Taking Stock: World Fish Catch Falls to 90 Million Tons in 2012

by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) projects that the world’s wild fish harvest will fall to 90 million tons in 2012, down 2 percent from 2011. This is close to 4 percent below the all-time peak haul of nearly 94 million tons in 1996. The wild fish catch per person has dropped even more dramatically, from 17 kilograms (37.5 pounds) per person […]

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Wolfbane

So much for Norway’s eco-friendly image. Image: State of the Environment, Norway One of the biggest political shocks of the past decade has been the transformation of Canada. Under the influence of the tar barons of Alberta, it has mutated from a country dominated by liberal, pacific, outward-looking values to a thuggish petro-state, ripping up both international treaties and the fabric of its own nation. Prepare to be shocked again. […]

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia, for October 2012

This is the second monthly post for the research project about perennial plants, and perennialising annual plants, which provide food in temperate climate parts of Australia. The original article introducing this project, stating its aims, and providing participant instructions, can be found here. Growers are sending me information on a month-by-month basis, then this information is collated and published the following month. The first monthly post can be found here. […]

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Pigscavation to Help Water Penetration

Capturing water before it runs off your property is key to rehydrating parched landscapes. Building ‘swales’ or channels along contour with uncompacted mounds is one way of assisting water infiltration. Building swales can also be an expensive exercise utilising heavy machinery which is expensive to transport and hire. Nick Huggins, of Jacmarall Farm uses an innovative way of building smaller swales that is within the economic reach of most small […]

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Housebroken

There’s a second environmental crisis, just as potent as the first. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. “One woe doth tread upon another’s heel, So fast they follow”(1). That radical green pressure group PriceWaterhouseCoopers warns that even if the current rate of global decarbonisation were to double, we would still be on course for six degrees of warming by the end of the […]

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Rwanda – Emerging in a Changing Climate (video)

Filmmaker and environmentalist, John D. Liu from the Environmental Education Media Project team, takes us to Rwanda again (last time was here), showing us how the country is seeking to leapfrog the disastrous ‘development‘ route most of the countries of the North have gone down, to instead head more directly towards sustainability. Given the horrors this country were awash with during the 1990s, it’s certainly encouraging to see the nation […]

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Dust Bowl Revisited

by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute Credit: Arthur Rothstein, Library of Congress On October 18, 2012, the Associated Press reported that “a massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate… forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.” Farmers in the region had recently plowed fields to plant winter wheat. The bare soil—desiccated by the relentless […]

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From PRI Intern To Caribbean PRI Master Plan For Barbados!

To say the very least, I enjoy a good challenge and a thrilling adventure, but my visit to Barbados was a magical journey beyond my wildest expectations. But before I get there, let me take you back a bit.

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Employment Opportunities with the Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute (CPRI)

The Master Plan for the Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute (CPRI) has been endorsed by PRI Australia, and the Agricultural Ministry of Barbados, but now it needs to assemble a dynamic PRI team in order to make it materialize.

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Finding Sustainability in Ecosystem Restoration

Before (below) and after (above), Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabiliation Project A Breakthough of Worldwide Importance In 1995, as the Chinese government and people were beginning an ambitious effort to restore the cradle of Chinese civilization, I was asked by the World Bank to document the “Loess Plateau Watershed Rehabilitation Project”. Originally the Loess Plateau had been fully vegetated with massive forests and grasslands. Resources extracted from the giant forests, rushing […]

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Establishing a Permaculture Center in Macedonia – Your Support is Welcome!

This article is not just a call for a support, it is also a message of gratitude to all of you who shared your stories on this website and gave us inspiration to move forward and aim towards the creation of a more human world. Before I get to the main point of this article, I would like to tell you about our beginnings. It all started when a bunch […]

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Nature Resilience – Organizing Ecological Restoration by Partners in Business for Next Generations

I was recently invited to contribute to a concept paper (2.2mb PDF) authored and edited by Willem Ferwerda. Mr. Ferwerda, a tropical ecologist, was director of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) National Committee of The Netherlands from 2000 until March 2012. In his new role Ferwerda will support the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) in making businesses and investors work for ecosystem restoration and management. As […]

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