Sat.Jan 24, 2015 - Fri.Jan 30, 2015

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

10,000 Birds

An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. Pete Dunne. For me, one of the best parts of going to Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills.

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Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert

Green Traveler Guides

| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice.

xkcd: P-values

Environmental Economics


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How That DIY Project Can Reduce Stress & Build Your Self-Esteem

Living Green & Saving Energy

We’re trying to live busy, modern lives in an environmentally friendly fashion, but it’s not always possible in a time-strapped world filled with cheap conveniences. Time to garden, compost our waste or build a backyard shed is scarce. However, many sites, blogs and videos provide great instructions on how to do those things (and many […]. DIY projects reduce stress self-esteem

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The origins of tanagers, warblers, and sparrows are coming into focus

10,000 Birds

A new paper out this month attempts to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of the origins and diversification of the American sparrows, wood-warblers, blackbirds, cardinals, tanagers, and their kin, an enormous group of birds more than 800 species strong. Photo: Golden-crowned Tanager , Iridosornis rufivertex , in Andean Ecuador © David J. Ringer).

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United Airlines launches Eco-Skies Vacations in Costa Rica

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | United Eco-Skies Vacations, a new United Airlines travel program, offers sustainable and environmentally responsible vacation options. The airline is working with global nonprofit Sustainable Travel International to launch the vacation program.

A triumph of the notion of passive use values (and jobs in the Atlantic?)

Environmental Economics

Why else would the government try to stop mining in Alaska? The Obama administration moved Tuesday to open up a vast stretch of East Coast waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that could have a profound impact on the economic and environmental future of states from Virginia to Georgia.

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All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

10,000 Birds

Following my local list serve I was pleased to read that there were two Trumpeter Swans ( Cygnus buccinator ), one adult and one immature, hanging out at the Chico Oxidation Ponds , about an hour and a half from my house. This being a life bird for me I had no choice but to take the drive.

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A Sustainable Home Made from Shipping Containers?

Living Green & Saving Energy

You read that right. You can take used shipping containers and build a lot of things, up to and including living quarters. I reader of this blog gave me a heads-up on this concept, and I wanted to bring it to your attention. You will see that these homes made from shipping containers are not […]. green building recycling shipping container home

Zero: 3rd class

Environmental Economics

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Question everything

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We live in an age where people, to a large extent, have become rather gullible once again, believing everything the governments and media tell them.

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Snow-fronted Geese

10,000 Birds

Recently I ditched the coast and headed into the bowels of the Central Valley, to meet up with an old friend…you may know him by the name “ Falcated Duck “ Falcated Duck eluded us at first, but eventually let us stare at him at will. But this post is not about Falcated Duck. We were at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, of course, which is not only home to Falcated Duck, but many other birds.

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Savory Veggie Stew with Aloe, Sweet Corn and Mung Beans

Hug a Tree with Me

This delicious veggie stew is featured in the second installment of our Eat Well, Be Naturally Beautiful series of cookbooks/DIY beauty eBooks (available for $2.99 on Amazon). This ebook features 30 healthy recipes and 30 DIY beauty recipes starring aloe vera, hemp seed and dark chocolate.

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Teaching and research are complements, not substitutes

Environmental Economics

It could have been anyone's governor: Just what do university professors do all day? Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been hearing plenty on that topic since he remarked this week, during a discussion of his proposal to cut state appropriations for the University of Wisconsin system by $300-million over two years, that the universities “might be able to make savings just by asking faculty and staff to consider teaching one more class a semester. ”.

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6 reasons to remove your shoes inside

Green (Living) Review

From harboring hitchhiking bacteria to tracking in toxins, here’s why you may want to leave your kicks at the door. Shoes are great. We’ve been wearing them for 40,000 years and needless to say, they’ve served us well.

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Whooping Crane at Joe Overstreet Road

10,000 Birds

This year was my third year helping to lead trips at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Like my two previous visits I spent one day that I didn’t have to lead any field trips doing a run through central Florida looking for some of the specialty species of the region. The list includes Bachmann’s Sparrow , Red-cockaded Woodpecker , Crested Caracara , Snail Kite , and, oddly, Whooping Crane.

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Israeli WaterGen gadget pulls drinking water from thin air

Green Prophet

Finding ways to augment supplies of fresh drinking water have been around for years. These ideas vary from basic “low tech” ones like a Yemenite funnel water cone to extract fresh water from saltwater to using water created by aircon units.

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"Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds"

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming , according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.

Homemade Laundry Detergent and Gift Idea!

Green (Living) Review

Laundry soap is expensive! I walked down the soap aisle of a store as a young mother and just cried while looking at the prices of laundry detergent. It was so expensive for our tight budget!

Washashore by Suzanne Goldsmith

10,000 Birds

The early teen years are prime time for kids to adopt environmentalism as a cause. The human sense of fairness and empathy is strongly in place by age eight or so, while puberty sparks the sense that authority figures don’t always know best and that heady idealism that old fogies tend to see as self-righteousness. So YA and middle-grade novels with environmental themes have, it seems to me, a natural constituency.

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10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Nature Conservancy - Science

Petrified Forest National Park. Photo: © Andrew V Kearns VIP/NPS. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy. Grand Canyon. Great Smoky Mountains. Yellowstone. Yosemite.

