2017

Counting birds that count on us.

10,000 Birds

The World’s biggest citizen science wildlife count takes place this weekend. It is a very simple and accessible event which requires each observer to sit for one hour in their garden or a local park. Their observations are then entered to the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch site.

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"House conservatives' sweeping plan for Trump's first 100 days, explained"

Environmental Economics

All regulations have zero benefits: Thursday morning, the House Freedom Caucus, the main group representing the far right of House Republicans, released an ambitious regulatory — or, really, deregulatory — agenda for the Trump administration to pursue.

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Ideas for Reclaimed Dining Room Tables

Green Furniture Home Design

If you’re lucky enough to have an actual dining room in your home that can accommodate a large dining table, you should consider getting one that’s made from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably harvested wood.

The Good News: Almost Everyone Else Knows that Global Warming is Real

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Agreement on global warming is a short-sighted mistake.

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Science: On Earth Day, Hope for a Better Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

The word “science” means many things to different people. While some see science as nerdy and boring, others are in awe of the discoveries that have been made and the technologies that change our lives. To me, science means hope.

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Trading beef for beans is not a solution, veganism is

Eccorazzi

How can you manage your ecoanxiety? According to The Atlantic , pretend swapping out beef for beans is going to help our planet. In the ongoing popularization of reducetarianism, author James Hamblin dives not-too-deep into the impact of our eating habits on the environment.

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Sundrop Farms grows tomatoes with seawater

Green Prophet

Saltwater greenhouses can save the Middle East and humanity from drought and climate change. Three cheers to Sundrop Farms in Australia for pioneering saltwater greenhouses in Australia: they are now harvesting tomatoes for a leading grocery store called Coles.

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Happy Birthday to the bicycle; 200 yeas old

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The old girl has reached the ripe old age of 200 and is looking as good as ever. Actually, let's face it, over the years the old girl has changed and improved, and thus looking even better.

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Snow in Costa Rica!

10,000 Birds

It was already dark in mid-October when we arrived to the Costa Rican birding mecca of Rancho Naturalista to have dinner on the veranda but then were interrupted with a call: There’s a Mottled Owl at the other side! You can imagine the rest: everyone jumped from the table to look for the owl.

"Why did Beall's List of potential predatory publishers go dark?"

Environmental Economics

I've used this list  a number of times on this blog (most recently here with, I must say, a nice comment on the economics of the industry): Jeffrey Beall, the University of Colorado, Denver, librarian who has since 2008 chronicled “potential, possible, or probable” predatory publishers, has — at least for now — pulled the plug on his influential, and at times controversial, site.

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Light Up Your Summer Nights with Gas Home Fire Pits

Green Furniture Home Design

There’s nothing more relaxing than gathering around a fire with friends or family on a cooled-down summer evening. For most, those kinds of nights are reserved for camping weekends or cottage getaways. But there are ways to create that warm and comforting environment right in your own backyard.

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Good News, Bad News: My Climate Outlook Post-Paris

Conservancy Talk

Here at the Aspen Ideas Festival, climate change is a much bigger topic of conversation and focus this year. People want to know what the outlook and game plan should be after President Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris climate accord.

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Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

Nature Conservancy - Science

Protecting fish populations on coral reefs sounds simple: protect the reef, protect the fish. But unfortunately conservation efforts aren’t that straightforward, as human activities on land can impact what happens in the ocean.

If you Love her, Don’t Destroy Her.

Elephant Journal

Stimulate her thoughts, her emotions, her being. Dive into her soul like you’d. Love build her up Diego Rivera emotional baggage fear frida kahlo if you love her insecurities relationships romantic love

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Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

10,000 Birds

Building Positive School Culture

The Green Changemakers

By Dana Truby Life is about relationships. Building a positive environment in individual classrooms and throughout your whole school is too. It takes commitment and consistency from the whole team—administrators, teachers and support staff.

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

Eccorazzi

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.

Beaten by an Angry Bird

10,000 Birds

Noisy wing beats, heavy landing behind the stern, water splashing everywhere and then, a hit of a heavy wing on my upper arm…. A few years back, I birded northern Greece with a couple from Namibia. It had been a while since I saw Greater Flamingoes and was thrilled to see them again.

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US Administration seems to have lost control

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It would appear that the US Administration has lost control of the intelligence services as well as the military.

Those magnificent places down the Danube

10,000 Birds

Cover photo: Black-headed Bunting by Mark S. Jobling / Wikimedia Commons. This year, the first heat of the season came late, only with early June. Instead of writing at home, I discovered a new “study”, a discreet fish restaurant hidden in the branch of the Danube.

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"Marine Recreational Fishing and the Social Cost of Carbon"

Environmental Economics

I've been wanting to write this paper since the EPA/DOE workshop on the SCC : The Impact of Climate Change on Marine Recreational Fishing with Implications for the Social Cost of Carbon  John Whitehead, Appalachian State University Daniel Willard, Environmental Defense Fund. Abstract. We estimate the effects of temperature and precipitation on marine recreational fishing days over a 20 year time period.

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“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

10,000 Birds

Starting in the mid-1990s, there was a “where to watch birds in…” series of five site guides written by Nigel Wheatley and covering South America (1994), Africa (1995), Asia (1996), Europe & Russia (2000) and Central America & the Caribbean (2001).

Fuel Economy Standards Are Essential to Our Health, Environment and Economy

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek.

7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

In our still relatively brief existence, humans have evolved our way to an era many are now calling the Anthropocene – a new geological epoch defined by human impact on Earth. But our unparalleled creativity is a double-edge sword.

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4 Simple Rituals that Increase Happiness (According to Neuroscience).

Elephant Journal

Not everyone is born happy, but neuroscience says we can all learn how to bring more happiness and meaning into our lives. Here are four.

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The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes

10,000 Birds

A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. When we reached our destination we were greeted with glasses of champagne. And while the bubbly really hit the spot it seemed like it was a bit of overkill.

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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Okja: Worth Watching, but Not For the Reasons You Think

Eccorazzi

Guest post by Frances McCormack and Alan O’Reilly. SPOILER ALERT: details about the movie discussed below]. Hailed by animal advocates as a vegan movie that will change the way many people view animals, Okja , which is now screening on Netflix, is far from that.

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Morning Coffee with Eastern Imperial Eagle

10,000 Birds

May 2009. After a wakeup call at highly uncivilized 3.45 am, at the crack of dawn I am sitting in a car by the Suslik (European ground squirrel) pasture. It is still cold. No Susliks are to be seen – they are waiting for the sun.

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Exploring the Kapela (Chapel) Reserve

10,000 Birds

Ah, late summer mornings, fresh, yet warm and sunny, when fields are rich-yellow and the river Danube so tranquil (so much so that even a Buddhist temple was recently opened at the Danube riverbank). It’s the migration season. Cover photo: Eurasian Sparrowhawk by Magnus Manske (Wikimedia Commons).

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Message in a bottle

10,000 Birds

Did you ever get a message in a bottle? Completely meaningless gibberish from an entirely unknown guy (from my experience, it’s always a guy, looking like a lumberjack and that’s okay) that, strangely enough, makes you insanely excited? If not, you must try gulling.

"Why Dropping the Paris Agreement May not Matter Anyways."

Environmental Economics

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Mallard Complexity

10,000 Birds

Everyone knows what a male Mallard looks like. The drake of this extremely common, sexually dimorphic species ( Anas platyrhynchos ) cuts a fine form with his iridescent emerald dome and chestnut breast.

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Addressing Environmental Challenges Today – Core Principles for a Time of Change

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. A new American President took office this weekend, and political passions are running high.

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