Today in the green online world: nature words are disappearing in a leading dictionary for kids, one climate change scientist is dancing, and a lichen expert might have helped win World War II.
And yes — that’s a big snake…
- The Snake Thermometer: Scientists are now using snake remains to measure prehistoric climate change.
- Written Out of Existence: The Oxford Junior Dictionary has dropped nature-describing words such as “blackberry,” “magpie,” “beaver” and “canary” in favor of “voicemail,” “chatroom,” “BlackBerry,” and (yes) “blog.”
- Do the Climate Change Dance: A Penn State glaciologist uses little dances to explain climate change to his students, reports Dot Earth.
- USA! USA! USA! The United States is now the world leader in wind power, reports EcoGeek.
- A Carbon Shortage? There’ll be fewer carbon emissions to trade over the next four years than previously thought, says a leading environmental and energy market analyst group.
- Won’t Get Fooled Again? Will “green jobs” become the new greenwash? asks Joel Makower.
- A Fungus Among Us: Did a cryptogamist — a lichen scientist — help win World War II?
- Fair, But Still Foul? Coffee & Conservation explains why the Fair Trade label doesn’t mean a coffee is environmentally friendly.
(Image: Anaconda, held by Victor Argenis Delgado of the ranch Hato El Cedral and Diego Ochoa of The Nature Conservancy in the Llanos grasslands of Venezuela. Credit: Mark Godfrey/TNC.)
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