July, 2018

Insider’s guide to Great Smoky Mountain birding – Cades Cove

10,000 Birds

Where to go birding without the crowds in our busiest national park. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, over a half million acres visited by more than 11 million folks, you can still bird in relative solitude.

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Happy Interdependence Day

Indigenize

“The great fallacy of the United States is that it was built on individuality. That’s the greatest lie ever was told, because it was not. It was built on community politics. People got out in the communities and helped each other; farmers lent each other horses and tractors, and built barns. America was a much […]. Cranky Rants The Wheel of the Year Betty Williams collective empire fourth of july Germany individual interdependence Nobel Paris climate agreement revolution Rome

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The madness of perpetual growth on a finite planet

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is amazing how many, apparently same, people believe that you can have infinite perpetual economic growth on a finite Planet such as ours.

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"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

Environmental Economics

Rob Verchick ("a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and president of the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington.

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Plastic Free July and Declare Your Independence!

The Green Samaritan

So as you are walking along the beach this 4th of July week, think about going a step further by joining the Plastic Free July challenge and pledging to give up a little bit or all of single use. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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DIY gardening apron from an old pair of jeans

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling an old pair of jeans into a gardening apron. Almost costs nothing and should give a long service, especially if sharp tools are put into the pockets in pocket protectors, made from old leather or plastic lotion bottles.

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My new working paper

Environmental Economics

Valuing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control in Public Forests: Scope Effects with Attribute Non-Attendance Chris Giguere, Chris Moore and John C. Whitehead. No 18-07, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

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Poison Ivy: Busting 6 Myths to Avoid the Itch

Nature Conservancy - Science

Avoid the itch – and learn some cool science – as we bust popular myths about poison ivy. From the Field Native Plants Nature + People Nature Pop

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Why Solitude is Not the same as Being Alone.

Elephant Journal

We can interact with the group without giving into groupthink and without identifying with the dynamics of our social group, society, or culture. It just takes noticing when we’re lying to ourselves and feeling comfortable going off on our own and doing what makes us feel good. It’s simple.

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Birding Beyond Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

10,000 Birds

The birding around Lago de Yojoa in Honduras is frankly phenomenal, as I learned during a June 2018 birding junket organized by the Instituto Hondureño de Turismo. We spent two blissful days exploring both the waders and wildlife of Lake Yojoa and the tropical splendor of PANACAM Lodge.

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Trump’s Tariff on Solar Panels Could Drastically Set Back Renewable Energy Initiatives

Greentumble

In January, President Trump decided to place. tariffs on solar panels imported from countries such as China. The rates will start at 30 percent and gradually decrease to 15 percent over four years. The first 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of panels will be exempt from the tariffs [1]. Many U.S.

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In the heat do not drink (ice) cold water

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Water, yes, lots of it, but (ice) cold no. We have all heard, and often assumed it to be an old-wives-tale and thus even discarded this warning, not to drink really cold water in hot weather conditions. Turns out though that it is good advice.

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"Environmental Policy and the Assault on Science" - Policy keynote lecture with Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama presidency

Environmental Economics

Gina McCarthy's keynote at the recent World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists has drawn rave reviews from twitter and the inbox. So, here it is in case you had to teach summer school to save money for your kid's college (like me

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How Did Birds Get So Colorful?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Help scientists answer questions about bird plumage like, how colorful are birds? How quickly does plumage color evolve? Are changes in plumage color associated with the origins of new species? Birds & Birding Citizen Science Birds Natural History Research Try This

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How Meditation helped Save the Lives of the 12 Thai Boys.

Elephant Journal

Chanthawong led the boys through meditation practice to calm them down. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Yoga 12 boys in cave breaking new buddhist monk cave rescue Ekapol Chanthawong meditation meditation for trauma meditation saves lives news Thailand

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The Danube Backwaters

10,000 Birds

As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia. Those foreland backwaters stretch all along the left/northern bank, between the river and the levee, somewhere only 450 m / 1500 ft wide, but somewhere reaching even 2100 m / 7000 ft.

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Eco-Friendly Tips Every Boater Needs to Know

Greentumble

It’s summertime, and that means everyone is. heading out on the water to enjoy the warm summer weather. It also means unwary boaters could be contributing to waterway pollution without even realizing it.

