Category: Home And Garden

Gardens Above, Power Below

by Brian Berletic Underutilized rooftops and roadways are catching the attention of creative communities around the world turning wasted space into gardens and power plants. ProgressTH looks at a few examples of how people are turning wasted space into productive sanctuaries and localized powerhouses. The Space Between Go to the top of any tall building…

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Chill Out This Summer with a Homemade Air Conditioner

By Jeffrey Green You’re probably still shivering at the thought of this past winter, but the summer heat is right around the corner and with it comes the dreaded high electric costs of cooling your house. What if there was a cheap, easy-to-make alternative to energy-sucking air conditioners? The video below shows how to make…

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USAID Top Scientist: “For the first time food production will be limited on a global scale”

by Jeffrey Green The U.S. Agency for International Development is a government body in charge of distributing taxpayer dollars to foreign projects that will theoretically bring humanitarian aid to struggling regions.  No matter what one might think about the nobility of such a mission, the agency has been much maligned for its decades-long mismanagement and…

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Stanford Scientists Develop New Model for Solar Farms

A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar energy. by Ker Than Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for…

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Shareable’s 15 Ways to Thrive in a New Economy

By Heather Callaghan Shareable.net, where have you been all of my life? I clicked all over you recently. Shareable is a non-profit news hub for people to share ideas and real how-to information for transformation amid a crisis-ridden world. Read: grassroots economics. A fallen economy doesn’t frighten them and you won’t find arm-chair rants on…

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Living Inside An Organic Shelter

by Jeffrey Green In the video below, builder and innovator Bob Cinque takes us to his small voluntary community and inside his own organic shelter. At the heart of his “Yurtle” is the “Innovative Hearthmaster Stove” which is of paramount importance living off the grid in Washington state. Bob describes the Hearthmaster as follows: Once…

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