The Great Transition, Part I: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about pollution and climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced with an […]

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We Don’t Want to Know

I awoke this morning eager to find out the results of November 6th’s voting in the U.S. of A. And no, I’m not talking about the tiresome presidential election….

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Rocket Oven Nitty Gritty

by Tim Barker, Koanga Institute The first post on the rocket oven left many with more questions than they started with so this is a follow up to cover some aspects in more detail. It would probably help to re read the first article and my replies to comments as I’m just going to forge ahead with more detail on the design. On my first design I was prepared, even […]

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Ocean Fertilization Promotes Toxic Algae in Haida Gwaii

A fully referenced version of this report is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. One hundred tons of an iron-rich dirt-like material was dumped into the ocean near Haida Gwaii, an island off the shores of British Columbia and Alaska, in an effort to enhance the growth of phytoplankton and improve fishery [1]. It was done without permits as part of a $2-million project, […]

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Superstorm Sandy – the New Normal?

Pondering whether this type of weather will be the new normal, and how we can prepare ourselves. by Zaia Kendall A freak storm, never before seen. After the end of the normal hurricane season, this ‘superstorm’ developed and severely affected the Caribbean and northern US, killing people and causing devastation everywhere. But are we really that surprised? Is nature trying to point out the error in our ways? How can […]

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Struck Dumb

Why, even now, climate change cannot be mentioned in the presidential election. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Hurricane Sandy could be the biggest storm to hit the US mainland. Image: NOAA National Hurricane Center Here’s a remarkable thing. Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama – with the exception of one throwaway line each(1,2) – have mentioned climate change in the wake of […]

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Food Forests, Part 6: Diversity, or Picking a Garden Salad

One benefit of a single crop farm is that it isn’t hard to remember what it is that you are growing! Most of that single crop is sown at one point in time, grows at about the same rate and is then harvested at about the same time. 100% too easy, well apart from all of the very real problems created when growing a mono-culture…. Permaculturalists, on the other hand […]

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The MEGGA-Watt Project Moves Forward

by Rene Michalak The "MEGGA-watt" Project (Micro-Energy Generating Garage Assembly) is a demonstration / prototype to turn everyday detached garages from simple storage units (aka ‘car-holes’) into food-growing and energy-generating systems using permaculture design. The basic concept is to partner a garage with an attached greenhouse and renewable energy to create sustainable 4-season growing systems with minimal fossil fuel input that serves both practical and recreational purposes. Owners of a […]

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La Cuccagna – the Rural Garden Project in the Italian Apennines

Clearing the entrance with the help of friends (April 2011) La Cuccagna emerged in March last year, here in Italy, as one of some of the projects from our organisation, Montagna Viva. This organisation was founded as a catalyst to undertake projects to revive the countryside, in the form of doing — in common — something together, or using the term ‘commoning’, as it is described in the growing acknowledged […]

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GM Cancer Warning Can No Longer Be Ignored

The latest findings of cancers and deaths from GM maize and Roundup herbicide are the result of the most in-depth long-term toxicology study ever done on GM food; we ignore them at our peril. by Prof Peter Saunders and Dr Mae-Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this report is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. In the Vatican Museums in Rome stands a […]

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Urgent, Prop 37 Needs Your Help Today!

If you wish to donate directly to place this ad on more stations, you can go to this dedicated donation page. Please be generous (and swift!). With only a few days left before the vote on November 6, there’s no time to lose. The latest California poll now puts Prop 37 ten points behind! Whether or not you’re in California, please donate generously — immediately. And please sign up for […]

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Straw Bale Guest House, Switzerland

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