2016

"Sample Cover Letter for Journal Manuscript Resubmissions"

Environmental Economics

Academia Obscura: Dear Sir, Madame, or Other: Enclosed is our latest version of Ms # 85-02-22-RRRRR, that is, the re-re-re-revised revision of our paper. Choke on it. We have again rewritten the entire manuscript from start to finish. We even changed the goddamn running head! Hopefully we have suffered enough by now to satisfy even you and your bloodthirsty reviewers. I shall skip the usual point-by-point description of every single change we made in response to the critiques.

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6 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Living Green & Saving Energy

Whether you’re looking for small-budget upgrades or total home transformations, there are many methods to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your monthly energy bill. Here are six ways to bring you closer toward your goal of energy savings — Small Details Smart Thermostat The biggest problem with your thermostat is that it has no […]. green home saving energy eco-friendly home energy efficiency

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student loan saga

Indigenize

It’s done. I just lovingly placed every paper related to my student loans in the recycling bin. They are paid off. It only took me 14 years. (:-0) My hair is white, just like the jokes say, but by George, they are paid off. The balance due, once over $45,000 USD, is now zero. […]. Adventures Cranky Rants Tales & Blarney education freedom money strategy student loan

There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

10,000 Birds

In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. It has become extinct, one may say, but such formulation hides the gruesome fact: it has been exterminated. By us. About a quarter of the world’s Brown Bears live in Europe (including the Russian part of it), some 55,000, divided into nine separate and evermore fragmented populations – some of them dangerously tiny, a dozen or two dozen animals only.

2016 214

Lima, Peru: organic (plus vegan and artisan) in the hip Barranco

Green Traveler Guides

| Awesome Eco Scene | In the past few years, Lima’s renowned food scene has grown to include an ever-increasing array of organic, vegetarian and artisan restaurants, cafés and craftsmen. There’s even a new Lima Bio Mapa (Green Map) that calls out venues for organic fairs and farmers markets, “conscious shopping,” and wellness offerings. But for the […].

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Ants avoiding Aspartame because they know it to be poison

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one or similar headlines are being used time and again trying to prove something as regards to Aspartame. Yes, Aspartame is not good for us at all and probably an accumulative poison but ants don't avoid because they know it to be poison. They avoid it because it is not sugar, refined or otherwise, and because therefore it has no value for them.

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2016—Year of the Cat?

The Alien Next Door

“ Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”—Walt Walt Whitman Leslie Wu of Forbes Magazine beat my tagline today in wishing you a Happy New Year: Says Wu: “ Although we’ll be ringing in the year of the fire monkey for Chinese New Year in February, it could be said that 2016 will be the year of the cat…Cat cafes are springing up across Canada, where those lacking feline companionship can reserve time with these most reserved of creatures.

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More Trending

Math check: Willingness to pay to combat climate change

Environmental Economics

Michael Greenstone in the NY Times : Respondents were asked if they would support a fee on their monthly electricity bill to combat climate change, and they were offered fees at various levels: $1, $10, $20, $30, $40 and $50. Each household was asked about only one of these levels.) The responses were that 57 percent would pay at least $1; 39 percent would pay at least $10; 29 percent would pay $20; 24 percent would pay $30; 17 percent would pay $40; and 20 percent would pay $50.

Graphic of the Day: Where do you get your news?

Environmental Economics

A pretty cool graphic of one person's views of credible vs incredible news sources : HT: Craig Landry via FB (Craig didn't create the graphic, just reposted). A few thoughts: I'm sure everyone can quibble about placement of some of these, but that kind of misses the point. I'm going to quibble. I venture to guess that liberal thinkers think the graphic is too conservative and conservative thinkers think it is too liberal.  Which probably means it's just about right.

2016 159

Lesson learned: don't conduct a sting of fake conferences and fake journals

Environmental Economics

No matter how tempting it might be: Jim Vander Putten suspected that some education conferences accepted any study pitched by someone willing to pay a registration fee. He worried that the gatherings enabled scholars to pad their publishing records while tainting research in the field. To test his hypothesis, he sent fake research-paper summaries larded with unforgivable methodological errors to the organizers of 15 conferences he believed to have lax standards.

2016 153

Would you rather have a degree without an education or an education without a degree?

Environmental Economics

I found this debate between Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok (at Marginal Revolution University), on whether college education provides learning or signaling, interesting. 

