Why Don’t We Care About Thousands of Other Oil Spills?

Green Living Ideas

About 300 oils spills a year occur in the Niger Delta. Tags: Alt Fuels and Transportation News and Events Africa BP BP oil spill Exxon ExxonMobil Gulf of Mexico media Niger Delta Nigeria oil oil spill Shell In fact, a large one from an ExxonMobil pipe occurred on May 10th, 2010. Have you heard of it? You probably haven’t heard of it because there is practically no US or European coverage of it.

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Drinking water in Nigeria polluted with benzene at levels 900 times above the limit

Green Blog

Along with many others, this community is located in the Ogoni oil region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria, which has been plagued by environmental damage in recent years, according to UN studies. Oil exploration and production has been conducted in the Niger Delta since the 1950s but many of the operations have been suspended since the early 1990s because of local unrest, and “the oil fields and installations of the region known as Ogoniland have been dormant,” the United Nations reports. “In

2010 might be the hottest year ever recorded in human history

Green Blog

Meteorologist Jeff Masters also notes that new temperature records have been reached in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Pakistan and Myanmar. Global Warming 2010 Africa Arctic sea ice Asia Chad climate change climate science global temperature heatwave India Iraq James Hansen Kuwait La Nina Myanmar NASA Niger NSIDC Pakistan Saudi Arabia scienceClimate institutions and scientists are warning that 2010 might end up as one of the hottest years ever recorded in human history.

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Great Green Wall of Trees for Africa

Green Living Ideas

Tags: Climate Change/Global Warming Africa Burkina Faso Chad climate change Djibouti Eritrea Ethiopia GEF Global Environment Facility global warming Great Green Wall Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Sahel-Sahara Senegal Sudan United Nations United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification World Day to Combat Desertification

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Cute Fuzzy Adorable Baby Birdies

10,000 Birds

baby Black Skimmer Rynchops niger baby Common Tern Sterna hirundo baby American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus … a. Is there anything cuter than precocious fuzzy baby birds? I don’t think so.

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Music Mondays: Bombino

Wend Magazine

At the onset of the 1990 Tuareg Rebellion Bombino was forced to flee his home country into neighboring Algeria, where he spent most of his teenage years until his return to Niger in 1997. BOMBINO.

Is There a “Forest” Under the Desert Outside of Dubai?

Green Prophet

Agricultural scientist Tony Rinaudo is behind one of the world’s most successful reverse desertification projects – in Niger, and now he thinks a similar underground forest might exist in the Arabian desert outside of Dubai.

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The name of our department is Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, and this story has them all.

Environmental Economics

This looks like they are sending up the benefit/cost bat signal: Four Nigerian farmers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth took oil giant Shell to court Thursday in the Netherlands to demand a proper cleanup and compensation for pollution in the Niger Delta. pollution in three villages in the Niger Delta," it could have "major.

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UN applies agricultural tech innovation to improve drought resilience for farmers

Green Prophet

offers better methodology and covers three additional countries with 100 metre resolution data: Iraq, Sudan and Niger.

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Mark Trail is lying

Environmental Economics

Esox niger Golden shiner….Notemigonus Comics Curmudgeon: Mark Trail, 11/29/14. “If If only this person with political/economic power could see how beautiful this natural area is, surely they wouldn’t despoil it!” is a common Mark Trail trope , and is obviously completely realistic: why wouldn’t the chief executive of a possibly publicly traded corporation write off a multimillion dollar land investment when they discover that nature is pretty?

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The 5 Countries Most Plagued by Oil Theft


These numbers paint a harsh picture about the inability of the Nigerian government, and the multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta, to do anything about this rampant theft.

Why Don’t I Have Any Finches At My Feeder?

10,000 Birds

Nyjer (also known as Niger and Thistle) is not grown in the US, though it is possible. So it’s best that when you purcase Nyjer/Niger/Thistle that you always purchase small quantities and purchase often. When trying to attract finches, it can be feast or famine.

