Showing posts from November, 2013

Musings: Memories to be Thankful For

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”  - Henry David Thoreau Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many things to be thankful for, not only at this time of year, but all year long: family, friends, good health, food on the table, a job... and as Thoreau so eloquently states above: for finding wealth not in things but in memories and experiences. The Nature Conservancy in Washington posed an interesting question on their Facebook page yesterday along those lines:

What memory of spending time in nature are you most thankful for? 

After getting past my immediate reaction (how do I choose just one?!?) the obvious answer came to mind as I reminisced about the numerous summers spent on road trips with my Dad and older sister.

Outfitted with sunglasses, fanny packs, clunky cameras, hiking boots and/or sandals (with socks!), we …

Going Green: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Environmental Issues: Ocean Acidification


In The News: Earth with no ice?

A recently-released interactive map on the National Geographic website has been receiving a great deal of attention in social media in the past few days.  Entitled "If All the Ice Melted"  these maps are a sobering picture of a planet Earth where all of the glaciers and ice sheets have melted, resulting in a sea level rise of 216 feet that dramatically alters the world we know now. 

But don't reach for that flotation device just yet! According to National Geographic, scientists estimate that it would take 5,000 years for all of the Earth's five million cubic miles of ice to melt and drain into the sea.  Even if humans are still around thousands of years from now to see this happen, the rising sea level will likely not be the worst of our problems... along with a planet bereft of ice, scientists also estimate that we'll be dealing with an average global temperature of 80 degrees F, instead of the current 58 degrees F. Between rising sea levels and high temperature…