Conserving Bison in Indiana. Yes, Indiana.

Nature Conservancy - Science

This fall, the shaggy beasts will be reintroduced to Kankakee Sands , a Nature Conservancy preserve in southern Indiana. Historically, bison roamed the Indiana prairie, although likely in small, residential herds in contrast to the huge, migratory bison of the Great Plains. Native habitat hasn’t fared much better in the state: More than 99 percent of Indiana’s prairies have been lost to agriculture, development and lack of healthy fire.

Bad tenure news for Indiana Jones

Environmental Economics

The departmental committee has met to decide on Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones tenure, and the news is not good. In his nine years with the department, Dr. Jones has failed to complete even one uninterrupted semester of instruction. In fact, he hasn’t been in attendance for more than four consecutive weeks since he was hired.


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Things Indiana Jones and I have in common.

Environmental Economics

we're both college professors, and we both hate snakes : Get ready to update your nightmares. A scientist from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has discovered that a species of snake, the Cuban boa, hunts in groups, and through teamwork improve their chances of catching prey.

Indiana Religious Freedom Rights Act Gives Rise to Unexpected Bromance.

Elephant Journal

Ironically, the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in Indiana, has given ex co-stars of the comedy Scrubs, Zach Braff and Donald Faison, the perfect reason to resurrect their famous bromance. Equal Rights Food Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) Donald Fasion equal rights Indiana Pizza for Gay Weddings Religious Freedom Rights Act Zach Braff

Jenna Fischer Asks Indiana State Fair to Ban Elephant Rides


Read More The post Jenna Fischer Asks Indiana State Fair to Ban Elephant Rides appeared first on Ecorazzi. "The Office" star and animal lover is reaching out on behalf of PETA to stop elephant cruelty at fairs. Animals Causes News Top News jenna fischer

Black Friday Sale Completely Empties Out Indiana Animal Shelter


Kennel rooms are now empty at the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control center, thanks to a Black Friday sale that allowed dogs and cats to find their forever homes Read More The post Black Friday Sale Completely Empties Out Indiana Animal Shelter appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Indiana Jones and the Clean Power Rule

Sightline Daily

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , Indie finds himself on a ledge before a chasm, with no obvious way across. The state-by-state approach is like Indiana Jones building a creaky and complicated pulley system instead of walking across the plank. Ignoring the evidence of his senses, he follows a clue he’s been given, takes a leap of faith and lands on an invisible plank. The proposed US Clean Power Rule puts Oregon and Washington, along with other Western states, on a ledge, too.

The Church of Cannabis Inc—the First Test of Many for Indiana.

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On Thursday, 26th of March Secretary of State Connie Lawson approved the church as a religious corporation. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Today Only cannabis Church of Cannabis marijuana pot


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"this bill is not about discrimination and does not in any way legalize discrimination in Indiana.". Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks equal rights gay rights Governor Pence Indiana LGBTQ

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s Powerful Response.

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A huge backlash has directly followed Indiana''s signing of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today #boycottindian discrimination Indiana Indianapolis LGBT senate bill 101

Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Nature Conservancy - Science

By John Shuey, director of science, The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. Indiana has been identified as one of the states contributing the most excess nitrogen to the Gulf of Mexico, and these nutrients come from a variety of sources, both urban and rural. A new study by the University of Notre Dame is showing that restored floodplain forests along the Wabash River in Indiana can help decrease the amount of nitrogen reaching the Gulf.

New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 Duke Energy is expecting its Indiana customers to pay for a new coal plant thats now $1.5 The 618-megawatt Edwardsport, Indiana, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Generating Facility (IGCC) is a $3.554 billion monument to cost overruns , concealment, mismanagement and malfeasance. Sadly for Indiana, Duke kept neither of these promises. Compass.

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Snapperfest is Turtle Torture

10,000 Birds

Julie Zickefoose has a great post about the atrocity happening right now in Indiana. Get over to her blog and TAKE ACTION! Asides

The Green Buzz: Thursday, March 28

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An Indiana dairy farm has found an innovative use for all of that cow manure. ( Arctic Biodiversity Birds Climate Change Conservation Issues Energy Environmental News Global Warming Green Living The Green Buzz Arctic sea ice bee colonies Christian Science Monitor cow manure indiana dairy farm MNN National Geographic New York Times pesticides polar bear tortoise Treehugger two-headed shark wildlife trafficking

Angry in Indy: Activists Take On Big Coal's Plan to Raise Rates.

Sierra Club Compass

Big Coal got a rude awakening recently after angry customers and clean-air advocates in Indiana filled a public hearing after Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) released a proposal to increase rates. Beyond Coal Organizer Megan Anderson said her team had less than two weeks to mobilize activists and turn out for the recent Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission hearing. A decision by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is expected in a few months. Compass.

