January, 2019

Puerto Rico’s Birds after Hurricane Maria

10,000 Birds

In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by two powerful hurricanes: it was grazed by Irma and then clobbered by Maria, a Category 4 storm that cut a devastating swath across the island. The human and economic consequences were dramatic, and continue to be felt. These hurricanes prompted a personal interest in the impact of hurricanes on birds, so I did some research, which ultimately led to an article in the April 2018 issue of Birding magazine.

I signed the "Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends"

Environmental Economics

Here is the email: Dear Colleague, I am writing to invite you to join me, 27 Nobel Laureate economists, 3 other former Chairs of the Federal Reserve and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers as a signatory of the Economists’ Statement that you will find below. Our statement was released today on the opinion page of the  Wall Street Journal. A full list of the original co-signatories appears below.

2019 116
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Sharing bar soap cannot make you sick

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sharing a bar soap cannot make you sick and it is way better for the environment than is liquid soap. Bar soap, contrary to current public belief, does not spread germs, is way more environmentally friendly, and way cheaper Liquid hand soaps have replaced bar soaps largely because of unfounded fears that bar soap is “covered in germs.” Study after study, however, has shown this is not the case.

2019 130

Day of the (Turtle) Dogs

Nature Conservancy - Science

It’s a fine May morning, and until a couple of minutes ago, the search for ornate box turtles here at the Conservancy’s Nachusa Grasslands Preserve in Central Illinois was going extremely well. We are up to 16 turtles on the […]. From the Field Wildlife Herps Protected Areas TNC Science

2019 88

Cannabis oil as CBD offers an elixir for life and pain relief

Green Prophet

Anyone who has ever had the unlucky experience of seeing a loved one suffer from pain knows and understands just how few tools are available to doctors for pain management. The best solutions, and. about the only ones that work for pain management in cancer patients are morphine based. After long periods of use the morphine dosages need to be increased and the patients suffer from serious side-effects such as instability on their feet –– liable to cause a broken bone or.

2019 78

10 Ways to Prevent Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution

Greentumble

Since the Industrial Revolution, people have been polluting the Earth like never before. There is rarely a place today that has not been subjected to pollutants in one form or another. Some pollution comes in a visible form, like pieces of plastic washed up on our beaches or illegal dumpsites in groves nearby large cities, other pollution comes in a hidden and perhaps even more dangerous form, in the air we breathe daily.

2019 76

The New “Birds of Thailand”

10,000 Birds

Perhaps you don’t know it yet, but with more than 1000 bird species, palm-fringed sandy beaches, developed tourism infrastructure, moderate prices and political stability, Thailand is a country you definitively want to visit. Add to that picture the fact that it offers possibly the best cross-section of Asian habitats and birds available and it becomes a country you need to visit.

More Trending

Circular Electronics Day aims to extend the lifespan of electronics

Green (Living) Review

Press Release Today’s extensive consumption of electronics lead to alarming amounts of waste and the release of substances hazardous to human health and the environment. Finite natural resources are extracted from the ground at a fast rate and reserves are running low. By prolonging product life, individuals and organizations can contribute to a more sustainable future. On January 24, Circular Electronics Day takes place for the second time.

2019 120

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Aquaculture has vast potential as a tool for conservation, providing food for people while benefiting the environment. Fish & Fisheries Ecosystem Services Fisheries Restoration TNC Science Valuing Nature

2019 87

Vegan Recipe: Turkish Bulgur Balls In Eggplant & Tomato Sauce

Green Prophet

I’m always looking for recipes with eggplants (aubergines) (like this one). I was delighted to come across this recipe with rib-sticking bulgur balls in a meaty eggplant and tomato sauce. It’s vegan, but the chef, Ozlem Warren, gives the option to include ground beef in the bulgar balls if you wish. Warren is a Turkish food writer, culinary teacher and food tour guide. I picked up this mouth-watering recipe from her charming blog, Ozlem’s Turkish Table.

2019 76

Why Men Run Away From Commitment

Elephant Journal

Image by Alexander Redl [link] To sin by silence when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. The few who dare must speak and speak again, To right the wrongs of many. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox Single women are finding it increasingly difficult to find a good man, and more difficult still […]. Adult Enlightened Society Equal Rights Inspiring (Wow) Love

Resolutions for Birding in Costa Rica, 2019

10,000 Birds

Up north, January is that coldest month. I remember it as the one in Niagara where the Arctic would come on down to bring ice for the roads, cold blue for the sky, and, with luck, birds from the north. Looking for Northern Shrikes and redpolls was a test for winter gear and wind chill factors but the birds weren’t going to be there in the hot days of summer. Heck, they wouldn’t even be close to being present during spring or fall.