2016 152

3 Tech Companies With Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Living Green & Saving Energy

Do you know where your e-waste goes? According to Earth911, Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics every year. The electronics you use every day are full of potentially hazardous and toxic materials that are not good for the environment once they are thrown away. Thankfully, many modern companies have started green-minded initiatives and […]. green business practices sustainability Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Square Dance in the Rural West: An Oral History

Indigenize

Check out my new article in the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) online journal. It’s based on interviews with my elders, who can really tell a story, and contains small photos of those faboo 1950s dance outfits. Best of all is getting to witness how community dance like square dance or contra dance forges […].

2016 145

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

10,000 Birds

Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both. He likes books too, which made him the ideal reviewer for Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. This is Mark’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds. Agonizing quandaries concerning invasive species are well-known to wildlife biologists. In Oregon, the Barred Owl is taking over Northern Spotted Owl territory and threatening that smaller bird’s survival.

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12 tips for sustainable travel in 2016

Green Traveler Guides

| Green Travel News | It’s never too late to add this New Year’s resolution: travel sustainably. For most of us, the beginning of a new year inspires plans for a bigger adventure than the year before. A place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), more exotic. While these are great intentions, if we don’t travel […]. Green Travel News Xtras 12 tips for sustainable travel International Ecotourism Society

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Trading jobs: Why the presidential candidates all seem to have it wrong

Environmental Economics

When talking about outsourcing jobs, why don't politicians ever mention the less expensive goods we get in return? This from coverage of last night's Democratic debate : Sanders is no fan of General Electric. He and the iconic American company have been trading jabs   ever since Sanders attacked the firm in an interview with the New York Daily News earlier this month for sending jobs overseas. Let me start my rant here by stating the conclusion. 

2016 151

I'm in a field experiment!

Environmental Economics

2016 148

JEEM broke my bookshelf

Environmental Economics

2016 148

The American Statistical Association sets out six principles for proper use of P-values (And you won't believe #2 or #4)*

Environmental Economics

Via Retraction Watch: After reading too many papers that either are not reproducible or contain statistical errors (or both), the American Statistical Association (ASA) has been roused to action. Today the group released six principles for the use and interpretation of p values. P-values are used to search for differences between groups or treatments, to evaluate relationships between variables of interest, and for many other purposes.    But the ASA says they are widely misused.

2016 149

End of Season Tips for Storing Fresh Herbs

The Green Samaritan

This beautiful basil plant has served us well over the summer growing season, and we enjoyed several homemade and fresh “farewell” Margherita pizzas over the weekend. Now with the. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2016 144

Lionfish dip

Environmental Economics

Quotes from a co-author: While it may be beautiful in a home aquarium, the aggressive and fast-reproducing lionfish is wreaking havoc in the ocean ecosystem and endangering reef habitats. But there might be a way to keep the lionfish in check: by eating it. Researchers and restaurateurs in Northwest Florida are looking at ways to price and prepare lionfish dishes. In fact, the fish is already on the menu at some Pensacola restaurants.

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2017 TrendsWord is that these Virtual Assistant speakers from.

Blue Earth

2017 Trends Word is that these Virtual Assistant speakers from Amazon “Echo” and Google “Home” were big sellers over the 2016 holiday season. This is just the start of a big move towards having computers understand what humans want - and this time it will be through asking and answering questions. Right now these devices do not ask clarifying questions, but that is just a matter of a few years. I predict that will be in 2020

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What To Look For in Eco-Friendly Products

Living Green & Saving Energy

We’re living in an age where just about every company touts itself as green. While many consumers and CEOs would argue that it’s important to be environmentally conscience, it can be hard to tell which companies are actually committed to being green and which are just saying they do to look great. Take a look […]. Eco-Friendly Products green products

Climate Crisis Solutions conference

Indigenize

I’m pleased to be one of the presenters in Ohio this coming weekend at the 63rd annual conference put on by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. It will be held at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, from October 21-23, 2016. The presentations cover a wide variety of topics related to climate change. […]. Announcements Spiritual Ecopsychology animism bioregionalism climate change ecopsychology emotions spirituality stones storytelling vulnerability work that reconnect

The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

10,000 Birds

I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree. First I noticed a red cap – a male, then striped flanks and pale-red undertail, but couldn’t see its wing because some part of the bird remained hidden by a branch at any given time. I had two possibilities, an uncommon Middle Spotted or scarce White-backed Woodpecker – which would have been a lifer for me.

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One for Independence Day

Environmental Economics

Greg Mankiw: I see you recently opened up a golf course in Scotland. I  I presume that part of your business plan is for some Americans to take vacations to play there. But this raises some thorny questions. You complain constantly about American firms moving jobs overseas. But  But couldn't you have opened up your golf course here in the United States?    Wouldn't that have created jobs for American caddies and groundskeepers? 

