December, 2017

Birding under Clouds of Uncertainty: Santa Ana NWR

10,000 Birds

When the news broke about a possible border wall through Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, I decided to make plans to visit before it got bisected by a concrete barrier.

2017 207

Ten Years of Select Economic Data in Graphs

Environmental Economics

A pet peeve of mine as an economist is giving too much credit to the current quarterback , er.President for [economic] wins and too much blame for [economic] losses. 

2017 207

Britain does not have a housing crisis but an empty homes crisis

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Thousands of homes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire left empty, the Gazette reported on November 24, 2017.

2017 165

Five Surprising Ways Your Christmas Tree Can Give Back Long After the Holidays

Nature Conservancy - Science

Every holiday season, my family puts up a real Christmas tree in our living room to celebrate Christmas. We’re in good company – each year more than 25 million American households have a real Christmas tree.

2017 105

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous

Greentumble

Ever since we have discovered how to harness. the powerful energy contained within the nucleus of an atom, we have been using it – for both positive and negative purposes. Nuclear energy is an affordable, efficient and reliable option of generating power for many countries.

Big companies were increasingly obsessed with co-working spaces in 2017

Elephant Journal

Everyone is aware of the stuffiness in corporate office spaces where cubicles separate you from others, sometimes the person you need to talk to is on another floor, and your supervisor or manager is positioned behind a closed door.

2017 114

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

October 23 2017: I read the text message confirming that there is indeed a Common Greenshank at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. I grab my binoculars, camera, and field guide and drive 2-and-a-half hours to southern New Jersey.

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US and UK banning the use of Kaspersky anti-virus

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Not only the government agencies are on the bandwagon, even Barclay's Bank is advising its customers who got it free via the Bank to stop using it.

2017 156

Sympathy for the Shark Finner

Nature Conservancy - Science

The gruesome Facebook photo showed a dead rhino with its horn hacked off, blood splattered on the grass. Unfortunately, images like this frequently appear on my feed, as I follow a lot of global conservation causes. And yet, I still have a visceral reaction.

2017 103

What Are the Health and Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy?

Greentumble

Sunlight is free, infinite, and easily. accessible, making it a perfect source for generating energy—particularly when compared to fossil fuels, which need to be mined, extracted, and transported, leaving behind a trail of pollution and environmental degradation.

Why I’m Marrying a Vegan

Eccorazzi

With less than a week between me and my engagement, probes on wedding dates, dress preferences and whether or not I’d serve my guests vegan food (duh) are just starting to trickle in.

2017 75

Snow in Costa Rica!

10,000 Birds

It was already dark in mid-October when we arrived to the Costa Rican birding mecca of Rancho Naturalista to have dinner on the veranda but then were interrupted with a call: There’s a Mottled Owl at the other side! You can imagine the rest: everyone jumped from the table to look for the owl.

David Weimer on Richard Thaler's Nobel Prize and benefit-cost analysis

Environmental Economics

David Weimer ( Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler, Behavioral Economics, and Benefit-Cost Analysis ): Rational action lies at the heart of neoclassical economics. Sovereign consumers make choices that maximize their utilities. By observing the tradeoffs implicit in actual choices, or eliciting tradeoffs for hypothetical choices, benefit-cost analysts impute willingness to pay for desirable policy impacts and willingness to accept undesirable ones.

2017 122

The Happy Hero – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Happy Hero Solitaire Townsend Published by Unbound October 2017 Paperback 192 pages £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-91158-639-5 The Happy Hero comes with a promise: that you can be happier and healthier by simply making a difference to the world around you.

Review 151

Four Crazy Ways Cool Creatures Survive Cold Winters

Nature Conservancy - Science

From urine recycling to hibernation on demand, here’s how four critters survive snow and frigid weather in style. Wildlife Herps Mammals Nature Pop Weird Nature

2017 100

What are the most efficient solar panels on the market?

Greentumble

The first thing you need to know. when looking for the most efficient solar panels is that high efficiency does not always provide the highest return on investment.

2017 85

Be what you are Looking for in the World.

Elephant Journal

Some people are looking for love, others are searching for happiness, and many are seeking power above all else. Whatever it is that we are looking for acts as a reflection of our deepest longings longings that connect with how we feel about the very meaning of our own lives.

2017 91

Confessions from a Christmas Bird Count in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

A blog is a place to express ideas, thoughts, recipes, and whatever floats your personal boat. At 10,000 Birds, readers who haven’t been here before might correctly surmise that this platform talks about anything bird-related.

