Surferbird News-Links, 40th Edition


Welcome to the not so serious 40th edition of Surferbird News-Links! I wasn't in the mood for too much heavy stuff, today. So, instead, I'm sharing a small amount of climate change news, the history of Christmas tree farms, another gift wrapping article and a lot of winter solstice - even though I'm a day late. In addition, I leave you with a winter solstice instrumental video in keeping with the spirit of this ancient celebration. Enjoy!

Warm up

Why do our Christmas trees come from farms? (

I'm not going to spoil the story by including my usual summary. Sorry. It's a quick read, and you'll feel enlightened on this bit of Christmas tree trivia.



climate change

Retreating mountain glaciers (

I know what you're thinking. Didn't she report on this last week? Yes, I did. But this article caught my eye because of the short video, which illustrates how scientists track glacier movement. It also points to the importance of the NASA climate science program along with the satellites used to collect data. Take a look.


The case involving young people suing the government over climate change just took another step forward. (

These progressive young people have been given the go ahead to move forward on suing the state of Washington in addition to suing the federal government.

All of the West Antarctica ice sheet could melt within 100 years. (

This isn't good news for many coastal communities around the world.


How to keep warm in winter climates (

I'm already jealous because I live in California - but not in the Sierra Nevada. That's where we go to play in the snow and the only time I've used my parka. Although I often think I'm better suited to cold climates, I don't fancy shoveling snow. But if you're looking to thaw out for a bit, come on out and pay me a visit. We'll go out for coffee, my treat!

Home - gift wrapping

Sprucing up kraft paper for gift wrapping (

Lots of good ideas in this article - Have you finished wrapping gifts, yet?

Winter solstice

Winter solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska (

Ahem. I'm a day late. I'm usually a day late with most everything. But seriously, this short video on winter solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska, will take your breath away. And the music is lovely, also. However, don't forget to take a peek at the hilarious photos of winter solstice at Stonehenge.

A refresher course on winter solstice (

This is for those of you who'd like to know more about winter solstice without reading an entire book.

Closing thoughts

Did you hear the one about Montreal's Christmas tree? (

It was all over the news, but not because of its grace and glory. Everyone's been poking fun of Montreal's Christmas tree. I appreciate the author's perspective, however. He shares his thoughts on Montreal's seemingly awkward tree with unique insights and hum