April, 2018

Krugman on renewables

Environmental Economics

I'm not sure I'm as optimistic as Krugman but the attempt to reduce the use of from renewable energy is likely a huge mistake (in terms of dynamic efficiency): Not that long ago, calls for a move to wind and solar power were widely perceived as impractical if not hippie-dippy silly.

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Hummer Time

10,000 Birds

Angela Minor has lived, traveled, and birded from the southern U.S. to the Rocky Mountains and beyond, Alaska, throughout the Caribbean, and in seven countries in Europe. As a freelance travel writer, she authors the state park birding series at Bird Watcher’s Digest, writes for several travel publications including Blue Ridge Country, Smoky Mountain Living, World of Cruising, and serves as a field editor for Birds & Blooms. This is Angela’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds.

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Giraffes Are in Trouble, and You Can Help

Nature Conservancy - Science

Reticulated giraffe populations have declined 70 percent since the 1990s. Here’s a free and easy way to help, without leaving your computer. Citizen Science Wildlife Camera Traps Endangered Species Mammals Research Technology Try This

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Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First of all it also must be said that “zero waste” is a myth itself. There is no such thing as “zero waste”. It will never be possible. Having said that, however, does not mean that we should not reduce waste, especially in way of packaging, and waste that occurs also through planned obsolescence.

Veganism as a Matter of Justice: A Short Reply to the Welfarists

Eccorazzi

Guest Post by Gary L. Francione. When I promote the position that veganism is a moral imperative (veganism is something we are morally obligated to do) and that justice requires that we be vegan, some welfarists respond: “But you buy your vegan foods at a store that sells animal products and, therefore, you are being unjust so you can’t take the position that justice requires veganism.”.

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Why You Need Insect Houses for the Garden?

Greentumble

A garden buzzing with insects – for some. the equivalent of health and prosperity, for others a nightmare bringing many sleepless nights in fear of unwanted pest infestation. But the abundance of insects is not always a reason to worry. More often, it is actually a positive sign of an ecologically balanced environment. Did you know that out of all known insects only one to three percent do harm to our produce? The remaining 97 to 99 percent perform crucial services for the ecosystem.

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I took the "Peacock Hall Energy Challenge"!

Environmental Economics

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Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

Nature Conservancy - Science

New science shows that restoring healthy coastal habitats – like marshes and oyster reefs – is an extremely cost-effective solution for reducing those risks. Climate Change From the Field Ideas Nature Tech Adaptation Climate Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Oceans

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Rekindling our connection to print and paper

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have always been a paper guy – preferring to sit down with a good book in hand, not a digital device. And on the writing side, at least as far as notes and drafts of articles, etc., are concerned a pen & paper guy. Digital just does not do it for me and, in fact, is not good for note taking and such at all, and that also according to scientists.

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France’s ban of faux-meat branding won’t stop veganism

Eccorazzi

France has banned the use of terms traditionally associated with meat in describing vegetarian or vegan products, no matter how clear the branding or description. So long, seitan steaks…hello, barbecued seitan slabs. In a petty jab at veganism, using words like “steak”, “sausage” and “burger” to market food free of animal-products will now land producers a hefty fine as the government seems to believe these product names are misleading consumers.

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Malawi Plants 60 Million Trees This Year Alone

Greentumble

Malawi has planted over 60 million tree. seedlings this tree planting season, according to recent statistics released by Forestry department of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Malawi’s forestry season is a period designated by the government to encourage and promote re-afforestation in all parts of the country, and runs from December to April which is also a rainy season.

Update: journals making it difficult to review a paper

Environmental Economics

I emailed the link to my blog post to the journal that has me in their reviewer database twice so I can't log in to do the review. This is the reply I received less than an hour later. From  From the inbox: Dear Whitehead, Wait. "Dear "Dear Whitehead"? What, are you an undergraduate at a regional state university?

