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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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Unbranded vs branded products

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have been led to believe, through clever advertising and marketing, that branded products, be it cornflakes, cellphones or whatever, are better than those that do not have a brand label, especially not a “recognized” one. But is that really the truth?

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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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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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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The label “natural” on food and other products means absolutely nothing

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The word “natural” helps sell $40 billion worth of food in the USA every year and the label means nothing, absolutely nothing. It is worth less than the paper it is printed upon.

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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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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of April 2018?

10,000 Birds

With all of my gallivanting across a small swath of the American Southwest last week, I plumb forgot to ask you where you were birding. Hopefully, you can find consolation for this oversight in the fact that I saw lots of juicy (figuratively, not literally) birds from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

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If you want to know what to think about the EPA's move to relax fuel economy standards.

Environmental Economics

My knee jerk reaction was faux anger -- everything Pruitt seems to reek and the 2012 standards were supported by benefit-cost analysis  (1, 2). But for some reason I decided to wait and see what someone who know more about this issue (i.e., someone at RFF) had to say.

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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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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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Rufous Treecreepers

10,000 Birds

The Rufous Treecreeper- Climacteris rufa is a species that is listed as a bird that you should encounter at the Porongurup National Park in Western Australia’s south-west.

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Birding For People Who Do Not Like Lists

Nature Conservancy - Science

You don’t need spread sheets and life lists to enjoy birds. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birding Birds Try This

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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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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Black Bears

10,000 Birds

Though I grew up where the Hudson Valley meets the Catskill Mountains, in the heart of Black Bear country, I can count my encounters with said bears on the fingers of one hand.

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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.

How Cost-Effective Are Solar Panels, Really?

Greentumble

Have you been thinking about solar panels. for a while? It’s a big decision – and could either be a costly mistake or a great investment – so you’re right to carefully consider all the pros and cons before you take the plunge.

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Bone Broth: Sorting the Myths from the Facts. {Partner}

Elephant Journal

Is bone broth really the healing miracle remedy many experts say it is? Do its alleged hidden dangers have any basis? Conscious Consumerism Food Green Health & Wellness bone broth broth fact or myth fitness health Keto kettle & fire Paleo

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2018)

10,000 Birds

If the cold weather across much of the United States is any indication than T.S. Eliot was correct when he stated that “April is the cruellest month.”

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What you can do if live exports disturb you

Eccorazzi

The recent outcry over the live exporting of animals from country to country for slaughter is another episode of misguided empathy.

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How Businesses Can Benefit from Investing in Solar Power

Greentumble

Thinking about making the switch to solar? Over the past few years, the technology has steadily been improving, and the costs have been coming down. It’s not just for big corporations anymore. Small- to medium-sized businesses can afford to invest in solar, and the returns are well worthwhile.

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Look Ma, No Hands! Uber takes a Bike Ride.

Elephant Journal

Uber is coasting in a new direction, and the new wind feels a eco-friendly fresh. The car sharing giant just acquired Jump, the bike-sharing company.

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Crossroads Brewing Company: Black Rock Stout

10,000 Birds

The northeast United States has been enduring what has seemed like an eternal winter this year, with day after day of unseasonably cool temperatures and even a few April snow showers here in Albany, New York.

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Modeling Pollution’s Footprint on Coral Reefs

Nature Conservancy - Science

Researchers from Griffith University and The Nature Conservancy developed a new model to estimate the areal footprint of diffuse threats, like logging pollution, on ecological communities. Fish & Fisheries Asia Pacific Coral Reefs Fisheries

Sustainable Management of Indigenous Woodlots in Malawi

Greentumble

Most of the indigenous forest reserves in Malawi. are either owned by commercial agriculture estates or government. However, some farmers have taken upon themselves the challenge of caring that indigenous woodlots are managed sustainably, reports Deogracias Benjamin Kalima.

The Truth about Gluten from an Organic Chemist Living with a Sensitivity.

Elephant Journal

Gluten can affect people in different ways. Celiac disease is at one extreme end of the spectrum (only about one percent of the population). But many experie. Food Health & Wellness Z ADMIN Wellness Featured Today Z Food Featured Today Barley bloating celiac cramps diet food gas gluten gluten free health rye wheat

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Birding from New York to North Carolina

10,000 Birds

This is the third year that my family and some our close friends did a vacation together. Two years ago it was Culebra, Puerto Rico. Last year it was New Providence in the Bahamas. This year, traveling in April instead of February, we decided to do a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

How Much Does Watershed Conservation Cost? A Survey

Nature Conservancy - Science

Do you manage a watershed conservation program? Please take our survey of the costs, institutional context and characteristics of your program. Ideas Water

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Do Solar Panels Cause Roof Leaks?

Greentumble

In theory, installing high-efficiency solar panels. on your rooftop should be a real money-saver. But suppose a photovoltaic solar installation caused collateral damage that offset your savings? Suppose, for example, that installing solar panels caused your roof to start leaking?

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What to Remember when you Start to Doubt yourself as a Yoga Teacher.

Elephant Journal

I recently had an insightful conversation with one of my best friends, who is also a yoga instructor. She and I share much in common when it comes to yoga: a love of teaching, a propensity for. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Right Livelihood Yoga feedback guru right livelihood self-doubt share your practice student yoga teacher training

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Collaborative List – March 2018

10,000 Birds

Claire and Grant have made it back to civilisation after sharing a checklist for almost every day of February. Their submissions didn’t quite make it into the February count, so we shall use them to boost the March figures.

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Why Growers Should Transition to Eco-Friendly IPM Instead of Using Harmful Pesticides

Environmental News Network

Using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for your farm, yard or garden is a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to pesticides. IPM is a way to control the presence of creatures we traditionally refer to and think of as “pests” that is both environmentally friendly and uses common sense. It is a multi-step process that takes into consideration all aspects of pest control to rid your farm, garden or lawn of bugs and animals that you simply can’t allow to stay there.

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What Questions to Ask When Buying Solar Panels

Greentumble

Why ask questions when buying solar panels? Can’t I simply trust the installers? They are the experts, after all. Well, that’s not necessarily so. The good news is solar power technology is advancing rapidly.

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Time doesn’t Heal all Wounds, but Doing This can Help.

Elephant Journal

What we don't understand is that analysing and categorising and compartmentalising won't heal our wounds; these practices only keep them as. Enlightened Society Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality breathing childhood fear healing our wounds meditation relationships self sabotage time heals all trauma

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Recycled Playground Challenge from TerraCycle

Green Living Ideas

Starting March 11, schools located throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland are eligible to compete for two new playgrounds made completely of recycled material by joining TerraCycle’s Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program, a free, national program hosted by Colgate and TerraCycle. The post Recycled Playground Challenge from TerraCycle appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

The 5 Things to Remember when Trying to be the Perfect Mother.

Elephant Journal

I believe that what makes the task of motherhood even more arduous is the popular mythology that motherhood is natural, fulfilling, and that the moment a woman gives birth she is supplied with a never-ending supply of patience. Indeed the false image of the idyllic mother reigned supreme in my mind for many years, and on a low day, her image still pops into my mind. Editor's Picks Enlightened Society Family Non New-Agey Spirituality Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.

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