April, 2018

Hummer Time

10,000 Birds

Angela Minor has lived, traveled, and birded from the southern U.S. to the Rocky Mountains and beyond, Alaska, throughout the Caribbean, and in seven countries in Europe.

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Drinking the hipster way

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There definitely was a time when you used a jam jar or other glass jar as a drinking vessel you were looked down upon and was surely regarded as being seriously poor or a strange eccentric.

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Krugman on renewables

Environmental Economics

I'm not sure I'm as optimistic as Krugman but the attempt to reduce the use of from renewable energy is likely a huge mistake (in terms of dynamic efficiency): Not that long ago, calls for a move to wind and solar power were widely perceived as impractical if not hippie-dippy silly.

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Giraffes Are in Trouble, and You Can Help

Nature Conservancy - Science

Reticulated giraffe populations have declined 70 percent since the 1990s. Here’s a free and easy way to help, without leaving your computer. Citizen Science Wildlife Camera Traps Endangered Species Mammals Research Technology Try This

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Veganism as a Matter of Justice: A Short Reply to the Welfarists

Eccorazzi

Guest Post by Gary L. Francione.

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More Trending

Scorecard is in and it looks like conservation is losing

Environmental Economics

The Congressional Budget Office has prepared its first estimates of direct expenditures and revenues from H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018; AKA the Farm Bill.    It looks like the conservation title (Title II) might take some hits. 

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How a Black Bear Wakes Up from a Long Winter’s Nap

Nature Conservancy - Science

A black bear spends the winter without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. And yet it emerges strong as ever. Wildlife Mammals Nature Pop Research

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The honey debate: there’s no room for exploitation

Eccorazzi

Another day, another “vegan” defending honey. There seems to be a misguided argument floating around that honey isn’t really “that bad” in comparison to other forms of exploitation.

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When the Cards you were Dealt in Life pretty much Suck.

Elephant Journal

Anyone who denies the sheer weight of the human condition, the profound spiritual struggle of being alive and awake, is either unimaginably naive or simply crazy.

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Week Ten: A little less travel

10,000 Birds

For any of you that read my posting last week, you know that I am hanging around here on the North Island of New Zealand, and all forward progress has stalled once we arrived here at Whananaki.

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Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First of all it also must be said that “zero waste” is a myth itself. There is no such thing as “zero waste”. It will never be possible.

2018 161

Is this the Kudlow question?

Environmental Economics

Larry Kudlow doesn't have an economics degree. So, if he wasn't the National Economic Council guy, i.e., restricting eligibility for that job by requiring a graduate degree in economics, would that reduce the chances for good public policy outcomes?

2018 130

Osprey Cam’s Nest Is Occupied – By an Owl!

Nature Conservancy - Science

There’s a surprise guest star in this year’s Osprey Cam feature. Birds & Birding Birding Birds Nest Cams

2018 78

San Francisco bans fur, continues exploitation

Eccorazzi

San Francisco has become the largest U.S. city to ban the sale of fur, following in the tracks of cities like West Hollywood and Berkeley, who take no stance on the sale of meat or dairy… or most other forms of exploitation.

How to Untie the Psycho-Spiritual Knots that Bind Us. {Partner}

Elephant Journal

"Our issues live in our tissues.". Featured Events Non New-Agey Spirituality Yoga emotional flow freedom granthis holistic knots let go psychological release trauma well-being yoga today

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Red-tails in Lust

10,000 Birds

I have written before of the intersection between the human need for entertainment and the bird need to live bird lives and make more birds: it partakes of both the compelling and the ridiculous at the best of times. And now is the best of times.

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Solar power installations suck away the light of the sun

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The council of the US town of woodland rejected the installation of a small solar array along of Highway 258 by reasoning that those photo-voltaic installations suck away the light of the sun but not only that.

2018 151

Teaching environmental economics with mini-research projects

Environmental Economics

My sophomore level environmental and resource econ course has a research component. The students are required to write an abstract suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference.

2018 130

Birding For People Who Do Not Like Lists

Nature Conservancy - Science

You don’t need spread sheets and life lists to enjoy birds. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birding Birds Try This

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What you can do if live exports disturb you

Eccorazzi

The recent outcry over the live exporting of animals from country to country for slaughter is another episode of misguided empathy.

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7 Songs to Rock an Earth Day Celebration.

Elephant Journal

On Sunday, April 22, we will give our planet a loud and proud shout out, "Happy Earth Day!" Whether we think about sustainable construction, our earth's elephants, or how we as a whole may make a difference, let's get those toes tappin’ for the greater good with these songs!

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Hungry Osprey in North Carolina

10,000 Birds

While on our beach vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in early April I took full advantage of our location just off the beach. In the afternoon the sun was at my back and the birds on the beach and over the water were perfectly illuminated for some nice digiscoping opportunities.

Unbranded vs branded products

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have been led to believe, through clever advertising and marketing, that branded products, be it cornflakes, cellphones or whatever, are better than those that do not have a brand label, especially not a “recognized” one. But is that really the truth?

2018 151

What should a reviewer do when the journal increases the costs of providing a review?

Environmental Economics

It has gone down something like this: Get a review assignment from a journal. Am unable to login to the journal website to retrieve the paper. Find out that the journal has created two accounts for me. Journal sends me the paper to review via email. Can't login to submit my review.

2018 130

Fall in Love with the American Kestrel on Our Nest Cam

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bird cams are a lot of fun, and kestrels in particular are fiercely cute and fascinating. A sneak peek into the lives of American kestrels. Birds & Birding Birding Birds Camera Traps Nest Cams

2018 76

Concerned about endangered animals? Stop eating them

Eccorazzi

Several rare-breed species of animals are facing extinction after humans have spent the last few centuries eating them and some have proposed a solution: eat more of these animals. The Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) publishes an annual list of endangered British farm animals.

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Watch: A Congressman skewers Zuckerberg in Six Seconds.

Elephant Journal

If you’re laughing at Congress during the Zuckerberg hearing, watch this—then read the Times article linked below. I see repeated posts on Facebook by folks who think they’re experts on Facebook, laughing at old Congress folks bumbling in their grilling of Zuckerberg.

2018 77

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of April 2018?

10,000 Birds

With all of my gallivanting across a small swath of the American Southwest last week, I plumb forgot to ask you where you were birding. Hopefully, you can find consolation for this oversight in the fact that I saw lots of juicy (figuratively, not literally) birds from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

2018 151

Rekindling our connection to print and paper

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have always been a paper guy – preferring to sit down with a good book in hand, not a digital device. And on the writing side, at least as far as notes and drafts of articles, etc., are concerned a pen & paper guy.

2018 156

The carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade Teutul meme | via @DrShewmake

Environmental Economics

In case you are wondering:  The 'American Chopper' meme featuring Paul Teutul and son, explained

2018 130

Earth Optimism: 9 Reasons to Feel Positive About the Planet

Nature Conservancy - Science

For Earth Week, here are 9 reasons for optimism and hope. Ideas Nature Pop Top 10

2018 74

How Businesses Can Benefit from Investing in Solar Power

Greentumble

Thinking about making the switch to solar? Over the past few years, the technology has steadily been improving, and the costs have been coming down. It’s not just for big corporations anymore. Small- to medium-sized businesses can afford to invest in solar, and the returns are well worthwhile.

2018 66

Be Good Enough for your Soulmate.

Elephant Journal

What I mean by “being good enough for our soul mate” is to live in a way that makes us exceptional and powerful enough individuals, so we are ready to meet the person we love.

2018 76

eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

10,000 Birds

According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots.

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