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Young people and knives in Britain and elsewhere

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have had knives in our homes, etc., for how long? Boys used to carry a knife on them, in years gone by, and that is not really that long ago, more or less routinely, especially in rural areas, from the simple pocketknife to fixed bladed sheath knives.

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Ohio waterways are 'distressed.' Economists can help.

Environmental Economics

Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich will issue an executive order asking the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission to declare eight Ohio waterways 'distressed' due to high phosphorous levels (phosphorous is one of the primary ingredients in commercial fertilizer):  Frustrated by lawmakers’ refusal to consider a bill to get tougher on sources of agricultural pollution feeding Lake Erie’s chronic toxic algae problem, Gov.

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Saving Myanmar’s Timber Elephants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Logging elephants are an incredible part of Myanmar’s history — but they’re also key to help reduce the negative impacts that logging can have on the forests. From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Forests Mammals Myanmar forests expedition

July 13th New Supermoon: Burning Bridges as “Eclipse Season” Begins.

Elephant Journal

During this time we become aware that for some time certain things have been happening behind the scenes and suddenly a light will shine, and people's true characters will be revealed.

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Week 20: Doha, and on to Scotland!

10,000 Birds

After leaving Africa, I was fearing a real let down in my birding. New Zealand had been good, Australia was incredible, and South Africa was almost life altering. Where do you go from there? Well, for us, we went to Doha, Qatar.

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How Do Ocean Currents Affect Climate?

Greentumble

The Earth’s climate is dynamic and ever-evolving. Flow and movement are its defining characteristics, its underlying order emergent from diverse inputs that change over time.

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What is Argyria? When Over-Exposure to Silver Turns Levitra Blue

Conservation Hawaii

Among uncivilized people who have recognised already been diagnosed with neurologic reactions, Humira (adalimumab) can worsen symptoms in around of one in 10 cases, say the authors.

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The price of a coal mining job-related air pollution premature death @rff_org

Environmental Economics

Here is a summary of an analysis of part of the Trump Administration energy policy from a new RFF working paper by Daniel Shawhan and Paul Picciano: A leaked US government memo proposes preventing the scheduled retirement of coal and nuclear power plants for two years. Using a detailed simulation model, we estimate the effects of such a policy on emissions, mortality, and coal-mine jobs.

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Illegal Logging & Energy Shortages Pressure Myanmar’s Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Facilitated by organized crime, illegal logging threatens to destroy Myanmar’s forests. But a national energy crisis and the ensuing fuelwood demand pose an equal threat. From the Field Asia Pacific Energy Forest Carbon Forests Myanmar forests expedition

When Depression Hides in Plain Sight.

Elephant Journal

Celebrities who take their own lives reveal a startling truth. Their deaths stun us because they seem to have everything they could possibly want and everything they’ve worked so hard for.

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The Feather Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

There’s more than one obsession in The Feather Thief , and though the mind boggles at the lengths to which the obsessed go in order to satiate their passions, as a birder I couldn’t help but feel a sense of kinship. And, rage and frustration.

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How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?

Greentumble

Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land. surface and house a majority of the plants and animals found on earth. It is estimated that these diverse ecosystems house 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity [1].

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What can be used to help treat epididymitis and orchitis constipation?

Conservation Hawaii

Experts of american academy of pediatrics (aap) spent at several months in analysing the causes of bedwetting (enuresis) development. There are several research institutes studying friedreich’s ataxia telangiectasia and american academy of pediatrics (aap) can be considered one of those.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Who else ya' gonna call when you have a bourbon-related supply decrease paired with a negative environmental side-effect? We'll be waiting by the phone.

Environmental Economics

I'm not sure how I missed the original story, but I'm surprised John and I weren't the first call when this happened : Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap Wednesday after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the decades-old structure came crashing down. The remainder of the massive structure collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding said.

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The Ultimate Guide to Yellowstone Wildlife Viewing

Nature Conservancy - Science

Everything you need to see great wildlife responsibly in Yellowstone National Park. From the Field Books Mammals Migrations National Parks Travel Traveling Naturalist

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The Joy of Getting in Each Other’s Way.

Elephant Journal

The first step to a successful relationship starts with yourself. If you can look into your own eyes with love and acceptance, you are well on your way to being able to build a successful relationship with someone else.

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Birds at the Bell

10,000 Birds

Perhaps some other time I’ll write in more detail about the links between Minnesota’s Bell Museum and birds. There are many.

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