June, 2017

Altruism, Albatrosses, and Vicious Young Men

10,000 Birds

On Dec. 27, 2015 Christian Gutierrez, Raymond Justice, and Carter Mesker went on a camping trip to Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve on Oahu, Hawaii.

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Reusing silica gel packets

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Do not throw those packets away which come in different sizes. While they are not edible – please don't try – they can be reused in several ways. We find those little – and sometimes not so very little – packets everywhere.

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My new book

Environmental Economics

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2017 151

15 Amazing Bathtub Designs You Have to See to Believe

Green Furniture Home Design

Are you ready to covet some out-of-this-world bathtub designs that are more than just a figment of a designer’s imagination…they are real, and in some very lucky people’s homes.

2017 141

Paris Climate Agreement: We Are Still In

Indigenize

I feel proud to be able to tell you that my employer, Naropa University, joins other college and university leaders, mayors, governors, investors and businesses in declaring that regardless of current decisions made by the Republican president, we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement. This action thereby continues alliances with […].

2017 136

5 Tips for making your music festivals eco-friendly this summer

Green Traveler Guides

| Zero-Waste Partying | Thousands of people of all ages attend music and experiential festivals every year, here in the U.S. and internationally. The music and other Instagram-worthy moments can be thrilling, but what about all the waste left behind?

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

10,000 Birds

The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America by Nathan Pieplow is innovative, fascinating, and challenging.

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"Why Dropping the Paris Agreement May not Matter Anyways."

Environmental Economics

2017 151

Summer Road Trip! 4 Ways to Increase Fuel Efficiency

The Green Samaritan

Now that summer road trips and vacations are in full swing, your eye may be on the price of gas as you make your way down the highway. Here are a few tips from FuelEconomy.gov to maximize fuel. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2017 130

Leading a Contra Dance Role-Swapping Workshop

Indigenize

Contra dancers, if you’ve ever been curious about dancing the other gender role, I have published a new article with co-author Erik Erhardt about how to optimally pull it off. We of course offer tips for smooth swapping points and the like, yet our main point is the “prime directive” of keeping neighbors, shadows, […]. Arts Dance cdss contra dance Erik Erhardt gender respect role swapping

2017 119

Can cruises ever be environmentally friendly?

Green Traveler Guides

| It’s Getting Better | When it comes to being a green travel option, cruise lines know they have a perception problem.

Why good birders are like old elephants

10,000 Birds

Cover photo: Brian Stoneman was a living proof that some good birders do wear white. I do not know how roads in your nick of forest look like, but here in Serbia, many of them are poorly maintained and potholed.

2017 205

Sources of wood for the treen worker

Green (Living) Review

2017 170

Does Koch brothers rhyme with 'soak' or 'sock'?

Environmental Economics

It starts like a bad joke.and ends as a BAD joke :  What do ExxonMobil, Stephen Hawking, the Nature Conservancy, and Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury and Chief of Staff have in common?

2017 141

United States, United By Nature

Conservancy Talk

This time of year in the United States, we not only celebrate our country’s independence, but also our unique American identity—an identity rooted in the nation’s iconic lands, waters and wildlife.

5 Things we Can Do Right Now to Protect our Seas.

Elephant Journal

On Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited a new study warning that by 2050, plastics could be more plentiful than fish in the world’s oceans.

2017 97

Video: A Sea Turtle’s View of the Reef

Nature Conservancy - Science

Have you ever wondered what it looks like from a sea turtle’s point of view? As part of a tagging project in the Arnavon Islands, Nature Conservancy scientists temporarily attached a camera to the back of a juvenile green turtle.

2017 89

Female Anna’s Hummingbird on Red Thistle

10,000 Birds

After having retired last Friday (yup, you heard that right) I thought it would be nice to just relax around the house and watch some birds! I spotted an Anna’s Hummingbird feeding on some Red Thistle and thought I would try to get some photos. Click on the photos for full sized images.

2017 205

Make Do and Mend

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Make do and mend is a basically philosophy and mindset that I grew up with as a child, as much as I grew up in hand-me-downs whether this were clothes, bicycles, or what-have-you, and it is something that has stayed with me to this day.

2017 169

Market research

Environmental Economics

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2017 141

Good News, Bad News: My Climate Outlook Post-Paris

Conservancy Talk

Here at the Aspen Ideas Festival, climate change is a much bigger topic of conversation and focus this year. People want to know what the outlook and game plan should be after President Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris climate accord.

