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WATCH: A Farm Grows On Brooklyn

Picture it: the island of Manhattan as seen from space. Rather than one rectangular island of green—Central Park—floating in an unfriendly ocean of grays and blacks, imagine that ocean dotted with thousands of smaller islands. That’s right—I’m talking about rooftop gardens.

Think of the benefits. The cooling effect of a green roof means a drop in energy used for air conditioning in the summer, which means a reduced burden on the electrical grid, less fossil fuels getting used up to produce electricity, and fewer carbon emissions. It means fresh, local food right right at your doorstep (or above your head, as the case may be). And it means easing the burden on the city’s sewer system during severe rainstorms: the soil will just soak it right up. Think of it as earth-sheltered housing for the inner city. You don’t even have to build a new structure to do it.

BBC News sent a camera crew to New York City to film the project, headed by Lisa Goode of Goode Green.

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Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has […] Read More

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More
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