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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Is this the world’s most efficient solar system?

Is this the world’s most efficient solar system?

When it comes to solar electricity, efficiency is the key to success. And a new solar electric project in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert may just be the most efficient system that exists in

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Ozone layer heals while carbon dioxide emissions reach desperately high levels

Ozone layer heals while carbon dioxide emissions reach desperately high levels

When it comes to humanity’s impact on the planet, we just can’t seem to find the right balance. When one thing comes into balance, another gets thrown out of whack. In this case it looks

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Google’s self-driving cars were not at fault in any of their 11 accidents

Google’s self-driving cars were not at fault in any of their 11 accidents

Google says its self-driving cars have been in more accidents than recently reported, but the cars were not at fault in any. A recent report by the Associated Press said Google’s self-driving

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Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

Obama administration approves Shell to resume Arctic oil drilling

Just months after protecting 12.3 million acres of Alaskan wilderness from drilling, the Obama administration has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off Alaska’s

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Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

Over 12 million trees are dying in California as drought rages on

As California grapples with is fourth year of record-breaking drought conditions, millions of trees are becoming silent victims to the severe water shortage – and millions more are expected to

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New analysis shows fracking chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water

New analysis shows fracking chemicals in Pennsylvania drinking water

The true consequences of fracking are finally being shown, after new testing methods have revealed chemicals commonly used in fracking are showing up in Pennsylvania homes located near a

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Astronomers capture 13-billion-year-old galaxy on camera

Astronomers capture 13-billion-year-old galaxy on camera

Scientists recently went where no one has gone before, at least in a metaphorical sense, when they discovered what they believe is the oldest known galaxy ever found. An international team of

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Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Forest fire danger is taking on a new dimension in the Ukraine, where a raging wildfire near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is sending radioactive plutonium particles into the

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California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030

California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030

California has just thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of North America, when it comes to taking on climate change. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order requiring the

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New research concludes: climate change causes weather extremes

New research concludes: climate change causes weather extremes

A new study shows global warming is already having significant impacts on Earth in the form of more severe weather events, which will just continue to get worse as climate change continues to

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Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin

Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin

Mike Basich was one of the early innovators in professional snowboarding, and now he’s leading the way in stylish off-grid living. On his 40 acres of land near Truckee, California, Basich has

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Giant reservoir of molten magma discovered under Yellowstone National Park

Giant reservoir of molten magma discovered under Yellowstone National Park

A new report has revealed the underground workings of the Yellowstone National Park volcanic system – and in the process unveiled new details of how one of the world’s largest volcanoes

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New electric aircraft motor has an output five times that of its competition

New electric aircraft motor has an output five times that of its competition

In what could be a breakthrough development for electricity powered aviation, researchers at Siemens have come up with a new kind of electric motor that can delver a continuous output of roughly

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Obama announces $15 billion agenda to modernize American energy infrastructure

Obama announces $15 billion agenda to modernize American energy infrastructure

President Obama recently laid out the roadmap that will see American energy infrastructure modernized to make it more resilient to pending problems such as extreme weather events and a domestic

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Scientists uncover causes of the Earth’s mysterious subsonic hum

Scientists uncover causes of the Earth’s mysterious subsonic hum

The whole Earth itself emits good vibrations. No, it’s not a free loving hippie manifesto from the sixties, but cold, hard science from a discovery in the 1990s by scientists that showed the

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This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

Six thousand pounds of food from one tenth of an acre of land just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles; if you try to do the math, it just doesn’t seem to compute. But somehow the numbers

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Curiosity rover shows Mars has a daily water cycle like Earth

Curiosity rover shows Mars has a daily water cycle like Earth

The history of water on Mars is becoming increasingly clear as scientists explore the Red Planet’s past, and now data from the Curiosity rover has provided another key piece of information

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NASA satellite captures rainbow-hued Saharan dunes

NASA satellite captures rainbow-hued Saharan dunes

  If you didn’t know better, you might think the above is an image of water rippling over a colorful lake bottom, or an abstract painting of sorts. But the reality is that this is an

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Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power

Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power

Team green energy recently scored another goal in the ongoing match for power affordability supremacy, when a recent analysis showed wind energy is already cheaper than both gas and nuclear

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The Moon was created when young Earth collided with another planet, says new study

The Moon was created when young Earth collided with another planet, says new study

Ever looked up at the moon and wonder from whence that glowing orb came? A new study has added momentum to the theory that the moon was formed from debris leftover from a collision between a

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NASA says finding alien life almost certain within next two decades

NASA says finding alien life almost certain within next two decades

NASA recently gave a definitive answer to one of the biggest collective questions humanity has ever asked: are Earth’s inhabitants alone in the universe? NASA says the answer is “almost

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Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

Western Canada could lose up to 70 percent of its glaciers by 2100

If climate change continues on its current path, Western Canada will lose as much as 70 per cent of its glaciers in the next 85 years. A new study recently published in the journal Nature

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Study shows corn fields creeping into untouched grasslands to meet ethanol fuel demand

Study shows corn fields creeping into untouched grasslands to meet ethanol fuel demand

Two of America’s largest GMO monocultured crops, corn and soy, are starting to creep into previously un-farmed lands– in an effort to meet a growing demand biofuels like ethanol. The news

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In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

As if California needed more bad news, amidst a drought of unprecedented proportions, new research has revealed the state could be in for a massively destructive earthquake. According to

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China’s massive toxic lake will make you question buying another electronic device

China’s massive toxic lake will make you question buying another electronic device

If you’ve seen images of the tar sands tailings ponds and couldn’t believe your eyes, hang onto your seats because this massive toxic lake in China puts Canada’s oil patch to shame. To

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Trans Canada officially halts construction of pipeline terminal due to endangered belugas

Trans Canada officially halts construction of pipeline terminal due to endangered belugas

It’s official. Trans Canada has confirmed it’s canceling its pipeline port terminal in Cacouna, Quebec due to protest and concerns over potential impacts to endangered beluga whale species

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New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

You would be hard pressed to find someone who can deny that humanity has had a drastic and dire impact on nearly every other species on the planet over the course of our species’ existence. A

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One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power by

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Students create a fire extinguisher that puts out flames using sound waves

Students create a fire extinguisher that puts out flames using sound waves

  Using sound waves to put out fires could be the next big thing in fire fighting technology. George Mason University engineering students, Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have built a

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First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

  Los Angeles just got a lot more diverse – not from an influx of new immigrants, but via the discovery of 30 new insect species that live in the City of Angels. A new paper

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