Chihuahuan Desert

Photo: Gary Nored, Big Bend Ranch State Park (Some rights reserved) The Chihuahuan Desert (Desierto de Chihuahua) is the largest of the deserts in North America, centered in between the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental in the USA/Mexico borderlands. This is a high desert – the peaks are generally 1,500 meters high and …

Light

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Light alters its color according to the chemical composition of the matter that emits, reflects or absorbs it Elsewhere on the Weblight2015.org May 16 International Day of [email protected] Recommended ListeningJames Clerk Maxwell – poet, mathematician and the father of light – Maxwell proposed his theory of electromagnetism. It allows us …

Visiting the Tule Tree

Photo: Tule Tree (Some rights reserved) Mexico’s most famous tree, the ginormous Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule) grows near Oaxaca City. Residents celebrate the famous Tule Tree the second Monday of October. It’s a big party fit for a big tree! Google Maps The Tule Tree may not be the tallest or the oldest tree …

May 22 is Biodiversity Day

Artwork May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica) hosted by the Convention on Biological Diversity.Hashtags: #BioDiversityDay #DíaDeLaDiversidadBiólogica #ForNature Key Linkscbd.int/[email protected] Questions = Preguntas Are there any commemorations this year for the 20th anniversary of the International Year of Ecotourism and the May 2002 Ecotourism Summit? = ¿Hay …

Wildfires

Photo: NASA Goddard (Some rights reserved) Wildfire = a large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush Also see: bushfires Elsewhere on the Webwildfirerisk.orgalertwildfire.org – @AlertWildfire – @nvfirecamsnifc.gov – Flickr – @NIFC_Fire HeadlinesNumber of Wildfires to Rise by 50% by 2100 and Governments are not Prepared, Experts WarnStudy: Climate change main cause of …

Soil

Photo: Rio Muchacho, Ecuador (Some rights reserved) Soil = the upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles HeadlinesThe secret world beneath our feet is mind-blowing – and the key to our planet’s future – Guardianhttps://www.wired.com/story/how-dirt-could-save-humanity-from-an-infectious-apocalypse/http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/soil-health-agriculture-trend-usda-000513http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/our-very-existence-depends-on-soil-so-why-is-it-not-protected/http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/gardens/the-bottom-line-for-topsoil-value-its-benefits-before-it-s-dug-to-death-1.2876873http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/04/02/297881388/the-old-and-mysterious-practice-of-eating-dirt-revealed Recommended …

World Environment Day

Photo: NASA Goddard, Earth’s Horizon (Some rights reserved) June 5 is World Environment Day. Planeta.com celebrates by paying attention to the annual theme (see below), hosting conversations on the social web that bring attention to various environmental concerns around the globe, and by revisiting the winners of the Colibri Ecotourism Award. Key [email protected] Questions = …

Gardens

Photo: Flor de Mayo (Some rights reserved) Garden = a piece of ground, often near a house, used for growing flowers, fruit, and vegetables Also see: permaculture, sensory garden, community gardens, garden tour Translating: What are you growing in your garden?Spanish: ¿Qué estás cultivando en tu jardín?Portuguese: O que você está cultivando em seu jardim?German: …

Astronomy Day

Logo Astronomy Day is a world-wide event observed each spring and fall around the time of first-quarter moon. Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories sponsor public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our universe. Key LinksAstronomical LeagueLatest Astronomy Day InformationAstronomy Day Fact SheetAstronomy Day Co sponsorsFree …

International Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

Logo The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) challenges everyone to massively scale up restoration efforts that breathe new life into our degraded ecosystems. Also see: Ecosystem restoration Key Linksonebigrobot.com/IUCNdecadeonrestoration.orgiucn.org – international decades Questions What are the relevant hashtags? What are the connections among the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the Decade of Indigenous …