Deserts

Buzzwords Spotlight on deserts around the world Desert = a dry, barren area of land, especially one covered with sand, that is characteristically desolate, waterless, and without vegetation Headlines Would flooding the deserts help stop global warming? – NBC News Planeta.com Desert Notebook Atacama Desert Chihuahuan Desert Sahara Desert Sonoran Desert = Desierto de Sonora …

2020, International Year of Plant Health

Poster 2020 is the International Year of Plant Health. Hashtag: #IYPH2020 Key Links ippc.int iyph Questions How can those keen on plant health participate in International Year celebrations? Planeta.com Planeta.com celebrates the International Year of Plant Health. We will be updating our resource pages focusing on plants, biodiversity, and efforts to protect plant health around …

Morning

Photo: Byron Bay Morning = the period of time between midnight and noon, especially from sunrise to noon Translating: Happy Saturday Morning Feliz sabado por la mañana Schönen Samstag Morgen Glad lördag morgon The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected. La tarde sabe lo que la mañana nunca sospechó. På eftermiddagen vet vad morgonen …

Chihuahuan Desert

Photo: Gary Nored, Big Bend Ranch State Park The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest of the deserts in North America, centered in between the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental in the Borderlands. This is a high desert – the peaks are generally 1,500 meters high and the basins 700 meters above sea level. …

World Meteorological Day

Poster March 23 is World Meteorological Day. Hashtags: #worldmeteorologicalday, #WorldMetDay The World Meteorological Organization and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization. Key Links public.wmo.int/en/resources/world-meteorological-day worldmetday.wmo.int @WMOnews 2020: Climate Change and …

Eucalyptus, aka Eucalypts

Images: Biodiversity Heritage Library Wikipedia: Eucalyptus is a genus of nearly nine hundred species of flowering trees, shrubs or mallees in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae commonly known as eucalypts. Plants in the genus Eucalyptus have bark that is smooth, fibrous or stringy, leaves with oil glands, and sepals and petals that are fused to form …

World Water Day

Photo: Wetlands Park (Las Vegas) World Water Day – worldwaterday.org – is March 22 coordinated by UN-Water – unwater.org – in collaboration with governments and partners. The annual UN observance day highlights the importance of freshwater. World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical, …

Waves

Photo: Desolation Hiker, Rodeo Beach Wave = Wikipedia: In physics, mathematics, and related fields, a wave is a disturbance of one or more fields such that the field values oscillate repeatedly about a stable equilibrium value. If the relative amplitude of oscillation at different points in the field remains constant, the wave is said to …

International Day of Forests

Poster March 21 is the International Day of Forests. Hashtag: #IntForestDay The United Nations proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests. Starting in 2013, the day is observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth. Key Links fao.org/international-day-of-forests posters Flickr 2020 https://youtu.be/tYm-PytLh9c Background Forests …

Earthlight

Buzzwords Reflections on earthlight Also see: earthshine Earthlight Room Wikipedia: The film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was “one of the very first to carry ‘product placements’ for companies” such as Howard Johnson’s, whose logos appear aboard the space station. The chain’s lamplighter was also updated to the “Earthlight Room” on the space station, a …