The Environment Chronicle

Notable environmental events between 2013 and 2013 Deselect

  1. Avenue of the Year 2013 is a lime tree avenue in North Rhine-Westphalia between Augustdorf und Schlangen-Oesterholz (Teutoburg Forest).

  2. On 22 March 2013, the Global Nature Fund announced, for the third time, the choice of Lake Mindel in Baden Württemberg as Living Lake of the Year 2013.

  3. Dragonfly of the Year 2013 is the Northern Damselfly or Spearhead Bluet (Coenagrion hastulatum).

  4. European spider of the year 2013 is the common purse-web spider (Atypus affinis). The common purse-web spider belongs to the purse-web spider family (Atypidae). These are the only central European representatives of the tarantula-like spiders (Mygalomorphae); a group characterised by their forward-projecting and parallel (i.e. orthognath) mouthparts.

  5. Water plant of the Year 2013 is the lesser water-plantains (Ranunculus aquatilis).

  6. Cactus of the year 2013 is the silver torch or wooly torch (Cleistocactus strausii).

  7. Since 2011, the Federal Environment Agency has selected a "water body type of the year". Water Body Type of the Year 2013 are watercourses in the southern Alpine foothills. The environmental condition of many of the streams and rivers in the southern Alpine foothills of Germany is ranked 'good'. These water bodies flow in the depositions of the last ice age, in the immediate vicinity of the large lakes in the foothills. They include the tributaries of Lake Ammer, the Attel or the lower reaches of the Loisach, and the Argen and Schussen tributaries to Lake Constance. The majority of the streams and rivers of the southern Alpine foothills – 57 per cent to be exact – are already in what is known as “good ecological status” and thus achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, which only one in every ten watercourses in Germany can claim so far. All water bodies of this type have been certified to have chemically good condition.

  8. Animal of the Year 2013 is the Least weasel (Mustela nivalis).

  9. On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) proclaimed Lake Winnipeg as “Threatened Lake of the Year 2013“. Lake Winnipeg is located in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Despite relatively low populations in the Lake Winnipeg watershed – about 7.0 inhabitants per sq. km - nutrients in agricultural run-off and sewage discharges threaten Lake Winnipeg’s future by stimulating large amounts of blue-green algae that imbalance the lake’s food web and can be toxic to humans. The increasing frequency and severity of flooding associated with climate warming, the drainage of wetlands, and the regulation of water levels are having further negative effects on the lake.

  10. The Damask rose (Rosa damascena) has been chosen for the Medicinal Herb of the Year 2013 by the NHV Theophrastus.

  11. Poisonous plant of the year 2013 is the Prunus laurocerasus, also known as cherry laurel or common laurel.

  12. Mollusc of the year 2013 is the Ostrea edulis commonly known as the European flat oyster.

  13. Bird of the Year 2013 is the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago).

  14. Coronella austriaca commonly known as a smooth snake is Reptile of the year 2013.

  15. Flower of the Year 2013 is the Common hepatica (Hepatica nobilis).

  16. Butterfly of the Year 2013 is the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene).

  17. Orchid of the year 2013 is the Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea).

  18. Algal researchers of the German Botanical Society have chosen Lingulodinium polyedrum as alga of the year 2013.

  19. Perennial Herb of the Year 2013 is the Euphorbia. Euphorbia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae.

  20. Tree of the Year is the European crab apple (Malus sylvestris).

  21. Medicinal Plant of the Year 2013 is the Tropaeolum commonly known as Nasturtium.

  22. Laboratory Animal of the Year 2013 is the dog. Dogs are a favored species in toxicology studies.