10 Reasons Why We Need An EarthShip Home - Radically Sustainable Buildings I have never heard of “Earthship” when looking at green homes before, I am so glad I stumbled upon this article as It has really made me think about my own set up and maybe even changed my mind and build one for my family. Basicly an Earthship is a very green, sustainable home. “Earthships can be built in any part of the world and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. The Most Versatile and Economical sustainable green building design in the world” The great thing about these designs is Earthships catch water from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times. Water is heated from the sun, biodiesel and/or natural gas.
A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places Even if prices are not going through the roof, buying more nutritious food is still costly. "It is ironic that good or healthier food like apples are more expensive than the food laced with sugars or fats," said Peine. "We need to be more thoughtful on what food we grow." But the reason for the higher prices is fairly simple, said the National Farmers Union's Johnson. "Crops like vegetables and fruits are more perishable, so they are more expensive to grow," he said. Eight ways robots stole our jobs in 2013 If we talked about nothing else in 2013 -- and, all right, 2012, too -- we talked about the question of whether technology is going to take all our jobs. This latest surge of the age-old debate seems to have abated, for now, with the anti-robot contingent in America somewhat mollified by the promise that additional automation may be the one advance that allows for manufacturing jobs to return from overseas and relieves humans of the most dangerous and unpleasant tasks. Theoretically, the robotic gospel goes, that talent is then freed up for more fulfilling and productive work. (Hint: The more "creative" and "social" you are, the more likely you are to survive.) Either way, it's worth looking at the different ways automation began rendering new classes of jobs obsolete this year.
Eco Architecture - Beauty and Function - What is Eco Architecture? The sustainability movement is making an impact in many areas of daily life, including eco architecture. From utilizing local food sources to reducing energy consumption across the board, sustainability is rapidly becoming mainstream. The idea of being able to maintain, or support processes that are ecologically beneficial is the heart of sustainability. Sustainability now has a defined presence in the world of architecture. Eco architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impacts of structures through improved efficiency and the use of sustainable construction materials. The idea of not harming the environment plus using the most ecologically friendly construction materials is becoming the norm for designers and builders around the world.
Redefining agricultural yields: from tonnes to people nourished per hectare - Abstract - Environmental Research Letters Worldwide demand for crops is increasing rapidly due to global population growth, increased biofuel production, and changing dietary preferences. Meeting these growing demands will be a substantial challenge that will tax the capability of our food system and prompt calls to dramatically boost global crop production. However, to increase food availability, we may also consider how the world's crops are allocated to different uses and whether it is possible to feed more people with current levels of crop production.
Virtual tailor measures you up for perfect online shop - tech - 03 January 2014 Body scanners and virtual fitting rooms could solve the common problem of clothes ordered online being too baggy or tight IT'S the curse of online clothes shopping. You come across a shirt you simply must have, only to find that what you receive doesn't fit despite being in your size. Permaculture Design Principles The foundations of permaculture are the ethics (centre) which guide the use of the 12 design principles, ensuring that they are used in appropriate ways. These principles are seen as universal, although the methods used to express them will vary greatly according to the place and situation. They are applicable to our personal, economic, social and political reorganisation as illustrated in the permaculture flower. Each principle can be thought of as a door that opens into whole systems thinking, providing a different perspective that can be understood at varying levels of depth and application. Click on each of the principles icons to find out more, including a catchy tune about each of them – available from the album Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual. A free poster download of the principles is also available.
Rice gene digs deep to triple yields in drought A gene that gives rice plants deeper roots can triple yields during droughts, according to Japanese researchers writing in Nature Genetics this week (4 August). Rice is a staple food for nearly half of the world's population, but is also particularly susceptible to drought owing to its shallow roots, researchers say. “If rice adapts to or avoids drought conditions using deeper roots, it can get water and nutrients from the deep soil layers.” Yusaku Uga Vertical farms sprouting all over the world - tech - 16 January 2014 Leader: "Fruit and veg, fresh from the skyscraper" URBAN warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution. But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide.
Difference Between Organic Gardening and Permaculture - Permaculture Visions Online Institute The Permaculture garden is a lot more than an organic garden. Intelligent design uses free, sustainable energies and resources. It is energy-wise and collaborative to minimise the impact of a site on the surrounding environment.