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February 2009

Former Guantánamo Guard Tells All

I have seen and done many horrible things, either at Guantánamo or in Iraq, and I know what it is like to try and move on with your life. It’s hard. —Spc. Brandon Neely, from the UC Davis Guantánamo testimonials project Harper’s Magazine‘s Scott Horton takes a look at the prisoner abuse perpetrated at Guantánamo, […]

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LISTEN: Mat Stein on The Reality Report from Global Public Media

In this podcast, The Reality Report’s Jason Bradford talks to author Matthew Stein about his book, the encyclopedic When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency. The two discuss contingencies for natural catastrophes, green living, the “survivor personality quiz,” and which are the tastiest bugs to nosh in a pinch. […]

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A Utopia Made Real in Colombia

If they can do it in Colombia, why can’t we do it here? Working with the land, rather than against it, Paol Lugari was able to help the village of Gaviotas become a sustainable, self-sufficient, and financially successful model for other eco-villages, all while repairing the land and doing their part to heal the Earth. […]

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In These Times Interviews Not One Drop Author Riki Ott

When the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, it dumped tens of millions of gallons of oil into the bay, marring the Alaskan coastline, destroying natural habitats, and plunging the residents of Cordova, Alaska, into a grueling and demoralizing decades-long court battle with one of the largest corporations on Earth. In […]

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Save Money: Grow Your Own Veg—How to Start Plants from Seed

The following is an excerpt from Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by R. J. Ruppenthal. It has been adapted for the Web. Starting plants from seed does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. Sure, it will take you a season or two to get […]

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Remembering Dana Meadows on the 8th Anniversary of Her Death

Today is the eighth anniversary of the death of Donella Meadows, a scientist, author, teacher, and farmer widely considered ahead of her time. She was one of the world’s foremost systems analysts and lead author of the influential Limits to Growth—the 1972 book on global trends in population, economics, and the environment that was translated […]

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Chelsea Green Authors Warn: You Are Still Being Lied To

For the new updated edition of the cult classic You Are Being Lied To (disinformation, 2001), editor Russ Kick tapped the talent pool at Chelsea Green. Will Allen contributed a piece about the history of pesticides in our food and the PR onslaught of the chemical companies, from his book The War on Bugs. From […]

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Lynn Margulis Awarded Illustrious Darwin-Wallace Medal

Scientist and author Lynn Margulis (Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love; Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time; Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature) was recently honored by the Linnean Society of London with the Darwin-Wallace Medal for “major advances in evolutionary biology.” Until 2008, the Darwin-Wallace Medal […]

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ASK THE EXPERTS: Insulating and Moisture-Proofing Your Home

UPDATE: John wrote a nice response to this article, and to the news of the free book we’re sending him. I hope he doesn’t mind that I’m reprinting it here without permission, but I just had to share: Hi Dennis, Wow! I was thinking it would be a long shot to even get a response. […]

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5 Tips to Turn Your Icebox into a Low-Carbon Super-Fridge

I don’t need to tell you why climate change is very, very bad. You’ve heard the litany dozens of times (melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more unpredictable and stronger storms, water shortages). But what can you do? First, it’s important that our government adopt a saner climate change policy. Fortunately, early indications are that […]

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