February, 2018

Week four: We wrap up our stay in the US.

10,000 Birds

The end of this rather long road trip finds us here in Puyallup, Washington which is just south of Seattle. It seems like the farther the north we go, the colder, and wetter, and a whole lot snowier it gets!

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Marriott Hotels to remove plastic straws from UK hotels

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Some good news from one of the big hotel chains. Maybe some other places could follow suit? Chance would be a fine thing, I know.

Predicting Adaptation to Climate Change using Regional Heterogeneity in Mortality Effects of Temperature

Environmental Economics

  I am glad to have gotten an invitation from John to guest-blog here.    I am an Associate Professor of economics at the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University.

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The March 1st Full Moon in Virgo is Bringing some Much Needed Closure.

Elephant Journal

It is highly likely that our dreams, or possibly nightmares, may be more intense as this moon comes into full fruition, and it’s worth being aware that it. Astrology Alex Myles astrology change chaos dating energy shift full moon intuition march relationships virgo

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Why Are You Seeing Robins in Winter?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Spring has certainly not arrived, so why have the robins? Share your observations with Journey North. Birds & Birding Citizen Science Birding Birds Natural History Try This

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The Best Way To Buy Protection From Severe Storms? Invest In Nature

Conservancy Talk

Last month, NOAA announced that 2017 was the U.S.’s ’s costliest year ever for natural disasters — shattering the previous record of 2005. The country suffered more than $300 billion in damages primarily due to hurricanes, severe storms, and wildfires.

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The Beauty of Tropical Birdiness in Arenal, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

“Birdiness” No, not an official word but, um, so what? Many birds sing local dialects, and human languages are dynamic, they can’t help but change, evolve over time. It’s what they do, otherwise, we might be speaking some long forgotten Homo sapiens root language.

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Environmental Economics

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The 5 Best Songs for Cleaning the House.

Elephant Journal

Sometimes there are just mundane jobs that need to get done and if we can turn even cleaning the toilet and mopping the floor into a self-care afternoon of being in the present moment, while enjoying some good tunes then we will notice that we are really getting some mastery over our life.

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Why Staying on the Trail is Bad for Nature

Nature Conservancy - Science

Is encouraging kids to treat nature as fragile and untouchable doing more harm than good? Ideas Books Essays National Parks Nature + People

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The Environmental Benefits of Veganism

Greentumble

Many people know the nutritional effect of veganism. on their lives, but they haven’t thought of whether the practice could make any changes to the environment. Let’s look at six of the most important ways veganism improves and protects the environment. Increases the availability of fresh water.

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The Birding in Costa Rica is Always Good at Lands in Love

10,000 Birds

“Seen anything good”? How many of us have heard that open-ended question while birding in the USA, Canada, and Costa Rica? How many of us aren’t sure how to answer it?

Sycamore tree and Sycamore wood

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) When we are talking here about the Sycamore we are talking about Acer pseudoplantanus, the “European” Sycamore and not the American one, which is Platanus occidentalis.

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Paying people to live in rural areas

Environmental Economics

My state, Georgia, has created a Rural Development Council to address the issues facing rural Georgia.    (For instance, access to health care is pretty bad.).

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Gender Fluidity is Great—until it Perpetuates the very Problem it is Attempting to Solve.

Elephant Journal

We want to transcend gender identity so badly that we create an endless multiplicity of gender classifications and criminalize anyone who doesn’t use them properly. Does anyone else see the irony in this?

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The Pileated Woodpecker in Winter

Nature Conservancy - Science

Even in the harshest winter conditions, you can count on seeing the spectacular pileated woodpecker. Birds & Birding Birding Birds Natural History

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Vegan Scanners will keep non-vegans out of vegan restaurants

Eccorazzi

Ever since Beyoncé dipped her baby toe into the shallow end of veganism, non-vegans have dared to buy our almond milk and wear our faux leather jackets. And it’s cool, we’ll share our Kat Von D eyeliner with the enemy.

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A Brown-headed Nuthatch Tap-Tap-Tapping on My Car Mirror

10,000 Birds

When I arrived at the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance office in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, a high-tempo, tap-tap-tapping immediately arrested my attention. Surrounded by pine forest in general, the pavement is bordered by a handful of shorter, swaying palm trees.

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Recycling helps us avoid tackling Climate Change

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Climate change and environmental destruction are contentious and disputed topics. In the US, for instance, there is a powerful faction of Republican politicians who flat-out deny that climate change even exists.

