January, 2017

Counting birds that count on us.

10,000 Birds

The World’s biggest citizen science wildlife count takes place this weekend. It is a very simple and accessible event which requires each observer to sit for one hour in their garden or a local park. Their observations are then entered to the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch site.

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"House conservatives' sweeping plan for Trump's first 100 days, explained"

Environmental Economics

All regulations have zero benefits: Thursday morning, the House Freedom Caucus, the main group representing the far right of House Republicans, released an ambitious regulatory — or, really, deregulatory — agenda for the Trump administration to pursue.

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2017’s First Full Moon in Cancer: Everything we Want is on the Other Side of Fear.

Elephant Journal

In astrology, there are moments that seem orchestrated by God those breaks within the mundane where the magic is able to escape.

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Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Never underestimate the underdog — in sports or in ecosystems.

Sundrop Farms grows tomatoes with seawater

Green Prophet

Saltwater greenhouses can save the Middle East and humanity from drought and climate change. Three cheers to Sundrop Farms in Australia for pioneering saltwater greenhouses in Australia: they are now harvesting tomatoes for a leading grocery store called Coles.

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If you Love her, Don’t Destroy Her.

Elephant Journal

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Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

Behavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation. A new paper in Conservation Letters helps practitioners tap into behavioral sciences. Poverty and the environment are twin problems.

Reflections On Underground Non-Advocacy


In response to my recent articles on PETA UK and Veganuary there have been a number of acrimonious voices dissenting against my criticism.

2017 22

Three Lessons Environmentalists Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. A day devoted to honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., seems especially appropriate this year.

2017 31

Snowbound Birding

10,000 Birds

The entire world, it seemed, was buried under two feet of snow. I was checking weather forecasts for days looking for a window of opportunity for a field trip. Yet, even the mighty Danube was frozen solid from bank to bank.

2017 46

Daily Demand and Supply: Who will pay for the wall if a 20% import tax is imposed?

Environmental Economics

On Wednesday, President Trump either did or didn't suggest that Mexico will pay for the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico through a 20% import tax on all goods imported from Mexico.

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Eight Feng Shui Tips to Improve the Energy at your Front Door.

Elephant Journal

Improve the chi of your entire home and, therefore, your life by following these simple suggestions. Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Love Non New-Agey Spirituality chi direction energy feng shui potential prosperity relationships yang chi yin chi

2017 46

Marketing Oysters in the Delaware Bay: Top 5 Insights

Nature Conservancy - Science

Oysters provide important environmental benefits to people by filtering and improving the quality of water in the bay. But are consumers willing to pay more for oysters to help fund the benefits they provide?

Vox, we don’t need a biologist to tell us animals feel pain


Of all the ways humans enjoy excusing the disaster that is animal exploitation, pretending not to know if animals feel pain is up as there as being the most ignorant.

2017 20

Private Sector Biodiversity Commitments Leveraged by CBD COP13

Conservancy Talk

Biodiversity was high on the agenda in Mexico when the country hosted the 13 th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) last month. The event did much more than confirm existing commitments for biodiversity preservation and foster some exciting new commitments.

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Borderline of Countable

10,000 Birds

As usual at this time of year, I visited the city landfill to look for gulls. To be honest, mostly to look for one gull, the European Herring Gull Larus argentatus. I have observed it before in East Anglia, but never in Serbia and recently it was confirmed from a photo taken in Belgrade.

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Graphic of the Day: Yep

Environmental Economics

2017 21

You Make My Soul High. {Adult}

Elephant Journal

Rest with ease, knowing that you are the only one who has ever been this deep inside of me. Adult Literary Journal Love Non New-Agey Spirituality Sexy connection Divine connection expanding our minds love relationships sex soul f*cking soul high spirituality twin flame connection

2017 44

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy. But with our roots as a land trust, we thought about markets in a very specific way. We bought property to protect biodiversity using donor and public funding. We were in the market for “externalities.”.

Latent Prejudices and Animal Exploitation


Our attitude to animals is often a marker of our own latent prejudices: those that we try to keep hidden in our dealings with human beings, but that bubble to the surface every now and again when we attempt to justify our participation in animal use or campaign for one species over another.

2017 17

If you got a container then you can have a garden

Green (Living) Review

If you have got more than one container the better still by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Even if you have but a small area where you can place such containers you can still have some kind of vegetable garden.

2017 11

10 Countries, 10 Top Birds in 2016

10,000 Birds

Well, that year was something else. Like a lot of people I know, the body blows of the news the world at large were tempered by a year that was personally rather good. I managed to actually beat my year list total, as accounted by eBird, by one bird. I went to Ethiopia. I bought a house.

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Wind farms: "In the end, the economics trump Trump"

Environmental Economics

I should add a question mark to the end of that post title. From the NY Times :  Last fall, five turbines in the waters of Rhode Island — the country’s first offshore farm — began delivering power to the grid. European energy developers like Statoil and Dong Energy are making big investments to bring projects to American waters. Last year in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed into law a mandate that is pushing development forward.

4 Simple Rituals that Increase Happiness (According to Neuroscience).

Elephant Journal

Not everyone is born happy, but neuroscience says we can all learn how to bring more happiness and meaning into our lives. Here are four.

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Is That a Turtle Under the Ice?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Where are the turtles and tortoises in cold months? As ectotherms (or cold-blooded animals), turtles’ body temperature and metabolism are determined by external heat sources. When it’s cold outside, their metabolism slows down, so they aren’t active enough to forage.

Grow Your Own Exploitation


The quest for cultured meat seems to have a number of millennials excited for the future; home grown burgers, nuggets and silk, as easy as planting some basil on your windowsill and watering once a day.

2017 15

Bible Smugglers

Green (Living) Review

Or should we call them what they were? Spies in clerical disguise?

Birding Guanica, Puerto Rico

10,000 Birds

It was early afternoon when Mike and I arrived at Bosque Estatal de Guanica, the large dry forest reserve on the south coast of Puerto Rico. We had three target birds to find there though two of them likely wouldn’t be findable until after dark.

The arbitrary executive orders continue

Environmental Economics

I like the approach that is being taken to quote the president verbatim: President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday morning requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen,” Trump declared moments before signing it inside the Oval Office.

Breaking the Stigma: Therapists have Mental Health Issues Too.

Elephant Journal

I saw my first therapist at the age of 14. Several years later, I would go on to college and chose psychology as a major.

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A New Life for Bighorn Sheep in the Land of Laughing Waters

Nature Conservancy - Science

The gates opened, cameras clicked and 11 desert bighorn sheep jumped to freedom. Within seconds, they had vanished into the rocky, saguaro-studded slopes of the Galiuro Mountains in southern Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.

Bearing Witness To Narcissism


A lot of people are angry about a piece I wrote the other day concerning the Norfolk Animal Save slaughter parade. Unfortunately, the various responses and outcries from those involved merely confirmed my fears about the mindsets and attitudes of the people taking part in such events.

2017 13

Purchasing “green” can be good, but buying less is better

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) While purchasing “green” can be good, but buying less is better and making is better still. But how many of us are prepared to make things that we want (and need) for ourselves (and others)?

Can the Falcons Win the Super Bowl?

10,000 Birds

The hours are ticking down to Super Bowl LI, a hotly anticipated contest between perennial contenders New England Patriots and the upstart, high-flying Atlanta Falcons.