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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hi everyone,
It's getting cold out! This morning I woke up with a stiff neck because I had left the window in my room open! Also, I have a theory about why sometimes macbooks' trackpads don't work: If you leave it by an open window when its 50 degrees outside, the trackpads will freeze.
Secondly, I found an article on NPR that I'm going to post the link to. Here it is:
Walruses are feeling the effects of global warming
During this time of year, walruses should be on sea ice, but instead they are all crowded onto a beach in Alaska. Because there is no sea ice. We are talking about 35,000 walruses that are all crowded onto one beach. Here's a picture:
In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27 and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather onshore near Point Lay, Alaska.
I think this is very sad, and it is damaging to the walruses. Global warming may have a long-term effect on the walrus population, because they will not be able to spread out on the sea.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GUYS!! Today was the climate change parade in New York! I am really kind of embarrassed to tell you... I didn't go. I had acting class and I didn't make it in time. I'm really upset. But I am so proud of all the tens of thousands of people who did march to make people aware of climate change. I am so happy about this, and I know I couldn't go, but I am supporting it as much as I can. Thanks, everyone, SO much!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wow! How long has it been?! I am so sorry about not posting anything on the blog for almost 3 months! Really really sorry. And no, this doesn't mean I lost interest in the blog (how could I ever), it was just summer time and I was sort of busy...
In this post, I just want to follow up on everything that I have done over the summer. Let's talk!

1. Well, I stayed at a rental home in North Carolina for a week with my family. We also went to the beach almost every day! Beaches down south are way different than beaches where I live, NJ. There, the water was literally 78 degrees. This is the Atlantic ocean we are talking about. It was like a jacuzzi in there! I'm not sure why, though. The weather generally was warmer down there, but I don't know why the water was so hot. Strong undercurrents, big waves, and the water was crystal clear. Not kidding. I could see to the bottom. And there were fish.
As a side note, I would like to point out that two days ago, I went to a NJ beach on the Atlantic ocean, about 500 miles north of where I was sunbathing a week before that.

It smelled like sewage.

It was disgusting. But, I've gotta say, despite the poop smell, the water was pretty darn clear and I didn't see a single jellyfish. I usually see a lot of jellyfish in the water in New Jersey.

2. Also in North Carolina, my rental home also had a stable with two horses inside, and I was able to feed them and be around them a lot. It was very interesting. I learned that horses eat constantly. All the time. And they love baby carrots.

3. I know that I have been taking very big breaks on my blog. But, I have decided to toughen up and make a schedule. I will write on my blog every Sunday. I will write about current environmental news, my own observations about the environment, and rant if I feel the need.

4. Lastly, I have added a new gadget to my blog, it's up top, right under the blog's logo. If you click on the mail icon, you can email me at askecogirl@gmail.com for any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions that you might have!
The icon next to it will lead you to my Pinterest account, where I have 2 folders, among others, called Nature and Environmental News where I will post interesting things I see from nature. You can follow me there to see the pictures.
Next I have an icon that will bring you to my YouTube account, where I have been making videos. They are usually not about the environment but more about singing and funny things.
Then, I have my Instagram account. You can follow me there also!
Lastly, I have my Google+ account.

And that's all the news I have this week! Make sure to check out the blog next Sunday, because I will post another post :-)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cannibal rats and other stuff

Before I begin, I just want to make an announcement:
That's right, if you, my fellow reader, are living somewhere near the British Isles, a ghost ship might dock at a harbor near you with a rat as its captain. BWAHAHA!!!!
Ok, that probably won't happen, but seriously, folks, this article from NBC Nightly News is all about a Russian cruise ship named the Lyubov Orlova (though it is named after a Russian actress, the name sounds ominous to me) which was seized by Canada. Then it was accidentally set adrift, and then nobody bothered to search for it, and now its somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. And it's full of cannibal rats. Did I mention that it's full of cannibal rats? Apparently they started eating each other after the food ran out.
My question is, HOW DO YOU LOSE A SHIP??? In the article, it says that it was set adrift after it broke loose from it's tow line. Then the Canadian authorities deemed the ship fit to stay adrift. Seriously Canada? Are you not even going to try to get this ship back? I call that irresponsible, and, quite frankly, stupid. That ship is a HUGE health hazard. It's pretty certain that those rats carry some kind of disease, and even if they DON'T, they are going to be very hungry for some meat other than rat meat when they get to land... DUN DUN DUN!!!!!!!
If you really want to learn more about this creepy ship, you can go to this website: http://whereisorlova.com/
I think it's kind of weird to set up a whole website dedicating to tracking one ship, but it's interesting, that's for sure. WARNING: BE CAREFUL OF THE DEPICTION OF A CANNIBAL RAT AS YOU'RE SCROLLING DOWN, IT'S KINDA SCARY.

And now, to other news...
Happy new year, I realize now that I haven't written in more than a month, I am making up for that now with a super long post. My birthday's in a month (yay!) and I am ÜBER excited to become thirteen! As I am now almost a young adult, time for some nostalgic flashbacks...
1. Favorite restaurant of 2014:
OK, I have a lot to say here. So, as celebration of Martin Luther King Day (No school! Thank you, MLK!), we went to this AWESOME restaurant in Harlem called Amy Ruth's. If you ever come by to the Big Apple, I TOTALLY recommend coming here. I got the waffles and chicken and it was amazing!! They also give cornbread instead of white bread and butter, AND you can ask for refills (we did).
2. Favorite restaurant of 2013:
If you're into Indian food, you should come here. It is a place called Chand Palace, and it's great. It's a buffet, but you can order food as well. I recommend the Narvatan Korma. Plus, it's vegetarian!
3. Favorite book of 2013:
That's really hard because I read so many books! Here are just a couple.
The Across the Universe trilogy. These books are really good! I am really into space travel, so this book was perfect. And take a look at the gorgeous covers!