"What's the Deal with the Green New Deal?

Environmental Economics

Catherine Wolfram at the Energy Institute Blog : I’ve heard a lot about the Green New Deal since the midterm elections. And, it’s not just me – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshwoman Representative from the Bronx, posted this graph of the number of tweets on the phrase through mid-December. In honor of the 4-day-old, Democratic-controlled House, I figured I would try to dig into it. Here’s what I’ve been able to understand about the economics.

2019 109

Bring back the edge

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The, what I call, trench edge was a standard feature around flower and shrub beds and borders in municipal formal gardens, parks and also in the formal gardens at general homes. In the former two cases it has been largely done away with due to, it is claimed, labor time and thus labor costs but this has been to the detriment of the aesthetics of the gardens and parks.

2019 120

One Square Meter of Prairie

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can be found in a square meter of prairie? You’ll be surprised. From the Field Natural History Plants Traveling Naturalist

Iceland’s new prime minister is 41-year-old environmentalist

Green Prophet

Iceland’s new Prime Minister is green. Iceland, made progressive or well at least famous by Bjork, has made some monumental strides by electing Katrin Jakobsdottir , the 41-year-old chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, as Prime Minister. She is well liked and while a former education minister she is also an avid environmentalist. Iceland, this is the country that slows down speed racers with 3D sidewalks. In her role she has pledged to help Iceland become carbon neutral by 2040.

3 Ways Physical Activity Can Improve Your Mental Health

Elephant Journal

Exercise activities like yoga, running, and cycling are known for their positive impact on cardiovascular health and weight maintenance. While exercising is extremely beneficial for your physical health, the mental health benefits of this activity are often less discussed. Read on to discover how exercise increases your mindfulness and sense of well-being. 1) Reduces Stress […].

2019 87

Can I keep it?

10,000 Birds

This week, I have been pondering the value of bird rehabilitators. Let me assure you that I have no doubts about how much they contribute to individual birds and to the ravaged conscience of modern man. A world without bird and/or mammal, fish and reptile rehabilitators would be a very sad one. My pause for thought came when I found a Stygian Owl in a city park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2019 168

ERE Special Issue on Benefit Transfer

Environmental Economics

Well, when I drafted this, it was a recent publication I wanted to announce, but now that I have some free time, I can finish it.   The March issue of Environmental and Resource Economics  is a special issue on "Benefit Transfer: Current Practice and Future Prospects." " Most of the papers arose from an EPA-sponsored workshop on benefit transfer; either through direct funding, as comments, or to introduce the issue.

2019 109

INTRODUCING “NEW WAVE”–Press Release

Green (Living) Review

INTRODUCING “NEW WAVE”: WOOL AND THE GANG IS LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW ECO YARN MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC Wool and the Gang is excited to share it's latest fibre innovation: New Wave. Our new conscious yarn for the new wave knitter. 47% Recycled Plastic Bottles 53% Cotton 100% Making Change The global plastic problem has been widely reported and brought into consumer consciousness over the past few years, and we have started to see some industries respond.

2019 115

Could Spider Silk Become a Natural Replacement for Plastic?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ounce for ounce, a spider web is one of the strongest structures on earth. Could it change our world? Ideas Nature Tech Wildlife Insects & Pollinators

2019 85

Blame Roundup For Celiac And Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Green Prophet

The gluten intolerance and celiac disease epidemic that’s spreading worldwide is related to herbicide residues on foods we eat , according to a study published published in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology journal in 2013. The researchers are Anthony Samsel,an independent scientist who has worked as a consultant to the EPA on arsenic pollution and to the U.S. Coast Guard on chemical hazard response, and Stephanie Seneff, senior research scientist at MIT.

2019 74

In 2019, May you Surrender, May you Forgive, May you Choose Peace over Chaos.

Elephant Journal

As 2018 comes to an end, I hope you forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made over the past year, for not following through on some of the goals you swore you were going to achieve, for not reaching the milestones you entered the year longing to achieve. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Love Non New-Agey Spirituality doubt yourself elephant magazine from the heart judge yourself milestones mistakes new year resolutions take it slow wish

2019 87

The Little Big Year 2018: Best Birds of the Year!

