July, 2017

The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

10,000 Birds

Beljarica backwaters cover the 900 ha of wilderness on the eastern bank of the Danube, between the river and the embankment, by the suburb of Kovilovo, some 15 kilometres upstream from downtown Belgrade. I have been there several times last month, but barely ever managed to do any proper birding!

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7 Rituals to Restore Some Calm in our Lives.

Elephant Journal

Equanimity is the ability to remain calm in the face of chaos and to manage our reactions in the face of those who irritate us. It is a way of not letting what goes on in the outside world affect the stillness and calm we create in our inside world—our inner peace.

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How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?

Nature Conservancy - Science

I’m sitting in a Mongolian yurt, listening to and trying to emulate Bataa’s* songs about love for the grasslands and the wide, treeless plains of the Mongolian Plateau. Our host sings with consuming passion. I might have brushed his enthusiasm off as a show two weeks ago.

Part 1: One of History’s Earliest Ethical Vegan Voices

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Guest post by Timothy Conway, PhD. I recently was surprised to read a striking poem from a millennium ago heroically expressing ethical veganism, reproduced at Gary Francione’s Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights page on Facebook.

When the benefits of regulation are perceived to be zero

Environmental Economics

Alan Krupnick: A striking feature of President Trump’s recent energy speech for me is that there is not a word to be found about the environment and health protections. The regulations President Trump wants to rollback are there for that reason. via www.rff.org. The guiding principle for the current administration seems to be to abandon benefit-cost analysis in favor of macroeconomics (i.e.,

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The Greatest Wolverine Video, Ever

Nature Conservancy - Science

If there’s one animal that is the symbol of wilderness, of all that is fierce and untamed, it’s the wolverine. It’s tough. It wanders huge distances in the most inaccessible country. And it is incredibly difficult to see. But spend time in wild country, and you might get lucky.

Part 1: The Second Indoctrination – Speciesist Vegans

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Guest Post by Damon McDonald. Part 1 – The First Indoctrination. Vegans take the ethical position of avoiding causing harm to nonhuman sentient beings. That is, to the extent practicable, vegans do not use animals for food, clothing, entertainment or other reasons.

Apparently climate change is real (or maybe this is just FAKE NEWS)

Environmental Economics

Older people teach young ones traditional skills at GrandFest

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Older people led masterclasses in skills such as dressmaking and bread-making at GrandFest, a one-day festival in east London.

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Tough Love on the Beach

10,000 Birds

In June, I go to Nickerson Beach, a place of nesting Common Terns , American Oystercatchers , Piping Plovers , and, later in the summer, Black Skimmers. Corey wrote about the Common Tern chicks of Nickerson back in 2014, so I thought it was time for another post.

4 Compelling Reasons to Finally go Vegan.

Elephant Journal

I don’t expect to change anyone’s mind. But I do intend to raise awareness. Here are four practical reasons why eating meat (particularly store-bought) is no longer a sensible option. Animal Rights Food Green Health & Wellness diets eating eating meat food plant-based diet reasons to go vegan vegan vegetarian

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Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bees are in big trouble. The good news is that virtually all ecologically literate North Americans will tell you that. The bad news is they’re worried about the wrong bees — honey bees. Honey bees don’t belong in North America; they’re domesticated aliens from Europe.

I won’t use virtual reality in my animal advocacy

Eccorazzi

Recently, New York Times explored the advancement of virtual reality technology and it’s role as a “sophisticated weapon” for animal welfare groups. I feel strongly opposed to this in it’s representation of abhorrent animal treatment as more important or more understandable to the average person than animal use.

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Don’t Panic, Do Act: A Climate Resource With Real Solutions

Conservancy Talk

There has been much discussion in the press (and fierce debate online) about climate change gloom and doom in response to “ The Uninhabitable Earth ” by David Wallace-Wells. The New York Magazine piece describes a planet that becomes the enemy of the human race by the end of the 21st century.

The reuse economy or reuse sector

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia thinks, as does the department, that the reuse sector, both the nonprofit and the for-profit sector, are key to moving forward with regards to a New York City's “zero-waste” drive.

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Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

There are birders who watch hawks and there are hawk watchers who bird. These, the hawk watchers, are the people who can’t stop watching the skies, even when the view is obstructed by a rainforest canopy or a massive layer of dark-gray clouds, the ones who yell, “Black Hawk!”

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Keys to Making Great Decisions in Life.

Elephant Journal

What we do, where we do it, and who we do it with are all linked to decisions we have made along the way. Therefore, one of the first steps in c. Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Love decision difficult decisions fear intuition should I stay or should I go the clash

How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?

