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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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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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans "personal experience with weather

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Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Rare Albino Dolphin Captured Amidst Japan’s Taiji Cove Slaughter

Japanese hunters at the infamous Taiji Cove captured a pod of Risso's dolphins over the weekend -- the fifteenth pod of Risso's caught this season. Sea Shepherd reports that within the pod was a

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Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Why Does Gas Get Cheaper in Winter?

Have you ever noticed that U.S. gas prices are cheaper on average in wintertime than summertime? Have you got a pet theory as to why that might be? It turns out it's not a case of market

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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the

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Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

The Tsubomi House is focused around its central staircase, which is made of concrete on the lower floors and folded metal for the floors above ground level. A storage room and bathroom are

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the

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The UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus Hits the Streets

The UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus Hits the Streets

The Bio-Bus, the U.K.'s first poo-powered bus, just hit the road and is going into active service for a four-week trial period starting Monday 24 November, 2014. The 40-seater bus runs on gas

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Sprout Watches: Eco-Friendly Timekeepers that are Big on Style

Sprout Watches: Eco-Friendly Timekeepers that are Big on Style

For those who still like to wear a classic timepiece instead of pulling out their phone every five minutes, Sprout Watches are fabulous, eco-friendly timekeepers. Each Sprout Watch is lead-

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Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

Skateboard Legend Tony Hawk Rides the World’s First Hoverboard (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2me8E1GZeg Last month we reported on the breakthrough technology behind Hendo Hoverboards. Since then, the company has almost doubled its Kickstarter goal

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code. This was developed in response

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House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

While everyone's attention was focused on the Senate and the Keystone XL decision on Tuesday, some pretty shocking stuff was quietly going on in the House of Representatives. The GOP-dominated

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Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

When Senate majority is handed to the GOP, a Republican will become the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. And Senator Jim Inhofe, one of the most outspoken climate change

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US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast's largest national

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Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas

Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas

SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google have just announced the release of a prototype interactive map that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. Global Fishing

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These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

A team of University of Colorado graduate students are developing a food gardening system for deep space and potential Martian colonies. The project is an entry in NASA's eXploration HABitat

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Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Spanish artist David Catá has a curious relationship with pain, saying he relishes the “emotional aspect” of it, rather than the physical aspect. After his earlier series of work that

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry. That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake Forest

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing

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European Space Agency’s Philae Probe Sends Astounding First Images from Comet Landing

European Space Agency’s Philae Probe Sends Astounding First Images from Comet Landing

Of the successful landing, ESA’s Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said in a statement: “ESA and its Rosetta mission partners achieved something extraordinary today. Our ambitious

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California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

California’s Strawberry Industry is Choked With Dangerous Pesticides That Increase Cancer Risk

U.S. consumers love their strawberries, and demand for the charming little red fruits just keeps on growing. In California, strawberry production is a $2.6 billion industry that provides around

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot, the new potato "has 40% less bruise" than regular potatoes and

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UW Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

UW Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans

University of Washington researchers have successfully confirmed an earlier experiment and demonstrated that a direct brain-to-brain connection via a computer interface is possible between two

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Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

A team in China led by researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered the first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur. Ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like marine

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RECIPE: Decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake (That’s Actually Full of Vegetables!)

RECIPE: Decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake (That’s Actually Full of Vegetables!)

Finding a knockout vegan chocolate cake recipe that's going to appeal to all comers is one thing, but a recipe that also packs in a serve of veggies and extra protein is on a whole other level

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning project was

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s

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Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland’s Household Energy Needs Last Month

According to new statistics released by the World Wildlife Fund Scotland, Scottish renewable energy had a "bumper month" in October, 2014, with wind power alone generating an estimated 982,842

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Likely to Pass Thanks to GOP Senate Wins

Yesterday's Republican Party gains in the Senate put the passing of legislation that would give the go ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline within the party's reach. After six years of debate on

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Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi has leapfrogged other sources of the disease to cause 68 percent of the country's malaria cases in 2013. While

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