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.

I took the "Peacock Hall Energy Challenge"!

Environmental Economics

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

Eccorazzi

Guest Post by Gary L. Francione.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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 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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

Connecting Multiple Solar Panels – Series vs. Parallel

Greentumble

To design a solar PV system.

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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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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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Osprey Cam’s Nest Is Occupied – By an Owl!

Nature Conservancy - Science

There’s a surprise guest star in this year’s Osprey Cam feature. Birds & Birding Birding Birds Nest Cams

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Fall in Love with the American Kestrel on Our Nest Cam

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bird cams are a lot of fun, and kestrels in particular are fiercely cute and fascinating. A sneak peek into the lives of American kestrels. Birds & Birding Birding Birds Camera Traps Nest Cams

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Wicked Good Opportunity

Eccorazzi

Bloomberg reports that the introduction of “vegan ranges” is at least partially responsible for improving Tesco’s finances. Tesco is a very large publicly traded food retailer in Europe and parts of Asia. This is big and good news in many respects.

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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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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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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