May, 2017

Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

Nature Conservancy - Science

Protecting fish populations on coral reefs sounds simple: protect the reef, protect the fish. But unfortunately conservation efforts aren’t that straightforward, as human activities on land can impact what happens in the ocean.

In case you have forgotten how much the Paris climate deal might cost the U.S.

Environmental Economics

Real Time Economics (i.e., WSJ): Now that officials from the U.S. and nearly 200 other countries have reached a deal in Paris  meant to keep global warming at bay, many citizens back home want to know—how much will it cost us? No one knows for sure, but one estimate from an environmental think tank in Washington pegs the cost as a $170 billion hit to U.S. gross domestic product in 2030, or about 0.7% of the total economic output that year. 

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How Meditation Made Me More of a Man.

Elephant Journal

We either work ourselves to death in the quest to accumulate more, or spend too much time on fitness that the rest of life begins to seem less important. This can turn into something as serious as. Health & Wellness Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality meditation men mindfulness self control sex drive stress hormones

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What to look for in a new home

10,000 Birds

What does the average person go looking for, in a new place to live? Close to schools, grocery store, a nice neighborhood, all things well worth considering. None of those thing in fact, even came into consideration during our search, when my wife and I started looking for our next residence.

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Building Positive School Culture

The Green Changemakers

By Dana Truby Life is about relationships. Building a positive environment in individual classrooms and throughout your whole school is too. It takes commitment and consistency from the whole team—administrators, teachers and support staff.

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Nailing the Scorpion Pose—6 Ways to Follow the “Feel-Good.”

Elephant Journal

No question the scorpion is a venerable pose—strong, elegant, and loaded with yoga street cred. Watching enviously as other yoga students nailed it, I felt drawn to the arresting and vulnerable beauty as they opened the neck and torso in a backbend while balanced on forearms. I wondered if I had the discipline, patience, and core strength required to capture this pose and, most of all, could I overcome the fear.

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Checking the news

10,000 Birds

I start my day with a coffee, a strong Turkish coffee without sugar – it is the stuff that makes the chest hair grow, as one UK friend of mine has put it. The next thing is starting the computer to check the news. And the first news web site is… eBird.

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Connecting with Nature in Texas City

Conservancy Talk

While thousands of Nature Conservancy staff, supporters and friends marched for science on Earth Day 2017, 130 Texans gathered in southeast Texas for a day at the beach.

There’s no such thing as giving exploited animals a “good death”

Eccorazzi

Industry and welfarists are at it again, attempting to convince themselves and others that there’s such a thing as humane slaughter. VPR in Vermont shared that Vermont Packinghouse (a slaughterhouse) received four United States Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A)

Science + Flickr + Social Media Show the World’s Coral Reefs = $36 Billion to the Travel Industry and Host Nations Every Year

Nature Conservancy - Science

If it’s true that people reveal their true values by how they spend their money, coral reefs are very valuable indeed. In fact, according to a new study in the Journal Marine Policy coral reef tourism generates $36 billion (U.S) in global value every year.

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Survey: Slashing EPA won't improve US economy

Environmental Economics

Quotes of the day: Results from a survey of members of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the leading professional organization of economists studying environmental and resource issues, found that 80 percent disagree that reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power will improve the U.S. economy.

How to Reclaim Our Wild Genius in a Status-Quo Culture.

Elephant Journal

If we trained ourselves as a society to look for human wildflowers, how many geniuses would we cultivate? If we valued diversity, celebrated differences, invited the unknown, and turned our new normal into constant mental, spiritual, and emotional expansion, what would we become? How many more lights would illuminate the world? Enlightened Society Green Right Livelihood California construction environment genius green growth

The Beauty of Checklists

10,000 Birds

Over the weekend, a fellow naturalist friend of mine came to visit the Florida Panhandle from the Big Bend’s Cedar Key. We spent a day on the beach, a morning on Turkey Creek, and took walks around the neighborhood.

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Is mankind in danger of backsliding into pre-industrial times?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Club of Rome says yes and according to some predictions due to the rise in the world's pollution and the ever decreasing non-renewable resources humanity is threatened to relapse into pre-industrial times.

PIG TRIAL VERDICT: PIGS LOSE, PETA WINS

Eccorazzi

Guest Essay by Jeff Perz. For Part 1 of this essay, go here. Anita Krajnc is co-founder of the group Toronto Pig Save, she gave water to thirsty pigs on their way to slaughter, was tried for criminal mischief and was acquitted on May 4, 2017.

Bioacoustics Reveal How Biodiversity Changes Across Borneo’s Logged Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

The chainsaw roars to life and the stench of gasoline fills the air. Steel meets hardwood, and dust pulses from the wound like arterial spray, raining down onto the clay soil as the blade cuts deeper into the massive dipterocarp. Then the tree groans.

