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Greek island Tilos is showing the world how to go 100% renewable

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Climate change vulnerability and sustainable development challenges are becoming more apparent, particularly for islands. Their insularity implies energy dependency on fossil fuels and energy imports that also involve high transportation costs. Facing such difficulties, island communities are increasingly focusing on […]

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Plastic to ride: Indonesians swap bottles for bus tickets

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Indonesia’s second-largest city has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste: giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles. Under the scheme launched by Surabaya in April, commuters can ride red city buses by […]

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Green is gold: China’s remarkable revival project

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Zhejiang province derives its name from the Zhe River, meaning “crooked” or “bent” river. The rivers of Zhejiang Province have long been vital for communities, flowing through ancient towns, among traditional white-walled and black-roofed houses, feeding fertile rice fields. Yet Zhejiang is also one of the richest and most developed …

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Could we grow all the food we need in our yards?

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

A few months ago, I worked on a small farm for a weekend. I spent one full day digging up potatoes and picking squash. By the end, I had around five buckets full of food, all from just a few rows of plants that couldn’t have spanned more than 20 …

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The next step in the sustainability journey: What would nature do?

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The view of a mangrove tree in the Caribbean. Mangroves provide essential services to their ecosystems. Janine Benyus has long known how much smarter nature is than we are. She remains ever-ready to provide a thoughtful answer each time the sustainability movement turns another corner and breathlessly asks, “what next?” …

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How the fear of wolves benefits ecosystems

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

Wolves strike fear into the hearts of many species, humans included. Our fear of them has brought them to the edge of extinction, as we have relentlessly killed them as competitors and trouble-makers. But researchers are discovering that the very fear they instill in prey species is exactly what helps …

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Learn from these 5 ways bees work together

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

Bees work together in many ways — the simplest of which is worker bees feeding the queen, as shown here — but they are so much complex than that. We could probably all take a lesson on working in harmony with others — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a species …

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How to Build a DIY Solar Air Heater from Old Soda Cans

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Peter Rowan left his job as a self-described “corporate weenie”, and instead took up teaching, writing and converting a shed into a reclaimed writer’s studio.  Because the studio was off-grid, electric space heating was not an option. So he set up a simple soda can space heater, using fans running …

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62 Edible Wild Plants That You Didnt Know You Can Eat

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

By Colin You’re  in the woods with some friends and realise neither of you packed enough food, what’s your first instinct? I certainly wouldn’t panic and neither should you. You are probably armed with tools in your backpack. Combine that with the Earth vast variety of natural foods; you should have little problem in …

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China’s Top 10 Eco-Innovations 2017

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

From the inventive to the asinine, Chinese innovation has been on full display this year. Beyond the headlines dominated by its domestic tech giants, more impactful ideas are working to ensure a sustainable future. Here are this year’s top 10 Chinese eco-innovations. #10 – The Straddling Bus Heralded as a …

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