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Spice Forest: Lessons In Innovation From Zanzibar

Spice Forest: Lessons In Innovation From Zanzibar

In the spring of 2015 I put out a call for help. Our small team at Community Forests International (Forests Intl.) was starting a new enterprise – a Spice Forest project on Pemba island, Zanzibar – and I knew we couldn’t do it alone. What happened next has taught me a lot about the process of innovation. It has also taught me how much I still don’t know about the […]

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Simple Ways to Reduce Waste in Landfills

Disposing of garbage in landfills is a common practice in many countries around the world and it’s done by burying it in the ground. Needless to say, this is an environmental hazard since most of the waste is non-biodegradable, that is, it can take thousands of years to disintegrate. But guess what, there’s something you can do about it. The solution to reducing waste in landfills lies with you. And […]

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Aggressive Fungus Found Growing in Outer Space

Scientists are considering the implications of an “aggressive space fungus” identified on the outside of the Russian space station Mir. Patches of the green and black fungus have been discovered behind control panels, in the ship’s air conditioner, communications unit, and on many other surfaces. Not only was the fungus growing everywhere, the patches proved difficult to eradicate. According to Russian microbiologist Natalia Novikova, there is the potential that in […]

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Cool Streets Helps Save The Environment – And Electricity Consumption

Tree lined street in the North End, Boston, Massachusetts.

Urban homeowners can do their part to fight the effects of climate change by planting more trees – and even lower their own monthly electricity bill while helping to protect the environment from global warming. Even just planting a small tree in your yard can make a difference on your monthly costs, and by letting the tree mature, you can save as much as $400 each year – according to […]

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Shallots: The Fancy Vegetable

If you are peruser of recipes you have undoubtedly come across the term shallots. Shallots are often in dishes that are savory and lean towards the gourmet and fancy side of the culinary spectrum. They are subtle in flavor and add just the right note to enhance or bring out the flavor of other fine foods. What exactly is a shallot? Shallots are a member of the Liliaceae family (Lily […]

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Is Climate Change the Shock We Need to Make the Switch to Urban Farming?

The rising demand for food around the globe is prompting the need for both scientists and farmers to deal with failing crop yields as a result of global warming. Steady increases in both wealth and population are leading to projections that by 2050, demand for food will be up 70 percent – but around the world, the staple crops of wheat, soybean, sorghum, barley, rice, and maize, are providing lower […]

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Is there a Solution to the Decline in Freshwater Supply?

The supply of freshwater in the world is running out and running out fast! (1) Less than 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, with most of it trapped underground or in ice and glaciers. That only leaves less than 1% accessible for drinking and supporting life as we know it. Fresh water is finite yet we continue to waste it not knowing that we are dooming ourselves to a […]

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All Hail Kale!

Kale is a cool-season leafy vegetable that resides in the Brassicaceae family (mustard family) along with cabbage, broccoli, and broccoli rabe. It’s a native to Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean, and the Greeks were growing several varieties by the 4th century BC. Kale became quite the world traveler and was a common vegetable in Europe until the end of the 15th century, and then it even found its way […]

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Denmark’s Sustainable Energy Programs Inspiring Transitions Around the World

Denmark’s transition to renewable energy is an inspiration to countries around the world, looking to implement their own sustainable programs to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. With more than 45 per cent of Denmark’s total electricity powered by wind in 2016, and an entirely self-sustainable island off the country’s coast, the stage is set for Denmark to continue on its path to eliminate the need for other sources of energy. […]

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Samuel Alexander: Reimagining The Good Life

Samuel Alexander: Reimagining The Good Life

Combining concepts from ecological, economic, political, and social literature, Samuel Alexander’s books provide insightful commentary on the challenge of living within our limits – during a time of ever-increasing overconsumption. “Mainstream environmentalism calls on us to take shorter showers, recycle, buy green products, and turn the lights off – but these measures are inadequate,” said Alexander, an academic from Melbourne University and co-director of the Simplicity Institute. “We need more […]

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How About Temperate Climate Forest Gardens?

There’s a few books on how to make a forest garden, all wonderful, but actually, where are they? How many people have actually done it in the 40+ years since permaculture came to be? There have been reports of tropical, and desert systems, but not much from the temperate climate. In this chat, you will find out the result of four years of work, from the idea to the book […]

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