August, 2019

Reuse and Repair

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. What happened? What happened? Simple.

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

10,000 Birds

Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Yellow Stripey Stingy Things

Indigenize

Here's a useful guide to all wasp-like beings. All My Relations Spiritual Ecopsychology bees field guide nature wasps

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Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

I'm just going to leave this here. I have no idea where to start.  POET announced today it will idle production at its bioprocessing facility in Cloverdale, IN due to recent decisions by the Administration regarding SREs.

Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Everyone knows pollinators are in trouble, but almost all the attention is on non-native honey bees. Wildlife Nature-based Solutions

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Lightyear Leadership

Blue Earth

I am a new advisor to Lightyear Leadership and the company is transforming people and organizations with a growth mindset via the Lightyear Hub and consulting services. Organizations implementing Lightyear include Lululemon, Earls Restaurants, Stance and of course here at Longboard Capital. If you are ready to dig deep and do the work to create a future for yourself, your family and colleagues that would not have otherwise existed, check out www.lightyear.co

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Ashkelon’s Sand Sculpture Festival Brings International Artists To Its Beaches

Green Prophet

The port town of Ashkelon has been known for its strategic importance throughout history, and indeed since pre-history. You read of Ashkelon as archaeologists excavate neolithic artifacts and stroll through time as its story unfolds.

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Cork Accessories: Renewable, Waterproof, Biodegradable and Chic

Eco Chic

Eve Cork Bags Bora Tote. After spotting a gorgeous cork handbag at Brooklyn Flea (which was just a one-off by a handbag designer there), I have become a bit obsessed with the material. It’s not just for wedges/heels anymore, but a natural material with a soft touch and an understated pattern.

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Boyle and Kotchen: The Need for More (Not Less) External Review of Economic Analysis at the U.S. EPA

Environmental Economics

Abstract:  Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made significant changes to the way it conducts economic analyses of regulatory actions.

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A Field Guide to Commonly Misidentified Mammals

Nature Conservancy - Science

Never cry wolf when it’s a coyote, and other common wildlife cases of mistaken identity. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

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Theory U - Leading From the Emerging Future

The Green Changemakers

Leading Change in Times of Disruption: Learn how to lead change in social systems by exploring two root questions of creativity: Who is my Self? What is my Work?

Bread Baked With 5000-Year-Old Yeast

Green Prophet

Physicist and video-game inventor Seamus Blackley enjoys studying Egyptology and baking sourdough bread. That’s not all he does. Recently, he succeeded in physically traveling through time.

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Urban Birding in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Costa Rica is well known for national parks and other protected areas than offer access to tropical ecosystems dripping with biodiversity. Lots of birds, a lot of really cool birds! The Emerald Tanager is one of those cool ones.

How Women’s Rights and Environmental Destruction Go Hand-in-Hand

Eco Chic

(Image courtesy of Pixabay). We’ve got it all wrong — Our efforts to conquer nature have brought us to the brink of ecological collapse. And that’s inextricably tied to the long-abusive relationship between men and women.

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Martin Weitzman: 1942 - 2019

Environmental Economics

Here is his Wikipedia page: [link]. And here is Rob Stavins on twitter: It is painful for me to convey the sad news that my Harvard colleague, mentor, and friend, Marty Weitzman, died unexpectedly yesterday.

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A Night With the Platypus Scientist

Nature Conservancy - Science

Trapping for platypus is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. A very adorable needle. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Conservation Science Endangered Species Mammal Watching Urban Conservation

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Birds Expected and Unexpected at Calle Jocote, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In January, we moved to a new place at a slightly lower elevation yet still located in the Central Valley rather near the main airport. As with any home inhabited by birders, we have kept track of all species heard or seen, night and day.

The Top 25 Target Birds to Look for in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

“Target birds” The term can foster excitement but is easily contentious. It would be uber cool to lay eyes on a rare lifer, on species that only seem to live on the pages of a field guide but isn’t that somewhat discriminatory? Aren’t all birds worth watching?

Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

10,000 Birds

Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean. Oh, the joys of slipping through the pages of a new book that has just arrived, the Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle and Sharpe. I am checking the References and one name, expectedly, stands out: Bond, J.

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"Here's what it could cost for America to buy Greenland"

Environmental Economics

If history is any guide, the autonomous Danish territory is worth at least $1 billion. In 1946, the United States offered Denmark $100 million in gold to buy Greenland, according to documents in the US National Archives. That's equivalent to $1.3 billion today, taking inflation into account.

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Today's "Moment of Happiness"

Environmental Economics

This is a good one for the beginning of the semester: “The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.” -- Adam Smith,  The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

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Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

10,000 Birds

It’s never too late or too early to buy a children’s book about birds.

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers near Tucson

10,000 Birds

South East Arizona is known for some truly amazing birding, and another one of the specialties that this area is known for is the Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher – Myiodynasters luteiventris.

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"Marty Weitzman, In Memoriam"

Environmental Economics

Gernot Wagner: Weitzman the scholar will be remembered for many towering intellectual achievements. Marty the teacher, colleague, and friend will live on in our hearts, as generous with his time and devoted to making life better for all.

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What is the effect of self-citations on the rankings of economists?

Environmental Economics

From the inbox ( Data is Plural 2019.08.28 edition ): Citations and self-citations.  A team led by meta-research pioneer  John Ioannidis  has  developed a dataset  of  citation metrics for science’s 100,000 most-cited authors.

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AAA: "National gas price average for Labor Day on track to be cheapest in three years.

Environmental Economics

Something good is coming out of the trade war (if you think lower gas prices that might lead to more driving is a good thing): At $2.59, the national gas price average is poised to be potentially the cheapest Labor Day weekend average in three years.

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Cathy Kling: Polluting Farmers Should Pay

Environmental Economics

The subtitle is " Fertilizer runoff is making us sick. States can step in to regulate farmers. " " It's interesting that we're hoping states, not the federal government, will do the dirty work of telling farmers that they are making people sick. 

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Virtue signaling

Environmental Economics

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Quote of the day: Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

Environmental Economics

“You get to a point where, if enough companies are with California, then what the Trump administration is doing is moot,” said Alan Krupnick, an economist with Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan energy and environment research organization. via www.nytimes.com.

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Where highlands meet lowlands

10,000 Birds

I haven’t done much birding during the past few decades in my native United States. But I suspect that it is very difficult there to find a prime site that someone else hasn’t already discovered.

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Analogue vs. digital birding

10,000 Birds

Looking at a photo of a dozen birders on a Colombia tour, it stroke me that they were either using binoculars or cameras. Not a single one was using a scope. Okay, this was a shorter distance observation, but even in such situations I love to see birds through the scope.

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Pied Oystercatcher chicks four weeks on….

10,000 Birds

It has been a few years since I could share some good news about the Pied Oystercatchers breeding along the coast near Broome. Hopefully you won’t mind me writing a bit more this year about Pied Oystercatchers during the breeding season!

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Video on Approaches to Externalities

Environmental Economics

Here's a video that reviews approaches to negative externalities. It is truly a review--students should have some familiarity with the externality story before watching it.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2019)

10,000 Birds

As we enter the latter half of August, most of us probably feel like we’re speeding out of a very special season while speeding towards another season perhaps equally as special. Just try to enjoy the journey!

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Montezuma Winery: Red Wing

10,000 Birds

It’s often said that the native wild grape varieties of the New World– of the species Vitis riparia , Vitis labrusca , Vitis aestivalis , and Vitis rupestris – are ill-suited to winemaking in the European tradition. In fact, that claim may have even been repeated here on this page just last week.

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Attack of the Hooligan Bluebird

10,000 Birds

All my birding life, I had heard about certain birds going to battle with their images reflected by windows and mirrors. But it wasn’t until April of this year that it happened to me. Or rather, to my car… which suffered the fierce attack of a Hooligan Bluebird.

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So I went to the beach

10,000 Birds

My wife hates heat. And, alas, heat is one thing Mexico’s Pacific coast has in excess.

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