August, 2018

How to Bird by Car

10,000 Birds

When for whatever reason you may no longer be much of a walker, that shouldn’t be a reason not to be a birder. A car is the obvious solution. When it’s sunny, you have the shade you want; when it’s cold, you can turn on the heating; when it’s windy, you can close the windward window.

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Poverty Mindset vs Voluntary Poverty

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What was once called voluntary poverty is now referred to as voluntary simplicity because some people seem to have had problem with the word poverty.

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A: Because it's better than acting like an obnoxious teenager

Environmental Economics

When I mention what I do (come up with ways to estimate the value of environmental goods and services), I sometimes get a response like this :   It really is irritating that some people need to use economic measures to value our environment. The reality is our environment, air, water, seas, national parks & Great Barrier Reef are truly priceless & must be treated as such ie no cost benefit BS studies needed. My response is really quite simple. 

2018 130

An Open Letter to the Victims of Narcissists.

Elephant Journal

I just want to start this letter by saying I get it—I’ve been there too. In fact, for a number of years, I traded one narcissist for another—each one more charming and less obviously a narcissist than the last.

2018 112

Vaquita: The World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

Nature Conservancy - Science

The vaquita, a small porpoise in the Gulf of California, is going extinct. A new book sheds light on its complicated plight. Wildlife Endangered Species Mammals

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Why Is Biodiversity Important to Ecosystems?

Greentumble

The biosphere, the totality of life is a. membrane of organisms wrapped around the earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from the space shuttle. And yet it is so complex that most of the species within it, close to 90 percent [1] , remain undiscovered.

DDT, oil spills, and a wall.

10,000 Birds

360 miles of National Park land at the border! My first ‘protest’ memory involved putting pencil to notebook paper and writing the President about the harmful effects of DDT. The Weekly Reader had shocked everyone in class with news of Bald Eagles dying – and humans were to blame!

2018 207

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"The Pattern is Clear": Economic research is being driven out of D.C.

Environmental Economics

Consider: Earlier this year , President Trump proposed significant cuts to the USDA's Economic Research Service--50% cuts in fact: Funding for ERS would be slashed by 50 percent, to $45 million, in part by eliminating "low-priority research" that the administration said was already being done by the private sector or nonprofits. The administration asks for the ERS to focus on core programs of data analysis and forecasts.

2018 130

How Zen Consciousness can Awaken our Hidden Inner Potential. {Partner}

Elephant Journal

Zen consciousness can even optimize the functioning of our genes, leading to improved physical and mental health and greater joy. Enlightened Society Featured Events Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality inner potential kungfu meditation mindfulness shaolin well-being Zen Buddhism zen consciousness

2018 106

Nurseries Restore Staghorn Coral in the Florida Keys

Nature Conservancy - Science

Hands-on coral restoration will help safe reefs in the Florida Keys. From the Field Coral Reefs Oceans

2018 97

Two Minutes to Vegan

Eccorazzi

Sentient – like us, animals are sentient and want to live, even if for just one more moment.

2018 89

Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

10,000 Birds

In June, the 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp was released. Birders have been encouraged by the American Birding Association and others to buy Federal Duck Stamps.

2018 207

The Main Causes of Land Pollution

Greentumble

Have you ever thought about what will. the world look like in 100 years? Will it look better than it looks today? Or worse? The truth is that nobody can see the future, however with the ever increasing human population, there is one major problem that has been getting worse over time: land pollution.

2018 87

Just like Coase drew it up?

Environmental Economics

Brazen in its irony : As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile “spine” of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast.

2018 116

The Second Stage of Mindfulness Meditation Most of us Aren’t Practicing. {Partner}

Elephant Journal

We are missing the greater intelligence, the higher principle within meditation itself and other contemplative practices like it.

2018 103

A Quest to Document the World’s Flowering Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

They’re on a mission to document and photograph every flowering plant family on earth. From the Field Native Plants Natural History

2018 87

Oldest Known Bread Discovered In Jordan

Green Prophet

Fancy some fresh bread, right out of the fire pit? It was fresh…14,400 years ago. Until recently, it was thought that the earliest bread, discovered in the 9,500-year-old settlement of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, was the product of Neolithic grain farming.

Serbia – birding overview of a year in the Central Balkans

10,000 Birds

Serbia has 317 eBirded species so far, or 89% of the 356 in the national checklist. North of Belgrade, the Pannonian plain is a lowland landscape with large, lazily meandering rivers (Danube, Sava and Tisa), while to the south hilly/mountainous landscapes are intersected by river valleys.

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Waste Incineration: Advantages and Disadvantages

Greentumble

According to the latest calculations, the world is currently producing about 1.3 billion tons of garbage on a yearly basis [1].