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Desert Locusts Swarm West Africa Following Gaddafi’s Fall

Green Prophet

Desert locusts traveling southwest from Algeria and Libya threaten to decimate crops in Niger and Mali, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warned on Wednesday. This is not the first time that Niger has endured a locust plague.

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Giraffes Rebounding In Some Areas Of Africa

Eco Friendly Daily

Of the nine subspecies of giraffes on the continent, one known to the country of Niger was thought to be near extinction at the end of the 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Niger giraffes had a vast area they called home.

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Black Skimmers at Cupsogue Beach County Park

10,000 Birds

A bird such as Rynchops niger is a testament to the marvels of evolution. Black Skimmers are another of those birds, like White-breasted Nuthatches , that people can’t help but like.

Finicky Finches

10,000 Birds

The food for finches can go by a variety of names: Thistle or Niger or Nyjer (and that’s just once seed, that doesn’t include all the finch specific mixes on the market). Have you had trouble keeping finches at your feeder?

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How Can We Prevent or Reverse Desertification and Save Lands from Desert Encroachment?


Around 12 million trees were planted in Senegal alone and positive effects on soils are already visible in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Niger and Burkina Faso [8]. As other natural ecosystems, deserts have their own dynamics independent of human activities.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

10,000 Birds

Little Cormorant – Microcarbo niger. Black Tern – Chlidonias niger. Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger. Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer.

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UNESCO to Protect Olives and Turkish Coffee as Cultural Heritage

Green Prophet

We love olive oil and hummus , but there is more to the Mediterranean diet than just food.

Ecocide Law: Give Mother Nature a Voice

Green Prophet

The Wiwa vs Shell case in Nigeria, a twenty year legal battle which in 2009 was deemed a triumph for the winning plaintiffs but has not resolved the consequences of Shell’s actions, resulted in endemic poverty for the Ogoni people and complete environmental destruction in the Niger delta.

The Tragic Story Behind Haunting Plane-Shaped Memorial in the Sahara Desert

Green Prophet

18 years later, family members built a memorial shaped like a plane in Niger, to which Libya contributed $170 million.UTA Flight 772 was flying from Brazzaville in the People’s Republic of Congo, via N’Djamena in Chad, to Paris CDG airport in France.

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Wrapping up a very good 2016

10,000 Birds

5 Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger Ok…I have to admit that this bird probably should be much higher up this list, but more birds just kept popping up. As the year begins to wind down, I have taken to a bit of reminiscing.

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Conflict-driven hunger worsens; Middle East hit hard

Green Prophet

A child in Yemen.

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Into an Uncertain Future

10,000 Birds

The crucial factor limiting the maximum baggage is the transport of the entire German population to their new home in the central Saharan desert regions of southern Algeria, Mali and Niger by camel. This may come as a surprise and it is sure to rock the stocks, yet it is an inevitable consequence of recent developments and a logic step to those familiar with European affairs: The Germans are preparing to leave the European Union. No seriously.

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Black Swifts Nesting at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

10,000 Birds

Undoubtedly one of the most interesting aspects of Burney Falls for birders is that it is one of the few locations in California where nesting Black Swifts ( Cypseloides niger ) can be found.

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What is killing birds at Karla Lake (Greece)?

10,000 Birds

Black Tern – Chlidonias niger 15. There should be thousands of birds at this time of the year, Dimitris Michalakis from the Karla Lake management authority told me.

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The Rose-ringed Parakeets of Heidelberg

10,000 Birds

Heidelberg university campus, Niger, Rajasthan – they’re all the same! A Birdy New Year! This article is about the parrots we have, not the ones we wish we had. Here in Germany, we don’t wish we had. Because we never have had.

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Self Medication, Wildlife Style: How Birds and Other Creatures Use Medicinal Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yarrow ( Achillea millefolium ) is one of the plants used by starlings, along with goutweed (Aegopodium podagaria), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), elder (Sambucus niger), cow parsley ( Anthriscus sylvestris ) and white willow ( Salix alba ). “Not all pharmacists are human.”

The Icebird Cometh

10,000 Birds

Despite their voracious appetite for expensive niger thistle, they’re pleasant to have around. This fall has been an incredible one for winter finches across the eastern part of the continent.

