Birding Sarokház Panzió – An Airport Hotel in Budapest

10,000 Birds

Having jumped around a bit while writing up my trip to Hungary – sharing a few galleries , a trip to find an elusive woodpecker , and the most exciting news in optics since Galileo discovered Jupiter’s moons – I thought it was time to go back to the beginning of the trip and proceed chronologically. It was a great way to gradually get into the idea that we had left the United States far behind but there weren’t so many birds that we were overwhelmed.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

10,000 Birds

Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was the last bird he paid attention to in Hungary on Saturday morning before flying back to the United States, a European Goldfinch singing in a tree outside of his hotel. Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend. Just to keep that sweet paternal vibe going, I’m going to award double points to anyone whose best bird of the weekend was seen in the company of a dad or by a dad with his child.

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My Nemesis Birds to Be

10,000 Birds

American Dipper – Yes, I have seen Brown Dipper in Kazakhstan and White-capped Dippers in Ecuador but somehow I am missing the only dipper found in the United States, the American Dipper. Just in New York State I have seen eight different Whimbrel. In Hungary I managed to track down White-backed Woodpecker , allegedly a much more difficult bird to see, but never spotted a Black Woodpecker. “Thus, I give up the binoculars!”

deliberateLIFE Magazine Issue #5 – Review

Green (Living) Review

Fay has lived and worked in Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and South Africa. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) deliberateLIFE Magazine is now one year old – so let''s say Happy Birthday – and issue #5 has just hit the iPad screens and others, so to speak, and this is yet another great issue.

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The Eurasian Nuthatch

10,000 Birds

White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches can be found across almost the entire continent, Brown-headed Nuthatches are common in the southeastern United States and Pygmy Nuthatches liven up outings in the mountain west. And while I can still remember the first time I saw one in 2007, in the company of Jochen and Hendrik in a pine forest on the coast of the Baltic Sea, it took until this year’s trip to Hungary before I managed to get a decent image of one.

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deliberateLIFE. The green and ethical magazine for the iPad generation

Green (Living) Review

Fay has lived and worked in Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and South Africa. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) deliberateLIFE is the brainchild of Fay Johnson Fay Johnson. She is the Founder & Chief Deliberator at deliberateLIFE Magazine. Fay is a social entrepreneur and has worked with influencers, businesses, governments, and non-profits to leverage their resources effectively to create change.

Egypt Resists Monsanto’s Genetically-Modified Maize

Green Prophet

The United States is saturated with transgenic crops. According to the US Department of Agriculture, in 2011 nearly 90 percent of all soybeans, corn, canola and sugar beets raised in the United States were grown from transgenic seed. Peru recently banned the import of all genetically modified foods for a decade (pending safety reviews) not long after Hungary burned 1,000 acres of crops contaminated by Monsanto GMOs, which are banned in that country.

My Year in Birding 2012

10,000 Birds

Seeing 525 species was nice, as was the fact that I birded in four countries, nine of the fifty states in the United States, and fifty-one counties. New York State’s first Grace’s Warbler. June – Hungary. In June I went to Hungary. Two-thousand-twelve was a pretty darn good year for me birding-wise and otherwise.

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The Future of Solar Design Dazzles Madrid

Green Prophet

In the ten years since the Department of Energy sponsored the first Solar Decathlon in the United States, both sustainable design and solar energy have undergone substantial developments. Hungary has come a long way with their ODOO project. Green Prophet has been touring the 18 Solar Decathlon homes that made it to Madrid for this year’s international collegiate architecture competition, and we’re dazzled by what we’ve seen.

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World Water Day (March 22, 2012) - Water management initiatives to conserve resources around the world

Green (Living) Review

Region: The United States Activity: Rainwater harvesting project for the Butterfly Garden Firestone Building Products Company, LLC operates a construction materials business. Bridgestone Corporation has announced group-wide initiatives in conjunction with World Water Day to ensure that the company plays a proactive role in promoting the sustainable use of water during manufacturing processes.

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The Life and Death of Urban Highways

The Green Changemakers

This is leading many cities, not just in the United States, to question the place of major highways in urban areas and whether they merit further investment or removal. ITDP has offices in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States; employs more than 70 staff members; and supplements this team with leading architects, urban planners, transport experts, developers, and financiers.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

The 2009 Report of the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WBGU, Wissenshaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen) was entitled “Solving the climate dilemma: the budget approach” and crucially stated: “The budget of CO2 emissions still available worldwide could be derived from the 2 degree C guard rail. years), Qatar (1.3), Guyana (1.4), Malaysia (1.9), United Arab Emirates (2.0), Kuwait (2.4), Papua New Guinea (2.5), Brunei (2.8), Australia (2.8;

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

One can convert the Carbon Debt or Carbon Credit from units of “million tonnes of CO2” simply by multiplying by whatever carbon price you desire in, say, US dollars. Annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution” in units of “tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year” (2005-2008 data) is 0.9 Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen. Quantitative, country by country analysis of the Climate Debt of Climate Debtor countries versus the Climate Credit of Climate Creditor countries may prove to be a valuable litigation weapon in the fight of Island States for their very physical survival.