January, 2020

Chats

10,000 Birds

I’m guessing that most people these days communicate on social media through one or more chats. I myself am on several. But only birders know that you can communicate on a chat about… Chats.

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Good news! Federal Court Rules Trump Border Wall ILLEGAL

Indigenize

Here’s a report from the ACLU, an organization I’m proud to support. A federal court has ruled Trump’s abuse of executive power to bully his xenophobic wall into existence is illegal.

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There is more to creating a woodland than just planting trees

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people, and, apparently, even most governments, seem to think that all that is needed to create a woodland is to stick some trees in the ground and the rest will do itself. Alas, that is a fallacy.

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Daily demand and supply: the market for rhodium

Environmental Economics

From the WSJ Microeconomics Weekly Review: World’s Priciest Precious Metal Surges Amid Emissions Clampdown. By Joe Wallace | January 23, 2020.

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Novels for Nature Lovers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fiction lovers take heart, you can have your great novel and nature too. Here are eight of our favorite picks. From the Field Our Nature Reads Outdoor Rec Top 10

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Arab loan offers $105 million USD to fund renewables globally

Green Prophet

Cuba will receive an Arab fund loan to develop solar power. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development ( likened to USAID and the UK and German’s foreign aid ) announced last week that it will provide renewable energy loans to 8 projects around the world.

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How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

10,000 Birds

The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

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Everyone talks about climate, too few about pollution and general environmental destruction

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) All we are hearing is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and occasionally the issue with plastic, especially the kind that is plastic bottles of all sorts.

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Mnuchin vs. Thunberg vs. Neoclassical Economics

Environmental Economics

Last week Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insulted climate activist and Time Person of the Year Greta Thunberg by claiming that she shouldn't talk about climate policy before studying economics and college. 

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Is There a Bobcat in Your Backyard?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bobcats are moving into our neighborhoods. Here’s why. Wildlife Mammal Watching Urban Conservation

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Almond Milk And The Destruction of Bees

Green Prophet

Bees are dying in huge numbers to supply your supermarket with almond milk. Last winter (2018-2019) saw a catastrophic 50 billion bees die off for a variety of reasons familiar to the eco-conscious public, including mites and loss of habitat.

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Male Vermilion Flycatchers Are Amazing

10,000 Birds

Sure, I had heard the hype. Vermilion Flycatchers are amazing! Vermilion Flycatchers are gorgeous! Vermilion Flycatchers make Scarlet Tanagers look like doodoo! But, sadly, I had never seen a Vermilion Flycatcher.

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5 Ideas to Green up Your City

Greentumble

Urban sprawl produces some of the greatest local extinction rates, frequently eliminates a significant portion of native species, and causes severe habitat loss.

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Used Electric Vehicles batteries could be used for rickshaws in Bangladesh

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries made for Electric Vehicles (EVs) only use around 70% of their life, the remaining 30% can be used for the second life One second-life application being explored by researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, is for motorized rickshaws (easy-bikes) in Bangladesh The current batteries used for easy-bikes only last 6-12 months and have a high carbon footprint, therefore using used Li-ion batteries could lower their carbon footprint Used EV batteries could be used to power rickshaws in Bangladesh, as researchers from WMG, University of Warwick, seeking to find out how they can be repurposed for the rickshaws and lower peoples’ carbon footprint. Motorised rickshaws, also known as easy-bikes, have gained popularity in Bangladesh due to their cost-effectiveness with one million of them all over the country. However, the easy-bike currently uses a lead-acid battery for power, which has a lifetime of 6-12 months and therefore increases the operating cost as well as the carbon footprint. In order to reduce the carbon footprint, researchers at WMG are exploring the possibility of repurposing used EV Li-ion batteries thanks to a £25,000 grant from Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), an award from the UKRI aimed to deliver scalable solutions to issues faced by low and middle-income countries. Currently, Li-ion batteries retire from EVs after reaching 70-80% of their state of health (SoH). At 70% SoH, the lithium-ion battery still have 3 times higher energy density than a new lead-acid battery, and potentially can have a lifetime of 3-5 years in easy-bike application. The researchers hope to repurpose the batteries to improve the energy storage life from 6-12 months to 3-5 years, which in turn will reduce the number of batteries being recycled and improve the ecosystem. The new application of Li-ion batteries will be better environmentally without an additional cost in transport. As easy-bike replaces manual driving, the quality of life will improve significantly and bring a socio-economic change to a large community in Bangladesh. Furthermore, this development could reduce the consumption of grid-connected electricity which could be used to develop industries and infrastructure. In fact, there are currently one million rickshaw pullers in Bangladesh who earn $4.8 billion every year. The new development in easy-bikes will directly improve their economic status. A few million people involved in vehicle support such as mechanics and manufacturing industries will also be benefited. This project eventually could lead to mass production of second-life Li-ion batteries in Bangladesh, in conjunction with UK automobile industries, which will create job opportunities for thousands of people. Dr Mohammad Al-Amin from WMG, University of Warwick comments: “To prevent climate change, all cars in the future will need to be electric. However, the batteries in EVs once they have reached their end of life, for car purposes, is something that can be explored more, as there is still energy left in them to be used.” “If we can re-purpose them to be used for easy-bikes in Bangladesh it will help lower their carbon footprint and provide the country with a new economy. Thousands of jobs opportunities could be created both in Bangladesh and the UK.” OK, so much for the press release that has been relayed above. I must say that I am very much unconvinced about the statement as to the lead-acid batteries lasting only such a short time considering that golf buggies and the Toro electric vehicles (and others) used on golf courses and such, as well as the electric milk floats in the UK, are in daily use and recharged daily and their batteries seem to last for years. Lithium-ion batteries have a large environmental footprint not least caused by mining operations and then the inherent dangers of being prone to explode when charging and such like and, should they catch fire, are almost impossible to extinguish. In more than one case of an accident with a Tesla vehicle where the car caught fire (and this is mostly the case) the fire spread so rapidly that it was impossible to rescue the occupant(s). The vehicles then have to be cooled down in a special container or the flames doused for at least three days, and even afterwards there remains the danger that the battery can self-ignite again. There have also been a number of fires recorded that have been started by exploding e-Bike batteries well after those batteries had been removed from their chargers. Several of those started in cycle shops where the batteries that had been charged has been brand-new ones. On top of that comes the safe disposal of those batteries at the end of their lives which, apparently, is also a small environmental nightmare. From where I am standing the good old lead-acid battery still has a lot going for it, at least in the above rickshaw department and, as said, I do not buy the short lifespan of them. The general lifespan of the Li-on battery also appears to be no more than three to four years, if lucky, however well one deals with the maintenance cycles when charging. © 2020