10,000 Birds

For nearly 10 days now, I have been sorting thru all of the images from 2018. This is a daunting task in any normal year, but this one is a real exception. Over-all there were almost 80,000 photos taken, nearly 50 story’s posted on this website, and 10 countries, all with some amazing birds. In the end, I truly did set out to reduce the number of birds that I feature here from 1302, my years total species, down to 10-12.

2019 168

NPS Visitor Use Statistics

Environmental Economics

A while back I was looking for recreation data that I could match to water quality data, particularly in the Gulf. The  The National Park Service provides visitor park statistics. These provide pretty cool data by park with a lot of detail and background ( for example ). Here's an example for the Gulf Islands National Seashore:   This is great, right?

2019 100

Back to Basics in Information Security

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Complexity heralds return of ‘back to basics’ approach in 2019 for information security professionals according to Infosecurity Europe poll and more than half (55%) of respondents say they plan to ‘go back to basics’ while 45% reveal they will invest in more technology It appears that many organizations will begin the New Year and the new financial year by reviewing their security infrastructure and taking a ‘back to basics’ approach to information security.

2019 111

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Have you seen a weird duck you can’t identify? We’re here to help you sort it out. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds Natural History Outdoor Rec Weird Nature

2019 83

Renewables better investment than oil and gas, says Gulf body

Green Prophet

News that Saudi Arabia wouldn’t like to hear: Renewable energy is the most competitive form of power generation in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, according to a new report published today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Abundant resources, together with strong enabling frameworks have led to solar PV prices of below 3 cents per kilowatt hour and dispatchable concentrated solar power (CSP) of 7.3

2019 73

What Bradley Cooper has to Teach You about Your Magic Man: the Divine Masculine.

Elephant Journal

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Elephant Journal (@elephantjournal) on Dec 28, 2018 at 5:01am PST Editor’s Note: This website is not designed to, and should not be construed to, provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment to you or any other individual, and is not intended as a […].

The European Christmas Bird Count

10,000 Birds

I remember studying the map of countries participating in the i nternational mid-winter w aterbird c ensus, where the USA wasn’t marked. How can it be, I asked someone from the Wetlands International, the IWC umbrella organization, only to learn that USA has its own scheme. Oh, and what is that? The Christmas Bird Count was the answer.

2019 164

Beyoncé and Jay-Z sell out veganism for ticket giveaway

Eccorazzi

My parents had no issue getting me to eat plants and often discouraged my somewhat obsessive relationship with broccoli. My sister, on the other hand, had her veggies hidden beneath cheese and between bagel halves. Now, Beyoncé & Jay-Z are playin’ mum and dad for us all with by dangling a carrot on a string for a chance to win concert tickets for life. It’s a great marketing tactic but it sells veganism short, yet again.

Which Plants Should I Prune in January?

Green (Living) Review

Check out which garden favourites will benefit from a trim this month January is a great time to prune plants, because you can see their framework, which makes the job a lot easier. Read on to find out just a few of the varieties that will benefit from a prune in their dormant period, then, before you start snipping, make sure your tools are clean and sharp. Monrovia Climbers Wisteria requires pruning twice a year.

2019 106

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Some call it a green hell. Can Kenya’s invasive cactus be stopped? From the Field Nature Tech Invasive Species Robots, Drones & Infrared TNC Science

2019 82

My Dad, the Water Witch

Green Prophet

Not all witches get the opportunity of going to Hogwart School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to polish their skills. Take my dad for example – a water witch from Newmarket, Canada. Maybe it is because he never made it past grade 8 or because he was never confident enough in his witching powers. Known as a water witch or dowser, Dad has been able to sense and track underground water sources for as long as he (and I) can remember.

2019 72

Why Therapy is one Badass way to Transform our Lives.

Elephant Journal

A skilled therapist guides us as we explore the swampy parts of our soul. We aren’t alone for the dark moments that stir up deep pain and emotions that bring us to tears. But as we acknowledge our feelings. Academy Alumni Elephant Academy Enlightened Society Health & Wellness anxiety badass coping mechanisms elephant magazine healing healthy boundaries recovery Therapist therapy transform your life vulnerability

2019 84

The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

10,000 Birds

We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”. It ended with little fan fare; in fact I did not even go chasing birds on the last two days of 2018, as I am just plain tired. Not of the birds, but the seemingly endless early mornings, rarely sleeping in my own bed, and the pressure, mostly self imposed, to find yet one more bird.

2019 153

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

10,000 Birds

I’m hardly the first person to observe that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by bad environmental news, and the title Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest sounds like a pretty major downer. Yet that is not the overall impression that I came away with while reading this solid and attractive new title from Indiana University Press.

2019 147