JOY: from grassroots to organic revolution in southern India

What would it take to revitalize depleted soil in an area the size of Nebraska while also economically empowering low-income populations and women? Governments often turn to investment in chemicals and infrastructure as the obvious approach. But at the grassroots level in Karnataka, India, it’s all being accomplished with worms, women, a few low-cost tablets and cartloads of manure.

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Canada’s First Geothermal Power Plant

At the end of last year, on a leased property two hours southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, a local company, Deep Earth En​ergy Corp., began preparations for Canada’s first geothermal power plant. Unlike other renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, geothermal energy runs 24/7, and isn’t subject to seasonal variations as with hydroelectric. According to CanGEA, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, Canada has enough geothermal potential to supply at least 5% of its electricity via geothermal. So why is this only Canada’s first plant?

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Making “Low-Tech” Biochar Adsorbent For Decentralized Water Treatment

Readers of this blog probably don’t have to be told that the proliferation of synthetic chemicals over the past century has hugely impacted drinking water sources around the world. But you might be shocked to learn that these toxic contaminants are completely ignored by international, governmental and non-governmental agencies concerned with expanding the provision of safe drinking water in developing communities.

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