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Lawns in the U.S.

This is a great article (albeit from 2005) about lawns on NASA’s website, written by Rebecca Lindsey. Some startling findings include: “…lawns—including residential and commercial lawns, golf courses, etc—could be considered the single largest irrigated crop in America in terms of surface area…” and “If people recycle the grass clippings, leaving them to decompose on the lawn, the U.S. lawn area could store up to 16.7 teragrams of carbon each year. That’s equivalent to about 37 billion pounds—the weight of about 147,000 blue whales.”

Ah honey…ah sugar, sugar*

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”
Victor Hugo

Want to learn some fun facts about bees? Click here.

*Thanks to the Archies!

National Honey Bee Day!

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Did you know that August 17th is National Honeybee Day? I didn’t either until my favorite bee keeping organization HoneyLove let the cat out of the bag!

 

 

Scary . . .

From  Reservoirs: The Climate Change Canary?

“. . .water shortages at Lake Powell and Lake Mead go beyond brown lawns and shorter showers. The Glen Canyon dam produces 1,320 MW of electricity—“enough for 1.3 million people” that also happens to “yields [sic] something like $125 million every year . . ”

” . . .by 2015 “the water level in Lake Powell may fall low enough—below what is known as minimum power head—to shut down the production of hydroelectric power.”