The Environment Chronicle

Notable environmental events between 2004 and 2004 Deselect

  1. Invertebrate of the Year 2004: earth worm (Lumbricus terrestris)

  2. Spider of the Year is the Green huntsman spider (Micrommata virescens).

  3. Medicinal Plant of the Year 2004 is the Peppermint (Mentha piperita).

  4. Insect of the Year 2004 is the hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus).

  5. Lichen of the year is the common yellow wall-lichen (Xanthoria parietina)

  6. Mollusc of the year is the freshwater snail (Theodoxus fluviatilis).

  7. Butterfly of the Year ist Orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines).

  8. Every year on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, the Global Nature Fund (GNF), an international foundation for the protection of environment and nature, highlights the threatened state of a unique lake to the world. Global Nature Fund (GNF), International Foundation for Environment and Nature, Fritz-Reichle-Ring 4, D-78315 Radolfzell, Germany

  9. In 2004 GNF has declared the Lake Chapala in Mexico as the Threatened Lake of the Year. Lake Chapala is extremely endangered of disappearing within the next years, because of overexploitation of water resources and contamination there is a high conflict potential for water resources. Another problem is the illegal settlement in the dried-up zones.

  10. Medicinal Herbs of the Year are the Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and the Common centaury (Centaurium erythraea).

  11. Vegetable of the year 2004 is the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).

  12. Orchid of the Year: Long-bracted green orchid (frog orchid)(Coeloglossum viride (L.) Hartman)

  13. Bird of the Year 2004 is the Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes).

  14. Tree of the Year 2004 is the Silver Fir (Abies alba).

  15. Flower of the Year 2004 is the Alpine Snowbell (Soldanella alpina).