August, 2017

What is killing birds at Karla Lake (Greece)?

10,000 Birds

There should be thousands of birds at this time of the year, Dimitris Michalakis from the Karla Lake management authority told me. In early August this year, I saw 77 species here (69 on the lake, plus 8 more in the surrounding areas) but barely more than a thousand individuals.

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Londoners turn their bottles into beats for a Party in the Park

Green (Living) Review

Revellers across the capital this weekend power a party to help keep parks green London, Monday 21st August (Press Release) : London’s parks were left a little bit greener this weekend – as park revellers traded in their empty bottles for music beats.

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Environmental Economics

When s**t becomes real.a friend of a friend of a friend posted this to Facebook.  Apparently the Department of Energy is enforcing language guidelines for funded projects

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5 smart tips for traveling green

Green Traveler Guides

| Back to Basics | Listen up, class. The planet is in trouble. We love traveling, but travel is carbon intensive. So, don’t stop traveling. It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures. Just don’t give in to the temptation to ignore those sustainable habits we have at home.

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Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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Paper Saver – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Paper Saver is – probably – the most eco-friendly notebook ever The Paper Saver comes without paper inside, because it's meant to be stuffed with old, discarded printouts from your home office.

When you want environmental benefits to be zero just make them zero

Environmental Economics

Is "environmental benefit denier" a term ( Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say )? Mr. Pruitt’s efforts to undo a major water protection rule are one example of his moves to quickly and stealthily dismantle regulations.

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Partial Eclipse


96% totality experienced. Even at that much shadowed occultation, the sun offered a surprising amount of light. The profound takeaway I got is this: If we consider the parallels between the larger natural world and our own psyches, it’s a sweet reminder that even if we’ve sabotaged our lives a lot through our own BS […]. Spiritual Ecopsychology eclipse ecopsychology hope innate goodness nature original nature perspective

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Mangroves: A Star Player in the Coastal Protection Game

Conservancy Talk

It’s the lazy days of summer, and many of the folks we know are headed to the coast to spend time with family and relax. We love our coasts, from the wildlife-rich wetlands, to snorkeling reefs and relaxing beaches. But these coastal lands are under threat—and that threat is growing every day.

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Nervous Hippos, Sad Ducks & Bewildered Ground Squirrels

Nature Conservancy - Science

How do animals react to solar eclipses? Scientists don't know much, but what they do know is, well, sometimes a little weird. Citizen Science Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Birds Field Notes Fish Mammals Nature Pop

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Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

10,000 Birds

From plastic lotion bottle to tool holster (Reuse Recipe)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Those plastic bottles that held hand lotion, or sun lotion, or the larger ones that held cleaning product of one kind or other, lend themselves very nicely to be upcycled into belt pouches/holsters for small tools like secateurs, etc.

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2017 Eclipse Telescope Feed [App State in Sylva, NC]

Environmental Economics

Telescope link:  [link]. Here is a link to the live commentary:  [link

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Veld donates money to farm animals and also serves them


The only thing that gets my head shaking faster than EDM music, is the hypocrisy of far from vegan companies promoting their donations to farm sanctuaries.

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The Hero of Houston: Mattress Mack, the anti-Osteen.

Elephant Journal

If you need a dose of business as a force for good, and in a world running right getting love for doing good, and therefore doing well, well, here’s Mattress Mack. Click above for inspiration. Click below for inspiration! For more.

The Quest to Restore American Elms: Nearing the Finish Line

Nature Conservancy - Science

The quest to restore the American elm has been underway for more than 50 years. Now success is closer than ever. From the Field Climate Disease & Parasites Ecosystem Services Forests Genetics Resilience Restoration Technology Urban Conservation

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Will Environmental Laws Prevent a Wall Through Santa Ana NWR?

10,000 Birds

Birders have been apprehensively watching developments regarding the construction of a border wall through the renowned birding location of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

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Matching neighborhood skills

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There was a time when everyone knew their neighbors and that not only in a village and they all knew who did what for a trade or who was good in this or that and, even more important, everyone was prepared to help one another.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Requisite Natural Disaster Price Gouging Post

Environmental Economics

When the Super Bowl comes to town hotels increase prices for rooms.  Bars increase prices for drinks.  Restaurants increase prices for food.   So why when the Super Bowl of hurricanes comes to town would we expect anything less ? When they checked rates online as Hurricane Harvey was strengthening and about to make landfall in Texas, a room with two queen beds was between $120 and $149 a night.

