Pin-Striped Pirates

Why does the UK retain a handful of colonies? To destroy the world’s taxation systems. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist If you want to know why Britain has never completed the process of decolonisation, look at two lists side by side. One is the official register of tax havens, compiled by the OECD(1). The other is the list of British overseas territories and […]

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Veiling Our True Predicament – Global Dimming

Have you heard the expression ‘Global Dimming’ yet? The documentary embedded in this post examines the phenomenon, but, in brief, I’ll endeavour to give a rough heads up on the topic. It’s yet further evidence that our dangerous habit of underestimating the complexities of natural systems will surely backfire on us, and in direct proportion to our tinkering with the same.

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At Last, a Date

For the first time, the International Energy Agency has produced a date for peak oil. And it’s not reassuring. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Can you think of a major threat for which the British government does not prepare? It employs an army of civil servants, spooks and consultants to assess the chances of terrorist attacks, financial collapse, floods, epidemics, even asteroid strikes, […]

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‘Project Thoreau’ Updates

Ezanee Cooper gives us some excellent updates on progress with ‘Project Thoreau‘. Use the comments form below to share your knowledge and help develop Ezanee’s plot, or to ask questions that might help you develop your own. Project Thoreau –September / October 2008 Update The garden has undergone a bit of a revamp. The bean patch was tidied up to reduce the number of hiding places for slugs and snails, […]

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On the Wings of a Butterfly

Reprinted with permission from the Permaculture International Journal” (PIJ) #61 Dec – Feb 1997 page 17 Butterflies inhabit the earth for weeks at the most. Their existence is fragile but enormously important to the earth, from which many of their species are disappearing. Claire Hagen Dole enters their world to explain how we can create butterfly havens that enrich the planet and bring beauty to our gardens. Photography: Craig Mackintosh […]

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Weeds or Wild Nature?

Reprinted with permission from the “Permaculture International Journal” (PIJ) (No. 61, Dec-Feb 1997). The world’s striving for racial tolerance doesn’t always extend to plants. A key criticism of permaculture’s approach to building sustainable organic systems has been its perceived willingness to favour the introduction of exotic species. Is it better to build systems that include exotics or should reforestation aim only to replace what has been taken away? Is a […]

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Global Warming, Hitler and World War II Rationing

Peer pressure, national pride, and legal mandates worked together against the common evil It’s an unusual title, I know – but bear with me. If you were to personify global warming, to literally morph it into some kind of effigy – something you could tie to a stake in the town square, and throw cabbages, or rocks at – what would the guy look like? I guess the degree of […]

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ABC Rural Interview

Bill Mollison Geoff Lawton Michael Mackenzie, from ABC Rural Radio’s ‘Bush Telegraph‘ segment, recently spoke with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton about Permaculture. You can listen to the clip in its entirety here (16 min, 7.5mb MP3). To download the file, simply right-click on the link and choose ‘Save Link As’ (Firefox) or ‘Save Target As’ (Internet Explorer). When asked if he thought Permaculture would go very far when he […]

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Whistling in the Wind

The new climate change report falls miles short of what we need. Here are some of the emergency measures it should have contained. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Lord Turner has two jobs. The first, as chair of the Financial Services Authority, is to save capitalism. The second, as chair of the Committee on Climate Change, is to save the biosphere from the […]

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