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Sacred Economics

The Green Changemakers

[link] Chapter 1: The Gift World ( German )( Swedish ) ( Polish ) ( Dutch ) ( Italian )( Greek – Part 1 )( Greek – Part 2 ) ( Czech )( Croatian )( Catalàn )( French ) Chapter 2: Greed and the Illusion of Scarcity ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish ) ( Dutch ) ( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Czech )( Croatian )( Catalàn )( French ) Chapter 3: Money and the Mind ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish )( Dutch ) ( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Czech )( Croatian )( Catalan )( French) Chapter 4: The Trouble with Property ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish )( Dutch )( Greek Part 1 )( Greek Part 2 )( Czech )( Croatian )( Catalan )( French ) Chapter 5: The Corpse of the Commons ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish ) ( Dutch ) ( Greek Part 1 ) ( Czech )( Croatian )( Catalan )( French ) Chapter 6: The Economics of Usury ( German ) ( Swedish )( Polish )( Dutch )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Greek Part 3 )( Croatian )( Catalan ) Chapter 7: The Crisis of Civilization ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Catalan ) Chapter 8: The Turning of the Age ( German ) ( Swedish )( Polish )( Dutch )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Catalan ) Chapter 9: The Story of Value ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Catalan ) Chapter 10: The Law of Return ( German ) ( Italian ) ( Swedish ) ( Polish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 – Endnotes )( Croatian )( Catalan ) Chapter 11: Currencies of the Commons ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Dutch ) ( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Catalan ) Chapter 12: Negative-interest Economics ( German ) ( Swedish )( Dutch )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Greek Part 3 )( Greek Part 4 )( Greek Part 5 – Endnotes )( Croatian) ( Catalan ) Chapter 13: Steady-state and Degrowth Economics ( German ) ( Swedish )( Dutch )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Catalan )( Czech ) Chapter 14: The Social Dividend ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Catalan )( Czech ) Chapter 15: Local and Complementary Currencies ( German )( Swedish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Greek Part 3 )( Croatian )( Catalan )( Czech ) Chapter 16: Transition to Gift Economy ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Czech ) Chapter 17: Summary and Roadmap ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Catalan )( Croatian )( Czech) Chapter 18: Relearning Gift Culture ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian )( Czech ) Chapter 19: Non-Accumulation ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian ) Chapter 20: Right Livelihood and Sacred Investing ( German ) ( Swedish )( Italian )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian ) Chapter 21: Working in the Gift ( German ) ( Swedish ) ( Italian )( Dutch )( Greek Part 1 ) ( Greek Part 2 )( Croatian ) Chapter 22: Community and the Unquantifiable ( German ) ( Swedish )( Italian )( Greek )( Croatian ) Chapter 23: A New Materialism ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek )( Croatian ) Chapter 24: Conclusion: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possible ( German ) ( Swedish )( Greek ) ( Greek- Appendix )( Croatian ) You can download Sacred Economics (PDF) here. The Ebook: [link]. Economics Economy Gift-Economy

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Blue Jay: A New Look At a Common Feeder Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

Does the blue jay get a bad rap as bird feeder bully? Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds Outdoor Rec Urban Conservation

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How to build a successful NGO (it starts with your heart)

Green Prophet

Indonesia is a nature lover’s delight, but locals still poison fish to catch them, and apply other destructive tools such as fish bombing to catch their daily livelihood. One NGO, the first on the island, is working to educate the locals and save the sea.

