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The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

Author and teacher Matt Powers is publishing his second permaculture volume, The Permaculture Student 2, following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. A companion to the first high school permaculture textbook ever written, Powers’ newest book received backing from more than 330 backers who pledged over $20,000 to help support the project. The book is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners – a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and […]

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CelebrATE!

CelebrATE!

Tom and I are excited to open our gates to people for CelebrATE! on Labour Day weekend, and to showcase our permaculture property which is currently providing us with around 90% of our food, 100% of our cooking energy needs and most of our animal feed. The not for profit Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org) is organising CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food on […]

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Australia’s Energy Crisis Could Force Changes To Urban Planning

Melbourne, Australia

The increasing threat of blackouts in Australia is becoming more than just an inconvenience – these power outages have the potential to impact property prices for apartments, which are hit especially hard when the electricity goes out. Many high-rise buildings aren’t equipped with back-up generators, so power outages can leave residents without air condition and without access to lifts – or even stuck inside them. This could be especially concerning […]

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Audit Reveals Rising Popularity Of Solar Batteries

Audit Reveals Rising Popularity Of Solar Batteries feat

With renewable energy options gaining in popularity throughout Australia, more and more homeowners are looking at solar batteries as a way to store power and avoid being affected by blackouts. A recent audit conducted by solar industry consulting company SunWiz revealed that nearly 7,000 batteries were installed in Australian homes in 2016, after only 500 installations in 2015. According to Warwick Johnson, managing director with SunWiz, uptake is expected to […]

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Ding Dong Monsanto’s Gone

Protest against Monsanto, Zagreb, Croatia

We may finally have a solution to the plant killer Monsanto: MycoPesticide, a super spectacular amazing natural pesticide created, or better said, realized by Paul Stamets. This special man that is king of mushrooms has found a possible way to bring down Monsanto that carelessly tests chemicals on you, me, your children, and the planet! Paul Stamets should be a household name because he just may have saved all of […]

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Pollution Has Been Discovered Even In The World’s Deepest Ocean Trenches

Underwater landscape, seabed carved by swell into the reef, Huah

High levels of persistent organic pollutants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), were found in crustaceans living in some of the planet’s most remote areas – the Mariana Trench above Australia and the Kermadec Trench off the northeastern tip of New Zealand. The discovery, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, “brings home the long-term, devastating impact” that humans are having on the environment. “It’s not a great legacy we’re leaving […]

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Conditions For Receiving Funding For Conversion To Organic Farming In Scotland

Conditions For Receiving Funding For Conversion To Organic Farming In Scotland

What is Organic Farming? It is a form farming that purely involves natural ways of crop cultivation and rearing of animals. This means that it involves avoiding the use of synthetic inputs like pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, preservatives, additives, veterinary drugs and genetically modified seeds. This is done in order to maintain fertility of the soil and ecological balance to reduce pollution and to keep pests and diseases at bay. It […]

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Toxic Oilsands Tailings Could Be Cleaned Up With The Help Of Dandelion Fungi

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) on tree

Upon noting the weed’s unique ability to grow anywhere, Edmonton scientist Kelcie Miller-Anderson started investigating what makes dandelions so hardy. Her findings may provide a solution to one of the oilsands industry’s greatest concerns – the noxious tailing ponds created by bitumen mines, which are releasing “toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.” According to Environment Canada scientist Elisabeth Galarneau, preliminary results from testing done in 2014 revealed that […]

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Australian Scientists Are Disappointed To Admit That Extreme Weather Is Now The Norm

Australian Outback Landscape

At a four-day conference themed around “Australasian weather, climate, and oceans: past, present, and future,” climate scientists from Australia and New Zealand found the topic of discussion drifting repeatedly to global warming, and the impact of climate change on Australian weather patterns. “There is definitely what you would call ‘climate fatigue’ on the part of scientists,” said Dr. Andrew Glikson, from the Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Archaeology and […]

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Organic Produce In High Demand From Colorado Farmers

Colorado Lake and Mountains

Growing numbers of Colorado farmers are making the switch from traditional farming methods to organic ones, to accommodate the increasing demand for organic produce in the local market. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual Certified Organic Survey, the organic agricultural industry in Colorado has more than doubled in sales since 2012 – from $66.2 million to $155.2 million in 2015. Currently, organic farmland covers more than 155,000 […]

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Prime Farmland Destroyed Thanks To Energy Company’s Lack Of Foresight

Farmer Checking Soil Quality of Fertile Agricultural Farm Land

A lack of foresight on the part of Linc Energy has caused “irreversible” damage to more than 300 square kilometres of prime crop land in southeast Queensland. After “flammable levels of hydrogen” were found near Linc Energy’s Hopeland underground coal gasification (UCG) site in 2015, an excavation caution zone was established around the contaminated land and dams associated with the facility. However, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage […]

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Energy Crisis Won’t Be Solved With A Return To Fossil Fuels

hand for help on the mountain

Power outages during a heatwave in South Australia have led some segments of the public to push for a return to the use of fossil fuels and less reliance on sustainable energy solutions. However, depending on coal-fired power plants instead of renewable resources will generate further emissions, adding to the global warming crisis that is causing the heatwaves to begin with. Currently 40 per cent of South Australia’s electricity grid […]

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