Category Archives: technology

Still a chance for survival?

A new report in Nature Communications states that if, from the end of 2018, there were no new fossil-fuel powered installations, and existing ones were replaced with renewable alternatives, then we could keep global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees C, … Continue reading

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Cash in that empty

South Australia has had a 10c for empty plastic bottles and aluminium cans scheme for many years. When I was there in 2011 for my granddaughter’s wedding, I noted quite an industry of poor people making more than pocket money … Continue reading

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Replace the avalanche of wrapping paper

This time of the year, entire forests get destroyed in order to provide wrapping paper for millions of presents. A small quantity may be recycled, or reused a few more times before being thrown away, but that’s a poor second … Continue reading

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Reduce your shopping footprint

This holiday season, you might consider giving the planet a lovely gift: ordering multiple items per shipment (instead of just one at a time), double-checking sizes and colors before clicking “send,” and opting for five-day delivery. This gift may seem … Continue reading

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Eco-flying tips

Lauren Bowen, writing for, has an excellent list of suggestions for minimising the environmental damage you do when having to hop on a plane. As she says at the start, the most ecological is to avoid the need to … Continue reading

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Better, cheaper, and uses up trash

To me, “tires” is the past tense of the verb meaning “feel or cause to feel in need of rest or sleep.” Here, I am talking about tyres. Anyway, when you’ve worn off the threads, they are a waste and … Continue reading

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Good tips on reducing energy use

This infographic from Environment America will save you money and reduce your environmental footprint wherever you live. Harvard University Office for Sustainability, the source of the pic, also has excellent advice.

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Shopping bags

In our little town, there is a group of enthusiastic women, including my wife, who hold occasional working bees, making shopping bags from things like old sheets. They decorate them, and have made them available for free to a local … Continue reading

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Dirt into soil

This is the title of Gabe Brown’s book, and the passion of his life. He has turned a failing chemical ranch into a thriving organic one, with a very long list of benefits. Read his inspiring story here.

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