November 27, 2005

Tsunami

Big story in the New York Times Magazine about last year's terrible tsunami. From the article:
As Jaloe, the fisherman, steered his boat back to Banda Aceh, the first sign of the city's destruction was hundreds of coconuts. It seemed as if truckloads had been dumped into the sea, and now they eddied his way. More puzzling yet, he saw a cow gamely struggling to swim...

The whole story is available here.

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November 26, 2005

Coconets!

It had to happen. Coconets.

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Global Warming and the End of the Carteret Islands

From a story in the Sydney Morning Herald:

FOR more than 30 years, the 980 people living on the six minute horseshoe-shaped Carteret atolls have battled the Pacific to stop salt water destroying their coconut palms and waves crashing over their houses. They failed.

On Thursday a decision was made that will make their group of low-lying islands literally go down in history. In the week before 150 countries meet in Montreal to discuss how to combat global warming and rising sea levels, the Carterets' people became the first to be officially evacuated because of climate change.

As soon as money is available to the Papua New Guinean regional government, 10 families at a time will be moved to Bougainville, a larger island 100 kilometres away. Within two years the six Carterets, roughly the size of 80 football pitches and just 1.5 metres high, will be uninhabited and undefended. By 2015 they are likely to be completely submerged.

Full story online at the SMH....

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Coconut Palm Crashes Into Tent Where Ceremony Is Taking Place

Tragedy struck in Trinidad and Tobago recently, when a coconut palm tree cracked and fell onto a tent inside of which a traditional cultural ceremony was taking place:

PUNDIT Seeram Maharaj was performing the last of the Kartik rituals, a Hindu water festival, when he heard a loud cracking sound.

A coconut tree had crashed on a tent under which devotees had gathered.

Maharaj was pinned under the tent, with more that 18 worshippers, his son Deepak Maharaj recalled yesterday. "The incident happened about one and a half hours after the prayers started," he said.

Margaret Danook, 65, was hit in the head by the fallen tree and died before reaching the hospital. Six others, including the Hindu priest, suffered injuries. Relatives at Danook's Chase Village, Chaguanas, home said they were unable to speak with the media yesterday.

Full story here at the Trinidad Express.

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November 24, 2005

More Coconut Biofuel Stories Appearing

Here's another one. Quote:

Tony Deamer of Vanuatu has the last word: “Give coconut oil a go. It is here now, it will run in your big 4x4 macho machine too and your present generator sets, so no big capital investment is needed. Just start making more good quality oil. Education is the key, not capital – we have all we require now in most places. Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati all have oil mills and small ones are popping up in the Solomons too. So give it a go!”

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Lethal Yellowing of Palms

Lethal yellowing disease is reported in Southern Florida. Here's a Marco Island Sun-Times story.

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November 23, 2005

Coconut Events

There's a new Coconut group on the Eventful.com website. Join the group and help add events that are going on in the tropical world!
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November 06, 2005

Wilma No Match for the Coco-de-Mer

From a Miami Herald story on the recent Hurricane Wilma:

Yet, says Laura Tooley, director of horticulture, some rare trees and palms were spared. The double coconut, coco-de-mer or Lodoicea maldivica, with the largest seeds in the plant kingdom, was just missed by trees falling on both sides of it. The garden's tallest tree, the arjun or Terminalia arjuna from India and Sri Lanka, still rises to a majestic 110 feet. It is sending out new leaves, but annually loses its leaves in late winter and becomes, for a short while, as regal a sculpture as it is today.

No messin' with the double coconut!

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Those Pesky Red Palm Weevils

More threats to coconut trees: this time, watch out for Rhynchophorus ferrugineus!

From the article: "The eggs are usually laid in fresh wounds or injuries on the coconut palm. The apodous (absence of legs) grub bores into the interior of the palm, feeding voraciously on the inner soft succulent tissues."

I guess everyone, even weevils, loves coconuts.

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Animals thriving amongs the coconuts

In what appears to be a letter to the editor, one person in Barbados makes a plea for growing coconut palms on the island. Besides: animals like to frolic amongst them. (As long as the coconuts don't fall and knock them out!)

Also interesting was this quote: "Just why anybody in their right mind would want to ship green coconuts by sea to Barbados, remains undetermined. There are not many people who would, or should, be willing to drink a coconut that is more than a couple days old. The aficionados of coconut water, would never touch one that was not picked that same day."

Note to self: drink only fresh coconut water.

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Vehicles: Powered by Coconuts?

Stories around the globe about Coconut used as a fuel for transportation:

Here's one AP newswire story: "WELLINGTON, New Zealand - It might sound nuts, but two engineering students in New Zealand are claiming coconut oil can be used as an alternative to diesel, providing a possible answer to rising fuel cost woes...."

Here's a story from Stuff.co.nz. Quote: ""What we have shown is that without any modification to either the pure oil or the engine you can use it as an alternative fuel."

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Grandma 'felled' by Coconut Tree

From the New Straits Times-Press comes the sad story of Mariah Daud:

PASIR PUTIH, Fri. - Mariah Daud walked to school, as she always did, to pick up her granddaughter and bring her home yesterday. But she never reached Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Pak Mat. A coconut tree fell on her at Kampung Guntung, Wakaf Lanas, about 500 metres from her home. She died a few hours later...

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Bahalina: Booze made from coconuts

From the Sun-Star in the Phillippines comes this story:

'Bahalina' producers eye slice of liquor industry

GLAN, Sarangani -- The art of coconut wine making is not lost at all after all those decades of being bombarded with commercially-branded intoxicating beverages.

In fact, a group of backyard producers here, with the support of the local government and concerned agencies, have recently banded in a bid to at least earn a pie of the liquor industry's cheap-end category.

They hope to vie for a market slice through "bahalina," an alcoholic beverage produced from coconut, the "Tree of Life."

Mayor Enrique Yap, Jr. said several residents have formed a group called Bahalina Producers Association in an effort to consolidate to finally penetrate the local beverage industry.

"This is a positive step in the town's quest to make bahalina known not just in nearby areas but across the nation as well. Hopefully, bahalina from Glan will also become popular in the international market," he said.

Records from the municipal planning and development office showed that the land planted with coconuts reached 33,192 hectares. Copra production, coconut's main product depended on by the residents, in the town yields at least 52,532 tons a year, it added.

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George Nelson's Coconut Chair

Gotta love it: the Coconut Chair, designed by George Nelson back in 1955. Available at Herman Miller. Here's the link.

I wonder how comfortable it is. And what was it about '50s furniture designs -- ever noticed how they're all standing on what amounts to steel toothpicks?

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