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Gardens: the April checklist 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The hedgerows are in blossom and the magnolias are putting on a show. It’s time to get the garden ready for spring

Contrary to what you might imagine, sprinkling vulnerable plants with water the night before covers them in a protective layer of slightly warmer water if frost is threatening. Fleece blossom on wall-trained fruit if you are fearful, but remove it in the day so that the bees can do their work.

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Bullitt Center tops its green goals, is making energy to spare 28.3.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Two years after opening, Capitol Hill’s Bullitt Center is running so efficiently that tenants paid nothing for electricity and the building generated 60 percent more than it used.
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Bullitt Center tops its green goals, is making energy to spare 28.3.2015 Seattle Times: Real Estate
Two years after opening, Capitol Hill’s Bullitt Center is running so efficiently that tenants paid nothing for electricity and the building generated 60 percent more than it used.
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A visit to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community reservation 27.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
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Indoor gardening guide: growing fruit, vegetables and herbs at home 15.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
There’s nothing tastier than homegrown food - from salad leaves to cocktail ingredients, oats to unusual herbs You can grow food on your windowsill, particularly if it’s a sunny one. The best return is from micro leaves – nutritious baby leaves of salads and other vegetables. They often pack a punch with flavour and make for a pretty garnish. You can harvest the leaves when they are about 5cm and no more. Thus, each sowing is a single harvest. Takeaway trays, using the lid as a saucer, are ideal. Sow the seeds thickly, but not so they sit on top of each other. Basil, watercress, mustard, brassicas, red amaranth, coriander and peas all make excellent microgreens. Skysprouts.co.uk and hodmedods.co.uk stock fair-priced seeds. Or grow mushrooms – in a book. The Grow Your Own Oyster Mushrooms Book Kit will get you started. Simply place the mushroom spawn inside a paperback, moisten, and wait for a mass of fungus to burst forth from between the pages. Alys ...
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Communities Talk Trash as They Find More Extreme Ways to Recycle 12.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: Page One
PORTLAND, Ore.—When it comes to the mellow mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle,” the laid-back West Coast is hard core.
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Minneapolis, food-sellers prep for a ban on foam food containers 11.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Hospitality industry seems to back the upcoming changes.
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A greener afterlife: is human composting the future for funerals? 10.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
In western society you currently have two options when you die, burial or cremation. Now, US architect Katrina Spade wants to revolutionise the way we treat our dead, offering a more sustainable funeral process, reports Grist What we do with our dead can seem bizarre to outsiders. In a Tibetan tradition called sky burial, the deceased are cut into small pieces by a man known as the rogyapa, or “breaker of bodies,” and laid atop mountains to be picked apart by vultures. Later, the bones are collected and pulverized with flour and yak butter and fed to crows and hawks. Feeding your loved ones to the same birds who eat roadkill may seem morbid to those of us in the West, but in Tibet, it’s both sacrosanct (these birds are sacred in Buddhism) and practical (ever tried to dig a grave in frozen ground?). Tibet isn’t the only place with seemingly odd customs: In Madagascar, the bodies of the deceased are exhumed and sprayed with wine and perfume every few years. In Ghana, people are buried in coffins that ...
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Urban Death Project wants to compost your loved ones 6.3.2015 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Turning a death bed into a garden bed is the idea behind the Urban Death Project, a non-profit group looking to provide a human composting facility....
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Apple maggots threaten Spokane yard waste recycling 2.3.2015 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A new rule to protect Washington apple orchards from a pest could derail the yard waste recycling program in Spokane....
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Caroline Lucas: 'I’m not in politics because I’m playing about' 28.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As the only Green MP, Caroline Lucas has a lot to prove. The former party leader discusses Cameron’s cuts, Miliband’s cowardice and whether she regrets standing down Caroline Lucas stands outside parliament addressing a crowd of anti-fracking campaigners. She is in her element. This time, there will be no sit-in, no arrest, no charge for disturbing the peace. The smart, personable Green MP simply says her bit, announces there are now 361,736 signatories calling on MPs to reject fracking under homes, then takes the petition into the Commons. It’s not a huge gathering, but big enough. And it’s quickly apparent that the people here don’t regard the Greens as simply a protest party; they see them as real players in a rapidly evolving political landscape. These are activists who have fallen out of love with the Lib-Dems and Labour, who despair of British politics’ traditional three-party structure – and yet they all seem surprisingly optimistic. They talk about the mismanaged planet, how the mainstream ...
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When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps 28.2.2015 NPR News
Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.
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How Bangladesh turns toilet waste into high-value compost - in pictures 27.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Scientists in Bangladesh are working on ways to treat toilet waste in rural areas and use it to develop safe, nutritious compost for food crops. Led by the school of civil engineering at Leeds University, the Value at the End of the Sanitation Value-Chain (VESV) project aims to help reduce reliance on imported inorganic fertilisers and provide potential business opportunities for waste transporters and compost producers in a country where access to sanitation is now widespread but challenges of managing waste remain

