2015

Champions of the Flyway – the Dakar Rally of Birding

10,000 Birds

I’ve just returned from a trip to Israel and I feel like I’ve run 300 miles in a week…in the blazing sun…uphill…with no water…and carrying a one hundred pound sandbag. In reality I’ve returned from filming the second Champions of the Flyway Bird Race.

2015 267

Does income inequality cause decreased economic growth?

Environmental Economics

Rather than read before I go to bed, I have taken to watching Netflix documentaries on the iPad.    I thought this would lead to me falling asleep easier from the boredom of watching documentaries, but instead I find myself actually enjoying them leading to less sleep.and more questions.

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Going Green Made Easy: 4 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Living Green & Saving Energy

Most people have a big misconception about water and energy conservation. They think that, if you really want to save the planet, you have to make huge, life-altering changes to your routine. But you don’t have to take your home totally off the grid on the first day to make a difference.

Sustainable Alternatives to Petroleum Based Products

Hug a Tree with Me

While we may never know who to blame for the discovery of petroleum, history states that the stuff has been running our lives for over 5000 years now.

Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 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.

2015 266

What is a Blue Goose?

10,000 Birds

The “ Blue Goose ” is the dark morph of the Snow Goos e ( Chen caerulescens ). Click on photos for full sized images. Color morphs are controlled by a single gene locus where the dark allele is incompletely dominant to the light.

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Moderates who lean left on social issues and right on economic issues are not libertarians

Environmental Economics

There were two interesting posts about Rand Paul from Krugman and Mankiw: Paul Krugman says there aren't enough libertarians in the U.S. to make a libertarian candidate like Rand Paul viable. 

2015 247

A head scratcher of an argument on the VW fraud

Environmental Economics

Tyler Cowen: The behavior of Volkswagen has been heinous and the company and probably some of its executives deserve some serious punishments. Yet our reaction to the scandal is as illuminating as the misbehavior itself.

2015 240

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

Red-shouldered Hawks ( Buteo lineatus ) are one of my favorite raptors and I am fortunate to have them nesting near my property.

Beginning of Spring Beer Post (for Tim)

Environmental Economics

My wife is a Marylander and she is obsessed with blue crabs and Old Bay, so we have tried many food items with Old Bay.

2015 240

Green Living That Makes Money

Living Green & Saving Energy

As a green living enthusiast I have been writing for years about how to save energy, water, and other resources and live more sustainably.

Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

Living Green & Saving Energy

Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before.

10 Ways to Use Electricity more Sustainably

Hug a Tree with Me

One of the first things that usually comes to mind when discussing matters of environmental degradation is electricity usage – it is an unfortunate fact that the relationship between the two is a mostly negative one.

2015 225

500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers.

2015 259

Explaining why economics majors rank near the top in salaries earned

Environmental Economics

2015 236

I don't think these are "very good points"

Environmental Economics

Tyler Cowen: From Adam Ozimek , here are some very good points, which I had not previously pondered: …what a carbon tax does is push the required cost threshold up. This would

2015 228

New journal rankings from RESECON

Environmental Economics

From the RESECON listserv: Dear Colleagues: Attached please find a table of the informal (and unscientific) survey I conducted of RESECON members asking them to rank professional journals in natural resource and environmental economics. 

2015 226

Follow-up: "Cap and trade began as a Republican idea"

Environmental Economics

There was some interesting discussion in the comments to this post. Brad DeLong says this: Doesn't the name "Richard Schmalensee", member of George H.W.

2015 225

'F**k Nuance'*

Environmental Economics

I think we need a 'Papers I wish I had written' category: Nuance is revered in higher education. That’s especially true in sociology, where scholars spend their lives digging into the fine grain of human social behavior, often finding even finer grain underneath.

2015 224

The Tufted Jays of Nayarit

10,000 Birds

Mexico is the best country in the world for jays. More species of jays can be found here than in any other country on earth. Sixteen resident species to be exact.

2015 223

Most everyone thinks they'll get ripped off by a carbon tax with revenue recycling

Environmental Economics

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down: On Monday, researchers from Yale and Utah State University unveiled a new statistical technique that allows an in-depth accounting of Americans’ attitudes toward global warming. The resulting maps —down to the county level—reveal some interesting takeaways.

2015 223

More on pricing water

Environmental Economics

Meredith Fowlie: The use of moral suasion to encourage conservation is not unique to California. Public appeals for reductions in energy and water use are ubiquitous. And it is easy to see why.

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4 Earth-Friendly Baby Products for Environmentally Conscious Parents

Living Green & Saving Energy

As new parents know quite well, having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. While caring for a new little one can be immensely rewarding, it might also be a bit overwhelming at times—especially when trying to decide which products you should or should and should not buy.

10 Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed

Hug a Tree with Me

Besides figuring out how to make a livable wage doing what I love to do, my biggest complaint about working for myself is learning how to manage my time. Understanding how to balance my work life with my home life while also making time for myself was a much bigger challenge than I thought.

2015 222

JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks.

The physical toll of being an administrator

Environmental Economics

You know those before and after pictures of Presidents that show just how much being POTUS ages a person?    5 years as a Department Chair* is taxing.    QED. *Or Or could it be being the father of three teenagers

2015 220

"Dad life"

Environmental Economics

Life 219

"Economics professor presents findings at Resources for the Future seminar"

Environmental Economics

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).

2015 219

The Art of Bird Camp

10,000 Birds

I have been working in the avian world for 25 years, but last summer I was out-birded by a 14-year-old girl. Actually, I was bested by an entire group of teenagers, all gathered – along with 36 adults – on Hog Island , Audubon’s famous camp off the coast of Maine. Each year Hog Island offers programs, taught by a stellar staff of naturalists and artists, to groups of all kinds (teenagers, adults, families).

2015 218

Quote of the Day: On the inequity of the tragedy of the commons (and King Kong Bundy)

Environmental Economics

Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International said: ‘In the space of a single generation, human activity has severely damaged the ocean by catching fish faster than they can reproduce while also destroying their nurseries.

2015 216

Is paying fair value the same as paying the full value?

Environmental Economics

Snark warning. CONGRESS long ago established a basic principle governing the extraction of coal from public lands by private companies: American taxpayers should be paid fair value for it. They own the coal, after all.let them be received, Not without fair reward (Timon of Athens I.ii.189).

2015 217

3 Easy Ways to Enhance your Spiritual Well-being

Hug a Tree with Me

March is Spiritual Wellness Month – use right now as a reminder to continue on your path to spiritual wellness, for once you are deep in spirituality, you can face any negativity that comes your way. 3 Easy ways to enhance your spiritual well-being.

2015 217

Make Your Smart Home a Green Home

Living Green & Saving Energy

Your current lifestyle depends on the usage of energy; however, with a rise in population and a decrease in natural resources, energy costs are growing exponentially.

"Journals, Preferences, and Publishing in Agricultural and Environmental Economics"

Environmental Economics

Dan Rigby, Michael Burton and Jayson L. Lusk in AJAE: Research quality is an increasingly important metric for determining funding allocations, promotion and tenure, and professional prestige.

Invasive species and forestry

Environmental Economics

[link]. I don't think there is much Mark can do against an enemy as  invasive species. But, we'll see soon. The DOA just showed up today  to "investigate the strange beetles Mark found on trees in Wallace Wood's tree farm."