Birds, Birding and Economic Gains on a Restored Coast

Nature Conservancy - Science

The restoration process took many years  from the 1998 feasibility assessment to its completion in 2007. Were excited the Conservancy can play a key role in pushing forward projects that have these great benefits for people and nature.. Piping plover chick. Photo by the U.S.

Is Green Infrastructure Doomed to Underinvestment, Just Like Our Grey Infrastructure?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Government is typically the solution to this collective action problem, but often governments desire to please people in the short-term with, for instance lower taxes outweighs their motivation to provide a common good like a functioning bridge a decade or two in the future.

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How to Green Your Lighting

The Green Changemakers

Economically speaking, they’re a great deal, too. Do-It-Yourself We’re always encouraging people to take matters into their own hands. So much great eco-innovation comes when people create the things they can’t find elsewhere. What’s the Big Deal?

GPI, GNH, GCH: True Indicators of Progress

The Green Changemakers

It adds up any economic activity, that is, the total market value of all final goods and services produced, regardless of whether or not they contribute to people's happiness. That is because, as part of measuring national economic growth, the GDP also counts up the medical cost for those who suffer, for example, from asthma due to soot and smoke, and the overtime work hours of police devoted to investigating heinous crimes. Progress should be people-oriented."

The Hi-Tech Gift Economy

The Green Changemakers

Lots of people, in and out of the church, suffered on a daily basis without any "safety nets" between them and poverty. New Testament Christianity forever becomes our model of a people who took care of its own, who breathed life into the teaching of Jesus that "To whom much is given, much is also required." This is a system which, like conventional currencies and national economies, can be abused and can damage people. Tags: Economics

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

The Green Changemakers

With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." Link: [link] When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin.

Sustainable Technology Education Project

The Green Changemakers

The Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP) aims to increase people's awareness of sustainable technology, enabling them to recognise the economic, environmental and social impacts of their own technology choices. General What is sustainability?

A Benefit of the Conservation Reserve Program: Paying Farmers to Grow Clean Water

Nature Conservancy - Science

The program has been implemented across the US, at its peak in 2007 restoring approximately 37 million acres. And in August of 2014 500,000 people in Toledo went without water when a nutrient-fueled algal bloom made water from Lake Erie too toxic to drink.

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Micro-Financed Straw Houses For Pakistan Are Quake-Proof

Green Prophet

After the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (PAKSBAB) was set up to protect people’s homes against extreme weather conditions. Twice as energy efficient as a conventional house, straw bale makes for environmentally friendly earthquake-proof homes.

Chart: What Exactly (Cough) Is Beijing (Hack) Breathing? | Mother.

Mother Jones

15, 2013 3:01 AM PST Tweet China's landlocked capital of 20 million people has experienced record-breaking pollution over the last few days. Bloomberg News found that heart attacks roughly doubled since Friday at Peking University People's Hospital. (H/t 2007 December.

The department of economics has been so successful at recruiting majors that we want to double the number of students that are forced to major in economics

Environmental Economics

The current requirement, set by the state's sweeping 2007 green energy law, is 0.2 In my mind a successful industry is producing a product that people WANT to buy. As always, I'd rather we consider success in the economically appropriate manner (i.e.,

The Economics of Desire

The Green Changemakers

First, just a little history of how we got to this current economic consequence. The current economic crisis has its roots in the housing bubble that peaked in 2006, when many "subprime" lenders offered mortgages with low teaser rates to borrowers who were not qualified to repay them. Beginning in early 2007, these "subprime" lenders began to collapse. In August of 2007, two Bear Stearns hedge funds filed for bankruptcy after sustaining heavy mortgage-related losses.

Could Nemo Inspire More Dubious Climate Change Coverage.

Mother Jones

Already, thousands of flights have been canceled and people are scrambling to stock up on emergency supplies. Therefore, the relationship between climate variability and the opinion data may arise not solely from people viewing weather or climate anomalies as proof or disproof of climate change, but from the anomalies serving as a reminder of the issue of climate change and as “hooks” for opinion articles. 2007 December. Skip to Navigation. Skip to Content.