2016 144

Not a great idea, but then who is?

Environmental Economics

Adding new or higher import duties on products such as air conditioners, cars, and cookies — to encourage producers to make them in the US — would be a good idea. via www.igmchicago.org. I wonder what prompted this poll question

2016 144

Birding Balkans: A Play in Two Acts

10,000 Birds

ACT I. SCENE I. Iron Gates (Djerdap) national park, Serbia. Small canyon among wooded hills. Morning. Framed by red Permian sandstone, Eric Hyman is staring into the bare branches of a dead tree, or, to be more precise, into some fluttering t**s. Although the sun has risen, the cliffs around us are still deeply shadowed. The entire geological history of the region, from Palaeozoic to Cenozoic, is written in these exposed rock faces of the Boljetin Canyon.

2016 205

That Time of the Year Again

10,000 Birds

How many species have I observed this year? The malicious eBird answers: only 186! Yes, I know, I’ll reach 190, but 200? No way. Not with these prices of petrol. What have I missed? Hmm, Black-throated Diver (a.k.a. Arctic Loon), Lesser Black-backed Gull , Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest should easily make 190, although the pecker is a bit uncertain. Hence, the first stop becomes Mt. Avala , south of the city.

2016 203

A bit of Land Grant University history

Environmental Economics

From the back story of Tuesday's NY Times Morning Brief : Strains of Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1 are echoing across the land this commencement season. For hundreds of thousands of undergraduates, higher education was made possible, in part, by the U.S. government’s two Morrill Acts. The legislation helped create our great public universities, with land grants.

2016 143

"Even top economists publish in predatory journals, study finds" #RePEc

Environmental Economics

Retraction Watch: Top-ranking economists sometimes publish papers in open access journals deemed potentially “predatory,” according to a new analysis. The findings contradict previous results  that show that researchers who publish papers in “potential, possible, or probable” predatory journals (as defined by librarian Jeffrey Beall ) are largely inexperienced.

2016 141

The Conservative Bias in Economics?

Environmental Economics

Mark Thoma on "the conservative bias in economics": I have a new column: Yes, Nick Kristof, There Is a Conservative Bias in Economics : Nicholas Kristof recent reignited  the debate over liberal bias in academia with his claim that “universities risk becoming liberal echo chambers and hostile environments for conservatives.”

Lies, Damn Lies and Sea Level Data

Environmental Economics

A Drudge headline this morning points to this story that claims sea levels have been falling for the past 6 years.    And the story is correct.     Here's the graphic proof based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Nothing to look at here.    Everyone's safe.    No worries.    But, perhaps unsurprisingly, given the source, the picture fails to tell the whole story. 

2016 141

How To Clean Nasty Parts of the House Without Chemicals

Living Green & Saving Energy

Do you think that you need chemicals to clean your house? Chemical cleaners may seem like an easier solution, but there are better ways to get the job done out there. However, there are non-toxic, natural cleaners out there! Whether DIY or natural non-toxic buys, anything is better for your health than chemicals. Using natural […]. easy green living tip green living reduce waste clean without chemicals green cleaning

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Solabaration! 2016

Indigenize

Folks along the Front Range of Colorado, come drive the cold winter away tonight with dance, song, story, cheer, xtreme juggling, a mummers’ play and more. All ages are welcome. I’m honored to be one of the three dance callers. Click on the sun for info. Save Save SaveFiled under: Announcements, Arts, Dance Tagged: Colorado, […]. Announcements Arts Dance Colorado contra dance Solabration winter solstice

2016 100

I'm taking a post-publication survey for Sage. research management tools?

Environmental Economics

I've never heard of any of these (except, vaguely, Mendeley because Elsevier spams me about it), is it because __ ? I'm old. I've lost touch. These tools aren't necessary and I shouldn't use them. I'm the tool. All of the above  Someone please explain.  

2016 141

Little Crane, Very Big Deal: Hope for Sarus Cranes in Thailand

10,000 Birds

The world’s biggest flying bird—the Sarus Crane , with a maximum of height of 6 feet/1.8 meters—has had a rough go of it. Due to habitat encroachment and environmental degradation in its traditional home base of Asia, the bird’s worldwide population has dropped to roughly 20,000 individuals, marking it as a Vulnerable species. But the International Crane Foundation—with the support of some Thai farmers—is slowly but steadily making headway toward restoring the crane in the wild.