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THE QUEST FOR THE RAREST OWL OF INDIA

10,000 Birds

It’s still dark at 5 am when the alarm on my mobile phone wakes me up in a spacious guest house room in Chikhaldara (Maharashtra, central India)… morning after morning after morning… I am getting tired, but the reason behind it was one rare bird – so rare that I have traveled 6000 kilometers to search tropical dry deciduous forests of the Satpura range just to look for the endemic and critically endangered Forest Owlet ( Heteroglaux blewitti ).

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Graphic of the Day: If it quacks like a tax.

Environmental Economics

Econ 101: Tariffs ARE taxes.    That's all

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Dumping garden waste in woods

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people believe that dumping their garden waste in woods, parks and the countryside is a good idea as it goes back into soil but far from it. This practice actually spreads diseases as well as invasive species. In Germany, for instance, it is a felony that can get the offender, if caught, into very hot water.

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Seven US Species Invading Other Countries

Nature Conservancy - Science

Your backyard bullfrogs, squirrels, turtles and fish are all invasive species elsewhere in the world. Wildlife Birds Invasive Species

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Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

A feather is a magical thing. There is a wonder to its construction and color, a mystery that goes beyond what we know anatomically about how feathers function. And, like many body parts that are separated from the whole, a feather sometimes become an artifact, a thing apart from a living creature, invested with values beyond the original, biological function.

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Banana leaves replace plastic packaging in Asian markets

Green Prophet

A Thai supermarket in Chiangmai has devised a brilliant alternative to plastic produce packaging, turning to natural banana leaves and raffia to bundle vegetables. Shoppers immediately responded, posting pictures of the aesthetically pleasing and sustainable wrappers on social media. The eco-friendly merchandising scheme was featured on the Rimping supermarket Facebook page last week, and Vietnamese supermarkets quickly adopted the idea.

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Off the boil: Mayor’s cashback scheme fails

Green (Living) Review

The Mayor has pulled the plug on a £10 million boiler cashback scheme as only two projects ever got off the ground – Caroline Russell AM discovered the money has been ‘diverted’ to business projects instead. The commercial boiler cashback scheme, which was designed to help small businesses replace old, inefficient boilers, has been left with £500,000, and 30 more projects still stuck in the application process.

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Aslin Beer Company/Two Roads Brewing Company: Under the Wire

10,000 Birds

To birders, the search for raptors perched at the very tops of telephone poles, or for neatly arranged rows of sparrows or buntings sitting on the low-slung lines draped between them is one of the chief joys of any drive through the country. The tendency of birds to alight onto the wooden posts, steel towers, and metal wires that constitute our power and communications infrastructure turns any car ride into exciting and endless game of drive-by identification.

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Lebanese monkey escapes across border, drives Israelis bananas!

Green Prophet

A frisky little monkey has been spotted in northern Israel after apparently crossing the heavily militarized Lebanese /Israeli border. According to a local Lebanese news report, the monkey had escaped from the farm of French nun in the Qouzah village in Bint Jbeil. The apostate primate has since been spotted in several locations across northern Israel. .

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Sustainable Diet and Sustainable Finance E-courses

The Green Changemakers

You have two homes: Earth and your body. Your daily food choices affect both of them! Learn how to lead a climate-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. Watch the video preview below and enroll today [link] Investments we make today will affect our world tomorrow! What are the opportunities, challenges, and enabling conditions for countries to benefit from growing sustainable investment opportunities? Find out more by taking our free e- course on Sustainable Finance [link].

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Quote of the Day: Word Salad

Environmental Economics

“I did say, ‘Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.’ And it’s even getting better because I agree with that we want the best water, the cleanest water. It’s crystal clean, has to be crystal clean clear.”. President Trump to an interviewer after meeting with Prince Charles to discuss climate change

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Birding Pulau Ubin-Singapore

10,000 Birds

Pulau Ubin is a small island off the north-east coast of Singapore that is easily reached by a small boat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The small boats do not leave in either direction until there are 12 passengers and each passenger pays SGD3 cash for each journey. However, we did note signage that said if you travelling with an animal you would have to pay for twelve passengers and travel alone with your animal!

Make your own creamy white malabi, the Middle Eastern Milk Pudding

Green Prophet

Malabi with pistachios via les petites pestes. Rose-flavored sweetness and a light, creamy texture that keeps you dipping your spoon back in – in Israel this pudding is called malabi. In Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt, people call it muhallibieh. The Greeks eat it as well. And it’s only milk pudding, made in ten minutes. Sounds like a dessert for children, but all over the Middle East, you’ll see Malabi offered in restaurants and at dinner parties.

