The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

10,000 Birds

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. This spending supports economic activity throughout the local economy. Much of this economic activity is due to birding.

2019 284

Fulfilling Water Needs as Big as Texas

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Pedernales may not be your picture of a Texas river. Texas’s Water Challenge. Right now, water demand outstrips water supply in Texas, a problem that is only projected to get worse as the state’s population is expected to double by 2050. The Texas Water Explorer.

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Sargassu--A Potential Economic Disaster?

Environmental Economics

A slimy, brown monster, after slithering free of the Bermuda Triangle, is devouring beaches from Florida to Texas and the Caribbean. It’s not the plot of a bad science fiction movie, although it involves a whole lot of bad science — just zero fiction. It’s big, it’s unstoppable, it sometimes disappears only to return. And the powers that be want to keep this threat under wraps.

See kids, economics is fun!

Environmental Economics

Most of the generation is from wind projects in six states, but the unit has seven solar farms in North Carolina and others in Texas, Arizona and Florida.

The Frontier of Renewable Energy: Texas?

Eco Friendly Daily

Texas is the home of oil, steaks, cattle and George W. It is not the place where you would see a lot of renewable energy, but these are strange times and it seems that California is not the home of renewable energy, Texas is.

Economics of Natural Hazards on the Moore, OK Tornado

Environmental Economics

  I live in North Texas and have seen my share of tornadoes.  Here is a link to Kevin and Dan's book, Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes Kevin Simmons: I was interviewed on Bloomberg Friday.    The video link is here.

Environmental Economics: Price Gouging! Congress must do something.

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?

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Now, how can we get them to say "I'm not an economist" whenever the topic of economics comes up?

Environmental Economics

Or banning Texas road crews from ever saying “dead armadillo.”. Gail Collins: in Florida, there’s a report that state employees have been barred from using the term “climate change.”. Since Florida is drowning in rising tides, you’d think this would be a tough rule to follow. It would be like telling prosecutors in New York not to mention the term “indicted state legislator.”

2015 148

Clean Energy: Making Better Economic Sense and Keeping the Heat On During the Polar Vortex

Sierra Club Compass

This happened back in the summer of 2011, too, when the Texas grid was overloaded due to excessive heat. Clean energy continues to make the news nationwide as solar and wind power continue expanding at an exponential rate.   "Solar is a better deal."

South African Archbishop unites U.S. and African corporations to announce the Economic Empowerment Partnership

Green (Living) Review

Thabo Makgoba, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, will come to the United States to officially announce the Winds of Change Economic Empowerment Partnership. being used as economic resources but not for their own benefit.

Will Qatar’s Passivhaus Baytna experiment perform in intense heat?

Green Prophet

A team from the Texas A&M University at Qatar will monitor and analyze the families’ energy use and water consumption, and track performance of equipment and materials used in each of the houses.

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Galveston: After the Oil Spill

Conservancy Talk

Fountain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Laura Huffman is director of The Nature Conservancy in Texas. Gulf of Mexico coastal marine oil spill shorebirds Texas A bird oiled by the Galveston spill. Photo: © Chase A.

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How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

Conservancy Talk

The team looked at a Dow facility on Texas’ Gulf coast. Dow wanted to reduce the amount of air pollution around that same Texas facility, so our teams worked with university researchers to study site-specific solutions. Show us the data.

Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

Behavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation. We have done this by putting the value of coastal habitats in economic terms. The DOW Chemical plant in Freeport, Texas.

2017 82

The environmental record of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry

Green Blog

Rick Perry is an religious, right-wing conservative who currently is the Governor of Texas. When Perry campaigned for Governor in Texas last year he was labeled as one of the twelve dirties state office candidates in the country by the Texas League of Conservation Voters.

2011 90

Is it ironic?

Environmental Economics

Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming , but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change. I think so: Gov.

