Sat.Jan 18, 2020 - Fri.Jan 24, 2020

Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

It’s January and another year list begins. This is what many of us birders do, we start another list. And this doesn’t mean you are obsessed or a little bit too much into birds because keeping track of a year list actually comes with some side benefits.

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There is more to creating a woodland than just planting trees

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people, and, apparently, even most governments, seem to think that all that is needed to create a woodland is to stick some trees in the ground and the rest will do itself. Alas, that is a fallacy.

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Plantain, The Medicinal Green Weed

Green Prophet

We’re talking about plantain weed, not the banana. It’s a common wild green that grows in empty lots, along the side of the road, and unnoticed patches of dirt. And in your lawn. .

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2020 – A Year to Begin Anew

The Green Samaritan

Not to fret if you feel you have already abandoned your New Year’s resolutions. Every day give us the opportunity to begin again. All the best in the year ahead! See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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The Famous Grouse: Smoky Black Blended Scotch Whisky

10,000 Birds

Whisky Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskies all month long.

2020 173

Used Electric Vehicles batteries could be used for rickshaws in Bangladesh

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries made for Electric Vehicles (EVs) only use around 70% of their life, the remaining 30% can be used for the second life One second-life application being explored by researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, is for motorized rickshaws (easy-bikes) in Bangladesh The current batteries used for easy-bikes only last 6-12 months and have a high carbon footprint, therefore using used Li-ion batteries could lower their carbon footprint Used EV batteries could be used to power rickshaws in Bangladesh, as researchers from WMG, University of Warwick, seeking to find out how they can be repurposed for the rickshaws and lower peoples’ carbon footprint. Motorised rickshaws, also known as easy-bikes, have gained popularity in Bangladesh due to their cost-effectiveness with one million of them all over the country. However, the easy-bike currently uses a lead-acid battery for power, which has a lifetime of 6-12 months and therefore increases the operating cost as well as the carbon footprint. In order to reduce the carbon footprint, researchers at WMG are exploring the possibility of repurposing used EV Li-ion batteries thanks to a £25,000 grant from Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), an award from the UKRI aimed to deliver scalable solutions to issues faced by low and middle-income countries. Currently, Li-ion batteries retire from EVs after reaching 70-80% of their state of health (SoH). At 70% SoH, the lithium-ion battery still have 3 times higher energy density than a new lead-acid battery, and potentially can have a lifetime of 3-5 years in easy-bike application. The researchers hope to repurpose the batteries to improve the energy storage life from 6-12 months to 3-5 years, which in turn will reduce the number of batteries being recycled and improve the ecosystem. The new application of Li-ion batteries will be better environmentally without an additional cost in transport. As easy-bike replaces manual driving, the quality of life will improve significantly and bring a socio-economic change to a large community in Bangladesh. Furthermore, this development could reduce the consumption of grid-connected electricity which could be used to develop industries and infrastructure. In fact, there are currently one million rickshaw pullers in Bangladesh who earn $4.8 billion every year. The new development in easy-bikes will directly improve their economic status. A few million people involved in vehicle support such as mechanics and manufacturing industries will also be benefited. This project eventually could lead to mass production of second-life Li-ion batteries in Bangladesh, in conjunction with UK automobile industries, which will create job opportunities for thousands of people. Dr Mohammad Al-Amin from WMG, University of Warwick comments: “To prevent climate change, all cars in the future will need to be electric. However, the batteries in EVs once they have reached their end of life, for car purposes, is something that can be explored more, as there is still energy left in them to be used.” “If we can re-purpose them to be used for easy-bikes in Bangladesh it will help lower their carbon footprint and provide the country with a new economy. Thousands of jobs opportunities could be created both in Bangladesh and the UK.” OK, so much for the press release that has been relayed above. I must say that I am very much unconvinced about the statement as to the lead-acid batteries lasting only such a short time considering that golf buggies and the Toro electric vehicles (and others) used on golf courses and such, as well as the electric milk floats in the UK, are in daily use and recharged daily and their batteries seem to last for years. Lithium-ion batteries have a large environmental footprint not least caused by mining operations and then the inherent dangers of being prone to explode when charging and such like and, should they catch fire, are almost impossible to extinguish. In more than one case of an accident with a Tesla vehicle where the car caught fire (and this is mostly the case) the fire spread so rapidly that it was impossible to rescue the occupant(s). The vehicles then have to be cooled down in a special container or the flames doused for at least three days, and even afterwards there remains the danger that the battery can self-ignite again. There have also been a number of fires recorded that have been started by exploding e-Bike batteries well after those batteries had been removed from their chargers. Several of those started in cycle shops where the batteries that had been charged has been brand-new ones. On top of that comes the safe disposal of those batteries at the end of their lives which, apparently, is also a small environmental nightmare. From where I am standing the good old lead-acid battery still has a lot going for it, at least in the above rickshaw department and, as said, I do not buy the short lifespan of them. The general lifespan of the Li-on battery also appears to be no more than three to four years, if lucky, however well one deals with the maintenance cycles when charging. © 2020

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Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Nature Conservancy - Science

The tiny sun bear is solitary and elusive, but it can mimic facial expressions like a human. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Conservation Science Endangered Species

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Buntings of Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

I feel that like most bird families (with the obvious exception of pheasants), buntings are somewhat underrated. They lack both the flashiness larger birds and the “I am more of an expert birder than you” appeal of warblers. In other words, they are my kind of birds.

