President to Address Nation on BP Oil Catastrophe

With the BP oil disaster in the Gulf reaching epic proportions, President Obama will be visiting Alabama, Mississippi and Florida today, and plans an Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night, MSNBC reports.

The partially contained leak is now believed to be as much as 40,000 barrels per day — previous estimates were much lower — and oil is beginning to come ashore as far away as Florida.  If the true extent of the still unfolding disaster was unclear before, the grim polluting of Pensacola’s beautiful white sands this last week leaves little doubt that the Gulf faces an event of unprecedented magnitude.

You can view BP’s live video feed of the leak here.

One possible positive outcome from this disaster may be a heightened awareness of environmental issues.  I know that as I’ve read a book on England’s anti-technology, machine-smashing Luddite movement of the early 19th century during the last couple of weeks, I’ve again and again been reminded of how our thirst for petroleum has brought us to the brink of self-destruction and wondered if Americans didn’t need something like a neo-Luddite movement of their own.

If you’d like to learn more about environmentalism, the Green Movement, sustainability and conservation, please keep in mind that Greensboro Public Library has lots of books which may interest you.  Here are just a few recent titles:  True Green Life in 100 Everyday Ways by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin; Shift Your Habit:  Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet by Elizabeth Rogers with Colleen Howell; S is for Save the Planet:  A How-to-be Green Alphabet by Brad Herzog (juvenile); Whole Green Catalog:  1,000 Best Things for You and the Earth, edited by Michael W. Robbins; Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living:  Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-conscious Life by Ed Begley; Green Guide Families:  The Complete Reference for Eco-friendly Parents by Catherine Zandonella; Do One Green Thing:  Save the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker; Protecting the Planet:  Environmental Activism by Pamela Dell (juvenile); Tree Spiker: From Earth First! to Lowbagging:  My Struggles in Radical Environmental Action by Mike Roselle with Josh Mahan; True Green Kids:  100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (juvenile); A Passion for Nature:  The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster; Essential Muir, edited with an introduction by Fred D. White; and The Essential Green You: Easy Ways to Detox Your Diet, Your Body, and Your Life by Deirdre Imus. 

Also, please know that resources on the environment and conservation are a specialty of our Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch, located at beautiful Price Park.

Earth Day Celebration Coming Up at Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch

Earth Day Celebration at
Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library

Saturday, April 10
1 – 5 pm
1420 Price Park Rd.
The Library’s Annual Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 10 from 1 – 5 pm at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library.  Fun for the whole family, this year’s celebration includes live animals, hay rides, nature walks, geocaching, gardening and nature exhibits, entertainment, nature crafts, alternative vehicles, eco-art, solar and technology displays and much more.  All activities are free and open to the public.
As a warm-up to the Earth Day Celebration, everyone is invited to participate in the Great American Cleanup from 9 am to noon on April 10.  Sponsored by Greensboro Beautiful, the Cleanup takes place throughout the city. Individuals, groups and families are encouraged to show their respect for the environment and our city by helping clean up Greensboro.  To participate, contact Lynne Leonard at Greensboro Beautiful (373-2199 or lynne.leonard@)  The event is sponsored by Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library and Field Operations.
To learn more about the Earth Day Celebration, contact Kathleen Clay Library at 373-2923.  For more information on Library programs and resources visit our website at

Western Forests and Global Warming

This MSNBC article discusses alarming increases in the death rates of old-growth forests, which have more than doubled in parts of the western United States in the last two decades.  Scientists have found a correlation between accelerating tree mortality rates and rising temperatures and suspect global warming may be the culprit.

There are of course many sides to the global warming debate — ecological, political, climatological, and so on — and Greensboro Public Library has lots of books on the topic from many points of view.  Try some of these recent titles:   An Appeal to Reason:  A Cool Look at Global Warming by Nigel Lawson; Censoring Science:  Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming by Mark Bowen; Apollo’s Fire:  Igniting America’s Clean-energy Economy by Jay Inslee and Bracken Hendricks; Earth, the Sequel:  The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn; Earth Under Fire:  How Global Warming is Changing the World by Gary Braasch; Field Notes from a Catastrophe:  Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert; Fixing Climate:  What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat–and How to Counter It by Wallace S. Broecker and Robert Kunzig; Fight Global Warming Now:  The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community by Bill McKibben and the Step It Up Team, Phil Aroneanu … [et al.]; Global Warming by Debra A. Miller; The Hot Topic:  What We Can Do About Global Warming Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King; Global Warming:  The Rising Storm (DVD); A Global Warning? (DVD); Global Warming:  The Signs and the Science (DVD); Global Warning:  Our Earth’s Last Chance for Change by Paul Brown; and The Global Warming Survival Handbook:  77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change–or Live Through It by David de Rothschild

Please keep in mind that environmentalism is a special focus of our Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library; the balance of our holdings on global warming are located there.  If you have a chance, drop by and browse their collection sometime.

As always, Facts on File and NC Live are good resources for articles on topics like global warming.