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Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Who Are We as Farmers?

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Recently, farmers have been making the headlines because of the hardships they’re facing to sustain their farms. With larger, corporate farms running smaller, privately-owned farms out of business, it seems like many farmers are fighting an uphill battle. But, despite the small amount of money, long hours, and constant threats from the “big guys” farmers…

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The Evolution of Earth, Humans, and Our Natural Resources

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We have long been taught that evolution is a process that occurs gradually over millions of years, that change happens slowly without much attention. We’ve come to learn that in reality, evolution happens in fits and starts — very slowly for long periods, then in sudden spurts of rapid change. It may be triggered by…

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How to Use Climate Maps to Navigate the Winter Harvest

Continuing to grow your crops and harvest them well into the winter months seems like an impossible task. How can they grow when weather conditions are far from warm sunny days? It’s all about adapting to what the season gives you. With the proper techniques and studying the patterns of your area’s climate, growing and…

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Agri-Culture: Source of a Healthy Culture, Society and Mother Earth

In Call of the Reed Warbler, Charles Massy’s stunning observations of interaction between nature and society is nothing short of eye opening. “By arrogantly having placed ourselves outside the functional operating parameters of Earth’s systems, we now see nature and the Earth as separate from us and so just available for use – while all the time…

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Give a Dam and Worth a Dam

If you’ve been following our blog recently, you’ve probably read about the myriad abilities beavers have. With the ingenuity to help with things like water conservation, flood damage, and wildfires beavers are one of the few species capable of cleaning up after the ecological destruction caused by humans. If you’re not a Beaver Believer yet,…

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What Is “Good” Silvopasture Grazing?

If you’re not familiar with silvopasture, you should be. The integrated system, which combines aspects of forestry, animal husbandry, grazing, and ecology, offers both the promise of land regeneration and economic livelihood. In order to succeed, however, you need to understand a key component of the system: the art of grazing. While it may seem…

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The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

“Beavers, the animal that doubles as an ecosystem, are ecological and hydrological Swiss Army knives, capable, in the right circumstances, of tackling just about any landscape-scale problem you might confront.” From promoting salmon populations to capturing more water for agriculture, author and “Beaver Believer” Ben Goldfarb wants us all to appreciate beavers more. A better…

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VIDEO TED2018: A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening TED2018 talk, Kate explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s essentials — and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits. (Afterward,…

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12 Books for Essential Earth Day Reading

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As we celebrate Earth Day, you might be feeling inspired to do some reading about our great planet. We complied 12 books to get you going from farmland to global warming to economics. The best way to initiate change is to learn as much about the issues as possible and start conversations about what’s going…

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Depressed about Climate Change? Here’s How to Take Action

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The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? Economist and psychologist Per Espen Stoknes…

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Deniers, Doomers, and Doers: Shaun Chamberlin Talks Transition

Carl Munson talks to author Shaun Chamberlin (The Transition Timeline) on traydio.com about the four possible scenarios in a future of dwindling resources and worrisome climate trends. Here’s a partial transcript: SC: [The book] lays out four scenarios for how the next twenty years could pan out in the U.K… So, there’s the denial scenario,…

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Dr. Dennis Meadows Awarded Prestigious Japan Prize

Each year, the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan awards the prestigious Japan Prize to key individuals “who have contributed to the progress of science and technology and the advancement of world peace and prosperity.”1 This year, the foundation chooses to honor Dr. Dennis Meadows, co-author of Limits to Growth and Limits to Growth: the…

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Dr. Dennis Meadows Awarded Prestigious Japan Prize

Each year, the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan awards the prestigious Japan Prize to key individuals “who have contributed to the progress of science and technology and the advancement of world peace and prosperity.”1 This year, the foundation chooses to honor Dr. Dennis Meadows, co-author of Limits to Growth and Limits to Growth: the…

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The Huffington Post: Green Roofs Galore!

There is almost nothing in the world that feels better on your feet at the end of the day than warm, deep, luxurious grass. So soft. So gentle. Imagine the pleasure you’ll feel then when you walk through the sun-dappled heather one late afternoon and feel the friendly greenery that’s spread all across your ……

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The Huffington Post: Green Roofs Galore!

There is almost nothing in the world that feels better on your feet at the end of the day than warm, deep, luxurious grass. So soft. So gentle. Imagine the pleasure you’ll feel then when you walk through the sun-dappled heather one late afternoon and feel the friendly greenery that’s spread all across your ……

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The Transition Declaration of Independence

Rob Hopkins was definitely on to something when he founded the Transition Network and authored the essential primer The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience. Transition towns are popping up all over the world. Something about the movement’s positive, pro-active approach to the multiple crises facing our generation appeals to environmentally- and civic-minded…

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Envisioning A Peak Oil Future: Adapt, Evolve, or Collapse

The following is an excerpt from The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience by Rob Hopkins. It has been adapted for the Web. Evaluating possible ways forward I do not have a crystal ball. I don’t know how the twin crises of peak oil and climate change will unfold – nobody does. I…

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Newsweek: Peter Barnes's Cap-And-Dividend Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Peter Barnes, author of Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide, was recently honored by Newsweek magazine as one of “four thinkers whose philosophies seem to have captured the intellectual moment” for his cap-and-dividend program proposal. The article will appear in the upcoming January 5th issue. The article explains cap-and-dividend: Making producers of coal, oil and gas…

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Hazel Henderson: Economics is a Form of Brain Damage

Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, has published an article on Culture Change titled, Redesigning Money Systems to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. From the article: The financial crisis of 2008 presents the best opportunity in over a century to simultaneously reform money systems and create additional mediums of exchange and financing…

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WATCH: Cartoon Superhero Explains Cap-and-Dividend

From Smilin’ Joe Fission, the little guy who made nuclear power fun on The Simpsons, to Mr. DNA, the animated nucleic acid chain who broke down dinosaur cloning in Jurassic Park, the cartoon mascot has a long and proud tradition of elucidating and jazzing up complicated concepts so that even a child can understand them.…

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