How Many Birders Are There, Really?

10,000 Birds

Fish & Wildlife Service released “ Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis.” The report even stated that it was using a “conservative definition” of “birder,” suggesting that there were perhaps more than 47 million birders generating even greater economic impact. There were similar FWS studies using similar methodologies with similar findings in 2007 and 2003. Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon.

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Alternative generation: disenfranchised youth look to co-ops for work

Green (Living) Review

"Young people are starting to realise that, as long as we continue to fight each other for unpaid or underpaid work, then we remain incredibly powerless. Currently 18% of young people aged 16 to 24 are unemployed , compared with the overall national figure of 7%.

Education for Rural People

The Green Changemakers

[link] This ERP Tool kit provides education and training materials for rural teachers, technicians, instructors, trainers, parents, researchers, extensionists and others involved in formal and non formal education for rural people. The Tool Kit draws on the experience, knowledge and skills of a wide range of experts involved in fields relevant to Education for Rural People and these technical inputs have been acknowledged.

Climate change likely fuelled the Syrian conflict, study claims

Green Blog

The drought was one of the worst in the country’s modern history and lasted from 2007 to 2010. With no end in sight, the Syrian war has left more than 200,000 people dead and about 11 million people have been displaced from their homes.

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“Green Economics”: Turning Mainstream Thinking on Its Head

The Green Changemakers

He said, “You people and all your stupid rules—you’re trying to turn this place into a desert!” That’s especially true about mainstream economics, which is based in part on ideas that made a lot of sense at some point in the last 250 years but that have outlived their time and usefulness. But in recent decades, economics theoreticians and researchers have suggested a variety of reforms that would make economics truer, greener, and more sustainable.

All the people, so many people.

Eco_Living

Others, like George Monbiot, argue that constant economic growth will always wipe out technofixes and that we should start thinking about 'sufficiency' of our income to augment the 'efficiency' of technology. Firstly, most people (me included!) Secondly, the current pensions crisis is being caused by a bulge in the number of older people with relatively few people of working age to pay for their upkeep.

Negative space

Environmental Economics

This year has been stomach-churning for the people who make their living in the arcane world of trading emissions permits. s, has been both unstable and under sharp downward pressure this year because of a huge oversupply and a stream of bad political and economic news.

NASA’s Before and After Images of Iran’s Shrinking Lake Urmia

Green Prophet

Before and after images captured by the Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite demonstrate how the lake shrunk 4 meters between August 25, 1998 and August 13, 2011, which doesn’t bode well for the 76 million people who live within its 500km radius.

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Tips on Conserving Energy and Saving Money

Green Home Blog

In spite of the fact that economists called the recent United States recession (December 2007 to June 2009) over, economic forecasts continue to decline, taking their losses from recent housing starts and persistent unemployment. Of course, one must remember that ‘official’ economists are encouraged to look on the bright side, lest people panic and start hoarding.

Ecological unequal exchange is helping Europe maintain its leading role, greenhouse gases and overconsumption

Green Blog

It can help put out the air on a few misleading claims about our so-called postmodern western societies and help people understand that Europe is at the top because of ecological imperialism and an ecologically unequal exchange in the world-system. 2007).”Rethinking 2007).

Knowledge Problem: CO2 emission reductions: fracking, recession, renewables?

Environmental Economics

Lynne Kiesling: Several people have pointed out the remarkable fact that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion have fallen almost to 1995 levels. percent less than in 2007 when they hit their peak level. IER identifies the main hypotheses for this reduction: economic recession reduces energy use, high oil prices reduce petroleum consumption, switching from coal to natural gas for electricity generation, and some switching to renewables for electricity generation.

Can Traditional Agriculture Restore the Reef?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Traditional taro cultivation provides many ecological and economic benefits. In 2007, a project was begun by local non-profit Kākoʻo ʻOiwi and supported by The Nature Conservancy to restore land in He’eia to taro cultivation. “To And people aren’t the only ones benefiting.