2020 163

The Best Campaigns of All Time to Save Vanishing Species

Greentumble

What does Jackie Chan, Paul McCartney and Prince William have in common? They have all spoken up about the plight of tigers and the urgent need to halt their decline [1].

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Recovery: Zombie Mouse Apocalypse

Nature Conservancy - Science

Island birds face a new and horrific threat, but help is on the way. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Birds Conservation Science Endangered Species Invasive Species

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Scientists works to cure cancer – and shrimp

Green Prophet

Taking care of all things big and small. Initial work with mRNA in cancer has led to a new commercial breakthrough that can alleviate a devastating shrimp virus crippling the shrimp industry. He may keep kosher, but he is happy to help.

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Foster to Toora

10,000 Birds

Last week I introduced you to a section of the Great Southern Rail Trail in Victoria from Foster to Fish Creek. This week I will introduce you to another section from Foster to Toora. This section of the trail is very flat and only just over ten kilometres long.

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The Green Changemakers

Activism Music

2020 52

How to Travel Without a Laptop and Still Get Work Done

Eco Friendly Daily

Have you ever imagined traveling to another country without your valued laptop? It seems a ridiculous idea. After all, how can you get work done if you don’t have this important piece of your soul? But this should not be a reason for getting worried.

2020 52

How Kynect Can Help You Give Back to Your Community

Green Prophet

The most successful and celebrated business people don’t just turn a profit – they found ways to pass their massive success on to others.

2020 56

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2020?

10,000 Birds

Thank the gods it’s Friday! For many, the end of the week heralds a cessation of paid labor, which often occasions equally strenuous but infinitely more enjoyable efforts.

2020 156

My Best Bird of the Year 2020… so far

10,000 Birds

Last week, I wrote about my best birds of last year. Fortunately, by the time I wrote that post, I had already seen what is sure to be one of my best birds for this year. The Sparkling-tailed Woodstar is a hummingbird as beautiful as its name suggests.

2020 156

But…It’s a Canada Goose?

10,000 Birds

Luis Gonzalez is a Miami resident and IT major who was originally born and raised in Cuba.

2020 156

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2020)

10,000 Birds

Mid-January may not count as midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Arctic effect has definitely settled in!

2020 156

Colorado College is now carbon neutral – and they didn’t buy their way out

Green Prophet

How do lazy people and companies declare carbon neutrality? By carrying on in their old ways and by buying carbon credits. This university started in 2009 and they did not take the short-cut. This is how you lead the next generation forward.

2020 56

Top Ways to Make Exercise More Enjoyable for Your Children

Green Prophet

While most of us enjoyed playing outside and being active often when we were growing, today kids tend to spend a lot less time exercising and in the outdoors. This lack of activity leads to physical, emotional, and mental issues for many youngsters as a result.

2020 56

Greta Thunberg is reshaping how stakeholders invest

Green Prophet

Microsoft, Stripe, Goldman Sachs. They are investing billions in a trillions market opportunity. We can thank Greta Thunberg, says the deVere Group.

2020 56

Returning memories to a spotless mind

Green Prophet

Your brain state before you build a memory determines if you will remember it or not? Can we create superbrains that will remember every single little thing? With the age of computers, will we want that – or maybe we want a spotless mind?

2020 56

How Can Physiotherapy Help Us Live Longer

Green Prophet

Swimming is one of the best forms of physio. It offers near zero-gravity effects while the refreshing water helps boost the spirit. It’s also a nice eco way to the path of self-healing. We all know that keeping active can improve our overall health.

2020 56

Regulating the gaming industry globally, for minorities

Green Prophet

It’s no secret that the biggest startup to have an exit from Israel was a company from the gaming industry. Playtech’s success, however sketchy online gaming might be in some countries like the United States, or in the grey area of Canada, has led to an infusion of funding capital where angel investors invest in whatever enterprises they see fit. Also –- it is time to set a new agenda, where proceeds that come from this online and offline activity should benefit minorities everywhere. .

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Trillians to be made from carbon credits – Microsoft, Goldman Sachs show how

Green Prophet

Thunderbird School of Global Management released a new report today projecting that the world can realize at least $1 trillion – $3 trillion dollars in market opportunities and $3 trillion – $5 trillion dollars in broader economic, social and environmental benefits per year by 2030.

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A most convincing argument to include anglers in AI development

Green Prophet

Well can you believe it dears? University scientists understand a way to include layman (fisherman) smarts into understanding complex ecological systems. Have we got a fish story for you. Any angler beginning a yarn like that usually ends up spinning a tall tale, an exaggeration or bald-faced lie. Michigan State University researchers, however, have demonstrated that anglers can produce accurate and complex environmental models similar to those of trained scientists.

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