What is the National Bird of Latvia?

10,000 Birds

The national bird of Latvia is the White Wagtail which, it being Latvia, they call Balta Cielava.* It was affirmed as the national bird in May of 1960 by the International Council for Bird Preservation while they were meeting in Tokyo.** I have been unable to determine why or how that organization had anything to do with the national bird of Latvia – one would not think that the Latvian people would need the affirmation of an international group for their national bird!

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Watch: Indiscriminate logging in Latvia is fueled by Britain’s markets

Green Blog

Al Jazeera English takes a closer look at the forests in Latvia which are being cut down at an unsustainable rate in one of their recent episodes of People & Power (see the video above). “The Baltic nation of Latvia is blessed with some of the most beautiful forests in the world, millions of square kilometres of pristine woodland that support a complex biodiversity of rare species of animals and plants. [.]


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Top 10 ethical destinations in the developing world

Green Traveler Guides

Argentina Bahamas Central America Chile Costa Rica Dominica Europe Latvia Mauritius News Palau Serbia South Pacific Islands Uruguay Ethical Traveler Green Travel NewsEvery year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world's developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry.

World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

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Africa Bahamas Barbados Cape Verde Caribbean Cuba Dominica Egypt Europe Iran Latvia Lithuania Middle East Namibia Oceania Palau South America Uruguay Chile ethical travel Ethical Traveler Green Travel News Mauritius Philippines Reuters

Summer Solstice Creativity!

Elephant Journal

You are the way light finds expression. You are a prism cut as nobody else is cut. Let yourself be supersaturated with light until it spills from you, leaks from the corners of your eyes, streams through your irises, runs out the corners of your mouth, flows out through your voice, pours into the world through your uniqueness and love.

A Green Globe: 4 Surprisingly Sustainable Countries

Environmental News Network

Latvia. According to Yale’s Environmental Performance Index, Latvia is the world’s second-greenest country. Latvia reduces greenhouse gas emissions through a process called CO2 sequestration – the country’s 35,000 square kilometers of forest and peat bogs naturally convert CO2 into biomass. And Latvia’s sustainability initiatives have allowed many wildlife species that are disappearing throughout the rest of Europe to thrive. By: Guest Contributor, Christopher Beck.

The 20 most common birds in Shanghai (Part 2)

10,000 Birds

For some reason, it is also the National Bird of Latvia, though this does not give it any special status here in Shanghai. Today`s post is a continuation of last week`s – an introduction to Shanghai`s 20 most commonly seen birds. After getting to the letter C last week in a roughly alphabetical order, I will show the second 10 species today. Start with Eurasian Tree Sparrow , an unlikely high-ranked target for anybody watching birds in Shanghai.

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Redesigned Oeuf Sparrow 3 Drawer Dresser

Green Furniture Home Design

Made in Latvia, a nation with a strong woodworking heritage, from locally sourced wood, this dresser is as green as it gets. The Oeuf Sparrow 3 drawer dresser was created by parents who appreciate modern design. All Oeuf’s dressers are made in Europe to strict environmental standards. Natural birch or walnut drawer faces and leg detailing that matches the Sparrow crib give this dresser a fun, modern look. A slightly more compact dresser, it will work well all around the house.

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Important Ways Through Which Commercial Robots are Disrupting the Construction Industry

Green Prophet

Daugava river, Latvia. A construction robot working where manual crews can’t reach. Many technologies are being developed and implemented that will shape the future of this industry.

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Meet Vladimir Putin, a new convert to the locavore movement

Green (Living) Review

This includes the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Norway, Poland, Latvia, and the European Union. Who needs Italian wine, English cheddar, and German sausages? Obviously not Russia. Vladimir Putin is forcing Russians to become locavores, whether they like it or not. Last Thursday, his government issued a list of imported foods that will be banned for one year.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2011

Green (Living) Review

Urban Allotments is one of those, Vertigro another, and Lotes Toys , with wooden toys and other treen goods from Latvia, yet another. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This year sees the first ever Christmas edition of the now over 100 year old Ideal Home Show, which will also retain its normal slot in Spring.