2014 157

"Climate Change’s Bottom Line"

Environmental Economics

Hsiang, an economic policy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley — present their findings. Among their conclusions if the status quo persisted: Climate change would increase energy demand in Texas by between 3.4

A bit of Land Grant University history

Environmental Economics

Many of those universities became known as “A&M” schools, like Texas A&M.   That is one reason why it was so special to be invited to give the the 30th annual Rod Ziemer lecture Thursday, April 7 in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia. Ziemer wrote more articles than any other agricultural economics graduate student.

2016 143

When was the last time you saw "permanent income hypothesis" in the news?

Environmental Economics

Today: While few outside of Texas and North Dakota are complaining about this huge savings that consumers have enjoyed since energy prices began falling last summer, economists have been stumped recently trying to figure out exactly what consumers are doing with the windfall. A more fundamental explanation [the] reluctance to spend now is what’s known in economics as the permanent income hypothesis, developed by Milton Friedman when he was at the University of Chicago in the 1950s.

2015 148

Another fracking fight

Environmental Economics

No city in Texas has ever come close to passing such a measure. The debate in Denton echoes themes heard in communities around the country, pitting economic arguments like job creation and school funding against quality-of-life and environmental concerns like noise, traffic, fumes and fears that fracking might endanger local water supplies. Many Texans have long held the oil and gas industry as dear to their hearts as a prairie range full of feeding cattle.

2014 155

My eBird 10th Anniversary

10,000 Birds

Birding trips to Florida , New Mexico , and Texas are obvious too. Texas and Florida round out the Top 5. Moreover, it contributes to science (and economics ) and the price is right.

2019 164

Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

10,000 Birds

” So, it is established: this is a film about migrant birds and the people who work to protect them in south Texas and northern Mexico. The first shot of Birders is of a helicopter.

2019 275

Super Creative Organic Urban Gardens Around the World: Who Needs Biotech?

Green (Living) Review

Even in one of this country’s most economically depressed cities, where unemployment rates are currently swollen to 14-17 percent, people are flourishing growing their own organic food.

The Controversy Surrounding Fracking Part II

Environmental News Network

Economic growth. In the United States, companies have struck natural gas gold in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania, the Bakken in North Dakota and the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin in Texas.

2013 85

A triumph of the notion of passive use values (and jobs in the Atlantic?)

Environmental Economics

The Obama administration moved Tuesday to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that could have a profound impact on the economic and environmental future of states from Virginia to Georgia. Why else would the government try to stop mining in Alaska?

2015 209

Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways

Green (Living) Review

According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab , one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers.

2016 136

Discover the Range of Hybrid Car Options

Eco Auto Ninja

With years of eco-friendly experience, this five-passenger hybrid is one of the most economical vehicles that doesn’t have to be plugged in. The catch is you have to live in one of the deregulated areas, like Texas for example.

Who says my students aren't engaged?

Environmental Economics

  In your Fall 2010 Environmental Economics graduate course, [student name] and I conducted a research project regarding Carbon Credit Trading Programs.    illustrates, the UN's carbon trading program is a wasteful sham with bureaucratic loopholes the size of Texas which allowed nation-states like China (among others) to exploit and manipulate the world's good intentions. From the inbox: Dr Whitehead.

Low Oil Prices = Less Oil Drilling

Sightline Daily

Drilling activity in North Dakota, home of the oil-rich Bakken Shale, shot through the roof, catapulting the Flickertail State (yes, that’s an actual nickname for North Dakota) into the #2 oil producing state in the country, second only to Texas.

Birding On The Cheap: Rio Grande Valley

10,000 Birds

But this winter I played it safe and booked a weekend away to a place that should not have a freak ice storm: the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas where I can grab great looks at birds like Crested Caracaras. so for me, you really can’t beat the birds for your buck in South Texas.

2012 265

"An Oklahoma Suburb, Tornado-Ready"

Environmental Economics

Not a bad deal, you might say, considering that an average of 64 tornadoes strike Oklahoma every year, behind only the considerably larger state of Texas, with 149, and Kansas, with 93, according to the federal government’s Storm Prediction Center. But research I did with Daniel Sutter, an economics professor at Troy University in Alabama, suggests this belief may be wrong.

