Healthy Planet and the Law of Ecocide – an Interview with Polly Higgins

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The disappearing Amazon rainforest Photo: Cifor Marcin Gerwin: You propose introducing a new international law of ecocide as an amendment to the Rome Statute. Ecocide is defined as “an extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that… Read more »

Smart Phones, Dumb Companies

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17 years, and the phone companies still haven’t sorted out the issue of conflict minerals. by George Monbiot If you are too well connected, you stop thinking. The clamour, the immediacy, the tendency to absorb other people’s thoughts, interrupt the deep abstraction required to find your own way. This is one of the reasons why… Read more »

Energy Advice: Think Long Term and at the Local Level!

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Interview of Nikos Salingaros by Mumtaz Soogund on Defimedia, Mauritius, 8 March 2013. Dr. Salingaros recently joined the CT (Centrale Thermique) Power debate in Mauritius, and in this light graciously agreed to share his views on the matter with the readers of News on Sunday. MS: A coal-powered plant proves to be a massive investment… Read more »

Allan Savory: How to Green the World’s Deserts and Reverse Climate Change (TED video)

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I have been waiting so long for Allan to get on Ted Talks! Now, here it is. Prepared to have your minds blown, ok? I am sure you’re going to want to know more about HM in Australia and where to learn? The best training for HM comes out of InsideOutside Management. As it happens,… Read more »

Fracking for Shale Gas

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A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Shale gas could be a useful stop-gap substitute for more conventional fossil fuels on our way towards fully green renewable energies, but health and environmental risks including pollution to ground water remain to be addressed…. Read more »

Compost Toilets in Haiti

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A student I had recently in my short course in California sent me a link to an award-winning NGO working in Haiti called SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) — a nonprofit working within the country performing truly beneficial work, utilizing compost toilets to deal with the perennial problem of waste management. In the following clip… Read more »

New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food… Read more »

Ridge to Valley – a Holistic Watershed Perspective

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This excellent little 20-minute video does a great job of covering the basics of watershed management and landscape rehydration. You won’t hear the words ‘permaculture’ or ‘swales’ once, but it’s clear that both are in use here, to great effect. If we can get these simple but profound concepts driven into social consciousness, and applied… Read more »

Water Not Fit to Drink

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From pathogens, biological drugs, illicit drugs to arsenic, by Prof Joe Cummins A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. An intact forest ecosystem protects and supplies the watershed Photo © Craig Mackintosh Unpolluted healthy drinking water is a right not a privilege…. Read more »

China’s Rising Soybean Consumption Reshaping Western Agriculture

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Where was once pristine Amazon rainforest, soybean harvesters march across the landscape instead Global demand for soybeans has soared in recent decades, with China leading the race. Nearly 60 percent of all soybeans entering international trade today go to China, making it far and away the world’s largest… Read more »

Food MythBusters – Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World? (video)

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Further Reading: A Farm for the Future (BBC video) The Rodale Institute’s 30-Year Farming Systems Trial Report Biodiverse Systems are More Productive The Food Crisis: “A Perfect Storm” – and How to Turn the Tide Orchestrating Famine – a Must-Read Backgrounder on the Food Crisis Food Futures Now – Feeding People & Place Without Fossil… Read more »

Line in the Sand (Video)

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We often only begin to understand the importance of nutrient- and water-cycling when they don’t — when they don’t cycle, that is. When ecosystems fail, when the hydrological cycle gets broken, when soils degrade faster than they build, the consequence is desertification. Already a full 25% of the planet’s land surface area (about 3.6 billion… Read more »