A Winter Solstice miracle

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: 21-Dec-2017. Dear John, Thank you for submitting your revised manuscript to the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript BCA-2015-0053.R2 "A benefit-cost analysis of a red drum stock enhancement program in South Carolina" in its current form for publication in JBCA. I first presented this at the 2006 Southern Economic Association Meetings in Charleston, SC

2017 116

Churchill & Orwell – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Churchill & Orwell – The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks Published 1st June 2017 Royal Hardback, £25 352 pages, with 26 b/w photographs ISBN 9780715652374 Liberty and truth have never been so topical.

Review 151

The Secret in the Sand Dunes

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dominick Solazzo likes to say the healthy dunes at Midway Beach and South Seaside Park on the Jersey Shore have a “secret ingredient.” Of course, it’s a secret that gives itself away pretty readily when the wind blows. More from Midway and the Jersey Shore. Saved by Sand Dunes. By Cara Byington.

2017 88

Solar Panel Maintenance and Cleaning: What You Need to Know

Greentumble

Investing in solar panels is a. big decision – a lot of time, thought and money goes into choosing the right panels, finding the best installer and arranging for the building and/or installation work to be done.

2017 81

This week in the veganverse

Eccorazzi

Veganism is most certainly in the news! It’s just never about veganism, really. Check out some headlines making their rounds this week. Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo go Fur-free but stay Animal-Product-full.

2017 63

Snowy Owl Ethics

10,000 Birds

Greg Lawrence is a long-time friend of 10,000 Birds and a birding machine in the Rochester, New York, area. He is currently a Fish and Wildlife Technician with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Research Foundation for SUNY.

When you're dealing with the current EPA administration, the humor writes itself

Environmental Economics

Really, could you have made this up ? Hat Tip: Paul Jakus.  

2017 109

Not my circus, not my monkeys

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “Not my circus, not my monkeys”, is a Polish proverb and one that we do well to remember each and every time someone wants to drag us into their dramas.

2017 151

Fantastic Fecal Phenomena of the Animal World

Nature Conservancy - Science

Where there is life, there is also poop. And that’s where things get interesting. Read on for seven incredible tales of excrement from the natural world. From the Field Wildlife Top 10 Weird Nature

2017 87

Let’s Not Go with the Flow

Greentumble

“World Soil Day” was on 5th of December. But many of us are unaware about the significance of this day. As an environmental science student, I often read about lithosphere where soil is the main component.

2017 62

Assisted Evolution? Maybe, Maybe Not

Conservancy Talk

A few scientists are suggesting a radical, unprecedented, new tool to save the world’s coral reefs. They are talking about altering the genetic make-up of wild organisms.

2017 87

Where now?

10,000 Birds

Share and Enjoy: The post Where now? appeared first on Indexed.

2017 178

Who knew? Revenue-neutral corporate tax cuts!

Environmental Economics

With a carbon tax or cap-and-trade: In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the Clean Power Plan under which each state can set a mass-based target to meet its assigned electric power sector carbon dioxide emission reductions. If it proceeds, states can design policies to meet those requirements and also raise revenue via a carbon tax or cap-and-trade program with auctioned permits. We calculate each state's potential revenue and demonstrate its significance.

2017 109

Unlock the untapped potential of your faucet

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Drinking tap water might be the simplest solution to ocean plastic pollution (oh dear, and this even rhymes). The solution to plastic water bottle pollution could be as simple as educating the general masses that (their) tap water is safe to drink.

2017 151

The Bird That Loves Chimneys as Much as Santa

Nature Conservancy - Science

Santa, not known for a slender frame, must miss the days of open masonry chimneys. Modern chimneys are too narrow for him to slide down as was once his custom. And he’s not the only one who misses old fashioned, open chimneys.

2017 82

When we need to Limit Empathy in order to Heal.

Elephant Journal

I believe that no one causes harm intentionally—unless one is hurt and acts out of pain or anger. I believe that everyone wants to make the world a better.

2017 87

What Causes Sinkholes and How to Fix Them

Greentumble

Picture this: Gigantic holes in the ground. swallow up entire buildings, houses, trees, and even people. While such a description sounds like a scene from a disaster or science fiction film, incidents like this actually can and do occur around the world as sinkhole events.

2017 58

Red Warbler

10,000 Birds

I have had to wait a long time to write this post. Red Warblers , Cardellina rubra , are easy enough to find in their highland Mexican habitat, but getting usable photographs has eluded me before.

2017 172

Natural disasters and net-migration? @mattkahn1966

Environmental Economics

I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel the sky tumbling, a'tumbling down. Quakes and Fires. ): For the half-century after World War II, California represented the epitome of middle-class America on the move.