2019

New working paper: "Willingness Toupee"

Environmental Economics

Willingness Toupee. David M. McEvoy, O. Ashton Morgan and John C, Whitehead. No 19-01, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University. Abstract: In this paper we tackle the hairy problem of male pattern baldness. We survey balding men and elicit their willingness to pay to move from their current sad situation to a more plentiful one. Then we comb-over the results. What’s the average willingness to pay to move from a glistening cue ball to a luscious mane?

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

10,000 Birds

Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019. These reports (called “ Banking on Nature “) are relevant to birders because they are among the few comprehensive analyses that relate to the economic impact of birders on national wildlife refuges, which are among the more popular birding locations.

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Japan!

Indigenize

Shinrin-yoku research trip begins! Spiritual Ecopsychology Adventures animism dreams earth-based spirituality Japan nature travel trees

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Villa Vajra, Bali: eco-haven of peace & tranquility

Green Traveler Guides

| Simple, Sophisticated Luxury | Bali is a paradise beyond my wildest dreams: lush, dense jungle; picturesque rice paddies; tropical beaches with world-class snorkeling among coral reefs, outdoor adventure activities, ancient temples, traditional arts, delicious dining options, endless varieties of yoga and meditation classes and retreats, and countless mystical shamans and energy healers. Truly, Bali […].

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Ivy in the woods

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A great many of – often rather uneducated – people believe that ivy, climbing up trees harms the trees and strangles them but this is not the case. Unfortunately some people, alas, will not be told and, illegally, if they are not the owners of the woods, will cut the ivy and remove it. A good amount of ivy in the woods is good.

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Predictions for the Roaring 20?s

Blue Earth

I have found 1-year technology predictions to be almost laughable in terms of big-picture advances. Now that I’ve had a chance to be on the board of a public technology company and have seen first hand how long it takes to develop microchips, I can say almost everything that will happen in the next 10 years is already being worked on and thought about today. It’s one thing to make an academic discovery, and quite another to bring something to the mass market.

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Choose One / Lose One Spring Challenge!

The Green Samaritan

Time for a Spring Choose One / Lose One Challenge to encourage kinder, more earth-friendly habits. This is all about losing the disposable and moving toward reusable. Start with anything – See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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10 Reasons Why Should We Ban Plastic Bags

Greentumble

Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry. our purchased goods when we go shopping. They are a part of our modern lives, and we don’t tend to think much about them. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world [1].

Don’t blame vegans for the shame you feel about using animals

Eccorazzi

Vegans take the blame for a lot of things. Whether we are being accused of ruining someone’s good time, of incessantly bringing up our label, or are being bombarded with nutritional deficiency promises, I find many of my cohorts are driven to either of the polarizing extremes presented: become the type of preachy vegan non-vegans fear or forgo mention of your beliefs altogether in hopes everyone will pick on someone gluten-free.

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3 global reports on climate change we can’t ignore

Green Prophet

Greta is not going to be happy. Three stark reports on the rising carbon emissions and impacts on global temperatures have been released in the last week. The reports lay bare the horrific state of climate breakdown and its impacts across the globe whilst indicating the solutions are available to make possible meeting the goals set out under the Paris agreement. .

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Graphic of the Day: I'm just going to leave this here while I wipe my tears.

Environmental Economics

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Fall Birding at Nisqually NWR

10,000 Birds

Most of the estuaries of Puget Sound in Washington State have been developed, but one of the few that remain is the Nisqually River Delta, which was protected as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1974. Since that time, parts of the Nisqually estuary have been restored by removing dikes and reconnecting it with Puget Sound. In addition to the estuary, the refuge also contains the Nisqually River, creeks, freshwater ponds, wetlands, as well as riparian and forested areas.

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Yellow Stripey Stingy Things

Indigenize

Here's a useful guide to all wasp-like beings. All My Relations Spiritual Ecopsychology bees field guide nature wasps

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Tips to Use eBird for Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

EBird! It’s part of modern birding. In some parts of the world, it seems like most birders use it, myself included and why not? Make a bird list for anywhere, anytime and on a hand held device! Don’t have a connection? No problem! Note birds the old fashioned way (that would be writing on paper) and submit those observations back at the homestead or wherever you have a connection.

