Tue.Jan 01, 2013

Qatar University’s Accredited Environmental Science Program is an Arab World First

Green Prophet

What a great way to start 2013: the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) and the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) accredited Qatar University’s BSc and MSc Environmental Sciences programs.

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A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A single tree, it is reckoned, will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime and the shade provided by trees around a home can also reduce your air conditioning bill by ten to fifteen per cent. While this is true we have to remember, however, what lifetime and absorption here means. Only while the tree actually is of a good age will it absorb carbon. After a certain age a tree, actually, becomes a carbon producer and a methane producer too.

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With Some Advice From the Dutch, Istanbul Tries To Get More Bike-Friendly

Green Prophet

The occasional bicycle rack can be found near pedestrian promenades in Istanbul, such as the one pictured above on the Asian side of the city. But the city’s heavy traffic and reckless drivers discourage many would-be bicycle commuters.

Children at risk of rickets due to lack of Vitamin D

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Health experts call for low-cost supplements and the fortification of foods with vitamin D amid health fears for children with doctors fearing a return of the 19th century disease rickets as the number of children suffering from vitamin D deficiencies increases. There has been a four-fold increase in the bone disease – which has been relatively uncommon in the UK since the 19th century – during the past 15 years.

Wake Up Your Muse: How My Cat Taught Me the Art of Being

The Alien Next Door

Sammy enjoying the rooftop garden. I’m not a very patient person--ask my publisher. I make no time for writer’s block or lingering in useless limbo over some plot issue or misbehaving minor character.

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Still the Same Hawk: A Review of a Book about Nature and New York by a Native New Yorker

10,000 Birds

My spark bird was the Red-tailed Hawk that lives next to Central Park, the one named Pale Male I’ve always been a little embarrassed about this.

Easy Eco-Themed New Years Resolutions


You know you want to make some resolutions. You saw what was happening in 2012 as the years of pushing carbon gases into the atmosphere created more and more and more extreme weather events. You want to do something right ? Here's some from ENN that we've reprinted below.

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Spectacled Bears at Machu Picchu

10,000 Birds

Happy New Year everyone! In early December we had the privilege of filming the inaugural Peru Birding Rally Challenge , a six day, five night event where teams from around the world compete to see the most species of birds.

Concord, Mass.,Bans Water Sold in Plastic Bottles


Bans on plastic bags have happened in a good number of communities across the country, but banning the sale of water in plastic bottles? The town of Concord, Mass., is in line to be the first in the nation to do just that, now that the state’s attorney general has signed off.

Wrap-Up of 2012 Big Year Birding

10,000 Birds

There were quite a few big years that took place in 2012. Here are the final results, so far as I was able to figure them out. Did I miss anyone? Please let me know in the comments. There were a couple of big years that I reported on back in June that I can’t find final results from and there were a couple of others that were happening that I never managed to find any details about at all. Perhaps the biggest big year of 2012 was in Australia.