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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

10,000 Birds

This is the second post in the Birding crème de la crème series (the first, focused on southern Asia, is here ). This time we travel to Africa, or to narrow it further, to the Afrotropical region (since the north of the continent avifaunally belongs to the Palearctic).

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The world has two energy problems

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The rich use too much of it, and the poor have too little. Someone asked: "What's the higher moral imperative preferred? Poverty and reduced living standards commensurate with lower emissions or higher carbon emissions and all the benefits of a modern society?"

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Sounds of the Forest

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An interesting project is afoot: people submitting homemade sound clips from their local forests to contribute to a sound map of the world. The map and attached soundclips are linked below. Maybe folks reading this blog would also like to play?

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Stand-up economist: Grading Economics Textbooks on Climate Change

Environmental Economics

Yoram Bauman:  This is the fifth such review I’ve been involved in and it is almost certainly the last review I’ll be doing, for the simple reason that the vast majority of textbooks now have excellent content on climate change! (If

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Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Photo for illustration purposes only I am a very strange bird, so people would certainly say, in that I have a serious problem in that I am trying to find a reuse for almost everything.

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Who was Maria, who lived an immaculate life 1400 years ago?

Green Prophet

Ancient Greek burial stone discovered while clearing paths for nature park in Israel’s Negev Desert reveals period of time in transition.

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Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Nature Conservancy - Science

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, who fundamentally changed the approach to land and water conservation. The post Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director appeared first on Cool Green Science. Ideas Conservation Science TNC Science

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5 Tips for Finding Reliable Contractors for Your Home Renovation

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If you’re planning on doing a home renovation, you want to make sure that you hire only reliable contractors. If you hire the wrong contractor, you could end up with the job not being completed, the job not being done well, and you may find yourself out of a lot of money.

The Emirates plan to live on Mars

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Meet Sheikh Mohammed on Mars? In 2017, the Emirates revealed plans to build cities on Mars. It may take four or five generations of scientists to achieve it, each one improving the previous generation’s blueprints as research continues and plans evolve.

Bowerbirds: Meet the Bird World’s Kleptomaniac Love Architects

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They display, they dance, and they collect baubles like a jealous hoarder. Meet Australia’s incredible bowerbirds. The post Bowerbirds: Meet the Bird World’s Kleptomaniac Love Architects appeared first on Cool Green Science.

Last CBC of the Decade

10,000 Birds

The very last Sunday of the decade heralded our final CBC – with group sizes limited to five persons. For the fifth year in a row, I was assigned the prolific and well-known Aripo Livestock Station at the foothills of Trinidad’s Northern Range.

Arie Eric de Jong – Why Kanye West Will Be Remembered As One Of the Great Artists

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When we talk about greats in the hip-hop world, the likes of Biggie and Pac, Jay-Z , Nas and Eminem, we are more often than not talking about their ability to rap and create amazing hip-hop songs.

That Isn’t Anarchism

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No self-respecting anarchist would pull down the American flag just to replace it with a Trump flag. Anarchists bow to no human structural authority: the anarchist tenet for creating a better world is everyone acting from a place of 'freedom plus responsibility.'.

Superadobe Homes Built Of Sandbags Rise Around The Planet

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Neder Khalili. Neder Khalili (1936 to 2008) was an Iranian-born architect whose vision of sustainable building for the relief of the poor has been realized in communities around the world.

Birding Serbia in the 2020

10,000 Birds

As the year is closing, I am looking back to realise, despite it being such an awful year, it’s far from the worst I had, it doesn’t even come close (it’s the mileage that’s killing me, I guess).

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Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale

10,000 Birds

As uncertain as the future may be, I’m sure we’re all ready to bid farewell to the year 2020.

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What Was Your First Bird of 2021?

10,000 Birds

It’s 2021! What was your first bird of the year? Hopefully it will start off a year with vaccines for all and a beginning of a return to normalcy. This year, 2021, has to be better than the dumpster fire that was 2020, right? Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew!

Pat’s Costa Rica Bird List, 2021

10,000 Birds

2021 is already well underway, are you birding? I hope so because watching a flock of redpolls bound through wintery airs that echo with the calls of crows is nature connection magic. Tracking the soaring of a Bateleur in hot African skies is a lifetime gift.

“The Pines of Florence”: Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico (2018)

10,000 Birds

One of the nice things about winter finch irruptions is that they usually take place across two calendar years, allowing ardent listers to tick the very same species in January for their new year lists as they saw in the final weeks of the previous year.