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Western Serbia, or Griffons in the raspberries

10,000 Birds

Morning at the slopes of Mt. Povlen, a quick stop filled with a song that sounds familiar, but I haven’t heard it since last year. Checking it on my phone – yes, it is an Ortolan Bunting ! Our destination lies further west, along the Drina River, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia. We are heading to the 6 km / 4 mi long and 500 m / 1600 ft deep Tresnjica River Gorge, on a small tributary of the Drina originating on the slopes of Povlen – and a Griffon Vulture Sanctuary.

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How a Black Bear Wakes Up from a Long Winter’s Nap

Nature Conservancy - Science

A black bear spends the winter without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. And yet it emerges strong as ever. Wildlife Mammals Nature Pop Research

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The state of Yugoslavia stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The aim of the US government, through the CIA and proxy-warriors of the CIA, was to eliminate the state of Yugoslavia as a geopolitical power factor, as a regional power. Yugoslavia, as it stood, as a large state, did not fit in with the desires of the United States and thus it had to be broken up. It stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA the way it was.

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The honey debate: there’s no room for exploitation

Eccorazzi

Another day, another “vegan” defending honey. There seems to be a misguided argument floating around that honey isn’t really “that bad” in comparison to other forms of exploitation. Some are bold enough to even suggest that honey shouldn’t be a priority when we humans continue to eat meat and drink cow’s milk, but that’s as detrimental as arguing that wool is not as bad as fur.

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The Role of Green Manure in Soil Fertility

Greentumble

We can be only as healthy as our soils are. Once our soils lose their fertility, we lose our ability to cultivate crops and plants we need to sustain our good health. Maintenance of healthy soils has been a critical aspect of our life for thousands of years, but even with such extensive knowledge from our ancestors, it is not an easy task.

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Where I'll be this weekend. [don't get excited, I'm not going to "America's top roots based music festival"]

Environmental Economics

From the website : The Department of Economics and the Center for Economic Research & Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University will hold the  2018 Appalachian Experimental and Environmental Economics Workshop  on April 27-28, 2018 at the BRAHM in Blowing Rock NC.  

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eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

10,000 Birds

According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots. eBird automatically organizes my observations by country, state, and county, and keeps running totals for my life and year lists. Indeed, without eBird, I would not have any lists at all.

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Earth Optimism: 9 Reasons to Feel Positive About the Planet

Nature Conservancy - Science

For Earth Week, here are 9 reasons for optimism and hope. Ideas Nature Pop Top 10

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Don't try to impress people with what you can buy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't try to impress people with what you can buy. Instead impress them – or at least try to impress them – with what you can do and make. Make from natural materials, from trash, and whatever, and thus don't have to buy. Also with what you can do without, I would add to that. People are always totally amazed that I do not have a television, for instance. How can you not have a television and stay informed, they ask at times.

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5 Things Never to say to Someone who is Struggling.

Elephant Journal

We’ve all been there: a funeral visitation, the hospital room of a friend who’s just received a frightening diagnosis, a coffee date with someone who’s been downsized at work. Frequent encounters with people who are struggling with grief, fear, sadness, and anger are not uncommon and often leave many of us at a loss, not knowing.

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Stop Being Plastic

Greentumble

World Earth Day was on 22 April. This year the world aims to “End Plastic Pollution” and also create a global support to stop the use of single-use plastic. Plastic is now deeply integrated into our lives. Sadly, most of the plastic ends in the world’s oceans. This results in killing many marine animals and heavily disturbing marine and terrestrial biodiversity. According to the Earth Policy Institute , nearly one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

Scorecard is in and it looks like conservation is losing

Environmental Economics

The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill.    It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits.    The Conservation Reserve Program is proposed to be scaled back, and the Conservation Stewardship Program is proposed to be repealed.

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Hungry Osprey in North Carolina

10,000 Birds

While on our beach vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in early April I took full advantage of our location just off the beach. In the afternoon the sun was at my back and the birds on the beach and over the water were perfectly illuminated for some nice digiscoping opportunities. Terns, gulls, pelicans, gannets, and ducks all made their way past and all were digiscoped to within an inch of their lives. But none were quite as fun to shoot as Osprey.

