Peat Moss and ABC's show Sharktank

Written by charlie   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 00:00
I never though I would be writing about wetlands and the TV show, Sharktank in the same blog post, but here we are! This past Friday, Sharktank hosted an entrepreneur who came up with a sustainable alternative to peat moss. Ive written about the importance of peat bogs in the sequestration of carbon, and how little peat, only 1-2mm/yr is replaced annually. Once removed, it can take hundreds of years to replace, which doesn't even take into consideration the other ecological effects of removing peat, which bog plants, inculding the sundew, venus fly trap and other unique plants and animals rely upon.

The owner of PittMoss, described the process the peat moss alternative made from a propieatary blend of organic additives and reclaimed paper products destined for the landfill.

Check out the Pittmoss site Pittmoss site, its short video and more info on the Sharktank Blog
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 02:26
 
 

Recent Articles

Written by charlie   
Monday, 13 April 2015 02:21
A few articles tangentially related to wetlands this week: A hat tip to Scientific American, where the Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photograph Portal was recently mentioned. The portal is chock full of USGS video and photography of the seafloor off of coastal California and Massachusetts, and aerial imagery collected over the past few decades.

The best longform articles often find their way to longform.org, where I read This sinking isle: the homeowners battling coastal erosion , about how the British isles are reacting to and coping with climate change and its effect on it coast; considering the island's coastline is longer than India’s.

Finally, a thought provoking conjecture that shellfish along the Eastern Seaboard are catching cancer, apparently virally, something that has only been recorded in a few species worldwide.
 

Vernal Pool- Connecticut

Written by charlie   
Sunday, 05 April 2015 01:21
A few photos of a thawing out vernal pool in Huntington State Park, Connecticut on a blustery, early April Day. In comparison to last year, it's taking quite a bit longer to thaw out, and plants are just beginning to emerge - weeks later in comparison to last year.

Huntington State Park, Connecticut Vernal Pool

Huntington State Park, Connecticut Vernal Pool

Huntington State Park, Connecticut Vernal Pool
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 April 2015 01:44
 
 
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