Browsing Archive: August, 2013

Estimated decomposition rates of common sea garbage!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Global 
How long does it take a plastic bag or a wool sock or a fishing line to decompose in the sea?
Let us think twice before just throwing our garbage away...


In this link you can find a larger version of this image!


Source: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
More info on marine debris: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/plasticdet.html




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Should we turn deserts into carbon-sucking tree plantations?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, In : Climate change 
Not all scientists agree that planting more and more trees can help with the climate change and CO2 problems, but here is an interesting idea about tree planting in deserts, presented at grist.org by John Upton.


To fight climate change, some scientists think we should vegetate the hell out of deserts. The latest such idea calls for large plantations of a hardy species of Central American tree to be planted in near-coastal desert areas and irrigated with desalinated water.

While forests soak up ...


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The World’s Most Amazing Trees!! (You'll love this!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Global 
In this website you can enjoy a wonderful collection of photos of "the world's most amazing trees"!
I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining I was there, touching these trees!

Here are some of them (in the above link, you'll find many more):


The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree



The Circus Tree



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Encouraging news from the US: wild animals stand by each other!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Environment 
Happy August everyone!
I read this encouraging piece of news on Reuters

The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park may be helping imperiled grizzly bears to survive by keeping elk herds on the move and preventing them from destroying berries that are a staple food for grizzlies, according to a new study.

In the mid-1990s, the U.S. government released fewer than 100 wolves into the park and the wilderness near Salmon, Idaho, to restore an iconic Western animal that had been hunted, trap...


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