Journeying to Alaska’s Wild Edges

Conservancy Talk

Alaska’s far north has beckoned explorers from around the world for centuries. Even after the age of exploration, it remained a mysterious and distant place for many people. Including us. In July of 2017, we joined Zegrahm Expeditions on a tour of the Bering Sea and its remote islands.

How to Let Go of Resentment in 3 Minutes.

Elephant Journal

Our subconscious thinks that continuing to resent the person who hurt us will protect us from being hurt again. Enlightened Society Love Non New-Agey Spirituality friendship grudges let go letting go Moving On resentment subconscious video

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Eclipse Resources for Curious Naturalists (& the Naturally Curious)

Nature Conservancy - Science

Everything you wanted to know about experiencing Solar Eclipse 2017 in one convenient list, from where to view, how to view, to the path of totality and beyond. Citizen Science From the Field Ideas Wildlife Natural History Nature Pop Research Try This

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Bird Litigation: Hindsight and the California Condor

10,000 Birds

It is not always obvious which side of a bird-related conservation lawsuit is the right side. As many birders know, the last wild California Condors were captured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in the 1980s to be part of a captive breeding program.

Needs and wants and being frugal

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Very often wants are mistaken for needs and on other levels a want culture is being and has already been created where even the smallest child screams that he wants that because he needs it.

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Quote of the Day: Both sides win from trade.sheesh

Environmental Economics

That moment you realize the Chinese administration understands economics better than the U.S. administration. From the Steve Bannon interview story : "In reality, China and the United States' long term cooperation has brought about real benefits for both countries' peoples, any unbiased person will clearly see this fact," [Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying] told a daily news briefing in Beijing. "We "We have also said before, a trade war has no future.

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Trading beef for beans is not a solution, veganism is


How can you manage your ecoanxiety? According to The Atlantic , pretend swapping out beef for beans is going to help our planet. In the ongoing popularization of reducetarianism, author James Hamblin dives not-too-deep into the impact of our eating habits on the environment.

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Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius: Awakening to our True Selves.

Elephant Journal

We describe this open portal as a time of disquiet and unrest, when a great deal of change is expected to arise. This time supports reinventing ourselves and stepping up, so that the.

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The Remarkable Story of How the Bison Returned to Europe

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yes, the bison roams across Europe. And the story of its conservation rescue may be even more dramatic than that of its American counterpart. Wildlife Bison Forests Genetics Grasslands Mammals Restoration

A holiday in Egypt

10,000 Birds

East Sinai – Bay of Aqaba, Taba Resort. Morning. Some three dozen migrating Barn Swallows fly above the hotel garden where I am having coffee at the Breeze Bar by the pool.

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The repair, reuse and upcycling economy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Taking possessions to be repaired, be it bicycles, clothes, shoes, or anything else, instead of throwing them out and replacing them is green gold. But reuse and upcycling should and must also be and become part of this economy.

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AERE sessions at the Midwest Economics Association

Environmental Economics

via Lea-Rachel Kosnick: Abstract submissions for the AERE sponsored sessions at the MEA meetings are due in just two weeks, on September 1, 2017.    This year, we have a fancy new submission portal through the AERE website, so you don’t have to bother with remembering my personal email any longer.    Submit your abstract here:   [link].

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Guys, extortion isn’t an effective from of vegan advocacy


In my ongoing list of things I’d like people to stop staining veganism with, I didn’t think I’d have to write this one down. The San Francisco Chronicle shared a classic tale of extortion between a butcher shop and the Direct Action Everywhere street-team in their neighbourhood.

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31 Little Instructions for Living Bravely.

Elephant Journal

There is something tantalizing about walking through our fears and sitting with our discomforts, even when we want to run away. Enlightened Society Family Health & Wellness Non New-Agey Spirituality courage fear life-lessons wisdom wisdom quotes wise quotes words of wisdom

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The Stream Whisperer: “Thinking Like Water” Restores Sage Grouse Habitat

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bill Zeedyk teaches Westerners how to “think like water” to restore wet habitat for imperiled Gunnison’s sage grouse. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birds Climate Drought Ranching Restoration Sage Grouse Technology Water