How to fail economics at Harvard

Environmental Economics

Professor Emeritus at Harvard, and former chief economist at the World Bank, former Director of the National Economic Council, and former Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers says he might fail the Trump budget team in introductory econ : Details of President Trump’s first budget have now been released. Much can and will be said about the dire social consequences of what is in it and the ludicrously optimistic economic assumptions it embodies. 

10 ways to Choose Happiness Now.

Elephant Journal

“Happiness is not something you get in life, happiness is something that you bring to life.” ~ Wayne Dyer. Family Health & Wellness Love Non New-Agey Spirituality 10 ways to choose happiness this year choose happiness choosing happiness choosing to be happy cultivating happiness detachment gratitude happiness happy living in the moment meditation

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Puffin Trip in Maine

10,000 Birds

When Daisy started talking about a family trip to Maine for the long Memorial Day Weekend I had one thing on my mind: puffins! Atlantic Puffins are easier to see, and see well, in Maine than anywhere else in the United States.

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Reusing plastic utensils in the garden

Green (Living) Review

Reusing plastic utensils (flatware) in the garden (and elsewhere) by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't toss those plastic knives, forks and spoons. There are number of reasons why you should plant them in your garden beds instead.

The only label you need on egg cartons: exploitative

Eccorazzi

Knowing the ‘best a consumer can know’ means looking at the product you’re buying, and not just it’s fancy packaging. An author by the name of James Hamblin contributed his ‘know-how’ on egg industry labelling in a piece published on The Atlantic.

Recovery: Ranching Gone Right

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ridding the West of cattle remains a priority for some organizations and individuals. Ranching,” the director of one prominent group told High Country News , is among “the most nihilistic lifestyles this planet has ever seen. Ranching should end. Good riddance.”

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Kind of like a fox guarding the henhouse

Environmental Economics

More evidence that the benefits of environmental quality have been executive ordered to zero  ( EPA dismisses members of major scientific review board ): The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research. A spokesman for the E.P.A.

Seven Signs that you Truly Love Yourself.

Elephant Journal

I would argue with her that I did love myself, dammit! But it wasn't until I did the more intrinsic work, spent a lot of time alone, and stopped giving my power to someone else or asking for their validation to make me feel okay about just being me that I truly started to love myself. Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) Love Non New-Agey Spirituality breakup compassion Divorce recognition relationships self love self-care self-empowerment

Daybreak at the Oasis

10,000 Birds

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A cracking idea!

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Edinburgh Napier student produces range of tableware made from her own patent pending egg shell material It’s the food stuff that is traditionally enjoyed scrambled, poached, boiled or fried. The egg that is, not the shell.

Volunteering in Paradise

Conservancy Talk

The volunteer posting read: “Must have a willingness to get your hands dirty.” To some, this might sound like a weekend work day that involves trash removal or weeding invasive species. For Conservancy employees Chad Livingston and Alex Wegmann, it meant something far different.

What Has the Endangered Species Act Ever Done for Us? More Than You Think.

Nature Conservancy - Science

99% of species protected by the endangered species act have been saved from extinction. You read that right, 99%. Since the Endangered Species Act became law in 1973, only 10 species protected by it have been declared extinct, and eight of those may have been extinct before they were listed.

"Fishermen Can Make Their Catch Count for Red Snapper Fishery with iSnapper"

Environmental Economics

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A Mindful way to Manage our Negative Emotions.

Elephant Journal

My primary strategy of managing negative emotions was to avoid having them in the first place. This can be just as emotionally exhausting. Apprentice Thesis Non New-Agey Spirituality awkward situations embarrassment emotional feelings life advice manage our emotions mindfulness

American Redstart Nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

I’ve lived in Queens for eight years now and have visited Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge over one hundred times while I’ve been here. Every spring American Redstarts get back to Jamaica Bay and set up territories and I’ve never failed to learn exactly where those territories are.

Poundland's Charlie Dimmock Tool Bag – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Part of the new and exclusive beautiful garden range, the tool bag (not tool belt as the website refers to it, erroneously) is a useful accessory to carry and store you essentials whilst in the garden.

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Spring Flood on the River of Sorrows

Conservancy Talk

Like a Frenchman knows good years and bad years for wine, I remember years in Colorado for their snowpack. In 1995, deep snow remained well into summer. In 2002, the snow never came and Coloradans were reminded of how bad drought can be.

Remember That Catastrophic Natural Gas Leak in California? Yeah, That Could Happen Again

Nature Conservancy - Science

NatureNet Science Update. The largest accidental release of greenhouse gases in U.S. history began October 23, 2015 with the blowout of an underground natural gas storage well in Aliso Canyon about 20 miles west of Los Angeles.