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Earth Architecture All The Way To Timbuktu

Green Prophet

Located near the Niger River Delta in Mali, Timbuktu is the gateway to the vast Sahara desert. South African architects chose mud as the main building material for an $8.36 million Islamic Research Institute project in Timbuktu.

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Proud Mary Textiles: Prints and Color for Sustainably Sexy Summer Style

Eco Chic

The company works in Mali, West Africa, Guatemala, Morocco, Peru, and Niger with both women’s cooperatives and male artisans who hand paint, pattern, and weave their specially made baskets, pillows, dresses, and bottle openers. Photo courtesy of Proudmary.org.

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Feed the Birds - whether it’s snowing or not!

Green (Living) Review

Individual food supplements are also available such as Niger Seed Thistle (fed as a tonic) or Kibbled Maize, ideal for smaller bird species. Although the very cold weather and snow appears to have lessened somewhat in many areas of the country, continuing to feed garden birds is critical for their survival at this time of year.

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Heading out on the road

10,000 Birds

70 Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger El Centenario Tidal Flats 1-Jan-18. And so the next chapter begins. By the time most of you will be reading this, we will be on the road. As of midnight, February 31st, I am officially retired. Let the full time birding begin.

2018 145

Five Great Animals with Even Better Scientific Names

Nature Conservancy - Science

The species name, nigripes , comes from Latin niger for black and pes for foot. As a life-long admirer of nature and words with love in equal measure for equal topic, there is nothing that so perfectly blends my passions as the meaning of scientific names.

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African Leaders Push For Project To Stop Encroaching Sahara

Eco Friendly Daily

In total it would reach across eleven different African nations, including Niger, Chad, Sudan and Nigeria. Desertification is becoming more prevalent across the globe for varying reasons. One of the largest contributing factors to desertification is global warming.

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Birding the Little Rann of Kutch

10,000 Birds

Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger. Wake up buzz at 5.30 am, breakfast at 6 (toast – who can eat at that ungodly hour?) and at 6.30 we’re already in an open 4×4 heading for the salt pans of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India. With 5000 square kilometres, that “little” is far from small – it should be taken more as a “lesser”, compared to the Great Rann of Kutch. Winter mornings are pretty cold, even without the wind-chill effect of an open Maruti Gypsy.

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Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

10,000 Birds

Shelves of feeders to choose from, ranging from inexpensive tubes to porcelain sculptures; bags and barrels of shelled and unshelled seed, including something called variously thistle, nyjer or niger; guidelines on when, how, where to do the actual feeding. I came late to bird feeding, and when I was finally able to put out a “thistle” sock and a seed feeder (or two or six), I was amazed by the learning curve.

NASA and FAO launch Collect Earth Online to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere

Green Prophet

SERVIR is a program jointly run by NASA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) that co-develops state-of-the-art geospatial services to help improve environmental decision-making among developing nations in more than 45 countries, with regional hubs in Kenya, Niger, Nepal, Thailand – where much of the initial work of CEO was done – and soon a new hub in South America.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

10,000 Birds

Black Tern – Chlidonias niger. Black Swift – Cypseloides niger. So that was May.

2019 141

A Clarion Call for Sahel Drought Victims

Green Prophet

The internationally renowned artist who regularly campaigns to improve the lives of African citizens launched an appeal to the international community to act before the food crisis unfolding in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger reaches emergency status. “We

Giraffe Gaffe

Eco Friendly Daily

Some of the measures taken in Niger demonstrate the potential for local giraffe conservation. Up until now, the giraffe has been considered a single species.

Keep Feeding the Birds this Springtime

Green (Living) Review

Individual food supplements are also available such as Niger Seed Thistle (fed as a tonic) or Kibbled Maize, ideal for smaller bird species. Feed the birds this springtime – RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch report finds small garden birds affected by cold weather The number of small birds - including Coal Tits and Goldcrests - spotted in gardens has fallen as a result of this winter's big freeze according to the RSPB.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

10,000 Birds

It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung.

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