Creating a PERMA-culture

By Russ Grayson | Information, insights, inspiration for assembling a permanent culture, a perma-culture

UN chief: World has less than 2 years to avoid ‘runaway climate change'

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, told global leaders this week that the world has less than two years to avoid “runaway …

Donald Trump

Scientists Just Invented a More Efficient Way to Turn Sunlight Into Unlimited, Renewable Fuel

We've improved on photosynthesis.<p>Life has been soaking up sunlight and storing it as a fuel source for billions of years. But scientists have just …

Carbon Dioxide

A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

The Sahara desert is expanding, and has been for at least a century. It's a phenomenon that seems impossible to stop.<p>But it hasn't stopped at least one group of scientists from dreaming of a way to do it. And their proposed solution, a grand scheme that involves covering vast areas of desert with …

Solar Panels

Climate change could affect human evolution. Here's how.

Environment<p>Global warming will likely alter the internal workings of our bodies — and cause a noticeable shift in our appearance.<p>As climate change brings rising temperatures, droughts, shifting patterns of precipitation and longer growing seasons, plants and animals are evolving to keep …

This Man Has Lived Off the Grid For 20 Years—Here's How

Environment<p>“We want to be that average American icon that says, ‘You can do this.’”<p>In the far corner of the front yard of a large house in Florida, an RV rests, shaded by trees as clothing on a nearby line sways in the breeze. In this RV, Nat Geo explorer Thomas Henry "T.H." Culhane lives with his …

Off-grid

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise

A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change.<p>Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to …

Economics

'We Are Climbing Rapidly Out of Humankind's Safe Zone': New Report Warns Dire Climate Warnings Not Dire Enough

By Jon Queally<p>Offering a stark warning to the world, a new report out Monday argues that the reticence of the world's scientific community—trapped in …

Climate Change

Rising temperatures are causing soil to dump more carbon dioxide into the air

The Earth, essentially, is panting.<p>Nature is breathing. Trees inhale carbon dioxide and store that carbon in their leaves and branches. After they die, microbes in the soil gobble up their carbon-rich leftovers and exhale carbon dioxide back into the air, a process known as respiration. Rising …

Climate Change

‘Everything we’ve heard about global urbanization turns out to be wrong’ - researchers

Researchers contest widely-accepted United Nations' predictions on urban population growth<p>SEATTLE - Widely accepted numbers on how much of the …

More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution

The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary …

Eco-group faces imprisonment after reviving an abandoned Spanish village

Like many countries around the world, Spain is struggling to address the problem of rural inhabitants abandoning villages to migrate to urban areas. …

This box sucks pure water out of dry desert air

For many of us, clean, drinkable water comes right out of the tap. But for billions it’s not that simple, and all over the world researchers are looking into ways to fix that. Today brings work from Berkeley, where a team is working on a water-harvesting apparatus that requires no power and can …

Snorkeling

Bringing Back The Lucas Plan

Continuing our coverage of the Lucas Plan as a precursor to Design Global Manufacture Local, this article explores “what the Lucas Plan could teach …

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How drones can detect crop problems early to keep farmers on track

From Sri Lanka to Uganda, UAVs with near-infrared sensors are monitoring plants for pests and disease, with implications for agricultural policy worldwide<p>The traditional image of a farmer standing in a field, squinting anxiously at the sky for signs of rain, may be about to get a 21st-century …

How To Make A Solar Still

Using an alternative energy source in your home can have a lot of advantages. First of all, this type of energy is much cheaper as you’ll make use of …

Mini-forests planned for urban schools

Pupils at city schools in England will plant mini-forests in their playgrounds under a government-backed scheme.<p>Schools are being offered free packs of saplings by the Woodland Trust, partly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.<p>Overall, the trust and Defra hope that one …

Peek Inside a Hydroponic Spinach Farm

Farming has always been a risky endeavor, dependent on the assistance of forces that are completely outside of human control, like weather. But today …

Mithun Architects' Vertical Farm for Seattle

This evidently won "Best of Show" in the Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge. It is a "Center for Urban Agriculture," …

Chickens

FarmBot Genesis, An Open Source Automated Farming Machine For Home Garden Use

The FarmBot Genesis is a truly open source CNC farming machine that allows anyone to to create a backyard garden of any size. The entire process is …

This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but it usually pays off in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and …

Permaculture: What is Polyculture?

Polyculture permaculture gardening is fantastic<p>Natures design is quite amazing and in perfect chaos. <b>It creates life cycling systems with all sorts of</b> …

New Alchemy Journals

From 1971 to 1991, the New Alchemy Institute published its research and activities in a variety scientific journals, including its own journals and …

Planning an orchard as a forest ecosystem

I’ve been doing quite a lot of reading about permaculture lately. What is permaculture? The word is derived from permanent agri- (and horti-) …

Gardening

Permablitz: permaculture in (fast) action

Permaculture activists in Australia first came up with the idea of Permablitz in 2006 as a result of a collaboration between permaculture designers …

Three Sisters Gardens: Grow More Food With Less Work

Imagine a small garden that produces an above-average harvest, yet needs minimal water, fertilizer, and weeding—and, as a bonus, leaves your soil …

The Many Benefits of Permaculture (And Why We Need it to Feed the World)

Permaculture has been called “a science of observation,” as it relies upon biomimicry: observing nature and then designing a system in a way that …

Chop and drop of trees and biomass plants

Written by Doug Crouch<p>The building of fungal rich soils is most often the goal of Permaculture systems and this hinges on returning organic material …

Regenerative Agriculture: Principles, Pioneers + Does It Really Work?

Organic. Natural. <b>Permaculture</b>. Regenerative agriculture. It’s a great time to get more connected to the farming practices behind our food. But what, …

How to Make a Tin Can Wood Gas Backpacking Stove

MYOG Tin Can Backpacking Stove Guide<p>Todays MYOG project is an ultra light backpacking wood gas stove that can be made with a few leftover tin cans …