GREYWATER USE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues

The Green Changemakers

GREYWATER USE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Technical, Social, Economic and Policy Issues Edited by Stephen McIlwaine and Mark Redwood Practical Action/CSBE/ IDRC 2010 ISBN 978-1-85339-698-4 e-ISBN 978-1-55250-466-6 200 pp. Can local people accept greywater technology?

CHART: Which Kills More Birds, Cats or Turbines? | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Court Finds Biologist Guilty of Poisoning Cats The latest (and strangest) move in the epic face-off between cat people and bird people. 2007 December. Inspiring, relevant, smart audiobooks: sustainability, progressive economics, health, engaging fiction.

If You Don’t Invest in Your Water Supply, Someone Else Will and It Won’t Be Pretty

Nature Conservancy - Science

Before the water can flow from your tap, your local water utility has to make sure it is free of contaminants that could make people sick. Ecological Economics 2008: 685-698. Water purification systems at Bret Lake, Switzerland. Photo © Rama/Wikimedia through a Creative Commons license.

Recovery: Bats with Your Tequila

Nature Conservancy - Science

A chupacabra is a half-man, half-bat critter said to emerge from dark places (only during times of economic hardship) to exsanguinate goats and sheep. In ten minutes I turn people around, and they come from enemies of bats to defenders.

Conservation and Food Security: The $115 Billion Question

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yes, a weedy-looking wild cowpea vine will struggle to compete with a black rhino on charisma, but have we asked the tens of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa who depend on cowpea, which they value the conservation of more? Economic and environmental benefits of biodiversity.

North Africa Coast Will Rise 60 Percent More than Previous Projection: New Study

Green Prophet

In 2007, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that global sea levels would rise between 8 inches and two feet over the next century. The Nile Delta region is home to approximately half of Egypt’s 80 million people.

The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels

Environmental Economics

Got a question about environmental economics? Recent Comments John Whitehead on What I did today instead of blogging Rene Salinas on What I did today instead of blogging Timtaylor Home on My name is Kingof Socks Tim Haab on How is economics like Fight Club?

Energy Sprawl is the Largest Driver of Land Use Change in the U.S.

Nature Conservancy - Science

Most people recognize that air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions are a significant problem associated with energy development. New land area impacted from energy development in the United States between 2007 and 2011 (top bars) and between 2012 and 2040 under four EIA scenarios.

Tehran Residents Complain About Air Pollution and Water Quality

Green Prophet

In Iranian society, this awareness is in shadow of political, economic and social issues, which look more substantial to people. Architecture & Urban air pollution cars economic development environmental awareness politics Tehran water quality

Access to water should not be a public right, Nestlé CEO

Green (Living) Review

Watch his statements in this video here: [link] In other words he thinks that his company should be able to make lots of money from selling water, whether in bottles or otherwise, to people.

Egypt’s 1st Private Wind Farm To Power More Boring Brown Buildings

Green Prophet

The country’s architectural aesthetic has been replaced with a desperate effort to accommodate 85 million people on a shoestring budget. Following the revolution in January, Egypt’s overall economic health has plummeted.

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Development: Time to leave GDP behind

The Green Changemakers

Dethroning GDP When GDP was instituted seven decades ago, it was a relevant signpost of progress: increased economic activity was credited with providing employment, income and amenities to reduce social conflict and prevent another world war. Adjusted economic measures.

Citizen Science Tuesday: BeeSpotter

Nature Conservancy - Science

I hope that people will provide bee-friendly habitat, especially nectar and water sources and nesting sites,” says Harrison. “If If a lot of people do even just a little of this, the overall effect can be a big help to the bees.” .

The G-Word

Sightline Daily

We need government to solve our biggest problems, but most people actively distrust government. Carbon markets, many citizens believe, will become as rife with fraud as were mortgage-backed securities in 2007; all arguments to the contrary seem to bounce off this conviction.

Courting Families in Portland

Sightline Daily

Then zoning codes started requiring off-street parking along with new housing, and neighborhoods started getting asphalt and garages instead of nice spaces for people. When we moved into our house 10 years ago, no one on our street had kids. Now, there are eight on our side alone.