2020 83

Oban Distillery: 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

10,000 Birds

Whiskey Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskeys all month long.

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Why Do We Still Use Fossil Fuels & Can Non-Renewable Sources of Energy Be Replaced?

Greentumble

The world has a crippling dependence on fossil fuels and this dependence on coal, oil and natural gas is one of the largest causes to arguably the biggest problem facing earth today: climate change.

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How to Know Whether to Stay at Your Job or Move on

Eco Friendly Daily

You’ve been working for some time in one company and you are not happy. How will you know if you should stay or move on to look for better opportunities? In our combined decades of working in corporate organizations, it often came to a point that we felt tired and unhappy.

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The Seed

The Green Changemakers

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A Walk in the Woods: Reading New England’s Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Using clues hidden in the landscape, it’s often possible to figure out what a patch of forest used to look like 100 years ago. Here's how. From the Field Forests Natural History Our Nature Reads Traveling Naturalist

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Make Your Own Oat Milk At Home

Green Prophet

. Almond milk presents serious problems to the ecology: see our post about how the almond industry is devastating bees. Soy milk’s popularity slid down as soy’s effects on hormones, and its mostly GMO origins, are now known.

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Highlights from Birding Costa Rica, 2019

10,000 Birds

I write this on the final day of the year, the last bit of 2019. The point of orbit for which the Earth starts and completes its merry-go-round the Sun is subjective but according to eBird, now is the time.

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Renewable Energy Options for an Eco-Friendly House

Greentumble

Today, many homeowners around the world are considering moving away from the fossil-fuel based energy sources that have served as our primary sources of electricity for the last 100 years or so. Using renewable energy sources for home living is simpler and less expensive than you might think.

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The Best Spring Road Trips in the US in 2020

Eco Friendly Daily

A few months from now, it’ll be spring time once again and many travelers are looking at a road trip or two for a traditional experience. It would be a challenge to drive across all of the country’s fascinating landscapes and roads but you don’t have to.

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Reclaiming the Gift Culture

The Green Changemakers

By Shilpa Jain What are the different traditions of the gift culture around the world? How can we bring the gift culture practically into our lives, communities, organizations? What do we need to unlearn for the gift culture to manifest?

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Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bullfrogs are wondrous creatures – until they’re introduced outside their native range. From the Field Wildlife Herps Invasive Species

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The Mysterious Nabatean Gods of the Ancient Middle East

Green Prophet

They built fortresses and forts like Petra and collected rare rainfall. Who were the Nabateans?

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Birds of Japan by Otani Chikara

10,000 Birds

It’s the festive season and I am holding the new Lynx Edicions’s Birds of Japan, thinking what a perfect gift to any international birder this book represents.

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The Best Campaigns of All Time to Save Vanishing Species

Greentumble

What does Jackie Chan, Paul McCartney and Prince William have in common? They have all spoken up about the plight of tigers and the urgent need to halt their decline [1].

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How to Travel Without a Laptop and Still Get Work Done

Eco Friendly Daily

Have you ever imagined traveling to another country without your valued laptop? It seems a ridiculous idea. After all, how can you get work done if you don’t have this important piece of your soul? But this should not be a reason for getting worried.

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Starting an Ecovillage with Few Resources

The Green Changemakers

By Simon Leclerc From the outside, the development of the Terre de la Reunion, located in the Laurentians, Quebec, Canada, seem magical.

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Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Nature Conservancy - Science

How can nature-based solutions stand the test of time in Myanmar? From the Field Asia Pacific Forests

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Qatari Daybreak Unveils An Otherwordly Sky

Green Prophet

Have you ever seen a sunrise like this? A self-identified astrophotographer captured images of an annular eclipse on the morning of December 26, 2019. The dramatic picture have since gone viral, earning a nod from NASA as the Astronomy Image of The Day.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2020?

10,000 Birds

Is there nothing more inviting than a fresh canvas, an unbroken expanse fraught with possibilities just waiting to be filled? That is the state of our 2020 year lists and general birding experience.

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Geothermal Heat Pump: How Does It Work

Greentumble

Today, geothermal energy is probably one of the least talked about forms of renewable energy. And yet, we have utilized it to power everyday operations since the 1940’s [1].

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