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Of Tree I Sing

10,000 Birds

As anyone who knows quality photography can tell, I am not the sort of birder who tends to stay in one place for long. There are no photographic hides or tripods for me.

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A Slacker’s Guide to Bird Photography (Part One)

10,000 Birds

It always surprises me when people compliment my photographs. As I have often commented on this site, I started taking photos of birds only to improve the accuracy of my IDs. And while I put more effort into taking decent photos than I used to, I still don’t do the hard stuff.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2021)

10,000 Birds

So many different factors contribute to the quality and quantity of a birding adventure that one would be hard-pressed to predict the very best time to watch birds in a particular area beyond a vague three or four week window.

Mexico Beat BBOTY

10,000 Birds

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years… Oh, who am I kidding? 2020 was the worst of years, through and through. And there were moments during the year when I thought birding was a lost cause.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2021)

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During the second weekend of the year, even common birds still carry their luster. Enjoy that feeling while you can, because we are still months away from migration! While I sought rarities on the western edge of Rochester this weekend, I came up with entirely common species.

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Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

10,000 Birds

The overwhelming sentiment in Christmas cards this year is that 2021 cannot come fast enough. Lock downs and restrictions have curbed our birding, so if you can summon any blessings to mind, count them instead.

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Bodegas Navarro Lopez Laguna de la Nava Gran Reserva (2013)

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I’m moving house at the end of this month, which provided a good opportunity for me to dig around my modest wine cellar – my basement, that is – for any older bottles of aging wine that might be ripe for enjoyment. I figure the less I have to pack, the better.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2021?

10,000 Birds

Has the dawning of a new year ever felt as glorious as this one? Not only do we symbolically leave the horrors of 2020 behind us, but we just as symbolically wipe clean our year list to refresh our appreciation of even our most common birds.

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A new year, new life and new hope….

10,000 Birds

After spending Christmas Day birding around Broome and observing 92 species we spent the week making a mental note of what bird species were where. When you are planning to do a list exactly one week apart it is constantly on your mind.

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Feijoa muffins with jelly recipes

Green Prophet

Some spoon the flesh out to eat, some peel the fruit. It’s also known as the pineapple guava. Sweet, musky feijoa fruit (Latin name: Acca sellowiana) is native to the southern highlands of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

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Our Best Birds of 2020

10,000 Birds

2020 will be remembered as a year that we’d like to forget. COVID-19 was the worst of it but we also endured horrific wildfires, tremendously damaging hurricanes, another year of the worst President of the United States in history, and the list could go on ad infinitum.

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Saudi women take to the skies

Green Prophet

A government decision breaks the norms by allowing women to work as cabin crew. Despite Saudi activists going to prison for women’s rights , Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) over the weekend opened the door for Saudi women to work as flight attendants for the first time.

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Choosing the Right Berkey Filter System Size

Green Prophet

Remember the tale of Goldilocks? She tried out a few different options until the porridge, the chair and bed fit her just right. Berkey Filters offers several different water filter system sizes for just the right fit in any situation, but there’s no need to be a modern day Goldilocks.

Israeli air purifier could bring Japan’s karaoke back to life

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Aura Air signs $30 million deal to supply Japanese market with air purifying system, which has proven to be 99.99% effective in killing COVID-19 . An air filtration and disinfection system developed in Israel that kills viruses could bring Japan’s ailing karaoke industry back to life.

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Locusts and Oriental Pratincoles around Broome

10,000 Birds

Although we have not had a lot of rain recently there has been enough to turn the dry dusty landscape into a lush green environment. We often think about how deceiving it would have been to the early explorers that came to the north of Australia during the wet season.

7 tips for an eco-friendly home makeover 

Green Prophet

We all want to do our bit for the environment and the first place you can start is with your home. A few changes here and there can lower your carbon footprint, reduce your emissions and make your living space a little greener for all. .

What Is Desertification and Why Should You Fight Against It

Green Prophet

Projected Mars Science City village, United Arab Emirates. Desertification has, according to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), affected the lives of as many as 1.5 billion people, and in the next half-century, will displace around 135 million.

Oxford says Africa’s not going green this decade

Green Prophet

New research from the University of Oxford predicts that total electricity generation across the African continent will double by 2030, with fossil fuels continuing to dominate the energy mix – posing potential risk to global climate change commitments. .