Reuse and Repair

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. What happened? What happened? Simple. Industry decided that it was too expensive for it to develop new products that people really wanted and needed and rather made products that broke rather quickly and were made in such a way that they can no longer be repaired and thus people have to buy the same (kind of) product again and again.

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Electrons vs. Molecules - Who’s Winning?

Blue Earth

Everywhere I turn electrons are making headway. Let’s compare the market value of two highly respected 21st Century founded companies, Facebook and Tesla. The ability to generate stockholder value falls clearly in the electron camp. Facebook, founded in 2004 has an Enterprise Value of $456B, while Tesla, founded in 2003 has an EV of $54B. Facebook, the company that primarily moves electrons around has an EV of 9x that of the metal-bender Tesla. Let’s look at a broader measure of this effect.

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Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

10,000 Birds

The first shot of Birders is of a helicopter. It’s an official-looking helicopter, photographed flying in the air at eye level, as if we’re next to it. Then, a long shot looking down of the Rio Grande delta, green and brown, but mostly green, bisected by a continuing, curving brown line.

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Focus on Native Bees, Not Honey Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Everyone knows pollinators are in trouble, but almost all the attention is on non-native honey bees. Wildlife Nature-based Solutions

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Monoculture Farming

Greentumble

Farming is one of our oldest. occupations. The success rate of being able to cultivate nutritious food has always affected our quality of life. We all probably carry the genes of our ancestors from the Stone Age who have started to settle down and cultivate the first crops instead of foraging for seasonal foods only.

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The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Bird migration! In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica. Our big month of bird movements in Costa Rica, the 10th month of the year, is when most of the swallows, Scarlet Tanagers , thrushes, and other species on the South American express push through. Some stop right in front of our place in the urbanized intermontane valley where the majority of Costa Ricans reside. The bulk of birds, though, move along the coast and through the northern lowlands.

UK Government Introduces New Policy for Renewable Energy Producers

Green Prophet

A wind turbine that uses dragonfly biomimicry to maximize the wind’s energy. The government of the United Kingdom has announced their new energy policy, which is called Smart Export Guarantee. It is to replace FIT, which is designed to encourage uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.

Nature is hiring an environmental economics editor

Environmental Economics

I'm looking forward to hearing who gets hired for this job: Nature, the international weekly journal of science, seeks to appoint an editor specializing in Environmental/Energy Economics to further our aim to publish the world’s best original research linking social sciences – including economics – to the physical and biological processes important to society.

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All I Want for Christmas is a Curlew Sandpiper

10,000 Birds

Faraaz Abdool is a freelance conservation and wildlife photographer and writer who specializes in birds and the issues they face worldwide. He graciously serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Bird Status and Distribution Committee (formerly the T&T Rare Birds Committee) and leads birding tours on both islands as well as in East Africa through Cisticola Tours Ltd.

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Aoi Matsuri parade

Indigenize

We arrived in Kyoto just in time for the Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock) festival, which happens May 15 every year in Kyoto. According to The Mainisti, a Japanese paper in English language, “the festival originated in the era of Emperor Kinmei more than 1,400 years ago, when people prayed for no damage from rainstorms and good […]. Spiritual Ecopsychology

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Rename All Birds Named After White People

10,000 Birds

Zach Schwartz-Weinstein is a writer, teacher, organizer, and birdwatcher who lives in upstate New York. The ornithological practice of naming species after dead white people — almost universally dead white men, with the exceptions of Lucy’s , Grace’s , Virginia’s , and Blackburnian Warblers , (which are named for dead white women) is fundamentally an index of ornithology’s complicity with the history of European imperialism and settler colonialism.

