As was foretold in prophecy Friday, Mark has shrugged off a sucker-punch to the face and responded with fisticuffs of his own, somehow managing to wind up and knock Marlin down with a right hook despite literally being an inch and a half away from him. Still, this victory is bittersweet, as Mark looks poignantly at the avalanche of sea turtle eggs cascading comically out of Marlin’s green poachin’-sack. Yes, there’s an exclamation point at the end of his dialogue, but based on his stricken facial expression I would guess that this is as close as we’ve ever come to seeing Mark on the verge of tears, bereft over the senseless loss of endangered animal life.
By the way, is sea turtle egg-poaching an actual thing? Like, could those eggs ever hatch now that they’ve been removed from their nest and plopped in a big pile in a bag? Do people try to keep sea turtles as pets? Do people eat sea-turtle eggs? Have we been reading the wrong meaning of “poaching” in this storyline all along?
Mark Trail even thinks to himself with exclamation points!
Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio.
The 374-acre nature preserve in suburban Colerain Township is part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County system. Wildlife officials say animals including crawfish, salamanders and frogs have been affected by the oil, with a few found dead at the scene. Contaminated animals are being collected, cleaned and released, officials said, adding that colder weather, with freezing temperatures at night, has reduced the number of wildlife moving through the leak area.
How much is one of Santa's reindeer worth? According to the Danish Air Force, about $5,000. That is what they paid Olavi Nikkanoff, a Danish farmer who plays Santa Claus at Christmas, to compensate for one of his reindeer, named Rudolf, who was apparently killed by two F-16 fighter jets earlier this year. The reindeer was not shot out of the sky, however; rather, he was minding his own business on Mr. Nikkanoff's farm when the jets screamed overhead at a low altitude, scaring poor Rudolf to death. Mr. Nikkanoff said he was satisfied with the compensation and would use it to buy a new reindeer before Christmas.
Meanwhile, reindeer sausage, chips and a drink costs $5 on a street corner in Anchorage, AK.
Adjusting with the CPI, the values of reindeer and lunch are $5978.90 and $5.98 in 2013 dollars.
What is more valuable? 32 wind farms or 85+ eagles?:
The Interior Department moved forward with a plan Friday to greatly extend the life of permits that allow wind farms and other projects to accidentally kill bald and golden eagles, angering conservationists who said it would result in needless bird deaths.
The new rule, which goes into effect Jan. 8, would allow builders of wind farms, electrical transmission lines and other projects to seek permits that last as long as 30 years and would assign them a numerical annual limit for accidental eagle deaths. Currently, such projects can apply only for five-year permits, though none has been granted to date. ...
Estimates of eagle deaths from wind turbines vary. In a study published this year, six U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers counted 85 bald and golden eagle deaths at 32 wind farms between 1997 and 2012 but said the number underrepresents the true total.
Look at that little smile (it gives me chills). The very blonde and beautiful Anne Marie may be the most chilling character in this story. Her flawed fiance lays dead at the bottom of a canyon, with Dusty Trail "handling things" (what? is he just going to chop up and bury the body?), and she is ready to catch the next plane back home with daddy.
Anne Marie: "Plenty of rich men will be lining up now that they know I'm back on the market!"
Did anyone not expect Johnny to be confronted by the wounded bull elk (male elks aren't bucks)? My guess is the elk menances Johnny until Mark arrives, simultaneously retrieving his cell phone and removing the bullet from the elk, who turns out to be the alpha elk who then fathers an awkward son and raises him with tough love after the nondescript and only briefly seen cow elk mother dies in a Disney-style drama and the son leads the herd north to safety when the forest temperature increases by 6C (i.e., while Mark wins this round against developers he fails in stopping climate change) finding love along the way with a cute young cow elk, who finally discovers the young bull's potential (who has grown less awkward with added responsibility, by the way) and they live happily ever after ... illustrating how adaptation to climate change is a cost effective alternative to economic incentive-based climate policy.
It will later be discovered that the billionaire Koch brothers funded the story line with dark money (how else could Mark fail to foil an evil plot against nature? duh).
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