Nature Conservancy - Science

As it is practiced today, agriculture is one of the biggest environmental offenders – yet it is necessary for our survival.

Spanish traditions of animal use aren’t worse than our own

Eccorazzi

Not unlike the racism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia brought about by campaigns against Yulin , The Rapa Das Bestas, or ‘shearing of the beasts’, in Spain is bringing out the worst in animal advocates. Daily Mail shared a brief write up and a gallery of images from the event in which people round up and wrestle wild horses in a 400 year tradition of entertainment. The adult horses have there manes and tails trimmed, and the foals are marked, before all are sent back to the mountains.

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Field research: Here I am doing what it takes* to effectively field a stated preference survey

Environmental Economics

*Doing what it takes: "Hiking" the 4.8

200 years on the bicycle is more needed than ever

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Does it have to be a brand-spanking-new bicycle? The old one that you may still have standing around in your shed given a little TLC or some other secondhand one would be much better and ideally without the fancy gearing of today.

Caribbean Lowland Birding at Ara Ambigua Lodge, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

As with peninsulas and places situated on an isthmus, Costa Rica has more than one coast. In the west, the Pacific splashes against beaches, estuaries, and occasional rocky spots backed by dry forest that transitions into rainforest as we head to the south.

Meet the Newest Eco-Shoe—Made from Algae!? {Partner}

Elephant Journal

I've been a fan of VIVO, as I like to call it, for a few years now. They are super soft, lightweight, and the closest thing you're going to get to being barefoot in a shoe form. Conscious Consumerism Ecofashion Featured Events Green algae shoes Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) green shoes vivobarefoot

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The (Fishery-Monitoring) Cameras Never Blink

Nature Conservancy - Science

New Fish Tech to Help Manage Fisheries for Sustainability Gets a Greenlight. These days, most headlines about the world’s fisheries are heavy on a vocabulary of loss and resignation. There’s overfishing, illegal fishing and the problems of bycatch.

The end of the circus doesn’t mean freedom for animals

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The Ringling Bros. may have shut down, but the spectacle continues. New Republic shared an article on the fate of eight tigers, six lions, and one leopard following the circus’ last show this past January. PETA and the Animal Legal Defence Fund have been fighting the show for years, promising to those who join in or donate that deflating the big top meant no more stadium lights, loud crowds, whips, or tricks for the endangered species that headlined the acts.

Why walking can be your best eco-friendly vacation ever

Green Traveler Guides

| Healthy Steps For Fun | What if we told you there’s an unforgettable adventure in your future. It will be Instagram-worthy to the max. It will engage, and sometimes challenge, all your senses. Thrill you with cultural and scenic wonders.

Bring Your Own Cutlery needs to become a new trend

Green (Living) Review

Bring Your Own Cutlery (BYOC) needs to become a new trend, no ifs or buts by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Bring your own chopsticks has become a trend in Japan and Taiwan and this must extend to cutlery elsewhere.

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Great Crested Grebe

10,000 Birds

Redgannet’s repeated attempts to eat stuff that was bigger than his own head brought exasperated warnings from his long-suffering mother. As an adult, he still finds fascination in watching birds swallow seemingly impossible mouthfuls.

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Why Happiness is Overrated & what to Pursue Instead.

Elephant Journal

Happiness is not something we ever truly have. Much of what we characterize as happiness arises through the struggle. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only. Z ADMIN Society Popular Lately happy life meaning overrated philosophy psychology purpose pursuit of happiness

Traditional Knowledge Helps Monitor Threatened Bilbies on Martu Country

Nature Conservancy - Science

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should use caution viewing this post, as it may contain mentions of deceased persons. The light bounces off four soft impressions in the red desert sand: two oval grooves side-by-side and two smaller paw-prints just ahead of them.

Why is “cruelty-free” a problematic term to use?

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Guest Post by Damon McDonald. When we use “cruelty-free” in an animal rights/vegan context we focus people on the word “cruel”, a very subjective term that means different things to different people. What most people focus on with the word “cruelty” is the way we treat animals.

You blink and they grow up

Environmental Economics

Canadian economist and former* frequent visitor to Env-Econ , Mike Moffatt, posted this interesting picture to his Facebook page.  Mike is center in front of the flag--glory hog.

Pen and pencil: for texting the old-fashioned way

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) About 500 years ago or thereabouts a graphite deposit was discovered in England and sliced into the first pencils some time after that. Initially it was used in a holder.

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Our Audubon Chapter Campout at Lassen Volcanic National Park

10,000 Birds

One of the best things about our annual Lassen Park campout is that we get to see several species of birds that are rarely, if ever, seen in the Sacramento Valley. Many of those species also nest in the park.

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