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 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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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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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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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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New IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

New IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

"Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects," so states the briefest summary of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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Poll Shows Voters Do Want Climate Change Action Despite Silence on the Issue

Poll Shows Voters Do Want Climate Change Action Despite Silence on the Issue

A recent survey conducted by YouGov and the Huffington Post has revealed that voters in this week's midterms consider climate change an issue, even though it is being downplayed in the

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs

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Meet Dorothy – An App and Device Combo that Can Call for Help with a Click of Your Heels

Meet Dorothy – An App and Device Combo that Can Call for Help with a Click of Your Heels

Whether you're on a bad date and silently wishing your phone would ring, or you find yourself in a more sinister setting, a new device and app pairing called Dorothy can help extract you from a

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New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an

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Mercy for Animals’ Undercover Video Reveals Horrors of Factory Duck Farming

Mercy for Animals’ Undercover Video Reveals Horrors of Factory Duck Farming

Animals rights group Mercy For Animals (MFA) has just revealed the results of its undercover investigation at one of the largest duck factory farms in the U.S. Hidden camera footage taken at

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Why Are Healthcare Workers Still Contracting Ebola Despite Their Safety Suits?

Why Are Healthcare Workers Still Contracting Ebola Despite Their Safety Suits?

Our sister site Ecouterre reported earlier this month that the U.S. government is offering up to $1 million to anyone who can come up with a more effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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