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Minneapolis compost rules scrutinized with pets in mind 27.2.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Dog’s poisoning leads couple to seek rule changes in Minneapolis
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Battle for Liverpool Plains: Chinese coal project tears at fabric of rural NSW 26.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Agricultural produce from some of the richest soil in Australia is in high demand in China, but so is its coal. With a federal verdict imminent on the proposed Shenhua open-cut mine, farmers and miners are divided over the region’s future

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Denver checkout bag fee is dead, but backers hope to bring issue back 23.2.2015 Denver Post: All Political News
Denver's proposal to make customers pay 5 cents per disposable grocery bag spent the last year on life support — until last week, when the City Council pulled the plug.
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Gardens: clear the decks 22.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

With winter on the wane, it’s time to get your garden ready for the start of the growing season. Cut to the chase!

The grip of February is easing and the push of life is evident. Catkins hang creamily from the hazel in the nuttery. Catch them at the right moment and you can see the pollen blown in creamy puffs from branch to branch. Tucked up by the fire inside, we have only just finished last year’s nuts. It’s good to see this year’s cycle begin.

Though we have a way to go yet before growth is properly on our side, these signs are sure and clear. Looking down to the bare ground in the rain-beaten vegetable garden, I can see that the opium poppies are already germinating. Alongside them are the Californian poppies and the calendula on their mission to get a tap root established before the weather warms.

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Bodies into food and sewage into beer: you are the hot new thing in recycling 17.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

You can compost your corpse and brew wastewater into beer. Increasingly, environmentally-minded people are finding new ways to recycle everything – including themselves

Recycling is breaking the final taboos. You have heard of farm-to-table, but how about flush to bottle? In Oregon, a new kind of beer is brewing – made from treated water that was once in the toilet.

“All water is recycled, and drinking reclaimed water is nothing new,” said Bill Gaffi, general manager of Clean Water Services in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Every day you’re pissing away a loaf of bread

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Don't tip it, dip it: delicious beetroot hummus and cavolo nero dips made from 'food waste' 5.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
When chef Tom Hunt was asked to create a pop-up banquet using only surplus food, his cooking philosophy changed forever Several years ago, Tristram Stuart ’s food waste campaign (now called Feedback ) asked me to create a pop-up banquet using surplus food. They wanted me to cater for no fewer than 200 covers. I was shocked that Feedback thought it possible to feed so many people on surplus ingredients, but was up for the challenge. I needn’t have worried. In the lead-up, I was inundated with edible donations of remarkable quality: organic vegetables (end-of-life produce donated by a national box scheme), kilos of gherkins (made from a glut of cucumbers saved at an allotment), and fish by-catch (fish caught outside of a fisherman’s quota, which they are usually forced, by law, to throw back into the sea to die). I was astonished to learn that such high-grade food was being ...
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Law aids renters who wish to grow edible plants 1.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
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