Aguanomics: Optimal regulation

Environmental Economics

David Zetland: Back in Nov 2016 (!),

The Year of the Dog: 2018 Animal Horoscopes.

Elephant Journal

Each Chinese year is characterized by one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, and 2018 is the year of the Dog the 11th animal in the cycle. Arts Astrology Non New-Agey Spirituality animal horoscope astrology chinese new year lunar calendar predictions Year of the Dog

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How An Alaskan Earthquake Caused Fish to Spawn in Death Valley

Nature Conservancy - Science

At first glance, the Devils Hole pupfish would rightly be considered one of the most isolated creatures on earth, but the broader world touches the pupfish in surprising ways. Everything's connected. Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Development Fish Weird Nature

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The 5 Best Solar Powered Phone Battery Chargers to Buy in 2018

Greentumble

We all know the sudden drama that happens. during our outside pursuits when we see a “low battery” warning on our phone, tablet, digital camera or other device. Outdoors you’ll find yourself many times far from any power outlet to recharge your devices. What will you do then?

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Stillwater Artisanal with Oliver Brewing Co.: Tuppence (Feed the Birds)

10,000 Birds

Today is the exact midpoint of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

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Make toys with and for your kids instead of buying toys

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In order to present your child with a toy they will be excited about, you do not necessarily need to rush to a toy store and spend hours wandering between the shelves and a great deal of money. It is quite easy to make wonderful toys at home from available materials.

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My contribution to U.S. fisheries policy in 2017

Environmental Economics

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February 15th’s Soulmate, Loved-up, New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius.

Elephant Journal

After two full moons in January (and then two full moons about to occur in the month of March), February really is the perfect time to sit back and take a deep breath before it all kicks into action again. This is why it is the ideal time to focus our energy on the people closest to our hearts.

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Recovery: Evicting Rabbits

Nature Conservancy - Science

When rabbits are introduced to islands, native species suffer. Wildlife Birds Ecotourism Herps Invasive Species Mammals Restoration

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What About the Migrant Workers?

Eccorazzi

Guest Essay by Sorcha Beirne. Every so often I will be asked, in response to my veganism, “but what about the migrant workers who pick your vegetables?” It’s usually asked by some well-meaning person who thinks they might trip me up and force me to acknowledge some kind of hypocrisy in my values.

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I screamed: Ural Owl!

10,000 Birds

I screamed “UralOwlUralOwlUralOwl!!!”, all the time pointing with my right hand while holding the steering wheel with my left, and the hardest thing, keeping my eyes on the road. Fortunately, B. managed to see it, his largest owl ever.

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Learn a new skill every week

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) OK, a little late as a New Year's resolution but.

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Example of the Day: Reconciling definitions of the word 'Highest'

Environmental Economics

Question 1:  In the figure below, identify the 'highest' peak. Question 2: In the graph below, identify the 'highest' number.

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You don’t have to be an Alcoholic to admit when Drinking Hurts your Life.

Elephant Journal

I finally popped on screen and I assessed my drunk level at about a six. I'd gotten to an eleven that night.) My cheeks shined red and my makeup looked sweaty. In mildly slurred speech, I wished the couple well and commented on the bride's. Family Food Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) addiction alcohol alcoholic booze bull in a china shop courage drinking problem moderation quality of life quit drinking quitting alcohol sobriety

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Fighting Fire with Native Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

When bunchgrass ecosystems are intact, they limit both the spread of fire and the invasion of exotic grasses. From the Field Fire Invasive Species Native Plants Nature-based Solutions Ranching Research Restoration

“Hero cow” becomes media darling to non-vegans everywhere

Eccorazzi

Every now and again it happens ; an animal in line for slaughter goes viral. In this case , a nameless Polish cow fought through a metal fence, broke a worker’s arm, and swam across a lake to find refuge on a small island.

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The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

10,000 Birds

I am preparing for the new census of one of the rarest birds of Serbia, the globally threatened Great Bustard , taking place two days from now. Together with African Kori Bustard (which I observed on a camping trip in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve), this is the heaviest flying bird in the world.

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Uses for plastic containers

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic packaging and plastic containers are everywhere, they are ubiquitous, and most end up in the landfill for recycling does not always happen in the way that we are being told. In fact, quite often it does not happen.