Funding for Small Scale Anaerobic Digesters in England

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UK government starts mining agricultural wastes for renewable energy as municipal and household wastes are becoming scarce. by Dr Mae Wan Ho On Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund The UK government has set up the On Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund to help farmers in England install small scale anaerobic digesters on site [1, 2]. The scheme,… Read more »

Zero Net Energy Households

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A "zero net" home is a household with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually — essentially, the idea of a zero net home is a building with a virtually invisible carbon footprint. As renewable and clean energy sources become more affordable and accessible to everyday homeowners, we should hopefully see an increase… Read more »

Japanese Farmers Producing Crops and Solar Energy Simultaneously

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Revitalizing the farming sector for the next-generation and could provide more than enough electricity for the entire country. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Restriction to solar PV installation on farmlands removed Solar sharing in Fukushima Farmers in Japan are taking advantage of new opportunities to generate electricity while growing crops. In April 2013, the Ministry of… Read more »

The Three Legs of the Integrated Permaculture Design Stool

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by Rob Avis I woke up this morning with a realization — nothing I didn’t already know in principle, just a clearer understanding of how certain principles fit together to create good design. My epiphany was visualizing integrated design as a three-legged stool which requires all three legs to make a stable seat/design. The three… Read more »

Pollinate Energy (Bangalore, India)

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One of the major consequences of industrial agriculture is the steady flight of rural populations to urban centers. Economists have widely encouraged this mass movement of people as a sign of a developing economy ‘specializing’. We are seeing this trend in all majors cities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Young men and women leave… Read more »

Living Without a Fridge

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by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. I’ve been living without a fridge for the last three months — the winter months of Melbourne, Australia. Before you send me to the asylum, however, let me tell you about this experiment which… Read more »

Problem: Pollution — Solution: Biogas

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In this polluted world there is good news. We can create energy from some of our waste! by Zaia Kendall, PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast Creating the biogas biodigester dome in our May 2013 Biodigester Course Debates about CSG (Coal Seam Gas) mining (otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’) are ongoing. There is also talk… Read more »

Dezhou Solar City (China)

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For one day only we were able to make a stop in Dezhou, one of China’s famed ‘Solar Cities.’ As a bright and cheery advertisement explained, "Just like the Silicon Valley, this is the Solar Valley." The ad was remarkable for several reasons. First, China’s economic development plan of copying hallmark Western institutions was essentially… Read more »

Creating the Alternative Tour, First Stop: Solar Living Institute – Soaking Up Some Rays of Inspiration

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For background on this series, please see: Creating the Alternative Tour – Intro by Mo Lohre & William Redwine Brakes begin failing in Mendocino Range By the time we reached the Solar Living Institute (SLI), north of San Francisco in Mendocino County, we had only been on tour for less than 24 hours and already… Read more »