Category: Economics

The Solar Investment Tax Credit

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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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Bartering System Makes a Comeback Due to Greek Financial Crisis

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Greece is in financial crisis. That’s unlikely to be news to anyone after updates on the Greek economy have been gracing our television screens, newspapers and radios for the last month or so. But most of the reports focus on the impact that the financial crisis and the third bailout programme will have on the country’s banking system and on its large, medium and small business; rather than taking a […]

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Free Trade Agreements and Sovereignty

Public distrust over free trade agreements have risen over the past few years as they become more common. Recently, public opinion worldwide has been critical of the announced Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). If approved, the two agreements would tie together not only the economies, but also regulations and standards, of the United States and eleven other Pacific nations (through the TPP), and the […]

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Permacultural Organic Market Gardening and Economic Performance Report

Written by: Sacha Guégan (Sylva Institute), François Léger (UMR SADAPT), Gauthier Chapelle (Biomimicry Europa) & Charles Hervé-Gruyer (Ferme du Bec Hellouin and Sylva Institute) Ferme biologique du Bec Hellouin 1, sente du Moulin au Cat 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN 02 32 44 50 57 – www.fermedubec.com Status Report # 2 July 2013 Abstract: In December 2011 a study of 3 years started at the Organic farm Bec Hellouin, to assess […]

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“Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course

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Is “GOING SOLAR” The Best Thing For The Future, When It Comes To Your Energy Supply.

No, they are not the Beatles! These are enthusiastic students having just completed our advanced weekend course on semi-stand alone, battery based, (hybrid) 24-hour solar power systems. In front of them is instructor Mike Haydon’s state of the art C.I.G.S thin film solar array comprised of 10 x 160 watt UNI-SUN modules. Well hello; and thanks for following this story about our journey towards installing a solar power system that […]

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Sustainability Movement

As rampant manufacturing and productions of goods are causing huge harm to human physical well-being, farming, ecosystems, and world climate, the sustainability movement is gaining popularity and importance among all who are concerned about the environment. Many third world countries are compromising business ethics to raise their growth of products and they are constantly ignoring the environmental issues that matter a lot to sustainability movement. China is one of the […]

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Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits

Samuel Alexander of the Simplicity Institute, who has written numerous articles for Permaculturenews.org, has just published Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits. A paperback of the book is available here. Samuel has made available a free PDF version of his book, please visit his site here for more details. INTRODUCTION TO PROSPEROUS DESCENT I sometimes tell my students that I am an ‘apocaloptimist’. While, in truth, […]

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Recent Legislation Transforms Cities, One Roof at a Time

In March of 2015, France passed a bill supporting green energy which affects the commercial building industry. The bill requires all new buildings in commercial zones to have their roofs partially covered with either solar panels or plants. Although construction companies and builders may see this as an additional upfront cost, the long term benefits will outweigh the initial funding necessary. Environmental activists initially pushed the French government for all […]

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Is Going Solar the Best Thing for the Future of the Planet, When it comes to your Energy Supply ? !

Zaytuna Farms Solar Panels on the Shed Roof My Intentions in writing this article are to share with you my personal experiences of ten years of research as a consumer and a potential customer, just wanting to do the right thing for the earth when it comes to having a cold beer and a cool house while living in Sydney by supplying my property with a renewable energy source in […]

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FRACKMAN

This is a film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas. With endorsements from: “If you care about our country, see it!” 
 – Alan Jones 
 
 “No Australian voter should miss this film” 
 – Bob Brown Fracking is an issue that is presenting difficult questions for all of Australia’s political parties, but […]

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A Personal Evolution: Tales of Permaculture via Greennovate Clips

Author: Jonathon Engels Like many, my introduction to permaculture came in the form of food production. It changed the way I viewed farming, shifting my practice from being one of waging war with nature—constantly tilling, weeding and wasting—to one that teamed up with the plants, soil and even buildings around me. I was already an advocate for organic practices, but this was something altogether different.

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