August 12th, 2012
|02:00 am - Interesting Links for 12-08-2012|
- 8 Best North American Beaches For Exploring Tide Pools : TreeHugger
We love tide pools. I don’t think we’ve been to any of these beaches, and several of them are close by.
- The Revolutionary New Birth Control Method for Men | Wired Magazine | Wired.com
Cheap, reliable, reversable birth control procedure for men with fewer side effects than a vasectomy. Currently in pre-release trials in India.
- raised garden beds: hugelkultur instead of irrigation
Description of a type of raised garden bed I hadn’t seen before. Looks very intriguing. There’s certainly lots of coarse woody debris in North Beach Park, but I’d like to leave it where it is.
- How much water is there on Earth, from the USGS Water Science School
All the water in, on, around, and above the earth — salt water is the larger sphere, fresh water the smaller.
- Farmers worry that road project will turn productive bees into roadkill | Local News | The Seattle Times
A road project in Easter WA will likely go right over alkali bee nests. Alkali bees nest in the ground and are very useful in fertilizing alfalfa. Farmers in the region have integrated their alfalfa growing and bee management such that this is the largest managed bee population in the world.
- Farming without water | Grist
Dry farming is an old technique that was forgotten during the 20th century due to cheap irrigation. Now that water is becoming scarce, dry farming is being revived.
- Newborn orca calf reported in Puget Sound | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
A new orca calf has been spotted in Puget Sound bringing the total number of orca in the sound to 86.
- New global warming culprit: Methane emissions jump dramatically during dam drawdowns
It’s really beyond time to stop thinking of dams as “clean” energy source. They screw up fish movements, heat the water — and now they’re found to be a source of methane, a worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
- Moths in the lime light — Conservation Northwest
A brief article outlining some of the benefits of moths, which aren’t limited to pollination.
- Owls check in, but will they check out? | SFGate Blog | an SFGate.com blog
Six owls are staying at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. The hotel refuses to evict them and the staff has given them seven names (not explained in the story). The staff even hands out stuffed owls to human children.
- Dam gone, nature rebuilds Elwha River beach | Local News | The Seattle Times
The sediment trapped behind the Elwha Dam is returning to the mouth of the river and rebuilding the beach. Scientists are still unsure how this will play out in the long term, but the indications are positive so far.
Mirrored from Nature Intrudes. Please comment over there.