Fernglade Farm – Late Summer 2013 Update (Australia)

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It’s nearing the end of summer here at Fernglade farm and what a summer it has been. Two inches of rain in over five months, and extreme heat for days on end, results in a most unpleasant experience. Still, despite it all, things are still growing and there is still food to eat. The kangaroos,… Read more »

Fracking for Shale Gas

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A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Shale gas could be a useful stop-gap substitute for more conventional fossil fuels on our way towards fully green renewable energies, but health and environmental risks including pollution to ground water remain to be addressed…. Read more »

Secrets of the Rich

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Billionaires are hiding behind a network of “independent” groups, who manipulate politics on their behalf. by George Monbiot Conspiracies against the public don’t get much uglier than this. As the Guardian revealed last week, two secretive organisations working for US billionaires have spent $118m to ensure that no action is taken to prevent manmade climate… Read more »

Warmest Decade on Record Brings Record Temperatures and Weather Extremes

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by Janet Larson, Earth Policy Institute Photo © Craig Mackintosh In recent years weather events have whiplashed between the extremes of heat and cold, flooding and drought. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases — largely from the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas — have loaded up in the atmosphere, heating the planet and… Read more »

New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food… Read more »

Prepared for Disaster

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Editor’s Note: The PRI Sunshine Coast starts their next Internship on February 11, 2013. Get in quick! After being flooded in again recently (an at least once a year occurrence), this time with PDC students and volunteers on the property, we are very happy we are somewhat prepared…. by PRI Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Our… Read more »

Dr. Vandana Shiva on Just Food

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This is a good summary of what Vandana Shiva talks about lately. Even if you think you’ve heard it all before, I think this is a excellent one to watch and share. Forbes Magazine called Vandana Shiva one of the seven most influential women in the world. A noted philosopher, scientist and author, Dr. Shiva… Read more »

Water Not Fit to Drink

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From pathogens, biological drugs, illicit drugs to arsenic, by Prof Joe Cummins A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. An intact forest ecosystem protects and supplies the watershed Photo © Craig Mackintosh Unpolluted healthy drinking water is a right not a privilege…. Read more »

Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production

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by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute The world produced 2,241 million tons of grain in 2012, down 75 million tons or 3 percent from the 2011 record harvest. The drop was largely because of droughts that devastated several major crops—namely corn in the United States (the world’s largest crop) and wheat in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine,… Read more »

Fernglade Farm – Mid Summer (January) 2013 Update

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What a difference six weeks has made to the food forest here! The change in climate between cool and wet to hot and dry happened in less than a week during early October and since that time there has been no significant rainfall. The rain probably won’t fall here now until about April based on… Read more »

Psychedelic Garden Love

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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. A huge ‘dome of heat’ over Australia has broken temperature records, and this heat has been so intense that the Bureau of Meteorology has been forced to create new colours for their charts, which… Read more »