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Holidaymakers encouraged to save their lilos from landfill by turning them into designer bags

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Holidaymakers can see their unwanted lilos transformed into designer bags and pouches thanks to a holiday company that’s pledging to reduce the number of inflatables sent to landfill. Holiday Hypermarket has teamed up with sustainable designer Wyatt and Jack to encourage customers to turn their holiday inflatables into one-of-a-kind bags, with the package-holiday specialist picking up the postage costs for sending the plastic products.

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Blue Earth

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2019)

10,000 Birds

Whatever weather you experienced this weekend probably resembles your next four months or so, although probably not as extreme. The same applies to your weekend’s birding. Hope you enjoyed it! Ivy and I took out time scouring the frigid shores of Lake Ontario to snag her first Purple Sandpiper , a perfect harbinger of the long winter to come. Corey got out on Saturday morning for some birding while he puttered around various spots in Queens.

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Create Wildlife Habitat Around Your House

Nature Conservancy - Science

Tips and resources turn your yard into wildlife habitat – without bothering the neighbors. Wildlife Insects & Pollinators Plants Restoration

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Causes and Effects of Desertification on People and the Environment

Greentumble

The word ‘desertification’ may seem like a word. depicting very distant and abstract environmental problem that most of us do not consider being important in our daily lives. But we couldn’t be more mistaken, for desertification is slowly creeping up into our lives and has the power to change everything.

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Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

10,000 Birds

Global Big Day (GBD). This biggest day of eBirding kicked off in earnest a few years ago. The idea was to see how many birds could be collectively identified by folks anywhere and everywhere. Go birding, eBird the results and see what happens! People got on board, lots of people got on board and throughout the world.

Cannabis oil as CBD offers an elixir for life and pain relief

Green Prophet

Anyone who has ever had the unlucky experience of seeing a loved one suffer from pain knows and understands just how few tools are available to doctors for pain management. The best solutions, and. about the only ones that work for pain management in cancer patients are morphine based. After long periods of use the morphine dosages need to be increased and the patients suffer from serious side-effects such as instability on their feet –– liable to cause a broken bone or.

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Take the "What Are Things REALLY Worth?" survey!

Environmental Economics

I did and I'm only mildly traumatized (how in the world did this get past the IRB???): Stanford, CA —  How valuable are the things that money cannot buy? Dr. Tim Kane, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is running a week-long research survey to find out. This survey, in the format of an “economic beauty contest,” as described by economist John Maynard Keynes, is open to all American adults during the first full week of September.

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What is a “Nonessential Experimental” California Condor?

10,000 Birds

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed reintroducing California Condors in the Pacific Northwest. Although sometimes thought of a bird of the Southwest, the condor’s historical range reaches as far north as British Columbia. In 1806, Lewis and Clark saw condors near the Columbia River, which makes up much of the Washington-Oregon border. But condors have not been in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century.

I Adopted a HeroRat

Indigenize

In good Hobbit fashion and in gratitude for my life, I like to give something good away on my birthday. This year, I’ve adopted a “Hero Rat” through the organization Apopo. These are a large rat species who are trained to sniff out hidden land mines left all over after military conflicts, thereby allowing people to […]. Resilience Solutions Spiritual Ecopsychology Apopo Cambodia generosity giveaway gratitude HeroRat landmines reparation

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Birding in Nanhui, Shanghai in October 2019

10,000 Birds

Sometimes I am tired of words, tired of writing. So, this post just shows 25 birds I spotted at Nanhui (coastal Shanghai) in October 2019. Not all of them rare, but all of them interesting (at least for me). Black-faced Spoonbills sometimes winter at Nanhui, which is one reason why it would be such a shame if the place gets destroyed. The Blue-and-white Flycatcher is not that rare at Nanhui during migration season, but too beautiful not to be shown.

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Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products, and we also have, quite seriously, to learn to differentiate between needs and wants. Often our wants masquerade as needs when they are not needs at all. To say I need a new smartphone or simply new cellphone, while the old one is still performing well and is doing all you will ever need it for is not a need but a desire and want to have a new one just because there are new ones around.

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