I'm cutting your allowance, and to compensate for that I want you to clean the bathrooms two more times per week*

Environmental Economics

Scott Walker said Wednesday that University of Wisconsin System faculty and staff could increase their workload to reduce the impact of his proposed $300 million budget cut. Walker announced this week that the proposed cuts, along with a two-year tuition freeze, would be part of his two-year budget proposal to be delivered to the Legislature on Tuesday. In return, the UW System would be converted into a public authority with more autonomy, though it’s unclear how much money that would save.

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Study links certain parenting tactics to increased materialism later in life

Green (Living) Review

If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here''s what NOT to do. The temptation to use holiday gifts as bribery to ensure kids’ good behaviour is hard to resist. It’s a time of year when emotions run high.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2015?

10,000 Birds

North American bird lovers may take special satisfaction that a team named for the mighty Osprey is battling for the NFL championship in this weekend’s Super Bowl. But does being a birder mean that you have to automatically root for the bird-themed team? What do you think? And isn’t it time we had a sports team named for the Roseate Spoonbill ? I’ll be watching Seahawks and probably not much else this weekend.

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LaraPharm’s dry-powder inhaler delivers cannabis like a medicine

Green Prophet

Since humankind has discovered healing properties of herbs like cannabis , inhalation through smoke has been the delivery method of choice. Smoking cannabis makes the molecules go straight to the blood and brain.

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"The Early History of Environmental Economics"

Environmental Economics

Agnar Sandmo ( Rev Environ Econ Policy 2015 9: 43-63 ): Abstract This article traces the history of economists’ treatment of environmental problems prior to the establishment of environmental economics as a separate field in the 1960s. I examine the economics literature from the late eighteenth century onward, searching for an awareness among early economists of both the effects of economic activity on the natural and social environment and the feedback from the environment to the economy.

Learning with Nature – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Learning with Nature A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities By Marina Robb, Victoria Mew and Anna Richardson Published by Green Books, 29th January 2015 Paperback, 208 pages, 210mm x 210mm ISBN: 9780857842398 Price: £17.99

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Good News for South Georgia Island’s Pipit Population

10,000 Birds

A bird species battling an onslaught of invasive rats just got a glimpse of hope. Researchers say that South Georgia Pipits have hatched chicks. Image above by Brian Gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons). While this is happy news for any parents, and wonderful news for any threatened species (these Pipits live only on Antarctica’s South Georgia Island and number only 3,000-4,000 pairs), it’s tremendous news for those trying to eradicate rats from the island.

The Future of Sushi is Vegan


If it looks like fish and tastes like fish, it must be fish, right? Not necessarily. Tomato Sushi is turning tomatoes into tuna (kind of) and creating more sustainable, vegan Read More The post The Future of Sushi is Vegan appeared first on Ecorazzi. Eats Featured News Top News Vegan

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Daily demand and supply: Barbie turns 56

Environmental Economics

Sad: Barbie and other traditional toys are having a much tougher time supporting their elderly parent Mattel , a toymaker significantly weakened by stiff competition from small upstarts and by digital distractions aimed at children. On Monday, the company reported that toy sales during last month’s crucial holiday shopping season plummeted, apparently one of the reasons the company also announced a management shake-up. Bryan G.

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Circular economy 'could create more than 200,000 jobs' in the UK

Green (Living) Review

The development of a circular economy could create more than 200,000 jobs across the UK by 2030, according to a new study by WRAP and Green Alliance. The report entitled ''Employment and the circular economy: job creation in a more resource efficient Britain'' was unveiled today (20 January).

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African Pythons Targeted for Removal

10,000 Birds

The invasive Burmese Python ( Python molurus ) is well established in the Florida Everglade. Another species of Python, the African Python ( Python sebae ) has established a small population in the 2,877-acre Bird Drive Area (BDA) in South Florida. The BDA is adjacent to the Everglades National Park and it is bordered by highways and urban areas. The African Python has a reputation of being more aggressive than its Burmese counterpart.

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Keeping Orcas Captive for Profit Now Banned in Ontario


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NAREA & CAES Call for papers (deadline 2/1)

Environmental Economics

Submitted by Martin Heintzelman: The  2015 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) & the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) Annual Meeting and Workshop  will be held  June 27-30  at Hotel Viking in the historic seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island. The 2015 conference features many opportunities to interact and learn including: Selected Paper sessions, Symposia, Plenary Talks, and Workshop Sessions.

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'Reduce waste, buy packaged' crusade looks to bust food waste myths

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A campaign to educate consumers about the role that packaging can play in reducing food waste launched apparently in later summer 2013 to counter negative public perception on the issue. INCPEN, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment, has launched ''The Good, The Bad and The Spudly'' initiative in response to growing awareness of wasteful food habits, both in the home and throughout the supply chain.

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A Few Ups and Downs of Forest Birding in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Tropical forests are the bastions of avian biodiversity. If you thought that migrant traps and spring in south Texas were birdalicious (and they can indeeed be spectacular), how does an ecosystem with 400 and even 500 plus species tickle your birding fancy? Lowland rainforest ecosystems in Amazonia typically host well over 500 species and the richest rainforests in Costa Rica have lists with 300 to 400.

Katy Perry to Bring a Lion and Sharks to Halftime Show


Katy Perry will be the center of attention this Sunday at the Super Bowl halftime show but her recent announcement about the performance will have animal rights activists concerned. “I’m I’m probably Read More The post Katy Perry to Bring a Lion and Sharks to Halftime Show appeared first on Ecorazzi.

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