April, 2018

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.

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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.

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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I took the "Peacock Hall Energy Challenge"!

Environmental Economics

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Why Everyone should Start a YouTube Channel.

Elephant Journal

There’s no more valuable skill, in my experience, than being able to speak the truth under immense pressure. It’s saved my ass many times.

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

Eccorazzi

Guest Post by Gary L. Francione.

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Two reactions on hearing that Steve Howell and Brian Sullivan have written a guide entitled Peterson Guide to Bird Identification–in 12 Steps : (1) What? Another identification guide?, (2) 2) Who? An identification guide by Steven N. Howell and Brian L. Sullivan? This should be interesting.

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More Trending

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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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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Not All Bioenergy is Carbon Neutral

Conservancy Talk

Earlier this month the EPA released a policy paper that declared forest biomass a carbon neutral source of energy. Under the right circumstance, that can be true. The trouble is, a blanket policy that treats every burned limb and leaf as carbon neutral—without regard to science—won’t suffice.

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Watch: A Congressman skewers Zuckerberg in Six Seconds.

Elephant Journal

If you’re laughing at Congress during the Zuckerberg hearing, watch this—then read the Times article linked below. I see repeated posts on Facebook by folks who think they’re experts on Facebook, laughing at old Congress folks bumbling in their grilling of Zuckerberg.

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Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

10,000 Birds

Central America is much smaller than the land encompassed within the borders of Canada and the USA.

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.

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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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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. 

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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.

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3 Ways to Clean the Stains off our Souls.

Elephant Journal

We come into this world innocent and unblemished, joyful little sponges of wonder and potential, and as our lives go on we are forced to deal with the sheer magnitude and complexity of.

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Week 12: Wrapping up New Zealand, and Tiritiri

10,000 Birds

After nearly 8 weeks here in New Zealand, the sun is setting on our visit. This amazing group of islands, is without a doubt, enchanting and beautiful. The local New Zealand people, across the board have been the most hospitable, welcoming folks I have ever met.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Saving the World Starts with Putting on your Boots. {Partner}

Elephant Journal

We may disagree about a lot of things, but it's encouraging to see more and more of us do agree that the hottest thing in. Conscious Consumerism Ecofashion Featured Events Green

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Week Ten: A little less travel

10,000 Birds

For any of you that read my posting last week, you know that I am hanging around here on the North Island of New Zealand, and all forward progress has stalled once we arrived here at Whananaki.

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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.

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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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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.

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San Francisco bans fur, continues exploitation

Eccorazzi

San Francisco has become the largest U.S. city to ban the sale of fur, following in the tracks of cities like West Hollywood and Berkeley, who take no stance on the sale of meat or dairy… or most other forms of exploitation.

When the Cards you were Dealt in Life pretty much Suck.

Elephant Journal

Anyone who denies the sheer weight of the human condition, the profound spiritual struggle of being alive and awake, is either unimaginably naive or simply crazy.

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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.

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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.

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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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The carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade Teutul meme | via @DrShewmake

Environmental Economics

In case you are wondering:  The 'American Chopper' meme featuring Paul Teutul and son, explained

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A Symbiotic Relationship of Community Resiliency: Red Cross and TNC

Conservancy Talk

Indonesia represents one of the most disaster-prone countries, with the second fastest growing population of any other nation. With this incredible growth brings great potential for technological innovation.

Life-changing New Moon in Aries on same day Mercury goes Direct.

Elephant Journal

On April 15th/16th (depending on your location), we have the first new moon of spring and the new astrological year.

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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.

ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw – Product Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw Length approx. 18cm Carbon steel saw blade with 3-sides ground teeth, ABS handle with TPR grips Thickness: 1.2mm (Blade) Price (when available) £ 4.99

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