Stingless bees in Kerala

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The Photo Ark

The Photo Ark is a collection of photographs of endangered species.  The pictures are taken in a studio, and the animals look much larger.

[Joel Sartore] has now photographed more than 6,000 species in 40 countries. The project has developed into The National Geographic Photo Ark, and its portraits have made it on to National Geographic Magazine covers and have been projected on to buildings – the UN Building and Empire State Building in New York and the Vatican in Rome.

Listen to Joel Sartore on Outlook on the BBC World Service

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How to have a more productive vegetable garden in 2017

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Happy Christmas!

May peace fall on the world

Like snowflakes

Like driving rain

Peace, Peace, Peace

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Small cow conservation project

The Amritapuri Small Cow Conservation Project includes special Ayurvedic soaps:-

These Ayurvedic soaps contain 3 mls of cured and purified panchagavya – the five gifts of the cow – milk, yoghurt, ghee, urine and dung.  The extraordinary qualities of these gifts are valued for their medicinal, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties.  Since ancient times panchagavya blend has been part of Ayurvedic Medicine.

The small native cows of India are now an endangered species.

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Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

The Global Ecovillage Network describes itself as follows:-

GEN’s primary purpose is information exchange among the thousands of projects across the world that are building and living in small intentional and traditional communities in harmony with nature, as well as information dissemination to the larger world. GEN does this with seminars, newsletters, educational programs at many ecovillages, and an active website with easily accessible contact addresses of members, resource lists, and links to related activities. GEN has consulting status with the United Nations agency ECOSOC.

For a fuller description, visit the GEN website, which has an enormous database of information on the many participating projects and related issues. On this site you can also find an article on the Global Ecovillage Network History 1990-2004. Read more »

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Starscapes from the BBC

Sparkling starscapes caught on camera

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Grow your own mycorrhizal fungi!!

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World Soils Day December 3rd

The Soil Association has produced a number of videos to celebrate World Soils Day, on tardigrades, earthworms and fungi.  They write:-

Soils are under threat. Across the world, agricultural intensification is depleting the soil, its productivity and biodiversity.

One quarter of our planet’s life is hidden beneath our feet; a complex community of organisms that are vital for healthy soil and to mark World Soils Day this Monday, we’ve created several short [1min] videos to celebrate the life beneath our feet. Please share them with your friends and family using the hashtag #WorldSoilsDay.

Let’s protect soils and spread the word about this remarkable world of soil life which helps feed us all. Together we can change the world.

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Permaculture gardens to visit

This Permaculture Association map shows gardens in your area, and whether they are centres which you can visit.

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