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Howard Johns |
Monday, 7th November 2016
There is an energy revolution happening, but no, it is not being televised. Around the world people in many countries are working to deploy renewable energy technologies at a scale and pace that is transforming the way energy is used and generated. It is starting to disrupt the existing markets for energy. There are so many stories out there that... more
 
Martin Crawford |
Friday, 4th November 2016
Originating from the great plains of the USA, buffalo berry was long used by Native Americans for food and other products, but has never been commercialised. The plant is related to Elaeagnus and sea buckthorn and the fruits too resemble those of these better-known edibles. The name may have originated when the fruits were used to spice up buffalo... more
 
Ignazio Schettini |
Thursday, 3rd November 2016
There are moments in everybody's life that one can clearly remember as if they just happened. For me, it is leaving London to experience permaculture in Australia. --- ...Bag on my back, my home on my back. A young man on the road, open to new perspectives and to the world - as always, I would say - but with a different look in my eyes and the... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 1st November 2016
Yesterday I published Albert Bates' Commonwealth post about an unprecedented event: a group of the world's most innovative, practical thinkers, researchers and activists were invited to the Commonwealth Offices to brainstorm about ways in which to restore our global climate. The Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland (she prefers to be... more
 
Albert Bates |
Monday, 31st October 2016
"The important goal that needs to be set in Marrakech is drawdown. We need to get back below 350 ppm carbon in the atmosphere, and we need to do it quickly." Perhaps it is just an active imagination fueled by the ghouls and zombies roaming London’s streets this time of year, but the olde city seems unseasonably warm, almost as if we had been... more
 
Lorenzo Costa |
Friday, 28th October 2016
This is an article I write as an indirect contribution to a project I value and feel strongly. On the 24th August 2016, the central Appennine Regions of Italy were struck by a devastating earthquake, the epicenter was between the towns of Norcia and Amatrice. There were 298 dead and over 30,000 displaced. The region affected by the earthquake is a... more
 
Martin Crawford |
Thursday, 27th October 2016
The limes / lindens / basswoods are a group of trees from North America, Europe and Asia, all potentially large trees with fragrant flowers. There is a long history of the leaves of many lime species being used for food in many regions; similarly, the flowers have been used (particularly to make herb teas). Limes: Growth, Flowers, Roots Limes are... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 21st October 2016
Last September, I was fortunatle to attend the European Permaculture Convergence in the beautiful medieval town of Bolsena in Tuscany. The event was a heady mixture of being with like minds and old friends, some excellent workshops and presentations, Italian hospitality, a beautiful landscape, and a sense of proximity with pre-Roman, Etruscan... more
 
Philip Greenwood |
Tuesday, 18th October 2016
Biochar is charcoal which is made at lower temperatures than ordinary charcoal (through a chemical process called pyrolysis) and which is used to enrich poor quality and depleted soils. Because it has a sponge-like structure beneficial microbes in the soil can colonise the biochar and so it becomes a 'coral reef' of nutrients for trees and plants... more
 
John D. Liu |
Tuesday, 18th October 2016
The sun rises on a glorious new day in an Earth Cooperative Restoration Camp. Although this particular camp is in what most would call a desert, in the early morning there is dew on the grass and the birds emerge from the vegetation to forage and sing. The camp is in an area that has been described as abandoned since the failure of agriculture,... more
 

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