the size of your loads is the best way to cut back on water use … also, the more you wash your clothes, the faster they wear … more…

Monday, June 29th, 2009 | Author:  | 14,452 views - starting Aug 9/09

so far, i’ve covered general water saving tips + saving-water-in-the-kitchen tips … now:

suggestions for saving water in the bathroom …

toilets …

* minimize the amount of toilet paper you use and flush down the toilet … better yet, dispose of used toilet paper in a trash bin …

* avoid flushing garbage (including pads, tampons, and diapers) down the toilet … water systems are not the equivalent of landfills … more…

Category: Easy Being Green, Ecosystems, lakes & freshwater systems, oceans, pollution, water  | Tags: , ,  | 6 Comments

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Friday, June 26th, 2009 | Author:  | 16,785 views - starting Aug 9/09

in my previous post (wednesday june 24), i provided some general recommendations for how to cut down on your water use …. now, here are:

tips on how to save water in the kitchen ….

washing dishes …

* fill a tub or sink with water and dish soap to wash dishes rather than running
water down the drain while you scrub …

* when possible, fill a tub or sink with rinse water as well, so dishes can be dipped instead of soaked under a running stream … alternatively, rinse quickly under a low-pressure stream or warm or cool water … avoid using piping hot water, which won’t (at this point) make your dishes any cleaner … it will only help them dry faster … more…