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Guest Post: What Air Pollution is Costing Us

Environmental Economics

Pollution and health have always been directly linked, both environmentally and medically, but few people consider the economic impact felt by countries afflicted with poor outdoor air quality. The World Health Organization estimates that the cost of disability and premature death from air pollution in Europe totalled close to $1.6 trillion USD in 2015. Each form of pollution presents its own unique challenges, while resulting in a hefty expense and posing a threat to human health.

2018 109

Ladies, we have to Heal the Sister Wound.

Elephant Journal

The "Sister Wound"—I don’t know if it's actually a thing, but it sure feels like a thing. It felt like a thing the first time I was made fun of for having big boobs. It felt like a thing when my.

2018 97

A Circumnavigation of Cuba

Nature Conservancy - Science

A circumnavigation of Cuba provides an opportunity to soak up Cuba’s stunning beauty and biodiversity. Latest Science

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Uri Geller predicted it: An ancient, kosher natural soap factory found in Jaffa

Green Prophet

Mentalist Uri Geller is building a museum in the world’s most ancient port city, Jaffa. When they start digging, an ancient olive soap factory is unearthed.

2018 83

The Cure for Binocular Neck: Birding in Montana

10,000 Birds

Custer Gallatin National Forest. In the valley of the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, snuggled up against Rocky Mountain ranges, sits the little western town of Big Timber, Montana. I ‘found’ this jewel on a paper road atlas many years ago.

Nature’s Nectar Zambia: Socially Conscious Honey & Wax Project

Greentumble

Deforestation around the world is. happening at an alarming rate. Trees being cut for timber products, clearing land for agriculture, and charcoal making are some of the main reasons in the developing world. But, in Northwestern Zambia trees are being cut for another reason; making beehives.

"Reporting back: the World Congress for Environmental and Resource Economists in Gothenburg, Sweden"

Environmental Economics

Sonja Kolstoe at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis "On Balance" blog : This was my first time attending a World Congress. As a non-market valuation economist specializing in revealed and stated preference methods, I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss these methods and network with others from around the globe.

2018 100

La Petite Mort: the Day the Romance Died.

Elephant Journal

Now, I watch men who would rather have a bike between their legs than make the effort to seduce a woman, women who would rather sit. Love dating grand gestures happiness Healthy Relationships love relationships romance romance is dead romantic Tamara Star

2018 97

Owl Underground: A Summer Encounter with Burrowing Owls

Nature Conservancy - Science

A hoot in the heat: meet the little owl that lives underground. Birds & Birding From the Field

2018 81

Dress made from a refugee tent steals London fashion show

Green Prophet

British designer and humanitarian Helen Storey believes that fashion is an excellent vehicle to connect people to ­difficult subject matters. Last week, she sent a dress crafted from a former refugee tent down the runway at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge.

2018 78

Three Perfect Reasons to Bird Socorro, Costa Rica – Coffee, Proximity, and Quality

10,000 Birds

In Costa Rica, it’s not hard to find birds. Even if you had to spend a few frustrating days stuck in the urban wonderland of San Jose and surroundings, you still share the streets and parks with screeching Crimson-fronted Parakeets.

Diseases Caused by Water Pollution

Greentumble

We need to drink water. We also need clean water with which to wash viruses, bacteria and chemicals from our food and from our skin. And yet, around over 1 billion people do not have access to improved drinking water sources and around 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation.

2018 72

Forthcoming book review

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Thank you! Your proof corrections for AJAR - AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS : 12280 : Contingent Valuation of Environmental Goods: A Comprehensive Critique, by Daniel McFadden and Kenneth Train (Eds.). Published by Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 319 pages, ISBN: 978-1-78643-468-5, AU$210 have been received

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Your life doesn’t change because you read Eckhart Tolle.

Elephant Journal

Your life doesn’t change because you read Eckhart Tolle or Pema Chodron or practice meditation or travel the world or whatever. Your life will change when you integrate what you’ve learned into daily, in-the-moment practice. Plenty of jerks have traveled the world and remained jerks.

2018 94

Magpies: Murder, Mischief and Myth

Nature Conservancy - Science

Accused of eating cattle alive from the inside out, the black-billed magpie was once one of the most vilified birds on the planet. Discover the tangled history of humans and magpies. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds

2018 80

Egypt to begin building nuclear reactor in 2020

Green Prophet

Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant will begin in the next two to two-and-a-half years.

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Creating a Birdwatching Backyard Paradise

10,000 Birds

Kylie Johnson, the managing editor at EverythingBackyard , loves to spend all the time she can outdoors. She writes about everything from backyard DIY projects to gardening. If you can’t get a hold of Kylie, she is probably on a trail or a boat. This is her first contribution to 10,000 Birds.

2018 198

Advantages and Disadvantages of Recycling

Greentumble

Until relatively recently, recycling was not a major. part of most people’s lives. However, the last few years have seen it become an integral aspect of our everyday activities, with many of us sorting our waste into recyclables and non-recyclables without really thinking about it.

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