September, 2019

Hummingbird Heaven

10,000 Birds

Central Mexico, where I live, has a monsoon climate. In other words, we tend to have heavy rains from late May or June through October, and little or no rains during the winter and spring. This means that most of our vegetation grows during the summer and flowers (and/or fruits) during the fall.

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Take the "What Are Things REALLY Worth?" survey!

Environmental Economics

I did and I'm only mildly traumatized (how in the world did this get past the IRB???): Stanford, CA —  How valuable are the things that money cannot buy? Dr. Tim Kane, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is running a week-long research survey to find out.

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Blue Earth

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Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy. One that our ancestors, and many not even that far removed, definitely had. It means asking of our things the only question we should ever ask of them: “Can you fulfill your intended use for me?”

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Hellbenders Need You to Stop Messing With Their Bedrooms

Nature Conservancy - Science

That streamside rock cairn you posted on Instagram? It’s killing ancient salamanders. From the Field Wildlife Conservation Science Herps

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10 Olives You Love To Eat

Green Prophet

Your supermarket or farmer’s market usually offers a good variety of olives. Juicy green, black, brown or purple olives glistening in their own oil.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2019)

10,000 Birds

Mid-September conjures up visions of migrating shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl all joining together under ideal natural lighting for one perfect moment of birding. Sometimes, that even happens.

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More Trending

Electrons vs. Molecules - Who’s Winning?

Blue Earth

Everywhere I turn electrons are making headway. Let’s compare the market value of two highly respected 21st Century founded companies, Facebook and Tesla. The ability to generate stockholder value falls clearly in the electron camp. Facebook, founded in 2004 has an Enterprise Value of $456B, while Tesla, founded in 2003 has an EV of $54B. Facebook, the company that primarily moves electrons around has an EV of 9x that of the metal-bender Tesla. Let’s look at a broader measure of this effect.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Agroforestry Systems and Practices

Greentumble

Trees have always been important part of the countryside. When traveling through rural areas anywhere in the world you will see trees incorporated into the landscape.

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Create Wildlife Habitat Around Your House

Nature Conservancy - Science

Tips and resources turn your yard into wildlife habitat – without bothering the neighbors. Wildlife Insects & Pollinators Plants Restoration

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The Olive, Its History

Green Prophet

Is there any fruit more evocative of the Mediterranean than an olive? We don’t know exactly where the first wild olive trees grew, although it’s speculated that they first appeared in Syria, Lebanon, or possibly Jordan.

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Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher

10,000 Birds

The coastal subspecies of California Gnatcatcher ( Polioptila californica californica ) can be found in sage scrub that was once abundant from Ventura County to northern Baja California. But its U.S.

Another daily demand and supply (two in one week!)

Environmental Economics

From the WSJ Micro Weekly Review (reviewed by Edward Scahill, University Of Scranton): Canada’s Oil Market Finds Outlet in U.S. Demand. By Vipal Monga | September 12, 2019. Summary: An increase in the demand for dense crude oil from the U.S.

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Flipping Clothing is Fun and Profitable—But What About the Fashion Ethics?

Eco Chic

Photo by Eneida Nieves from Pexels. Second-hand. Flipped. And perhaps my favorite, Pre-Loved. Whatever you call them, the market for clothes that make their way into the resale ecosystem is booming.

Pros and Cons of Organic Farming

Greentumble

Even though organic farming has been around since the Neolithic period, when our ancestors turned from hunters and gatherers to farmers, there is no doubt that it is experiencing a bit of a comeback in recent years.

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Nature Conservancy - Science

Drones deservedly have a bad reputation for terrifying wildlife, but it doesn’t have to be that way. From the Field Nature Tech Wildlife Robots, Drones & Infrared TNC Science

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5 Ways To Use Air-Conditioner Water

Green Prophet

If you run an air conditioner, you have a source of water. Considered grey water, the condensation dripping from the a/c drain hose is free of chlorine, fluoride, salt and chemicals found in tap or pool water. This condensate is a hidden boon that has many household uses.

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Hoping for Grasspipers in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In Costa Rica, sandpipers are locally known as “correlimos”, which to me sounds something along the lines of “little runners” and that sounds about right.

Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

Here is an example of two curves shifting (supply decrease, demand decrease): Fall typically brings lower gas demand, and the Energy Information Administration’s latest weekly report shows just that. For the week ending on September 13, demand dropped by 900,000 b/d from the previous week to 8.9

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Ecofeminism Explained (by Activists, Ecofeminists, and Me)

Eco Chic

Photo of Vandana Shiva via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of Ariel Salleh via YouTube screencapture. If you Google “Ecofeminism,” a lot of different stuff comes up. Some definitions will describe it as the destruction of nature in the name of profit, leading to women’s oppression.

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Conventional vs Sustainable Agriculture: Can Sustainable Agriculture Feed the World?

Greentumble

Agriculture has experienced a great transformation over the last three centuries. Our capacity to produce food from land has significantly improved as we adopted more intensive methods of crop cultivation.

A Field Guide to Elk Bugling

Nature Conservancy - Science

Enjoy one of fall’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the elk bugling season. Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

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Vertical Forests, A Practical Design For Humanizing Cities Again

Green Prophet

What on earth is a vertical forest? It’s a forest that doesn’t grow on the earth. It grows in troughs placed on the balconies of residential buildings, hotels, and parks, making huge urban green spaces that don’t take up ground space, but rise skyward.

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Broad-billed Sandpiper on Cable Beach

10,000 Birds

September is always an interesting month as we observe the shorebirds return to Broome from their northerly migration. The shorebirds gather on Cable Beach from around two hours before until two hours after high tide.

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What do title do you tell journals you prefer? Dr.? Prof? Me? I prefer Kentucky Colonel

Environmental Economics

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Preventing Rape in the Congo Fights Deforestation—Here’s How

Eco Chic

Aerial view of the Lukenie River as it meanders through the Central Congolese lowland forests of the DRC. Image by Valerius Tygart via Wikimedia Commons. Tackling sexual violence against women in the Congo is a direct way to fight deforestation. .

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Managing for Happiness

The Green Changemakers

[link] The main thing I learned is that happiness is something you create — it is not something to achieve. Jurgen in an article for Entrepreneur Magazine [link] Happiness comes in two primary categories: natural happiness and synthetic happiness (terms popularized by Dan Gilbert ).

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50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fishing for a (formerly) extinct fish in the Colorado Rockies. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife 50 Fish, 50 States Conservation Science Fish Outdoor Rec

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UK Government Introduces New Policy for Renewable Energy Producers

Green Prophet

A wind turbine that uses dragonfly biomimicry to maximize the wind’s energy. The government of the United Kingdom has announced their new energy policy, which is called Smart Export Guarantee.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2019)

10,000 Birds

As I anticipated, this past weekend offered a dazzling range of temperatures guaranteed to remind a person of every season in turn. But did that impact or improve bird visibility? I wish I knew.

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"EPA is soliciting comment on issues related to water quality trading" @willwheels

Environmental Economics

This might be the first good thing to be coming out of the EPA in quite some time. via  via Will Wheeler on twitter: EPA is soliciting comment on issues related to water quality trading. (looks

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Sustainability and Storytelling at NYFW: James Nathaniel Piña’s Love Letter Home

Eco Chic

James Nathaniel Jacket. Upon entering Unix Gallery, which lies directly under the Manhattan High Line, the intimate feel of the artistic space became immediately apparent. I was here to see the James Nathaniel Spring/Summer 2020 ethical fashion presentation, as part of New York Fashion Week.

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Life Coaching Tools

The Green Changemakers

Source: [link] What good is life coaching? Why do I need someone to tell me how to live my life? Am I not capable of being my best self on my own?

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The Iguana Invasion

Nature Conservancy - Science

The green iguana invades Florida’s natural areas – and swimming pools. Wildlife Invasive Species

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

Green Prophet

Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains.

Fall migration brings rarities to Tucson

10,000 Birds

When you think of Southeast Arizona Birding, and the unique birds that can be found there, it conjures thoughts of roadrunners, hummingbirds, trogons, and the many other desert residents. In the last few days, we have had a couple of avian visitors that are well outside the norm.

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AERE Sessions at the 2019 SEA meetings @AereOrg

Environmental Economics

There are 70 papers in 14 regular sessions, 17 papers in 4 graduate student sessions and the (first ever) AERE keynote session. The keynote speaker is AERE immediate past president Laura Taylor.

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