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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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google

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NASA sending probe to Europa in search of ancient sub-glacial life

NASA sending probe to Europa in search of ancient sub-glacial life

With past life on Mars already likely, NASA is making plans to venture further into the solar system by sending a probe to Europa. One of Jupiter’s many moons, about the size of Earth’s

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Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

Is the Christian Coalition solar power’s most unlikely new ally?

  A fight over net metering for Indiana solar power users just got a lot more interesting, after the ‘yes’ side took on an unlikely ally–the Christian Coalition of America. The

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Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

The long-time head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) stepped down yesterday amid allegations of sexual harassment filed in his home country, India.

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Melting polar ice reveals life forms frozen for thousands of years

Melting polar ice reveals life forms frozen for thousands of years

  As climate change continues to eat away at Earth’s glaciers and melt polar landscapes, things inside them frozen for millennia are starting to come alive again. Thawing

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Scientists discover new Ruby Seadragon species in the Pacific Ocean

Scientists discover new Ruby Seadragon species in the Pacific Ocean

While they’re not quite the Game of Thrones-style fire breathing kind, some new dragons have scientists pretty excited. A new species of sea dragon that was recently discovered in the Pacific

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Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland residents are now helping to generate their own green electricity, just by turning on their water taps or flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the Oregon capital is using a

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BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center will double as a neighborhood ski slope

BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center will double as a neighborhood ski slope

According to Arch Daily, the Syndhavns Recycling Center was designed by BIG for Amagerforbraending, a Copenhagen waste management company. When complete, it will double as a public space with

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Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus

Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus

Archi-Union Architects has put a serious twist on your traditional building with their design for the recently completed Songjiang Art Campus. Located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao Town, the

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16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

As many as 16,000 cracks have been found in two Belgian nuclear reactors, a finding that could spell bad news for nuclear safety around the world. According to The Ecologist, the cracks were

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Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

As if global warming isn't bad enough, scientists have discovered that a new category of uncontrolled chemicals are depleting the ozone layer and affecting the Earth’s climate. Phys.org

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World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

Wind power in the U.K. is about to get a big boost, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm was just approved for the Yorkshire coast. The Guardian reports that the U.K. energy secretary

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Seattle artist creates life-sized sculpture of 140-year-old hemlock tree

Seattle artist creates life-sized sculpture of 140-year-old hemlock tree

Entitled Middle Fork, the tree sculpture was recently unveiled at the MadArt space in Seattle as the latest sculptural work by artist, John Grade – who mobilized an army of volunteers to help

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Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain

Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain

Residents of two towns in northeastern Spain who were ordered indoors earlier today due to a massive cloud of toxic gas in the air are now breathing a bit easier. According to the Associated

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Peru is planning a highway through the world’s most biodiverse protected place

Peru is planning a highway through the world’s most biodiverse protected place

  In Peru, they’re planning to pave paradise and lay down a freeway. Scientists highlighted Peru’s Manu National Park last year as being at the top of the list of natural

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Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

When it comes to sustainability, Frankfurt is the place to be. The German city, known widely for its green initiatives, took top spot in the recently released Sustainable Cities Index by

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U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

Hang on to your water bottles; the United States is set to experience the worst droughts the country has seen in 1,000 years – all thanks to climate change. Projections by climate scientists

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World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

World’s largest lake has an algal bloom so massive it can be seen from space

New images show an algal bloom in the Caspian sea that's so big it can be seen from space. The recently released images taken by South Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite in 2012 show green waters in

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Congress passes Keystone XL bill despite Obama’s veto promise

Congress passes Keystone XL bill despite Obama’s veto promise

The Keystone XL pipeline just got one step closer to reality as Congress passed a bill approving the controversial project this afternoon. The bill passed with a vote of 270-152, and it will now

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What’s causing “milky rain” to fall in the Pacific Northwest?

What’s causing “milky rain” to fall in the Pacific Northwest?

Scientists may have uncovered the cause of a strange “milky rain” that fell on large parts of Oregon and Eastern Washington state last week. The unusual rainfall left a powdery residue on

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NASA video sheds light on the dark side of the moon

NASA video sheds light on the dark side of the moon

Ever wonder what lurks on the dark side of the moon? Now you can see it like never before. The hemisphere of the moon that always faces away from Earth was largely uncharted until 1959, when a

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Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

Why is the FBI paying visits to American anti-tar sands activists?

It seems that being an anti-tar sands activist in the United States is getting to be a riskier business, as those opposed to the Canadian oil development have been getting unexpected visits from

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores”

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Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa capital suing neighboring cities over fertilizer pollution in water supply

Iowa’s capital city is testing the waters on a new way to keep fertilizer runoff from neighboring farms out of the two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. NPR reports that Des

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It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates that 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to

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Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been a bit

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Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound? According to new research by French scientists, dying trees emit noises that indicate their imminent demise before they

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Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Combining pollution cleanup, green energy, and recycling, a new project in the U.K. investigates the potential of using algae to clean up an old mine site, while producing both

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Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Rayton’s new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels. Rayton

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts

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