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Design | WarkaWater

Design | WarkaWater | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.

 
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Peat Moss vs Coco Coir | Planet Natural

Peat Moss vs Coco Coir | Planet Natural | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Coir, the popular hydroponic growing medium, rivals peat as an effective soil conditioner. Here's the comparison.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, May 25, 5:40 AM

The  Lowdown  on  coir  

 

As peat industry  here  is  slowly going  to  be  phased  out  due  to  dwindling  resources the  same  as  coal  mining  did.Here  in  the  UK 

Big  horticultural  Agencies  like  the  RHS    and  others  are trying  to    persuade  us  to  choose  the  alternatives 

Like (1)  Coir    where  this  article  here  comes  in  handy  giving  you  the  brief  insight  into  the  benefits  of  coir  as  a  planting  medium  

more  info  can  be  found  on  the  Coir  and  other   peat  free  mediums    can  be  found  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/ ;

           (2)  green  waste   ~  Here  is  a  highly  controversial  subject  according  to  some  reports  that if  the  green  waste  recycling  plants  aren't  monitored  properly  the  compost  that  is  used  in for  farming  may  be  contaminated  with   toxic  waste  #Country  File  24/05/2015 

          (3)  Biochar  ~  a  byproduct  of  burning  green  wood  without oxygen  to  produce  a  carbon  char  compost.

This  can  you  can  get   the  nutrients added  or  with  out.  

If  you  get  the    pure  biochar  then  its  best mixing  it  with  your  own  garden  compost  and  watering  thoroughly  otherwise  its  acts  like  a  sponge.  Then  leave  for  a  day  or  two  before  adding  it  to  your  beds 

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This is what Louisiana stands to lose in the next 50 years

This is what Louisiana stands to lose in the next 50 years | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
The USGS says sea-level rise and sinking could claim up to 4,677 square miles of land along the coast if the state doesn’t implement major restoration plans.
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Goal-Guardians - Endangered Grizzly Bears | Endangered Species Act

Goal-Guardians - Endangered Grizzly Bears | Endangered Species Act | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
CODY, WY.  05-2015  --  James Walks Along was forced to abandon an address to the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (YES) of the joint federal and state Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) by Brian Nesvik,  IGBC Chair and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Wildlife Division Chief,  at the committee’s spring meeting in Cody, Wyoming. 
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Tips for Growing Abundant Okra | Veggie Gardener

Tips for Growing Abundant Okra | Veggie Gardener | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

"It is believed that okra made it’s first appearance in America during the 17th century. It was brought to the southern Colonies, where it thrived in the hot, humid summers.... The first documented accounts of okra grown in the New World were by Thomas Jefferson, who grew it in his Monticello vegetable garden during the 1780′s".

 

(Photo Attribution: "Hong Kong Okra Aug 25 2012" by Earth100 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hong_Kong_Okra_Aug_25_2012.JPG#/media/File:Hong_Kong_Okra_Aug_25_2012.JPG)


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How Our Family Unplugged From The Matrix & Went Off-Grid - Zen Gardner

How Our Family Unplugged From The Matrix & Went Off-Grid - Zen Gardner | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
The reasons we chose to make such a drastic change to our life are varied and complex. Our family reasons differ, though the overall goal is the same, to be happy.
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National Park Service Shouldn't Be Selling Branding Rights to a Beer Company

National Park Service Shouldn't Be Selling Branding Rights to a Beer Company | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

The growing corporate branding of the public commons, nonprofit events and just about anything that you can't nail down - in exchange for payment - has become a visual blight. Worse yet, corporate branding has become so omnipresent that businesses become associated with sponsoring the pleasures of public life, thus mitigating the negative perceptions of their exploitative and profiteering practices.

 

PEER trenchantly points out how the National Park Service-Budweiser agreement will bolster the image of the beer company at the expense of the environment. For instance, as PEER charges, the co-branding "conflicts with the NPS 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People' effort to improve American 'lifestyle choices' and its Green Parks Plan to reduce solid waste, such as beer cans and bottles."


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Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes | AFP | The Guardian

Eiffel Tower shrouded in smog as Paris pollution spikes | AFP | The Guardian | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

The Eiffel Tower disappeared behind a brown smog on Wednesday as Paris and much of northern France suffered a spike in pollution.

“The pollution levels are consistent. If we don’t go over the alert level, we won’t be far away,” said Airparif, the body responsible for monitoring air quality in the greater Paris region.

In Paris, authorities measure the concentration of particulates with a diameter of less than 10 microns – so-called PM10 – in the air to determine pollution levels.

These particulates are created by vehicles, heating and heavy industry, and include the most dangerous particles that measure less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and the blood system and can cause cancer.

The safe limit for PM10 is set at 80 microgrammes per cubic metre (mcg/m3).

 

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Heirloom Corn, Native Recipes & Pickled Jalapeños

Heirloom Corn, Native Recipes & Pickled Jalapeños | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

Heirloom corn is gaining in popularity as more people taste the vast differences and depths in flavors compared to commercially grown hybrid sweet corn. Comments like “It tastes more like corn than any store-bought corn I’ve ever had” and “The flavor lasts much longer and is much stronger than what I’m used to,” are common when people first taste roasted heirloom corn.

