Category: News

Septic Tanks Aren’t Restraining Faecal Bacteria From Contaminating Waterways


– A new study from Michigan State University refutes the long held perception that septic tanks can hold back faecal bacteria, as researchers trace back the bacteria in the water bodies to leaky septic tanks. This research work is the largest watershed study of its kind to date, involving taking samples from 64 river systems representing the watersheds in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, USA. Professor Joan Rose from Department […]

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Listen to your Vegetables – They want Dirt Bottle Irrigation


If you only had access to water once a day and had to suck it out of the soil before it evaporated or soaked away, then you might be interested in thinking again about how gardens might be watered. It is common for gardeners to invert bottles of water and stick them in the dirt to help keep water up to the plants. What we have done is work out […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Plastic Waste: New Research Offers Unexpected Promise as Permaculture Hack


Reducing plastic pollution has seemed a daunting prospect, until now. Can the tiny Mealworm bite off more than we can chew? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans alone throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups each year. Styrofoam is a common polystyrene product, which is a type of plastic. These materials pose a significant challenge to environmental health because they are created with robust molecular chains that tend […]

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Syrian War Compels To Open The Doomsday Seed Vault For First Withdrawal


Researchers from ICARDA, have requested for the backup seeds deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, to restart their collection after the primary gene bank in Aleppo got damaged due to Syria’s civil war. It’s barely been 8 years since the construction of the world’s doomsday seed vault in 2008, in a frigid Arctic mountainside on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, that the first ever request for withdrawal […]

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Designing the World We Want Livestream


The great people hosting the 12th International Permaculture Conference have allowed us to share the live stream of the event through You can view it now either at their website here or in the player below. This is a great service and is a credit to the professional organisational skills of the men and women from the IPCUK. This will give the whole world the chance to be involved. […]

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The Solar Investment Tax Credit


As countries prepare for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) on November 2015, the United States has made tremendous steps to fight global warming, such as signing bilateral agreements with China and Brazil to reduce their CO2 emissions. The U.S. has also made big changes at the domestic level, especially in the use of renewable sources in its electricity sector. To promote the use of more cleaner and […]

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Energy Globe Award


National ENERGY GLOBE Award Jordan 2015 Has been won by Geoff Lawton and The Permaculture Research Institute for the Permaculture sites featured inGreening/Re-Greening the Desert “To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future” Geoff Lawton, National Energy Globe Winner Jordan About the AWARD With more than 170 participating countries and over […]

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Geoff Lawton speaks with Permaculture Tonight


by Matt Powers, host of Permaculture Tonight What’s interesting about our interview is it was supposed to be 15-20 minutes of time, not impose on Geoff’s schedule & to really get an update on his upcoming projects which I was sure everyone wanted to hear about. What was interesting was that I initially ended up interviewing Latifa, Geoff’s 5-year-old daughter, and then having my 4-year-old boy hijack my interview with […]

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Nepal – Spreading Awareness and Asking for Support

I have been a regular visitor to Nepal over the last 4 years and have made a deep connection with this country, its kind hearted people and stunning environment. Permaculture in Nepal is very established and practiced by a huge amount of Nepali Farmers. This is much connected to the long term efforts of people like Chris Evans and Govinda Sharma plus many, many more. My friend,mentor and teacher Govinda […]

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Today ONLY Free Screening – Permaculture Soils by Geoff Lawton

This screening has now concluded – Thank you to everyone who watched and enjoyed it. This screening is courtesy of and EcoFilms. In celebration of International Permaculture Day being themed on SOILS, a free screening of “Permaculture Soils” will be available on, Sunday the 3rd of May, 2015. “We never feed the plant. We feed the soils. Soils are the crucible of health from which all things spring.” […]

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US Government Award for GM Golden Rice Slated by Leading Environmentalists

Environmentalists, including one of the world’s most “powerful” women, have called on the United States Government to withdraw the award it has given to controversial “Golden Rice,” which is widely labelled a hoax. Highly respected Indian scientist, physicist and ardent environmentalist, Dr. Vandana Shiva responded vehemently to the announcement that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) were to award […]

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Finding Ways to Prevent Water Waste and Save on Rising Produce Costs During California’s Historic Drought

THE CURRENT STATE OF CALIFORNIA’S UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT Startling Statistics California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The United States Drought Monitor estimates that over 90 percent of California is currently experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions. For farmers, the increasing scarcity of water has been devastating. According to the American Farmland Trust, California is home to 27 million acres of cropland. Nine million of those acres […]

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