Farming, Adapting to Climate Change & the Limits of Imagination

Nature Conservancy - Science

For instance, a place like Indiana — the prototypical example of rain-fed agriculture — would need to start using more irrigation. Farm sprinkler irrigation system. Photo by Flickr user Chesapeake Bay Program via a Creative Commons license. What will the world look like in 50 years? Everybody wants to know the answer, especially when it comes to climate change.

Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams

10,000 Birds

Yet that is not the overall impression that I came away with while reading this solid and attractive new title from Indiana University Press. Focusing on an often under-appreciated portion of the continent, the book showcases forty species found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio – but perhaps not for long. Endangered and Disappearing Birds of the Midwest by Matt Williams – Indiana University Press, $29.00.

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Another Whooping Crane Shot

10,000 Birds

Yet again a Whooping Crane has been shot and killed in Indiana. Let’s hope that this time the perpetrator gets more than a $1 fine. Asides

Elinor Ostrom: 1933-2012

Environmental Economics

The entire Indiana University community mourns the passing today of Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom, who received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her groundbreaking research on the ways that people organize themselves to manage resources.

I Never Wanted to Be a Mom.

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Indiana Jones has nothing on moms. Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) family For Children motherhood mothers day pregnancy unwanted children

There will be negative economic effects if the government burns carbon tax revenue

Environmental Economics

The poster was analyzing the effect of a $15/ton carbon tax on Indiana's economy. From the inbox: Thought you would get a kick out of the rather significant government finance "limitation" expressed on this poster I saw at a recent professional meeting.    I'm sure that had a little to do with the dramatic impacts predicted for GSP and employment. Source: HH

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Will EU Apply Carbon Tariffs Against US Rogue States?

Green Living Ideas

In five states 90% of the electricity comes from coal: Wyoming, North Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. Tags: Alternative Energy News and Events 90% coal carbon tariffs copenhagen final document due January 31 France Indiana Kentucky North Dakota West Virginia Wyoming In Colorado it is 70%. A relatively few highly coal-dependent states is the reason that the overall American carbon footprint per capita is so much higher than Europeans.

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Bison, Pioneers of the Prairie, Return to Kankakee Sands

Nature Conservancy - Science

Over the past 20 years The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has been converting 6,700 acres of row-crop agriculture at Kankakee Sands into a diverse prairie. Conserving Bison in Indiana. Yes, Indiana. Most plants and animals have been able to make it back on their own,” Ted Anchor the Northwest Indiana Program Director says.

Stray Cat Discovers Ancient Roman Tomb


Cats - they're awesome, stars of the Internet, and now making archeological discoveries that would elicit envy from Indiana Jones. Read More The post Stray Cat Discovers Ancient Roman Tomb appeared first on Ecorazzi. Entertainment News Pop Culture Top News

Texas governor fails to recognize the difference between an efficient and an equitable distribution of water

Environmental Economics

PORTIONS OF INDIANA. Texas Governor Rick Perry called on Texans to pray for rain as cooler temperatures on Thursday helped firefighters contain wildfires that have charred more than 1.5 million acres across the state. via FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR. KENTUCKY AND OHIO. via

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Mom Fights to Keep Therapy Chickens for Her Autistic Son


Five chickens are what kept ten-year-old Anthony Frushon healthy and happy, but now, the Brownsburg, Indiana boy might not be able to keep his fowl friends. Anthony, who is autistic, Read More The post Mom Fights to Keep Therapy Chickens for Her Autistic Son appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News People Top News autism pet therapy therapy chickens

Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. Data from price tracker shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec.

Monitoring and enforcement

Environmental Economics

Since April 2010, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has conducted 251 so-called “impact inspections” in coal mines, including 73 in Kentucky and seven in Indiana. Those safety sweeps have netted 4,530 citations for violations, including nearly 2,000 in Kentucky and 111 in Indiana. At the same time, MSHA has ordered 427 temporary mine closings to fix problems, including 174 in Kentucky and six in Indiana.

2011 126

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

10,000 Birds

Jan Turner, in Indiana, had her own Happy Meal delivery: “Two infant cottontails brought by a father and son.” I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers!

WATCH: Puppy Gets Thrown Away and Saved By Garbage Man


And thanks to Michael Upchurch, a garbage man in Indiana, a small pup now named Garby will live a long and safe life. We just love a happy ending. Read More The post WATCH: Puppy Gets Thrown Away and Saved By Garbage Man appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News Video

I had No Idea what Racism was—even when it Paraded itself Right in Front of Me.