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Team Israel and the UAE go leg to leg at the Tour de France in 2020

Green Prophet

You risk your life walking on the streets of Israel, but cycling is another matter completely.

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Vacuum Cleaners Crawl out of the Waters

Green (Living) Review

Ragaciems, Klapkalnciems, Latvia Method: Coastal cleanups with locals. Pedas, Latvia. For the Baltic Sea Edition concept vacuum cleaner, plastic was collected from three different sites in Poland, Sweden and Latvia. In Latvia, there was an organized beach cleanup at Ragaciems, Klapkalnciems, about 40 kilometers west of Riga, with NGO Pedas.

Influenza is slowly progressing in Europe

Green (Living) Review

Two countries reported regional spread (Italy and Sweden), three countries (Netherlands, Norway and Spain) reported local spread, while sporadic activity was reported by thirteen countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia) and the UK (England and Northern Ireland).

Slow Toy Movement

Green (Living) Review

Wooden toys of many shapes and forms, including building blocks, such as Lincoln Logs in the US, still do exist and also I encountered a great little company from Latvia not so long ago whose wooden toys really are out standing. Make way for the slow toy movement Is the ideal toy for your child this Christmas really a battery operated dog that poos…seriously?!

Action urged after weedkiller traces found in peoples' urine

Green (Living) Review

" Urine samples were collected from volunteers in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and UK.

Confronting the fascist threat in Europe and abroad

Green (Living) Review

In Latvia in 2012 a monument was erected commemorating member of the Latvian Waffen SS and annually a parade is taking place, legally, of veterans of that outfit. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In Europe today, and especially in the EU member states, fascism is again rearing its ugly head and is attempting to present itself as a solution to the disorientated and the desperate – to those whose world appears to be crumbling around them in the midst of economic ruin.

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Carbon Emissions Go Down. Fuel Efficiency Improves In European Cars

Eco Friendly Daily

The countries with the lowest recorded emissions were Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Sweden. Provisional European Union data released on Wednesday brought some good news. The data shows that fuel efficiency of cars running in the European Union got better last year as carbon emissions fell by 3.7%. EU is trying to cut average emissions from new cars to 130 grams of CO2 per kilometer by 2015.

Europe bans bee-harming pesticides

Green Blog

Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, France, Cyprus, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden voted in favor of the ban. Concerns about the dramatic decline in bee populations around the world in recent years has resulted in a continent-wide ban in Europe on insecticides that allegedly causes serious harm to bees. Bees are vital to our ecosystem and food production because they pollinate three-quarters of all crops in the world.

Butterflies or business - Europe can have both!

Green (Living) Review

EEA member countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom.

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Leaner nations bike, walk, use mass transit

The Green Changemakers

By comparison, 67 percent of commuters in Latvia, 62 percent in Sweden and 52 percent in the Netherlands either walk, bike or use mass transit. Latvia's obesity rate is 14 percent, the Netherlands' is 11 percent and Sweden's is 9 percent. Link found between 'active transportation' and less obesity in 17 countries The Associated Press updated 9:56 a.m. ET Dec. 15, 2008 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jim Richards is no kid, but he loves to ride his bike.

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Significant results from the Baltic Ecovillage Project

The Green Changemakers

Aimed at fostering the development of ecovillages as a more sustainable way of living in rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region, the project has been implemented by project partners from Lithuania (the lead partner), Finland, Latvia, Poland and Sweden. The project “Ecovillages for Sustainable Rural Development” financed by the EU’s Baltic Sea Region Programme, 2007–2013, which started in February 2010, is approaching its completion, delivering a number of significant results.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Fighting Corruption Toolkit

The Green Changemakers

Corruption Fighters’ Tool Kit Special Edition 2004 Teaching Integrity to Youth: Examples from 11 countries Click on the links below to download individual chapters of the Tool Kit. CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Macau SAR Mr Pig and Superman William: Ethics Education for Primary Pupils 3. Brazil Where Your Taxes Go: Fiscal Education for Citizenship 4. Colombia Working with Universities: The Cátedra Programme 5. Italy Taking Anti-Corruption Heroes into Schools 6.

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

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. 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.

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

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

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