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Avoid City Pollution by Taking Side Streets

A new study has revealed that simply taking side streets while walking through a city can cut an individual’s exposure to air pollution by half – and providing pedestrians with specific guidelines to avoid high-traffic routes could significantly benefit public health. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is now the “world’s largest single environmental health risk” – especially since 80 percent of the global urban population residing in […]

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Soil Cover Systems Help to Grow Native Species on a Waste Rock Pile

Mining operations lead to considerable land disturbance and the accumulation of large amounts of by-products such as waste rock and tailings. Open storage of waste rock on the ground surface is associated with a number of negative environmental impacts because waste rock often contains contaminants such as radioactive material, heavy metals, etc. The main impacts are physical and chemical weathering of contaminants from waste rock by wind and water, which […]

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Common Environmental Issues That Can Create Financial Loss to Farmers

Agricultural supply chains are global in nature. Many farmers (especially those situated in developing nations) do not operate in commercial quantities and run on low budgets. As many farmers operate on a small-scale basis, it has become very important for them to be environmentally conscious of environmental challenges faced around the world. The negative impacts associated with climate change are enormous. They can range from sea-level rise, storms, extreme temperatures, […]

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How Realistic is Going Waste-Free?

When people say they have gone completely waste-free, they’re inaccurate. That’s not to say they’re “lying”; they probably avoid garbage like the plague, carrying totes, eating food with compostable scraps, the whole to-do! They may think they live a zero-waste lifestyle, but the truth of the matter is that the way our world currently works, that statement is just not feasible. While the effort is humbling, there’s so much happening […]

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Permaculture and Art Part 1: Using Art in Ecosystem Restoration

This week we saw the tipping-point of darkness and light start to shift; after 3 days of the sun seeming to ‘stand still’ in the sky, we now begin to move inexorably towards more or less darkness in the day, depending on which Hemisphere we live in. As humans, we have been noting and celebrating this ‘sun-stillness’, or ‘solstice’, for thousands of years (1), though in much of modern society […]

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Ground Cherries

Small, husk wearing, fuzzy leaved little gems, these golden cherry tomato looking fruits may be one of the lesser known members of the nightshade family. However, once discovered you won’t forget their sweet, tart pineapple-mango-strawberry-tomato cross taste. This charming little member of the Physalis genus, which includes other husk covered fruits such as tomatillos and Chinese lanterns, are a delight to grow in the garden and enjoy in the kitchen. […]

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Green Homes: Towards Energy Efficient Housing

Globally, energy efficiency possesses about 40% of the GHG emission reduction potential at a cost of less than €60 per metric ton of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e). The significance of energy efficiency for a sustainable future is rooted in three issues 1) fossil fuel depletion, 2) Emission of GHG (CO2) causing climate change, and 3) the soaring costs of energy and water. Green Homes / Buildings are a promising pathway towards […]

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Zero Waste Lifestyle, No Longer a “Hippie Thing”

If you haven’t heard of the intense concept of a zero waste lifestyle, then you better start paying attention to the world around you. Unless you are one of those who have taken on the challenge, you contribute to the world’s landfill headache each and every day, possibly without even knowing it. Waste adds up quicker than you think and society is beginning to recognize the situation and possible solutions. […]

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Easy Gray Water Harvesting Techniques

One of the defining aspects of permaculture which contrasts so radically from our industrial ways of dealing with the land is in how we deal with water. Our modern-day society most often simply looks at water as a resource that magically appears from faucets. Very few people have any understanding of where their household water comes from, and the amount of energy that is needed in order to pump that […]

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Why Homesteading is an Ideal Lifestyle

There are many, many reasons why homesteading is truly the ideal, simplistic lifestyle. It may not be for everyone, but it’s no lie that this kind of lifestyle creates an intimate relationship between you and your life and the work you do. For those still on the fence about it, here are just a small few reasons why you should consider stripping off those conveniences and getting back to nature, […]

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The Future of Zero Waste Packaging

Waste-conscious consumers are signs of the times. Nowadays, it’s extremely common to see shoppers at a grocery market carrying around canvas totes rather than the thin plastic bags that cannot be recycled. Sustainability practices have grown in popularity and suppliers and retailers are beginning to respond to the trend. Some companies are making the effort to include recycled materials in their actual products, some are creating packaging with minimal or […]

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Are Chemicals Disrupting Our Hormones?

With health concerns like obesity, cancer, and diabetes on the rise and declining sperm counts and fertility rates, scientists are starting to take a hard look at the environmental factors that may be contributing to these issues. One theory is that otherwise “safe” chemicals are disrupting our endocrine systems – impacting normal functions regulated by hormones, including reproduction, metabolism, puberty, and more. While humans are exposed to hundreds of chemicals […]

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