Elephant Journal

I was with my father and we walked about a mile from our home to our small town in Indiana to get haircuts. I think I was five. Enlightened Society Right Livelihood WAYLON: Today Only america injustice KKK nfl parade race Racism ram dass Shooting white privilege

Sentencing for Bird Killers

10,000 Birds

An Indiana man, Wade Bennett, and a minor have pled guilty for their involvement in the shooting and killing of a critically endangered Whooping Crane way back in 2009, and been sentenced to probation and the paying of fines and fees. Thee is still no information on the more recent killings of the majestic birds. In a completely unrelated case, a South Dakota man, Randy Albers, pled guilty to charges related to poisoning Canada Geese on his farm and was sentenced to a year of probation.

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3 Reasons to Squelch the Dream Naysayers.

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As an impressionable child, I set aside my dreams of being the next Indiana Jones and naively believed my dream-naysaying relative. I still watch dinosaur documentaries whimsically. Adventure Arts & Culture Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) Z ADMIN Work Featured Today day-dreamer dealing with negative people dream big live your dream. naysayers right livelihood

Purple Finches vs House Finches

10,000 Birds

When I was kid, I tried to turn every House Finch we had in Indiana into a Purple Finch. Trying to figure out if one is a little bit more raspberry red from another was the id of choice as the local bird ladies told me. I was also trying to see how far down the pink coloration went on the body. The above bird is clearly a male House Finch. But now that I live some place where we get Purple Finches regularly, there is no question on how to tell them apart.

2013 200

And, But, Therefore (SEA meeting mini-debrief)

Environmental Economics

Noonan ,  Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis  " Navigating the Journal Review Process " Will Wheeler ,  U.S. Once again, IMHO , the AERE sessions at the SEA meetings were a big success. AERE sponsored 15 sessions, an all time high. I attended X of these and each one had an audience between 15 and 25 (with one exception). The presentations were great (i.e., I learned a lot).

2014 153

User fees (post #425)

Environmental Economics

Louisville C-J : Tolls of $1 to $10 per crossing will be used for far more than just paying for construction of two new bridges over the Ohio River, Kentucky and Indiana officials say. the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Authority. Some local lawmakers argue it’s unfair to Louisville and Southern Indiana residents to pay those costs through tolls while federal highway funds that come from gasoline taxes are free to be spent elsewhere.

2012 126

Oprah Winfrey Yard Sale Raises $600,000 for Leadership Academy


She sold various items from her Hawaii, Indiana and California estates. TV mogul Oprah Winfrey raised $600,000 for charity by holding a yard sale on Saturday. Pieces included a set Read More The post Oprah Winfrey Yard Sale Raises $600,000 for Leadership Academy appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes News People Top News oprah winfrey

Girl Scouts vs coal mining

Environmental Economics

A negative externality example for your micro principles course:  For 55 years, the Girl Scout camp has been a destination for families across Kentucky and Indiana. Now, another fixture of the local landscape, coal mining, may be cutting in. A strip mine proposed by a nearby company, Western Kentucky Minerals, could soon surround the camp, altering its bucolic vista for years.

The Benefits of Trees. ~ Katie Dubow

Elephant Journal

EAB has been spotted in Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec and most recently, Colorado.

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How 'bout dem O's

Environmental Economics

  I can turn it on or off on command--Mom grew up in inner city Ballmer, Dad grew up in rural Indiana.  For those of you who have never heard me speak. Observations:  1) The first paper I ever wrote in college (at the University of Maryland, Ballmer Counny), for my freshman writing class, was titled "How 'Bout Dem O's." 

2014 138

Come On Hollywood

10,000 Birds

He loves the Willow Ptarmigan so much that he often uses their calls in his movies, such as Jurassic World and Indiana Jones : Raiders of the Lost Ark. A few weeks ago, I settled down into the couch with my husband to watch a little television before bed. One of my favorite shows is The Big Bang Theory, a quirky sitcom about scientists living in California.

2016 129

The Flight of the Vultures

10,000 Birds

But the turkey vultures would certainly leave the places we saw them – Montana, North Dakota, Illinois and Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio and eventually New York – and head south. The only bird we saw in every state was the Turkey Vulture. No vast kettles, yet, only ones and twos. Maybe only to the southern borders of the same state in the case of some of the Pennsylvania birds, maybe down beyond the limits of the US through Central America for the westerners.

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What is the State Bird of North Carolina?

10,000 Birds

In addition to North Carolina, six other states have named the cardinal their state bird, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. When birders in the eastern United States see a flash of red up in the canopy or deep inside nearby bushes, more likely than not those crimson feathers belong to the iconic Northern Cardinal.