Investing in green bonds with RE Royalties and Peter Leighton

Green Prophet

A solar park in Texas. Even despite the economic impact of Covid-19, the investment in renewables remains robust. Economically and environmentally it just makes sense. The year 2020 onwards will be the decade of action for renewable energy. Green bonds can help get us there.

2020 82

Time for Congress to Act and Save Clean Energy Jobs

Sierra Club Compass

  Despite all the economic and environmental benefits the wind industry provides nationwide, Congress allowed the wind Production Tax Credit to expire at the end of 2013. to be a clean energy leader, and the economic benefits of wind power are flowing to red and blue states.

While his own dang pants are on fire

Environmental Economics

Bachmann for their poor grades in science class ("here is the Texas governor rejecting the science of climate change while his own state is on fire ") and then, in a surprising twist, turns his attention to economics: Not only has the science of climate change come under attack lately, so has the economics of green jobs. Thomas L. Friedman teases Gov. Perry and Rep.

2011 131

Surveying the Amazon Rainforest from the Sky

Nature Conservancy - Science

Researchers led by Varun Swamy are working to find out how climate change is impacting the phenology of the rainforest and to monitor the health of the huasaí palm population, an ecologically and economically important species.

2017 74

Advantages and Disadvantages of Monoculture Farming


By becoming specialized in producing only the most economical options, operating costs of farms decreased, and farm management became simpler as farmers could follow the same plans every growing season. It’s simply the most economical option. Farming is one of our oldest.

2019 102

Connect and Engage: Teaching about Today's Economy

The Green Changemakers

This African nation is twice the size of Texas and has a population of 11 million people. Tags: Economics Education Great Resources for Teaching from the Summer 2009 YES! Education Connection Newsletter Read the newsletter: Help Your Students Make Sense of the Economy Here are lessons plans and curriculum to help your students better understand the cause and effects of the current housing upheaval, the concepts of work (what kind of work is paid?)

2009 40

Discover the Range of Hybrid Car Options

Eco Auto Ninja

With years of eco-friendly experience, this five-passenger hybrid is one of the most economical vehicles that doesn’t have to be plugged in. The catch is you have to live in one of the deregulated areas, like Texas for example. Again, back to the Texas example, you could use sites like this one: [link] to shop electricity rates in Texas to find the best energy plan to fit your green lifestyle.

Why Stopping Urbanization Is Not Only Impossible, But Misses the Environmental Point

Nature Conservancy - Science

Every country, without exception, has urbanized as it has economically developed: a growing fraction of the population lives in cities as economies diversify from agriculture into other industries. Let’s stop urbanization: It’s a sentiment I’ve been hearing for years.

2016 80

Why Are Some in Congress Content to Let Wind Industry Jobs Blow Away?

Sierra Club Compass

Most Republican members of Congress are now under great pressure from the big polluters who are their big money campaign donors to actively oppose clean energy industries that have been an agent of economic growth in the nation generally and in rural Republican districts specifically.

Public Transportation: Benefits for the 21st Century

The Green Changemakers

Public transit's broad reach extends to all of America's communities, large and small, as it helps revitalize business districts, allows employers to tap into larger workforces, builds economic revenues and increases property values. Public transit's broad reach extends to all of America's communities, large and small, as it helps revitalize business districts, allows employers to tap into larger workforces, builds economic revenues and increases property values.

2008 40

World Responsible Tourism Day 2010

Green Traveler Guides

Hope we find solutions that allows us enhance economic benefits for local people, giving them a greater understanding of the many challenges we face today.

2010 196

As scientists sound the alarm on climate, a reason for hope

Sierra Club Compass

In contrast, wind and solar power held strong during this period and helped make up the shortfall in key markets like Texas and the Mid-Atlantic. When I look at my daughter -- and I know all parents feel this way -- I know I would do anything to keep her healthy and safe.

2014 114