“Gardens and Micro Farms are Cost Inefficient and Fail to Feed Society”

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh People keep telling me that gardens and micro farms are cost inefficient and fail to feed society. Sometimes this information is delivered loudly and firmly with great emphasis on profit, and great personal attachment to the idea of its being true. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how… Read more »

Large Cities in USA less Green than Small Ones

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Large cities emit more CO2 and earn no more per capita than small cities, contradicting the ‘economy of scale’ that makes larger cities ‘greener’ than small ones and raising doubt over claims of other benefits. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Allometric scaling relationships in biology applied to cities Allometric scaling relationships were first discovered in biology… Read more »

Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

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Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of… Read more »

Earth Auroras From International Space Station

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A fascinating and beautiful view of the Earth’s auroras at night. "Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011…"

Meet the Designer: Benjamin Vidmar (Svalbard, Arctic Ocean)

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Inside a spare hotel room, on one of the most northern places on earth, something magical is happening. Plants are growing, worms are composting waste, and people are feeling re-connected to food in a world of mining and monetary extraction. Meet Benjamin Vidmar, Director of Polar Permaculture Solutions. Benjamin has been working on creating a… Read more »

Get an Invite to Richard Branson’s Necker Island: Become a Permaculture Designer, and You Might

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Permaculture designers Mark Garrett and actress Daryl Hanna, Soneva Fushi, Maldives Meeting Mark Garrett I can always recall the moment I first meet someone, the impression they made. But not Mark Garrett. How many years since I met him? I just can’t say. He’s one of those understated people, always chipping away at things in… Read more »

Working in Permaculture

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Usually people participating in a PDC have a land project which they would like to develop using the common sense design principles offered by permaculture. As a side effect, some might feel the urge to make sweeping changes to their life direction during or after doing a PDC. Often a PDC either creates the need… Read more »

Snowflakes Up Close

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Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background.

The Thin Edge

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Friday night. For something like seven years I’ve been wondering what to do with Friday night. You know — party, spend quality time at the pub, drink, dance, vomit and go home to a weekend filled with the things that people do on the weekend. Hmm…. I’m even more moderate than that. On Friday night… Read more »

Designer Resource: Finding Long-Term Climate Data in the US Using NOAA

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Monthly climate normals graph Having accurate climatic data is an important part of designing a resilient and productive ecological system capable of diverse yields from year to year. This is especially true as we live through the uncertainty of climate change. For those living in the US, a great resource for finding long-term tabulated and… Read more »