Artificial Photosynthesis: Liquid Fuel Created from Sunlight by “Bionic Leaf”

Researchers at Harvard have developed a system of artificial photosynthesis – creating liquid fuel from sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. Described in a new paper published in Science, the process could be a big step in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy science at Harvard, and his colleague, Pamela Silver, have achieved the process at an efficiency of 10 percent using pure carbon dioxide […]

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How to Make a Compost Water Heater

Everyone loves hot water in the home, but the ecological cost of long, hot showers powered by fossil-fueled water heaters adds some guilt to those long hours in the bathroom. What if you could have a huge supply of hot water heated by the compost pile in your garden. Instead of greenhouses gasses, the byproduct of your hot water would be more fertile soil. The Ecological Cost of Heating Water […]

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Benefits of Evaporation Fridges

If you are planning on going off grid or living in a tiny home, a huge obstacle can be putting in a refrigerator. If you are using solar or wind power, a refrigerator can be extremely taxing on an already stressed system. You could completely forgo a refrigerator and opt instead for preserving food and a root cellar, but that doesn’t let you keep cold drinks or many dairy products […]

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A Mushroom Home: The Future of Zero Waste

While styles of architecture may change every few years, buildings and infrastructure as a whole will always be needed. Your home, local food store, shopping mall, post office, schools, amusement parks, and pretty much every establishment you can think of involves some sort of building. With each of these institutions comes construction waste. Construction waste is made up of unused and unwanted materials such as wood, shingles, nails, bricks, installation, […]

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The Benefits of Keeping Chickens

Though it may not be for everybody, there are many potential benefits to keeping chickens in your yard, whether they’re free range or in a coop. It can be rewarding in many ways, and it isn’t just about eggs! Though of course, that’s a big part of it. They can be good for gardens, they make great pets for the family, among many other things. They are surprisingly loving and […]

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Are We Running Out of Water?

More than half of the world’s population may be facing serious daily water shortages by 2025 if we keep up our current patterns of consumption. Scientists around the world are warning global policy makers about this impending crisis, hoping to avoid the potential catastrophe. “What’s happening bit by bit is that water scarcity is becoming increasingly common around the world, no matter where you look – as country after country […]

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Social Opportunities for Farm Workers in Climate Change

The environment is a very important part of any economy due to changing environmental conditions around the world- it has been preserved and improved if economies are to thrive. It is noteworthy that the environment as a sector is expanding. The environment as of today is widely believed to comprise several elements/features. Apart from natural resources (such as air, water, and land), it contains the human element, which is regarded […]

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Beckoning the Bats: What They Do for Our Gardens and How to Attract Them There

In permaculture, we look for opportunities to expand on biodiversity, as well as take advantage of functions that can occur naturally or with minimal inputs from us. While often this takes the form of rotationally grazing domesticated animals, including them in waste cycles, and using them for pest control (a la not a slug problem but a duck shortage), we are also inclined to make the most of wild fauna […]

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Deciding Factors: Permaculture, Society and the Wisdom of Crowds

One inspirational thing which learning about permaculture can help us to realise is that there are abundant resources in the world for everyone to live together in harmony. But when it actually comes down to putting techniques for doing this into practice, often what can stand in the way is what Alan Watts called the “element of irreducible rascality”(1); that thing which makes us all human, but which can sometimes […]

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The Many Types of At-Home Composting

So you’re interested in making your own compost, but you’re overwhelmed by all of the different methods. Or maybe you’re not sure if there’s a method that will work for you. You’re in the right place. With this overview, the decision will be easy. Your first decision? Indoor or outdoor. Since there are fewer types of indoor composting systems, we will cover those first. Composting Indoors If you’ve chosen to […]

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5 Ways to Prepare Beds for Tree and Shrub Planting – Which One is Best?

Balkan Ecology Project have been looking at various ways to prepare beds for planting, specifically for planting trees and shrubs. During this post we’ll introduce you to a trial started this spring where we’re looking at 5 different bed preparation methods to see which method works best. We’ll go through how to implement each method, why they are useful and finally look at the criteria we are judging the effectiveness […]

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How Homesteading Can be a Job

Have you ever wondered if it was possible to quit your day job and live completely self-sufficiently, entirely off the land without having to listen to anyone else? Doing exactly what you want every day, fulfilling work that brings you joy and fulfillment? With homesteading this is not only possible, but almost guaranteed. Full-Time Work As a homesteader, you will very likely have many activities and chores to tend to […]

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