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Tap on bin

Tap on bin

Since doing this to my spare bin, I have been able to collect all the rain water I have ever needed for my garden.  Of course when it rains I just open the bin lid (whilst nature waters my garden), but when the sun is out I just open the tap at the bottom of my bin for all the water I need.  There are products on the market to do this, but I am sure you can do this yourself.

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Carbon Disclosure Project

Carbon Disclosure Project

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation which holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world. 

The data is obtained from responses to CDP’s annual Information Requests, issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organisations and government bodies. Since its formation in 2000, CDP has become the gold standard for carbon disclosure methodology and process, providing primary climate change data to the global market place. 

Carbon Disclosure Project

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Freecycle Network

 

Share you excess

Share your excess

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,753 groups with 6,770,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!

 

Freecycle Network

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The IPCC was established to provide the decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information about climate change. The IPCC does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant scientific, technical and socio economic factors. They should be of high scientific and technical standards, and aim to reflect a range of views, expertise and wide geographical coverage.

 

IPCC

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Breathing earth

 

Breathing earth

Breathing earth

This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. Please remember that this real time simulation is just that: a simulation. Although the CO2 emission, birth rate and death rate data used in Breathing Earth comes from reputable sources, data that measures things on such a massive scale can never be 100% accurate. Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high.

 

 The Breathing Earth simulation

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Percival Alfred Yeoman

P.A.Yeoman

P.A.Yeoman

Percival Alfred Yeomans or “P.A” as he became known to all alike, changed Australian agriculture. It is doubtful that any man in this country’s history has had such a profound influence on the thinking and methods used by the Australian agricultural community.

He was from the country, but grew up in a town. His father, James Yeomans was a train driver, and close friend of our World War Two Prime Minister, Ben Chifley.

When P.A. started farming he had already achieved considerable success in business. He applied the same thoughtful and common sense approach to agriculture that had proven so successful in his other ventures. He knew what Australian agriculture needed. He created a “sustainable agricultural” system before the term was even coined. A permanent agriculture, he believed, must materially benefit the farmer, it must benefit the land and it must benefit the soil.

His ideas of collecting and storing large quantities of run off water on the farm itself for subsequent irrigation was virtually unheard of, and quite opposed to state soil conservation departments then, and by some even now. His ideas to create within the soil a biological environment to actually increase fertility was unique, and totally opposed to the simplistic approach of the agricultural chemical industry. His ideas that using tyned tillage equipment and a unique concept of pattern cultivation could totally solve the ravages of erosion, was sacrilege in the eyes of extravagant and wasteful soil conservation services. They still are seen as a sacrilege to convention by many, even to this day. A quotation from the great German physicist; Max Planck, (1885 – 1947) seems so relevant to the concepts, the thoughts and the beliefs of P. A. Yeomans:

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die”.

“The Keyline Plan” P. A. Yeomans [online book]

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Handy-Dandy Chickens

 

Delaware Blue Hen Chicken

Delaware Blue Hen Chicken

An Alphabetical List of More than 60 Chicken Breeds with comparative information as well as other useful information for Chickens.

 

Chicken Chart

The Chook Shed

The Chicken Coop

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