Chasing Ice

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Last night I watched a newly released documentary titled Chasing Ice. It was both beautiful, and harrowing. I encourage you to watch it. The documentary follows acclaimed photographer James Balog on his quest to capture, using time-lapse photography, the multi-year retreat of glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and Montana — where they placed a few… Read more »

Peak Oil Is Alive and Well, and Costing the Earth

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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. Originally published on theconversation.com. There’s plenty of oil, but at what price? (Source: arbyreed/Flickr) You might have heard that peak oil — the theory that one day crude oil production will stop increasing, even… Read more »

Abbottalypse Now

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Tony Abbott intends to trash Australia on behalf of the super-rich. by George Monbiot His views have changed, but don’t expect Tony Abbott to acknowledge this, let alone apologise to Australians for misleading them. In 2009 he maintained that manmade climate change is “absolute crap”. Now he says “I think that climate change is real,… Read more »

Paradise Lost

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Many of us who have been paying attention to the state of the world over the last half century have now begun to realize with growing horror that the progressive deterioration we have been tracking shows no signs of resolution. In fact, to some of us it looks as though there is no way to… Read more »

UNCCD Land for Life Award Winner – TEMA (Turkey)

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The UNCCD’s Land for Life Award winners were announced on the World Day to Combat Desertification, 17 June 2012, during the Rio+20 Summit. Joint first place went to the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA) in Turkey (along with SOIL, in Haiti), this film looks at their project.

Resource Testeria

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Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense. by George Monbiot It’s not about jobs. It’s not about securing energy supplies. It’s not even about the money. The government’s enthusiasm for fracking arises from something it shares with politicians the world over: a macho fixation… Read more »

A Computer Geek Starts a Garden, Part II – We Are Chlorophyll Managers

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Last night I ate a couple of dozen cherry tomatoes from my just-getting-started garden. A little pepper and salt and I was in tomato heaven. I was expecting them to taste a whole lot better than the supermarket ‘tomatoes‘ I’m otherwise forced to consume, and I was not at all disappointed. Indeed, every cell of… Read more »

It’s a Forest, You Just Can’t See It

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An aerial view of a goat farm in the desert outside Dubai, a landscape that would benefit from Tony Rinaudo’s farmer-managed natural regeneration technique. Courtesy Mayang. Tony Rinaudo has an astonishing theory about the vast and apparently lifeless desert wastes of the UAE. He hasn’t been here, mind, and his observations are based on examining… Read more »

Grain Yields Starting to Plateau

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Editor’s Note: As regular readers will know, I don’t agree 100% with everything I post to the site. The article below, for example, has somewhat of a focus on fossil-fuel-based fertiliser, as the means to increasing yields. But, I put this piece up anyway, as the statistical information it contains on plateauing yields is an… Read more »

Cigarettes Up by Another Five Dollars

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Consistency of Policy required The Federal Government of Australia is increasing the excise on cigarettes by 60% over four years, by just over $5. This is aimed at reducing government (i.e. taxpayer) costs for treating smokers’ illnesses. The government obviously sees this as justifiable, as well as politically safe. Their goal is to reduce smoking… Read more »

Permaculture in Lesotho

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The PRI editor has been encouraging me to give a little more background info on my work on the ground here, so you can all better understand the situation I’m working in. Here’s a short attempt to do so. I have been living in Lesotho for two years, as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International… Read more »