June, 2017

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.

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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.

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Trending Sources

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

Environmental Economics

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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.

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.

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More Trending

"New Research Initiative to Update and Improve the Social Cost of Carbon"

Environmental Economics

From the inbox; Resources for the Future (RFF) is launching a multi-year, multidisciplinary research initiative to improve the methodology used to calculate the social cost of carbon—an economic tool used to quantify both the benefits to society of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and the harm to society from emitting more carbon dioxide. Here is the link:  [link]  

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


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.

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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.

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The Dalai Lama’s 6 Key Tips to Happiness.

Elephant Journal

To achieve happiness, we need to cultivate the thought that others are valuable. The Dalai Lama ascertains that other people are the source of our happiness. The more caring we are toward them, the more satisfied and happy we will be.

2017 32

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 21

A Consensus Climate Solution

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. If there’s a silver lining to the U.S.

2017 29

"Nobody knew border carbon adjustments could be so complicated"

Environmental Economics

Holy cow, the Brookings Institution is trolling President Trump with the title on the webpage. The title of the report is a bit different. We live in interesting times:  In “The role of border carbon adjustments in a U.S. carbon tax,” Warwick McKibbin, Adele Morris, Peter Wilcoxen, and Weifeng Liu examine carbon tax design options in the United States using a model of the global economy.

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Cosmopolitan thinks vegans are basically invincible


Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – it’s highly inflated promises about the health benefits of being vegan, man!

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How Can the Pronghorn Cross the Fence?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Pronghorn may be the second fastest land mammal on Earth, but a simple fence can stop them in their tracks.

These are the 6 Rituals that Changed my Life.

Elephant Journal

These practices, when I observed them consistently, filled me with contentment and magic—and a feeling of being enough. They were the culmination of all the work I’d done on myself—all the self-awareness and self-knowledge I gathered—in the past five years. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality awareness change daily practice exercise ritual happiness healing journaling life meditation mindfulness practice reading and writing rituals self love soul nourishing

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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.

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.

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.

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What should we do when animals are treated unfairly?


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.

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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.

Stop Anxiety in its Tracks with this Basic Question.

Elephant Journal

The mind is beautiful. Our capacity to strategize, plot, and plan, is what allows human beings to build cities, invent amazing technologies, and coordinate vast interactions across the network we call the Internet. The human mind is indeed amazing. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality acceptance awareness calming anxiety calming the mind change healing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction self love spirituality yoga practice

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Of Snowflake Birds and the Cold War

10,000 Birds

My transition from being a kid interested in all kinds of animals to being a full-on birder happened when I was around 11 years old, in the early 1980s (oh dear!).

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Carving a New Course in River Science

Conservancy Talk

Science doesn’t advance as a unidirectional monolith, like a glacier carving a valley. Rather, it’s more like thousands of tiny rivulets wending their way through the leaf litter and grasses at the top of a hillside.

"Massive job losses. Lower wages. Shuttered factories. Brownouts and blackouts."

Environmental Economics

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together. mass hysteria! That last bit is from Ghostbusters, of course, but it fits with the President's vision of the climate-regulated future.The rhetoric is kind of funny except that it isn't funny:  That's the grim future that President Trump said he was trying to avoid when he announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate change deal.

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10,000 Take Over Grant Park for Chicago Vegan Food & Drink Festival


On Saturday June 10th, ten thousand people helped prove that there’s success in promoting veganism, and tons of fun to be had doing it.

The Nomad’s Bookshelf: Essential Reads for the Traveling Naturalist

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the field. On the trail. In the river. Up the mountain. Across the sea. Whether you’re an amateur naturalist or conservation scientist, we all like to get outside.

3 Steps to Getting Over Divorce and Feeling Whole Again.

Elephant Journal

I still remember the day that I met my ex-husband’s new girlfriend for the first time. Family Love dealing with divorce Divorce i miss my ex missing an ex surviving a break-up surviving divorce

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Want to Escape the Heat? Go Birding in Costa Rica!

10,000 Birds

These days, temperatures are soaring across much of the USA. While summer is indeed the hottest time of the year, there’s a noticeable difference between 80 degrees and 90 or 100.

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?

Friday Beer Post: Defunding the Green Climate Fund is the equivalent of a restaurant beer a month for the average American household

Environmental Economics

From NPR's fact check of President Trump's Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal speech :  President Trump has repeatedly called the Paris accord a "bad deal" for the U.S. and said it will hurt the economy. One big outlay is the Green Climate Fund set up under the deal. President Barack Obama had committed the U.S. to contributing $3 billion to the fund, which aims to help developing countries adapt to climate change and develop low-emission energy technologies.

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Amendments to Animal Slaughter Practices Will Never Be “Enough”


Tyson is back in the news , and their efforts to appease Mercy For Animals have come up short. Womp Womp. The United State’s largest meat producer has installed video cameras in all 33 of it’s poultry processing plants in an attempt to create new, welfarist-suitable ways to slaughter birds. The corporation is basically looking to be the first to catch any candid-camera moments that could become a starring role in the new undercover footage highlight reel for MFA.

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You Won’t Believe How This Desert Toad Survives Drought

Nature Conservancy - Science

There’s a puddle in the desert larger than an umbrella and less than ankle deep. Easily passed over by toes, but not by Great Basin spadefoot toads. It’s a tadpole nursery. Their nickel-sized bodies with tails squirm in a tight bunch all cozy like.

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Addressing the Health Disparities experienced by African American Women.

Elephant Journal

It was not necessarily about direct acts of racism but sometimes-subtle unconscious bias or implicit bias such as not giving the patient as much attention as she deserves due to her race, or making race-based assumptions about her. It is about social structures that have been in place for years that continue to discriminate against African Americans. It was the way an African American pregnant woman might be treated on a day-to-day basis.

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Ningaloo Reef

10,000 Birds

Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is one of the premier marine wildlife destinations in the world. The long reef is home to an annual coral spawning event that attracts enormous numbers of charismatic marine megafauna, from whales to Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.