The Environment Chronicle

Notable environmental events between 2008 and 2008 Deselect

  1. Cactus of the year 2008 is the Golden Barrel Cactus, Golden Ball or, amusingly, Mother-in-Law's Cushion (Echinocactus grusonii).

  2. Perennial Herb of the Year is the Sneezeweed (Helenium).

  3. Algal researchers of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society have chosen the desmid Micrasterias as ‘Alga of the Year 2008’.

  4. Poisonous plant of the year 2008 is the Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum).

  5. Medicinal Herb of the Year: English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  6. Bird of the Year 2008 is the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus).

  7. Animal of the Year: Wisent or European bison (Bison bonasus).

  8. Flower of the year: Musk thistle or Nodding thistle (Carduus nutans)

  9. Butterfly of the Year: Silver-studded Blue (Plebeius argus).

  10. Medicinal Plant of the Year 2008 is the Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).

  11. The European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) was nominated to the Frog of the Year 2008 by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde e.V. (DGHT). The European Tree Frog is the best known frog species in Central Europe.

  12. Fish of the Year 2008 is the Bitterling (Rhodeus sericeus amarus).

  13. Water plant of the year 2008 is the Eared watermoss (Salvinia natans).

  14. Lichen of the Year is the wolf lichen (Letharia vulpina).

  15. Mollusc of the Year is the Myosotella myosotis, a species of salt marsh snail.

  16. The internationally operating environmental foundation Global Nature Fund (GNF) proclaimed the Mahakam Wetland located in the Indonesian part of Borneo Threatened Lake of the Year 2008. Together with the partner organisation Conservation Foundation for Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia (RASI) GNF wants to draw the attention to the dramatic increase in deforestation caused by slash-and-burn clearing.