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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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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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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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. A recent visit to a nesting colony on Long Island’s south shore led to levels of adorable so high that diabetics are hereby warned to stay away from this post for fear that your blood-sugar levels might skyrocket through osmosis. These baby birds are sweet! And cute!

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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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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. Once home, he began working as a professional musician, an occupation which he enjoyed until growing tensions in Niger erupted into another Tuaregian Rebellion in 2007. BOMBINO. Welcome to Madelaine’s Music Mondays , soon to be one of your favorite WEND Magazine blog features.

Collaborative List ? May 2020

10,000 Birds

Black Swift (Cypseloides niger). Black Tern (Chlidonias niger). Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger). This was the month we (in the northern hemisphere) had all been waiting for, but what a strange month May 2020 has been.

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Swarms!!! Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco on High Alert for Desert Locusts

Green Prophet

Swarms of adult locusts are currently forming in Chad and are about to form in Mali and Niger following good summer rains that provided favourable conditions for two generations of breeding and which triggered a 250-fold increase in locust populations in those countries. They could also pose a threat to harvests in Chad, Mali and Niger.” Even a small swarm of locusts can eat the food of 35,000 people! .

Pelican Brewing Company: Brut India Pale Ale

10,000 Birds

Unlike conventional brewing yeast species like Saccharomyces cerevisiae , amyloglucosidase – an enzyme derived from the fungus Aspergillus niger, the common black mold found on vegetables like onions – is capable of breaking down more complex sugars like glucose in beer, leaving a fermented product relatively free of the residual sugars that give some sweetness and body to traditional beers.

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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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Collaborative list – April 2020

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Black Tern (Chlidonias niger). As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows.

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Most of us are urbanites, new UN study

Green Prophet

On a national level, the figure of population in the hinterlands rises above 5 percent in only three countries with populations greater than 10 million: Madagascar, Niger and Zimbabwe. A town in the Faroe Islands. Rural, but pushing on urban, finds new UN study.

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. The 5 Countries Most Plagued by Oil Theft are : Nigeria As much as 400,000 barrels of oil a day are stolen in Nigeria. This equates to losses of $1.7 billion a month for Africa''s new largest economy. This represents 7.7 percent of its GDP vanishing, or more than the country spends on education and healthcare.

Collaborative List – July 2020

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Black Tern – Chlidonias niger. Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger. Have you noticed that “pishing” is far less efective when one is wearing a mask? Do you think that the pish is muted, dispersed or in some other way deprived of its urgency?

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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. Some days you get bunches and bunches, other times you might feel totally rejected by them. I recently had a conversation with a colleague who works for the Department of Natural Resources.

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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. FAO officials predicted in March that if more was not done to control the migrating locusts, they would reach Niger in June. This is not the first time that Niger has endured a locust plague.

Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Black Tern– Chlidonias niger; Paquera, 3-Jan. It’s January and another year list begins. This is what many of us birders do, we start another list.

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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. However, things are not looking as bleak for the giraffes in Niger today as they did in 1996. Many reasons are cited for the comeback of the giraffes in Niger, including fines and jail time for poachers.

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Collaborative list – March 2021

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It is slightly weird that when I first saw the name of the virus, I misread it as Corvid-19. Is that just a birder thing do you think? A year on I still have to think carefully. There is no escaping the fact that as soon as restrictions are relaxed, infection rates rise again.

Collaborative list – June 2020

10,000 Birds

41 Black Swift – Cypseloides niger. 87 Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger. So, just as our heroes head back out into the woods, the woods go quiet.

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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. They have awesome bills that slice through the water in search of fish, they bark like small dogs, they have a cool color scheme. It is impossible not to be amazed by skimmers as they effortlessly glide over the water, their bills cutting a furrow that will not be planted but harvested.

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? If so, you’re not alone, it’s a common bird feeding question. American Goldfinches are one of the prettiest reasons to keep your feeders full in the summer.

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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. Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

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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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Collaborative list – November 2020

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376 Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger. Who remembers birding parties? This virus just won’t give up. With some of the beats locked down still, or again, the birding has been patchy.

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UNESCO to Protect Olives and Turkish Coffee as Cultural Heritage

Green Prophet

” Other rituals from the region include the annual pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Sidi And el-Qader Ben Mohammed , a trip that nomadic and settled Sufi communities undertake a pilgrimage beginning each year on the last Thursday of June, as well as practices and knowledge linked to the Imzad of the Tuareg communities of Algeria, Mali and Niger. We love olive oil and hummus , but there is more to the Mediterranean diet than just food.

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]. What has been nearly an impossible dream of one man has grown into his life-long mission and changed lives of many communities in Burkina Faso and Niger. As other natural ecosystems, deserts have their own dynamics independent of human activities.

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Collaborative list – August 2020

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Black Skimmer – Rynchops niger. Black Tern – Chlidonias niger. Mike complains of a dearth of birds in his BBOTW post for the last weekend of August and I am sure that many of us know exactly how he feels. Try to find new ways of getting your kicks from the common stuff.

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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. Making Ecocide a crime and legally punitive could be one way of getting corporations to respect the environment. Unlike humans, nature does not have a voice.

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. In 1989, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 carrying 155 passengers and 15 crew members exploded over the Sahara Desert.

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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. We are a very polyester loving society, and though the synthetic fabric isn’t inherently evil (it dries faster than almost anything else!),

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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. From a professional stand point, this has been an outstanding twelve months. I am not sure I can call it the “Best Year Ever” but it certainly is worth some recognition.

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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. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park sits on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range between two active volcanoes, Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak. The Cascade Range, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, extends from Northern California to Southern British Columbia.

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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. Birders in New England and the Mid-Atlantic have been reporting Evening Grosbeaks in numbers for the past month, and along with both redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks , and both crossbills it’s already looking like one for the history books… er…status and distribution guides.

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

Green Prophet

Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains. Some 41 countries continue to be in need of external assistance for food, with conflicts acting as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity and adverse weather conditions – particularly rainfall shortages in Africa – acutely affecting food availability and access for millions of people, a quarterly report by the United Nations says.

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. In early August this year, I saw 77 species here (69 on the lake, plus 8 more in the surrounding areas) but barely more than a thousand individuals.

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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. But now that we do have, and while we may or rather should wish we had not, we might as well roll with the punches and accept that we have. Yes, Germany has parrots, or parakeets to be more precise.

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Collaborative list – Year list 2020

10,000 Birds

This year you get two listy posts for the price of one. You lucky, lucky birders! The idea being that putting December and the 2020 year review in the same post may prove to be listing overload for some. So this is the list for the complete year and the December list can be seen here.

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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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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.” So begins a 1993 review article on the use of medicinal plants by animals. Reading on, we learn that pharmacists can be chimpanzees, Kodiak bears, starlings and grackles.

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. Using the name Timbuktu in a phrase denotes a sense of something that is far, far away. And it is. But it is also, perhaps surprisingly, the seat of a long tradition of Islamic scholarship. ( See the 5 Spectacular Eco-Mosques of the World ).

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Agroforestry Systems and Practices


Crop production in Niger increased by 500,000 tons per year under agroforestry practices [6]. Trees have always been important part of the countryside. When traveling through rural areas anywhere in the world you will see trees incorporated into the landscape. You will see orchards, scattered fruit trees in gardens, hedgerows separating fields, woodlands, or perhaps majestic oaks forming natural boundaries of meadows. These trees have been managed by us.

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