Nov
30
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in December – what to look out for

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Posted Nov 30 2016 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening

December always naturally makes me think of Christmas, and Christmas makes me think of robins, and this colourful little bird seems to feature on almost every Christmas card I receive and no wonder – it is a bird we very much notice, and associate with, nature in December. Read more …

Nov
29
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in December

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Posted Nov 29 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

It’s a good time to take a break from your tunnel or greenhouse. All you need to do is harvest your salads and ventilate as much as possible. If you have spare time you can prepare the beds for the following year. Read more …

Nov
28
2016
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for December

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Posted Nov 28 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

Predicting winter weather is as hard as predicting summer weather in Britain, which makes it difficult to advise on jobs. We’re pretty sure of seeing some hard frosts but those dreaming of a white Christmas are actually more likely to see a white Easter. Read more …

Nov
27
2016
Dave Darby

New York Times: GM crops require more pesticides and don’t increase yields

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Posted Nov 27 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’ve been saying for a long time that GM crops do not increase yields and they don’t reduce pesticide use – because that’s not what they’re designed for. This report in the New York Times shows that I was right. Read more …

Nov
24
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Stargazers of the world unite: how seeing the Milky Way in a clear, unpolluted sky can change your life

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Posted Nov 24 2016 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
Looking up at the Milky Way

Having grown up in the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire, I was 22 when I first saw the Milky Way. It wasn’t my fault; there was too much light pollution. In places such as this, you may think that on a moonless and cloudless night you can see the stars Read more …

Nov
22
2016
Clare Fischer

New report: number of plastic bags on UK beaches falls by almost half – so charging 5p for plastic bags works?

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Plastic bags can prove lethal to turtles and other marine animals

The number of plastic carrier bags found on UK beaches in surveys carried out by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has dropped by almost half between 2015 and 2016. This is the lowest number reported in over a decade, and fantastic news for marine wildlife. Read more …

Nov
21
2016
Linda Kaucher

Want to help stop CETA? Here’s something you can do (before Wednesday)

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Posted Nov 21 2016 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk
Want to stop CETA? Tweet, email or telephone your MEP now!

Remember the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) that’s a part of TTIP and that would have allowed corporations to sue governments that introduced legislation that threatened their profits? Well now it’s part of CETA, a deal between the EU and Canada Read more …

Nov
20
2016
Linda Kaucher

What’s the current situation as regards TTIP, TPP, CETA, TiSA, and what’s the future for trade deals?

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Posted Nov 20 2016 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk
TTIP, TISA, CETA, TPP: acronyms abound when it comes to trade deals

It’s been a very confusing time for TTIP and other pro-corporate trade deals. There has been huge public opposition to them, often based around the fact that they would allow corporations to sue elected governments if they introduce policies that threaten their profits Read more …

Nov
18
2016
Dan McCallum

Stunning film of blades lifted onto a giant wind turbine that you can become a co-owner of

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Posted Nov 18 2016 by Dan McCallum of Awel Co-op
The blades of a giant wind turbine ready for installation at Awel Co-op wind farm

Double BAFTA-Cymru winner, Mike Harrison, has made a stunning short film, capturing the moments that the blades are lifted onto one of our turbines at dawn. Read more …

Nov
16
2016
Nigel Berman

If society collapses, which skills will you wish you’d learnt?

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Posted Nov 16 2016 by Nigel Berman of School of the Wild

Here’s a conversation between Dave of Lowimpact.org and Nigel Berman of ‘School of the Wild’. Nigel teaches appreciation of nature and wilderness, and he’s provided us with information for our topic introduction on ‘firecraft’. Read more …

Nov
13
2016
Clare Fischer

Fancy kayaking around the Cornish coast to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society?

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That’s a basking shark’s fin, by the way – they grow up to 26ft long, but eat plankton rather than humans. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is behind a fantastic opportunity to see one of the most spectacular parts of the UK’s coastline from a kayak Read more …

Nov
11
2016
Ruth Phillips

Rent first to see if a self-build home in a cohousing project at an eco-chateau in France is for you

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Posted Nov 11 2016 by Ruth Phillips of Eco Chateau

An cohousing eco-hamlet around a chateau in the Dordogne region of France is being formed. You can rent a plot to see if the project is for you, before deciding whether to become a co-owner. Read more …

Nov
8
2016
Dave Darby

The US presidential election is a circus, and the sooner we realise that power lies elsewhere the better

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Posted Nov 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

As Adam Curtis recently explained, governments are no longer for deciding how we live, or for building a better society – they have slowly morphed into institutions for managing the affairs of the finance sector. Read more …

Nov
7
2016
Sigi Koko

Sigi Koko on the basics of passive solar design

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Posted Nov 7 2016 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design

Passive solar design takes advantage of solar orientation and other climate conditions to minimize (and in some conditions, eliminate) heating and cooling requirements for a building. Read more …

Nov
4
2016
Rachel Petheram

How to buy flowers for someone you love without being part of an environmental nightmare: interview with Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers

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Posted Nov 4 2016 by Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers
Ethical flower buying made easy with Catkin Flowers

You don’t want to show someone you love them by damaging the environment, do you? It sounds unromantic, but it’s really difficult to buy flowers in the UK that aren’t sprayed with huge amounts of pesticides, doused with chemical preservatives and flown half way across the world. Read more …

Nov
2
2016
Cassandra Lishman

Wales’ unique ‘one-planet’ planning policy and the Lammas Ecovillage

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Posted Nov 2 2016 by Cassandra Lishman of Plas Helyg

Here at the Lammas Ecovillage we have recently celebrated our 7th birthday. The 9 households have collectively built around 15 different buildings, planted many thousands of trees, created hundreds of new habitats, and hosted thousands of volunteers and visitors. Read more …

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