What many don’t realize is there is much more to discover in heirloom corn than just the sweet, fresh eating varieties. After all, corn has been the foundation of nutrition in Mexico and Central America, as well a surprising amount of North America.

William Woys Weaver does a marvelous job of introducing and explaining the different types of corn in his extensive book Heirloom Vegetable Gardening, the result of over 30 years of growing, tasting and cooking with heirloom vegetables.

 
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The Green Energy Revolt

The Green Energy Revolt | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
This is the kind of impassioned talk you might expect from, say, a Greenpeace campaigner. But Dooley is a dyed-in-the-wool political conservative. In 2009, she was one of the original organizers of the nationwide tea party protests. She’s a co-founder of the Atlanta tea party, as well as a board member of the national group Tea Party Patriots. And she’s a staunch believer in the importance of creating a decentralized and renewable energy system. Under the banner of her “Green Tea Coalition,” she’s brought together the Sierra Club and the Christian Coalition to fight for rooftop solar energy, something that she says is right in line with her conservative beliefs. “I believe in the marketplace and I believe in the free market, and we need to allow innovation to take place,” she says. 
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Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Because we're eco girls in a material world xx

 

While there is debate among non-scientists about climate change, there seems to be a general consensus by the scientific community that humans have had an impact on the planet and that our activities have accelerated the rate of environmental decline (although Alex Epstein, a non-scientist, disagrees in his aptly named Forbes article ‘97% of Climate Scientists Agree’ is 100% Wrong).


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La Colombie suspend la fumigation des champs de drogue

La Colombie suspend la fumigation des champs de drogue | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Le président colombien a ordonné de suspendre la fumigation aérienne des plantations de drogue, en raison de l'alerte lancée sur les risques sanitaires de l'herbicide utilisé.

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De la causalité entre les méfaits du Roundup et la production mondiale de cocaïne :p

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Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation

Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Gardening for wildlife means you'll get to see beautiful butterflies and birds, as well as have a vibrant yard filled with native plants, so start your own wildlife habitat today with our help.

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An  excellent  guide  from  the  NWF   on  how  to  make  your  own  wormy

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What farm cooperatives can do for the food system -- and farmers

What farm cooperatives can do for the food system -- and farmers | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Cooperatives aren't a panacea, but they could get regionally sourced pancetta to a supermarket near you. 
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Tree loss slows in African rainforest | BBC News

Tree loss slows in African rainforest | BBC News | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

Tree loss in one of the world's largest rainforests has slowed, a study suggests.

 

Satellite images of Africa's Congo Basin reveal that deforestation has fallen by about a third since 2000.

 

Researchers believe this is partly because of a focus on mining and oil rather than commercial agriculture, where swathes of forest are cleared.

The work is published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

 

It is part of a series that is examining the state of Africa's forests.

Dr Simon Lewis, from the University of Leeds and University College London, said: "Most of the focus has been on the Amazon and on South East Asian tropical rainforests, and a big bit of the missing picture is what is going on the Congo Basin in Central Africa.

 

"We really wanted to pull together information about this amazing region that we know very little about."

 

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Justin C.'s curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:29 PM

Case Study:

C-July 22, 2013

R-The information is relevant because it shows the harm of deforestation.

A-BBC is a source that has many researchers, who were able to explore and contribute information over the Rainforest to the case study.

A-The information was made by by journalists who observed African land, this commitment is a reason to indicate that the information is accurate.

P-The purpose of the case study is to show the adverse effects of deforestation on the environment and how it is negatively impacting human's lives.

Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 25, 10:30 AM

The article talks about how deforestation has been reduced in Africa's Congo Basin. The Congo Basin, the world's second largest rainforest, is home to many species and it can be considered as a carbon sink. The article emphasizes that if parts of the rainforest are lost, than it can result in impacts on climate change, biodiversity, and communities that are dependent on the environment. The article talk about how because  the Central African countries are invested in oil and mining, they are not greatly invested in agriculture, However, scientist believe that as population increases than deforestation will increase for the use of commercial agriculture.

 

This article relates to Unit 5: Agriculture, Food Production and Rural Land Use, because it talks about the affects of deforestation. The article gives info on how the need for space and land to build up commercial agriculture are affecting the rain forests environment. The article also mention Thomas Malthus ideas by saying, "But on the other side, the big increase in human population and the rise in living standards globally means we may need more agricultural commodities."

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Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden - Chelsea Green

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden - Chelsea Green | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

Both hay and straw are excellent for soil conditioning. The weave of fibers crisscross to protect the soil from light, wind, and water erosion, while cooling the soil, retaining moisture, and preventing weeds from germinating. As the fibers breakdown through the seasons, the long tubular structures are incorporated into the soil matrix assisting with horizontal and vertical transfers of air, water, and nutrients while providing pathways for roots and mycelium.

