Farmer Builds Cozy Little Cob House for £150.

From Off Grid World:

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Cob house built entirely from natural and reclaimed materials for less than £150 ($244.77 USD). Michael Buck’s home sweet home is built with a simple wooden from and thatched roof. Buck’s philosophy is that one should not have to pay on a house for their entire lifetime, and be weighted down to that debt. I think most would agree with that. This home has no water or utilities, but what this tiny home lacks in that department it more than makes up for in cozy cuteness. Oh, and the price isn’t bad either.

Compost Water Heaters From Jean Pain.

From resilientcommunities.com:

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For those of us who have successfully composted in the past, we know that a properly made compost pile produces a substantial amount of heat. In fact, when the pile stops creating heat it is usually done “cooking” and ready for the garden.

We focus a lot on leveraging technology to become more resilient. So what can we learn from a Frenchman who died over three decades ago?

A lot!

Who is Jean Pain?

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Jean Pain was a French innovator who lived in southern France from 1930 until his passing in 1981. He was able to create a compost-based energy production system that was capable of producing 100% of his energy needs.

Using compost alone, Jean was able to heat water to 140°F. He used this water for washing, cooking and heating his home. We aren’t talking about a small amount of water either. His system was able to heat water at a rate of 4 L per minute; or almost 1 gallon per minute.

Many of our modern hot water heaters can’t even boast figures that impressive.

In addition to heating water using compost, Jean also distilled methane to run a generator, a stove, and fuel his vehicle.

The work he did is still viable today. Sometimes known as Jean Pain Composting or the Jean Pain Method, we can learn a lot from the work of this Frenchman about resiliency.

Interestingly enough, just about all of Jean’s work is in French. There are English translations available around the Internet, however, so with a little bit of research we can take advantage of Mr. Pain’s successes as one of the early innovators of modern resiliency.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of Jean Pain, check out the book entitled “Another Kind of Garden.”  It is translated from the original French so it is a little hard to read, but the information is extremely interesting and we could all learn a thing or two from his work.

To read how it works click the link at the top!

The Willowman’s Sculptures.

From Natural Homes <- please visit their site!

The Willowman’s sculptures, a lesson in cradle to cradle living.

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Will Beckers, alias The Willowman, creates willow sculptures in which he lives. The hamlet of willow sculptures in Venlo, Netherlands is a tangible lesson in cradle to cradle living where people visit, particularly children, to help build the hamlet and write messages about their wishes for nature.

Will lives in harmony with his surroundings and understands the concept of living a cradle to cradle existence. Everything in the hamlet has a purpose linked with sustainable living. For an introduction to the concept of ‘Cradle to Cradle’ watch the short video right and visit Will’s website to see more of the kid’s messages to nature.

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Share your message for nature with your friends…

About Ocean Array Cleanup.

From boyanslat.com:

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How much plastic can you get out?

Approximately 1/3 of global ocean surface plastic pollution. This we estimate to be 7,250,000,000 kg.
We calculated this by combining data from scientific publications and our own measurements outside gyres with a computer density prediction model.
With our estimation, we tried to be as complete as possible by including both microplastics and large debris, like ghost nets.
Because this calculation has a very large margin for error, we are now repeating the same extrapolation with 2 other plastic accumilation models, and will include many more datapoints.

How does it work?

The essence of The Ocean Cleanup Array is, instead of fighting it, to use the ocean to your advantage.
The gyres are 5 areas in world’s oceans where rotating currents create an accumulating mass of plastic, dubbed ‘Garbage Patches’.
Moving through the oceans to collect plastic would be costly, clumsy and polluting, so why not let the rotating currents transport the debris to you?
With The Ocean Cleanup Array, an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms will span the radius of such a gyre.
These booms act as giant ‘funnels’, where an angle of the booms create a component of the surface current force in the direction of the platforms.
The debris then enters the platforms, where it will be filtered out of the water, and eventually stored in containers until collected for recycling on land.

How is plastic seperated from marine life?

One of the most significant advantages of using booms instead of nets is that marine life cannot be caught in them. Furthermore, because the transport of plastic along the booms is driven by the currents, it’s slow enough for organisms to escape.
Because plastic accumulates along the booms and zooplankton does not, the ratio between zooplankton and plastic is (in theory) negligible.
This is one of the aspects that will be tested in the pilot project.
Our (tested) alternative is separating the small plankton and plastic using centrifugal forces, based on a density difference.

How long will it take to clean up?

About 5 years. OSCURS drifter tracking models show the natural rotational period of the gyres’ currents is approximately 5 years.
However, since surface currents are largely driven by wind, there is a degree of variability.
The idea is to span The Ocean Cleanup Array as a radius of these rotating systems, and thereby intercepting the moving debris.
Since it concerns a certain angular velocity, the time it will take is independent of the covered area (or radius).

It is a perfect solution?

No. We will be able to retrieve billions of kilograms of plastic from the oceans, but that still won’t be 100% of what’s in the world’s oceans.
We’ll need a combination of extraction from the oceans and prevention on land in order to succeed.
One of the problems with preventive work is that there isn’t any imagery of these ‘garbage patches’, because the debris is dispersed over millions of square kilometres. By placing our arrays however, it will accumulate along the booms, making it suddenly possible to actually visualise the oceanic garbage patches.
We need to stress the importance of recycling, and reducing our consumption of plastic packaging.
Furthermore, by developing systems that will intercept plastic before it reaches the sea, we hope to further reduce the impact of plastic on the oceans.

To read more click on the link at the top!

A LANDSCAPE OF THE FUTURE.

From http://users.skynet.be/sky75025/Frank/lof1.htm:

‘A landscape of the future’ is a visual expression or a nonverbal language
about a number of illusions, such as progress, civilization, art and nature conservation.
The installations can at any time be adapted to the circumstances.

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Visitors of the exhibition have
to lay on the beds to watch
a number of images about the
subjects which are projected
inside the cones.