Geoff in Early Observation Mode

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Here’s a photo of a famous Permaculture person. Can you guess who it is? He was photographed with this shovel back in 1956 at the age of two. He is wearing a child restraint belt usually attached to a long cord as was customary in those days to prevent him from running away to play… Read more »

Sustenance

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts In a warming world pests migrate and flourish in previously inpenetrable habitats and latitudes. Of course there are obvious problems with Frank’s position here – like what happens when your subsistence gets washed away by some other unpredicted AGW shitstorm. As ever, Permaculture looks straight into the heart… Read more »

Cracking Codes

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Whilst the Russians learn to live without buckwheat and displaced people are poised for land-struggles in Central Africa, boffins crack the wheat genome, which promises to keep us trying the same industrial scale thing for ever. And how will we fuel this ever expanding industrial agriculture sector? Hmm,… Read more »

Power Trip

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts The UK Gov’t backtracks on cast iron commitments to environmental performance standards to make space for more dirty coal. I can’t help thinking it’s a sweetener to bring the big energy companies on board for the stalled nuclear programme. Investors won’t commit unless the taxpayer guarantees their profits… Read more »

Against the Grain

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Russian president Medvedev puts unprecedented weather conditions down to Climate Change. The potential impacts on food supplies of this sort of occurrence are pretty clear. Further Reading: The Biology of Global Warming Rising Temperatures Raise Food Prices The Looming Food Crisis and the 2030 Report The Food Crisis:… Read more »

The Caffeine Did It?

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Warning: Irony alert. People without a sense of humour should proceed with caution. Some time ago the National Geographic did a piece on the connection between the introduction of caffeinated drinks into Europe and the Industrial Revolution. It’s hardly a coincidence that coffee and tea caught on in Europe just as the first factories were… Read more »

BP Target of “Irresponsible Act”

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Click for full view Courtesy: Marc Roberts Greenpeace shut down 50 BP flagged petrol station franchises in London in order to apply pressure on the incoming CEO, Bo Diddley, er… I mean Bob Dudley, as his predecessor heads for Siberia. I can’t see him giving a tuppenny shite, personally. He’s got a whole planet to… Read more »