 

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The  benefits  of  mulching 

 

Also  Coir  or  coco peat   is  a  another  good  source  of  mulching  material  cause  its  sterile  means  that  disease  free  and  any splash  back  from  the  ground  will  prevented  as  long  as  any  debris is  swept  up.

Another  benefit  of  using  straw,hay &  coir  is  the  fact  that  its  texture  is  rough  to  touch  and  that  prevebts  any  slugs  or  snails  from  harming  your  plants 

More  info  on  coir  can  be  found  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/

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Stop the Navy's Plan to Bomb a Pacific Paradise

Stop the Navy's Plan to Bomb a Pacific Paradise | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
As part of a larger move to expand war training in American waters and territories throughout the world, the U.S. Navy is planning to ramp up war games on two islands in the Pacific's Northern Mariana Islands -- Tinian and Pagan -- a deadly proposal we need your help to stop.
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We're Not Going Down Without a Fight': Nicaraguans Draw Battle Lines Over $50 Billion Grand Transoceanic Canal

We're Not Going Down Without a Fight': Nicaraguans Draw Battle Lines Over $50 Billion Grand Transoceanic Canal | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Vice News By Reese Erlich January 29, 2015 | 7:17 am In a bustling Managua marketplace, hundreds of vendors hawk everything from towels to tomatoes. Music blares as they entice customers with promi...
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Entire Country of Poland Rejects All GMO Corn | We Are Change

Entire Country of Poland Rejects All GMO Corn | We Are Change | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Poland will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810

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Protesters send message to Shell, mess up traffic around Port of Seattle

Protesters send message to Shell, mess up traffic around Port of Seattle | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant was among the protest crowd.

"I'm joining in solidarity with the environmental community," Sawant told KIRO Radio. "Any drilling of oil in the Arctic represents grave danger to all humanity ... the science is very clear at this point about climate change."

She was joined by a range of activists groups such as Rising Tide Seattle, representatives of Inupiaq people who live in the Arctic, and the Raging Grannies.

"My generation is responsible for the way things are and we owe it to our children and grandchildren to stand up to make a change and protect their future," said Annette Clapstein with the Raging Grannies.
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How we can eat our landscapes

How we can eat our landscapes | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course.

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Reclaiming Agriculture: 10 Things to Grow in Food Deserts - Indian Country Today Media Network

Reclaiming Agriculture: 10 Things to Grow in Food Deserts - Indian Country Today Media Network | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
Agriculture in food deserts seems to have been forgotten. So, what can be grown in a food desert? Here are 10 possibilities to bring agriculture back.
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Pesticides pose a danger for children and pets

Registration of a pesticide does NOT imply that the pesticide is safe. In fact, Nearly 100,000 accidental pesticide exposures are reported to poison control centers each year. Many of these exposures involve children, providing clear evidence that current efforts to protect children by manufacturers and others are inadequate.

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Food security through biodiversity - Maya Mountain Research Farm

Food security through biodiversity - Maya Mountain Research Farm | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a registered non-governmental organization and working demonstration farm that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permacultural principles and applied biodiversity. With over 20 years of work, Maya Mountain Research Farm is one of the oldest ongoing permaculture projects in Central America.


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Building the Right Compost Bin

Building the Right Compost Bin | Permaculture, Homesteading & Green Technology | Scoop.it
There are many ways to build a compost bin, but serious gardeners will want to be able to access the finished compost easily and often. Here are some of the many ways we have composted and what works best for us now.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, April 29, 8:46 AM

This  is  a  great  guide  on how  to  compost  sucessfully  ~  note  though  this  is  for  leaves  only.

Leaves  are  carbon  and  when  composting  they  donn't  need  any   amonia  to  speed  up  the  the  decaying  process.

Leaves  rot  down  by  fungi  if  you  can smell  mushrooms  in  your compost  then  your on  the  right  track.

best  way  to  get  fungi  is  by  looking  for  toadstalls  and  mushrooms  in  your  lawn  or   garden  and  add  them  to  your  pile 

Fungi  only  need  two  things  to  break  down   the  leaves (1)  moisture  and  (2)  air  

Though  when  composting  leaves  don't use  street  leaves  as  they  contain  toxins  from  pollution  and  avoid  big  leaves  from  plane  trees  and  oaks  as  they  will  take  ages  to  rot  down.

Another  thing  you  can  do  is  go  over  the  leaves  with  a  mower  to  shred them  up  so  the  fungi  have  a  better  way  to  feed  on  them  especially  the  earth  worms 

With  grass  leafmould  can  be  added  to  the  mix  to  help   soak  up  the  liquid    and  seperate  the  the  grass  cutting   helping  the  bacteria   decompose  the  grass .

Another  thing  you  can  do  is  to  add  charcoal  to  the  mix  to  especially  bits  of  wood  that  got  partial  burnt  (  Biochar  )   this  will  soak  up  the  acess  liquid  too  and  add  that  extra  fiber  and  beneficiall  microbes  to  your  soil

More  on  the  subject  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/how-to-make-a-compost-bin-for-next-to-nothing/