Colin Payne

 

Colin Payne is a freelance writer and photographer based near Nelson, British Columbia. While he works for companies around the world, Colin loves living a rural life based around environmental sustainability, local agriculture and human-powered outdoor recreation.

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Hurry, Tell Your Senator to Vote “No” on the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Hurry, Tell Your Senator to Vote “No” on the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

The Senate is set to vote today on the Keystone XL pipeline project, and those in favor need just one vote to make it happen, according to Yahoo. If you’re opposed to the project, you have a

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A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

A battle is brewing between California’s organic farmers and the state government over a pest management program organic producers say puts too much reliance on pesticide usage. According to

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We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it's our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars

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House Votes in Favor of Keystone XL, Obama Considers Veto

House Votes in Favor of Keystone XL, Obama Considers Veto

Despite the disapproval of President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted in favor of letting the Keystone XL Pipeline project go ahead. The Keystone XL would pump oil from

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Toshiba’s ‘Clean’ Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

Toshiba’s ‘Clean’ Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

Does Toshiba hold the key to the future of factory farming? The massive tech giant recently unveiled their incredible "clean" factory farm, which is capable of growing up to three million

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EU Leaders Vote to Allow Individual Nations to Ban GM Crops

EU Leaders Vote to Allow Individual Nations to Ban GM Crops

European leaders took a big step toward keeping genetically modified crops out of the continent’s fields earlier this week when they supported a plan that would give individual nations the

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Scientists Agree Earth Has Entered a New Human-Shaped Geological Epoch

Scientists Agree Earth Has Entered a New Human-Shaped Geological Epoch

With 7 billion humans and counting living on Earth, all of whom have the increasing capacity to build, shape and often devastate the planet, scientists are now starting to agree that the planet

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Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

Voters in Berkeley, California passed a historical measure earlier this week when they voted in favor of the first-ever soda tax in America, which will see sugary soft drinks taxed in response

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New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient - a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that could enable CSP plants to absorb and convert

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How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

After Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in 2012, it’s more important than ever to make sure you, your home and your family are prepared to weather hurricane season when it

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California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

Proposition 1 has passed, spelling at least some good news for Californians who faced one of the worst droughts in the state’s history this summer, and the fourth drought year in a row. Also

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New Food Label Expires Along With Food, Could Save Tons of Food Waste

New Food Label Expires Along With Food, Could Save Tons of Food Waste

If you follow the expiry dates on your food, you could be throwing out almost 40 percent of what you buy each month – the average person throws out a shocking total of 20 pounds of expired

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Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years

Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years

Denmark made a bold move last week that could cement its reputation as the global leader in clean energy and climate change action. According to Motherboard, the Danish government announced that

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Aerial Imagery Reveals New Details About Ancient Stone Circles in the Middle East

Aerial Imagery Reveals New Details About Ancient Stone Circles in the Middle East

That changed recently when Jordanian archeologists made 11 high-definition images that suggest the Big Circles are at least 2,000 years old and possibly date to prehistoric times. Archaeologist

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out

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Climate Change Threat Akin to ISIS, Says U.S. Defense Chief Chuck Hagel

Climate Change Threat Akin to ISIS, Says U.S. Defense Chief Chuck Hagel

What is America’s chief of defense most concerned about? While ISIS is high on the list, climate change is also at the forefront of Chuck Hagel’s agenda. The U.S. Secretary of Defense said

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Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

As Gizmag notes, the eTree harks to the Green Sun Rising Solar Benches that offer shade and device charging, as well as Wi-Fi Cows that populated the Glastonbury Festival in England last year.

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Climate Change Caused by Ocean Currents, New Research Shows

Climate Change Caused by Ocean Currents, New Research Shows

Greenhouse gasses may not be the sole culprit behind climate change. According to a new study, ocean currents also play a huge part in regulating our climate. Phys.org reports that Rutgers

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Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

Boeing was the first company to fly a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean, and now the company is opening a major operation in China that will be brewing the biofuel they need to

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the

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Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports

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Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don't like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to

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Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

In what is likely the first imprisonment related to 3D printing, a Japanese man was sent to jail on Monday for making guns with a 3D printer. According to Phys.org, 28-year-old Yoshitomo Imura

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses.

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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The results are in, and the mountain wins - a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut. The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby

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Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost - and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77, the invisible umbrella concept - which uses

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Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii may be the quintessential beach bum destination, but a new law lets authorities move the state’s homeless population away from tourist spots, and it's making life difficult for those

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Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial

Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial

Forecast the Facts is taking eBay to task for its support of climate change denial by calling for the tech giant to step down from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in a national

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These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

These No-Carve “Pumpkinstein” Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

Move over Dr. Frankenstein, “pumpkinstein” is taking over this Halloween. Unlike Mary Shelley’s monstrous fictional creation, the pumpkins that bear his face are real and available to add

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The

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