Six Ways Sound Data is Changing Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

The world is a noisy place — and scientists can use that sound to help protect wildlife and wild places. Acoustic recorders are like audible camera traps, capturing bird song, frog calls, insect stridulations, bat or marine mammal echolocation, and […]. Nature Tech Bioacoustics

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All you need is one

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “A man with one watch knows what time it is. The man with two is not quite sure.” Unknown So many homes are clogged with duplicate items, which are supposed to make things easier, but end up contributing to clutter and cost. But can downscaling to just one of each really be done? Maybe, maybe not entirely. It all depends on the individual's and the individual family's situation.

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My Paris for your L.A.: How to be a Writer.

Elephant Journal

Facing constant rejection from job applications, I was at a particularly low point emotionally, in relationships and personally, and was tired of finding out that the “bottom” in “hitting rock bottom” kept moving lower and lower. I needed a change and since my apartment was the only collateral I had, I figured I’d use it. Apprentice Thesis Arts Enlightened Society Right Livelihood apartment swapping holiday right livelihood swap writer writing

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How to Calculate Rooftop Solar Panels Payback Period – A Comprehensive Guide

Greentumble

When rooftop solar panels were first. introduced to the world, they were largely just another neat toy for the reach but not practical for the masses due to their massive upfront costs. However in the last decade solar cell costs and solar panel installations have both experienced significant price drops, while efficiency of these solar panels in converting solar light into usable (or sellable!) electricity has only increased.

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Teaching environmental economics with mini-research projects

Environmental Economics

My sophomore level environmental and resource econ course has a research component. The students are required to write an abstract suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference. Most of the students are estimating Turnbull willingness to pay using dichotomous choice data from published papers employing regional case studies.

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Red-tails in Lust

10,000 Birds

I have written before of the intersection between the human need for entertainment and the bird need to live bird lives and make more birds: it partakes of both the compelling and the ridiculous at the best of times. And now is the best of times. The extended winter of our cold, damp discontent is made glorious summer by the antics of a couple of Red-tailed Hawks.

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What Does the Fish Say?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Some fish species use sound to communicate, and these vocalizations could be key for scientists studying both fish and their freshwater ecosystems. Fish & Fisheries Bioacoustics Fish Fisheries Research

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Drinking the hipster way

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There definitely was a time when you used a jam jar or other glass jar as a drinking vessel you were looked down upon and was surely regarded as being seriously poor or a strange eccentric. Jam jars and other glass jars were the common drinking vessels of the poorer classes for many, many decades and more and the very term of “having a jar”, referring to having a drink, even in the pub, probably originates from that.

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Why Hollywood Doesn’t Work for Conscious Creatives.

Elephant Journal

Working as a professional actor in the entertainment industry, I found the whole power trip process of casting to be a soulless experience, where incredible artists were minimized to numbers and nothing mattered but famous faces and making money. Arts Enlightened Society Right Livelihood actor artistry collective creativity Hollywood life-calling media media standard storytelling succesfull

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Connecting Multiple Solar Panels – Series vs. Parallel

Greentumble

To design a solar PV system. for any household, it is necessary to consider several parameters like the available solar resource, amount of power to be supplied by the system, solar panel efficiency, autonomy of the system (off-grid or connected to the grid) as well as the selection of components like inverters, batteries and controllers.

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What should a reviewer do when the journal increases the costs of providing a review?

Environmental Economics

It has gone down something like this: Get a review assignment from a journal. Am unable to login to the journal website to retrieve the paper. Find out that the journal has created two accounts for me. Journal sends me the paper to review via email. Can't login to submit my review. I submit my review via email. Wait and try to enjoy life and work. I receive an invitation to review the revised paper. Today] I'm now ready to submit my review.

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Acorn Woodpeckers Drinking Sugar Water?

10,000 Birds

You probably know that I live where we have many, many woodpeckers. One of the most abundant woodpeckers in Oak Run , where I live, is the Acorn Woodpecker ( Melanerpes formicivorus ). The photos above and below are an adult male Acorn Woodpecker hanging on a hummingbird feeder at the University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center where I attended a meeting back in February. You may also be aware that I have been feeding hummingbirds at my home for over thirty years now.

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