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Facilitation Guide

The Green Changemakers

5 Great Toolkits of Facilitation Techniques by Bianka Nemeth Facilitation is going to be a key component of work in the future as employers and society will be faced with bigger and more complex problems and ideas. Facilitators will be needed, and you can already start improving your facilitation skills by collecting or mastering the methods you already use. What you will need are some effective facilitation techniques for various situations, groups, and timeframes. So, where can you find them?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of June 2019?

10,000 Birds

Migration may be officially/unofficially over ( who’s in charge of calling these things anyway? ) but we can still hope for a few slowpokes and stragglers left to find. Get out there and shake the bushes–metaphorically, of course–to see what unexpected delights June may yet offer. I still have some warblers to add to my year list, so I’ll be hunting down some birds on their breeding grounds this weekend.

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Reed Parrotbill – an unofficial city bird of Shanghai

10,000 Birds

Anybody spending a few days in Shanghai for business or tourism may not think that this is a good place for birding. In fact, I have had some visitors from India remark to me that “there are no birds here” – a remark I can understand given the huge number of birds encountered even in big Indian cities such as Mumbai or Delhi. And yet, there are some very interesting birds here – mostly spring and autumn migrants, as Shanghai is on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

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The Amusing Case of the Gulf Breeze Zoo Canada Geese

10,000 Birds

Next door to my hometown, the Gulf Breeze Zoo occupies 50 acres near the Santa Rosa Sound. While I harbor mixed feelings about zoos in general, this facility seems to make the best effort possible to keep animals in interesting enclosures, move them to different areas of the zoo to maintain novel surroundings, and invest money and space into a 30 acre mixed species enclosure, where the animals can move freely.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2019)

10,000 Birds

Days in the Northern Hemisphere are getting longer. Did that help or hinder your efforts to see superior birds this weekend? My weekend itinerary only permitted highway birding, of which the best result was Ospreys , both in flight and on those enormous nest of branches those birds construct. Corey didn’t have any luck trying to track down rare terns to add to his Queens list this weekend but he did add a bird to his list of species photographed in Queens.

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Costa Coffee UAE rewards eco-customers with free coffee!

Green Prophet

Next Wednesday, baristas at Costa Coffee will be pouring free coffee for all United Arab Emirates (UAE) customers who belly up to the coffee bar bearing personal reusable cups.The giveaway celebrates World Environment Day 2019, which falls on June 5th. Earlier this year, the company reduced the price of all its coffee drinks by AED2 (about half a US dollar) for reusable cup-toting consumers.

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Mental health becomes a thing of concern among the elderly population – Common disorders

Green Prophet

Throughout the globe, the population is aging at a rapid pace. Between 2016 and 2050, the ratio of the population all over the world that will have crossed 60 years of age will double from 12 to 22%. As is mental health important during any stage of life, it becomes even more vital during old age as both physically and mentally, a person starts facing various kinds of impairments. Neurological and mental health disorders among the seniors account for 6.7%

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Renewable energies now more cost effective than oil

Green Prophet

Renewable power is the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world already today, the latest report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows. The report contributes to the international discussion on raising climate action worldwide, ahead of Abu Dhabi’s global preparatory meeting for the United Nations Climate Action Summit in September.

Collaborative list – May 2019

10,000 Birds

So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th. In fairness, he had to celebrate Star Wars Day with his teenage son as this is their only means of effective conversation. 3 guesses as to where the award for biggest day and best follow-up post goes ?

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Circular Economy System

The Green Changemakers

A circular economy seeks to rebuild capital, whether this is financial, manufactured, human, social or natural. This ensures enhanced flows of goods and services. The system diagram illustrates the continuous flow of technical and biological materials through the ‘value circle’. It’s a new way to design, make, and use things within planetary boundaries. Shifting the system involves everyone and everything: businesses, governments, and individuals; our cities, our products, and our jobs.

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Birding Morelia

10,000 Birds

If you are like me, you can get a fair amount of birding done while traveling with your non-birder spouse… as long as you make sure you visit places with lots of other interesting activities, to keep that spouse happy. Pure eco-tourism is pretty much out of the question, because sitting in an eco-lodge all day is not much fun for a city-lover.

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