2017 109

What should we do when animals are treated unfairly?

Eccorazzi

Guest post by Peggy Warren. A disturbing incident occurred a few days ago not far from my home. Motorists spotted a man walking down the road dragging a dead raccoon behind him on a 15-foot rope. He was intending to use the raccoon for crab bait.

2017 88

Poisoning Vultures Will Come Back to Bite Us

Nature Conservancy - Science

The world’s vultures are in crisis. Of 22 species worldwide, 75% are in decline. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ’s red list, nine species are critically endangered, three are endangered, four are near threatened, and only six are of least concern.

2017 89

Those magnificent places down the Danube

10,000 Birds

Cover photo: Black-headed Bunting by Mark S. Jobling / Wikimedia Commons. This year, the first heat of the season came late, only with early June. Instead of writing at home, I discovered a new “study”, a discreet fish restaurant hidden in the branch of the Danube.

2017 199

Happy Birthday to the bicycle; 200 yeas old

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The old girl has reached the ripe old age of 200 and is looking as good as ever. Actually, let's face it, over the years the old girl has changed and improved, and thus looking even better.

2017 164

Sightline Institute: The Future Is Carbon-Priced and the US is Getting Left Behind

Environmental Economics

The " conservative " carbon tax  proposal seems like a long time ago: A little over a year ago, 195 countries signed on to the historic Paris Climate Accord to limit global warming pollution. This year, the United States pointed a loaded gun at its own foot , and President Trump pulled the trigger, announcing he will withdraw from the agreement.

2017 126

The Good News: Almost Everyone Else Knows that Global Warming is Real

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Agreement on global warming is a short-sighted mistake.

2017 108

Okja: Worth Watching, but Not For the Reasons You Think

Eccorazzi

Guest post by Frances McCormack and Alan O’Reilly. SPOILER ALERT: details about the movie discussed below]. Hailed by animal advocates as a vegan movie that will change the way many people view animals, Okja , which is now screening on Netflix, is far from that.

2017 87

Satellite-Tagged Sharks Provide New Data on Gulf Migrations

Nature Conservancy - Science

Two hundred and five miles. That’s how far an immature tiger shark, nicknamed “The Judge” by scientists, travelled in 16 days since being tagged with a satellite tracker off the western coast of Florida.

2017 86

Great Grassland Birds at Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

This past Saturday, 10 June, I had to be at a meeting near Newburgh at 11 AM. Newburgh is a little over an hour north of New York City so I figured I could get a visit in to a few great locations for breeding birds that I hadn’t yet seen this year.

2017 198

Fighting fire with fire or, in this case, plastic with plastic

Green (Living) Review

Forget bio-based bottles, one Dutch designer believes we should fight plastic with plastic. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce just one plastic bottle? It is the combination of one liter of water and one liter of oil. But how often are these recycled?

2017 164

We're number x! (where 0 < x <101)

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: I just wanted to give you a heads up that Environmental Economics has been featured in the  Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2017. Congratulations and keep up the awesome work with Environmental Economics!    Thanks!  

2017 125

Big Fish, Not Reef Fish

Conservancy Talk

Even though I live near the ocean, I am not a fishermen. I catch fish sometimes, but they are mostly reef fish because in Palau you need to travel far to catch tuna. When I have extra time I work on my garden. I like growing things, but gardens take time and patience.

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Don’t Lower Your Standards

Eccorazzi

It has been a while since I was active in my wee cottage industry of responding to self-absorbed speciesist articles in the press. I was getting my hopes up that perhaps they were done for. I needn’t have.

2017 83

Recovery: Second Chance for Yankee Cottontails

Nature Conservancy - Science

Stunned but delighted is how Dr. Robert McDowell, Director of Wildlife at the University of Connecticut, sounded when I arrived at his office to learn about New England cottontail rabbits. Finally someone other than himself was interested in these vanishing natives.

2017 84

The the mid year winners are….

10,000 Birds

I have always considered it a true honor to be allowed to join this amazing team of writers, scientists and bird enthusiasts. I feel that the real skill that I bring to the group is in my photography, and some what less, my writing skills.

2017 184

Alexei Navalny & the Anti-Corruption Movement in Russia

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we remember that the Maidan “demonstrations”, which led to the problems, which is still expressing it mildly, in the Ukraine also started claiming to be an anti-corruption movement. Where it led to we have all seen.

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