Beverley Mitchell

 

Beverley is an Australian-born, Montreal-based writer and editor with a background in contemporary visual art, craft and design management. From a long line of green thumbs, she is now coming to terms with Canadian urban balcony gardening after nine years in the Australian tropics, where she had a jungle for a backyard. Beverley’s love of organic gardening led her to permaculture, which particularly influenced her with its concept of self-sustaining systems. She is interested in seeing this concept applied not only small-scale food production, but business models, consumer products and project development as well. When she's not writing, editing or cooking, you'll find her thrifting.

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Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following on from a City Council vote in favor of making the switch on 26 March 2015, the

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2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

"How, in a world that is so desperately short of resources, can we ensure that there is enough land, food and water for future generations?" This is one of the questions under discussion in the

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Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

Of the fateful meeting with his muse Cheval wrote in his journal: "My foot had stumbled against a stone which almost made me fall: I wanted to know what it was. It was a stumbling block of such

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National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

A recently published map by the National Parks Service (NPS) gives a snapshot of the average sound levels across the lower 48 U.S. states on a typical summer's day. While the map was produced as

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Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

We know that honeybees are having a rough time, so naturally we're excited to hear about Flow Hive—a new honey collection and extraction system that allows beekeepers to easily extract

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that's the point!) Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on

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The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The End of Sitting presents an office without any of that sitting-is-the-new-smoking business -- an office far more concerned with the physical and mental well-being of its occupants. RAAAF

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World’s rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

World’s rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

The vaquita is the rarest, smallest and most endangered cetacean in the world. It's estimated that fewer than 100 of the small porpoises remain in their wild habitat in Mexico's northern Gulf

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DIY: 6 ways to make your own holiday gift wrap

DIY: 6 ways to make your own holiday gift wrap

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to save some dough this holiday season? Break out the apple cider, gather the kids, and make your own recycled gift wrap! Start with plain brown or white

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there's really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones' wider interests

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This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

A major challenge of the renovation project for architect Fang Wei's team was how to capitalize on the lushly vegetated city views to the site's west without opening the home to the

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Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

A dead dolphin has washed up on the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama after being fatally shot with a hunting arrow. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that

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Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

The head of the UCLA-based design program developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop high-speed transport concept has described the project as "insane" and "pure science fiction," but only in the most

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Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden expands its hydrogen vehicle refueling station network

Sweden is installing a permanent hydrogen fuel filling station in the city of Gothenburg. The new station will make it possible to travel by hydrogen-fueled vehicle the whole length of

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor

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Levi’s Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

Levi’s Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

Back in November, Levi Strauss teamed up with the San Francisco 49ers to collect unwanted used jeans to donate to Goodwill. Before the jeans were donated, however, the partnership called

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Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

Petition: stop Smithfield from feeding ractopamine to pigs, cattle and turkeys

Smithfield is one of the biggest meat production companies in the world, and in the U.S. it feeds pigs, cattle and turkeys the growth-promoting drug ractopamine. However, ractopamine is not

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel and

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How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) just released a preliminary, technical report that shows how the United States can cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose

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First Vegan Butcher Shop in the U.S. Set to Open in Minneapolis

First Vegan Butcher Shop in the U.S. Set to Open in Minneapolis

The first vegan butcher shop in the U.S. has just been successfully funded through Kickstarter. The brainchild of dynamic brother-and-sister duo Aubry and Kale Walch, The Herbivorous Butcher

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MIT’s Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

MIT’s Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Outdoors!

We've reported before on the robotic cheetah developed by MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab, and the team just unleashed it from the lab treadmill and let it run around campus. The team demonstrated

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN's Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall,

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The Ultimate DIY Gift Guide: 120+ Handmade, Heartfelt Gifts for Your Loved Ones

The Ultimate DIY Gift Guide: 120+ Handmade, Heartfelt Gifts for Your Loved Ones

DIY gifts are always extra special. They show the recipient just how much you were thinking of them as you were making their gift, and they allow you to customize to make the gift just right.

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EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

EPA Proposes Stricter Controls on Ozone Emissions Under the Clean Air Act

This week the EPA announced a proposal for a drastic cut in ground-level ozone standards in the U.S. in a bid to prevent air-quality-related health issues and reduce environmental impacts.

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country's new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device

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The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

The Harvester is a High-Tech Composter that Converts Retail Food Waste Onsite

Seattle-based startup WISErg puts its founders' software development backgrounds to innovative use, addressing the massive issue of food waste with the production of the Harvester. A

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