April, 2018

Hummer Time

10,000 Birds

Angela Minor has lived, traveled, and birded from the southern U.S. to the Rocky Mountains and beyond, Alaska, throughout the Caribbean, and in seven countries in Europe.

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I took the "Peacock Hall Energy Challenge"!

Environmental Economics

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Giraffes Are in Trouble, and You Can Help

Nature Conservancy - Science

Reticulated giraffe populations have declined 70 percent since the 1990s. Here’s a free and easy way to help, without leaving your computer. Citizen Science Wildlife Camera Traps Endangered Species Mammals Research Technology Try This

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Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First of all it also must be said that “zero waste” is a myth itself. There is no such thing as “zero waste”. It will never be possible.

Veganism as a Matter of Justice: A Short Reply to the Welfarists

Eccorazzi

Guest Post by Gary L. Francione.

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Why You Need Insect Houses for the Garden?

Greentumble

A garden buzzing with insects – for some. the equivalent of health and prosperity, for others a nightmare bringing many sleepless nights in fear of unwanted pest infestation. But the abundance of insects is not always a reason to worry.

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Two reactions on hearing that Steve Howell and Brian Sullivan have written a guide entitled Peterson Guide to Bird Identification–in 12 Steps : (1) What? Another identification guide?, (2) 2) Who? An identification guide by Steven N. Howell and Brian L. Sullivan? This should be interesting.

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Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

Nature Conservancy - Science

New science shows that restoring healthy coastal habitats – like marshes and oyster reefs – is an extremely cost-effective solution for reducing those risks. Climate Change From the Field Ideas Nature Tech Adaptation Climate Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Oceans

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Rekindling our connection to print and paper

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have always been a paper guy – preferring to sit down with a good book in hand, not a digital device. And on the writing side, at least as far as notes and drafts of articles, etc., are concerned a pen & paper guy.

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France’s ban of faux-meat branding won’t stop veganism

Eccorazzi

France has banned the use of terms traditionally associated with meat in describing vegetarian or vegan products, no matter how clear the branding or description. So long, seitan steaks…hello, barbecued seitan slabs.

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Malawi Plants 60 Million Trees This Year Alone

Greentumble

Malawi has planted over 60 million tree. seedlings this tree planting season, according to recent statistics released by Forestry department of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

10,000 Birds

Central America is much smaller than the land encompassed within the borders of Canada and the USA.

Scorecard is in and it looks like conservation is losing

Environmental Economics

The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill.    It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits. 

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How a Black Bear Wakes Up from a Long Winter’s Nap

Nature Conservancy - Science

A black bear spends the winter without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. And yet it emerges strong as ever. Wildlife Mammals Nature Pop Research

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The state of Yugoslavia stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The aim of the US government, through the CIA and proxy-warriors of the CIA, was to eliminate the state of Yugoslavia as a geopolitical power factor, as a regional power.

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The honey debate: there’s no room for exploitation

Eccorazzi

Another day, another “vegan” defending honey. There seems to be a misguided argument floating around that honey isn’t really “that bad” in comparison to other forms of exploitation.

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The Role of Green Manure in Soil Fertility

Greentumble

We can be only as healthy as our soils are. Once our soils lose their fertility, we lose our ability to cultivate crops and plants we need to sustain our good health.

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Week 12: Wrapping up New Zealand, and Tiritiri

10,000 Birds

After nearly 8 weeks here in New Zealand, the sun is setting on our visit. This amazing group of islands, is without a doubt, enchanting and beautiful. The local New Zealand people, across the board have been the most hospitable, welcoming folks I have ever met.

Teaching environmental economics with mini-research projects

Environmental Economics

My sophomore level environmental and resource econ course has a research component. The students are required to write an abstract suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference.

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Six Ways Sound Data is Changing Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

The world is a noisy place — and scientists can use that sound to help protect wildlife and wild places. Acoustic recorders are like audible camera traps, capturing bird song, frog calls, insect stridulations, bat or marine mammal echolocation, and […]. Nature Tech Bioacoustics

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Don't try to impress people with what you can buy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't try to impress people with what you can buy. Instead impress them – or at least try to impress them – with what you can do and make. Make from natural materials, from trash, and whatever, and thus don't have to buy.

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San Francisco bans fur, continues exploitation

Eccorazzi

San Francisco has become the largest U.S. city to ban the sale of fur, following in the tracks of cities like West Hollywood and Berkeley, who take no stance on the sale of meat or dairy… or most other forms of exploitation.

How to Calculate Rooftop Solar Panels Payback Period – A Comprehensive Guide

Greentumble

When rooftop solar panels were first. introduced to the world, they were largely just another neat toy for the reach but not practical for the masses due to their massive upfront costs.

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Week Ten: A little less travel

10,000 Birds

For any of you that read my posting last week, you know that I am hanging around here on the North Island of New Zealand, and all forward progress has stalled once we arrived here at Whananaki.

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What should a reviewer do when the journal increases the costs of providing a review?

Environmental Economics

It has gone down something like this: Get a review assignment from a journal. Am unable to login to the journal website to retrieve the paper. Find out that the journal has created two accounts for me. Journal sends me the paper to review via email. Can't login to submit my review.

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Earth Optimism: 9 Reasons to Feel Positive About the Planet

Nature Conservancy - Science

For Earth Week, here are 9 reasons for optimism and hope. Ideas Nature Pop Top 10

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All you need is one

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “A man with one watch knows what time it is. The man with two is not quite sure.” Unknown So many homes are clogged with duplicate items, which are supposed to make things easier, but end up contributing to clutter and cost.

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Why Everyone should Start a YouTube Channel.

Elephant Journal

There’s no more valuable skill, in my experience, than being able to speak the truth under immense pressure. It’s saved my ass many times.

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Connecting Multiple Solar Panels – Series vs. Parallel

Greentumble

To design a solar PV system.

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eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

10,000 Birds

According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots.

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The carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade Teutul meme | via @DrShewmake

Environmental Economics

In case you are wondering:  The 'American Chopper' meme featuring Paul Teutul and son, explained

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What Does the Fish Say?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Some fish species use sound to communicate, and these vocalizations could be key for scientists studying both fish and their freshwater ecosystems. Fish & Fisheries Bioacoustics Fish Fisheries Research

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Drinking the hipster way

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There definitely was a time when you used a jam jar or other glass jar as a drinking vessel you were looked down upon and was surely regarded as being seriously poor or a strange eccentric.

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Not All Bioenergy is Carbon Neutral

Conservancy Talk

Earlier this month the EPA released a policy paper that declared forest biomass a carbon neutral source of energy. Under the right circumstance, that can be true. The trouble is, a blanket policy that treats every burned limb and leaf as carbon neutral—without regard to science—won’t suffice.

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Concerned about endangered animals? Stop eating them

Eccorazzi

Several rare-breed species of animals are facing extinction after humans have spent the last few centuries eating them and some have proposed a solution: eat more of these animals. The Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) publishes an annual list of endangered British farm animals.

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Western Serbia, or Griffons in the raspberries

10,000 Birds

Morning at the slopes of Mt. Povlen, a quick stop filled with a song that sounds familiar, but I haven’t heard it since last year. Checking it on my phone – yes, it is an Ortolan Bunting ! Our destination lies further west, along the Drina River, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia.

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How are the economy (and environment) doing--without reference to politics?

Environmental Economics

Since most of the major news outlets (CNN, MSNBC, FOX, Drudge (?),) spend all of their time having partisan shouting matches, I thought I would update everyone on some ongoing economic and environmental trends, without mentioning or crediting or discrediting the contribution to those trends by any particular President past or present. 

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