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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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian,

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian,

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See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

According to the Iceland Review, the eruption of Holuhraun, a volcano in the Icelandic Highlands has been erupting since Aug. 29 and already covered seven square miles with lava, making it the

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India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India has a pollution problem - and it's gotten so bad that it's killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the

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Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome – Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome – Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

Proving that nothing in the world is sacred, your favorite coffee beans could soon be genetically modified - as scientists have finally sequenced the coffee genome. According to a new article

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Watch Explosive Underwater Shockwaves INSTANTLY Turn Vegetables Into Juice

Watch Explosive Underwater Shockwaves INSTANTLY Turn Vegetables Into Juice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWZF-XMWiRM#t=54 Move over Breville - making great juice just got a whole lot more exciting. Japanese food company Kagome has found a way to transform fruits

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Humanity Could Face Global Famine by 2050 Due to Plague of Pests

Humanity Could Face Global Famine by 2050 Due to Plague of Pests

A new U.K study warns that humanity could face a famine of biblical proportions by 2050 due to a plague of pests brought on by climate change. Research from the University of Exeter published in

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Drone Video Shows Aerial Sneak Preview of Apple’s New ‘Spaceship Campus’

Drone Video Shows Aerial Sneak Preview of Apple’s New ‘Spaceship Campus’

There are few more zealous than the Apple fan, and one such person recently got an eagle's eye sneak preview of the company’s new ‘spaceship campus’ using a drone with a GoPro attached.

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At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person

At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person

At 127 years of age, Leandra Becerra Lumberras is the oldest person in the world - but she unfortunately won't be recognized for setting the record. Lumbreras was reportedly born on August 31,

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Artist Buries $16k Worth of Gold for Anyone to Find and Keep

Artist Buries $16k Worth of Gold for Anyone to Find and Keep

Yarr, if it’s gold you be seeking, to England you should go: a German artist has buried $16,000 worth of gold bullion in the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone - and anyone is

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San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type

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Scientists Create Complete Organ from Scratch – Inside a Mouse!

Scientists Create Complete Organ from Scratch – Inside a Mouse!

Oh, the mighty mouse – the tiny creature on whom humanity’s experiments have saved countless lives, and they’re up to it again. This time, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves some hard

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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast

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Zambia Lifts 20-Month Hunting Ban Amid Financial Struggles

Zambia Lifts 20-Month Hunting Ban Amid Financial Struggles

Wild animals are now once again fair game in Zambia, as the African country recently lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting. According to Phys.org, the ban was put into place in January, 2013

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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Rabelli has invested two years and his life savings of $6,500 into converting the tuk tuk, although his remaining resources are indeed scant. By his estimates, he’ll need to raise a total of

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Army Corps Plans to Kill 16,000 Birds with Silenced Rifles and Night Vision Scopes

Army Corps Plans to Kill 16,000 Birds with Silenced Rifles and Night Vision Scopes

Just picture it: armed paratroopers storming a beach, armed to the teeth and ready to kill . . . a bunch of unarmed, helpless birds. That’s a bit over the top, but it’s not far from the

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Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Today's smartphones are dominated by their screens - and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces

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The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

A recent report brings more bad news for the future of the human race on Earth, as the world’s two largest ice sheets are melting faster than ever before. On Wednesday the Alfred Wegener

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Want to Sit on Thin Air? Check Out the Chairless Chair

Want to Sit on Thin Air? Check Out the Chairless Chair

If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to freak out your co-workers, look no further than the new Chairless Chair that makes it look like you’re sitting on thin air. Created by

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Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel – Using Sewage!

Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel – Using Sewage!

Let’s face it. Algae aren’t very exciting. But the prospect of creating a viable source of biofuel from these microscopic organisms is, and a Nevada company is finally starting to make a go

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All Signs Point to SeaWorld’s Imminent Demise and We Aren’t Sad

All Signs Point to SeaWorld’s Imminent Demise and We Aren’t Sad

If cruelty to animals and marine captivity are on the list of things that make you hot under the collar, good news is on the horizon. According to The Dodo, all signs are pointing to the demise

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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable

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Leaked Video Shows “Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded”

Leaked Video Shows “Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded”

Hunting protected animals with semi-automatic weapons, running over animals with jeeps, and torturing animals before killing them; it sounds too horrible to be true - but a shocking new video

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Putin Turns Russians into Locavores – Whether They Like It or Not

Putin Turns Russians into Locavores – Whether They Like It or Not

While a government-sanctioned local food movement might be a distant dream for American locavores, it’s currently becoming a reality in Russia where President Vladimir Putin recently banned a

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The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

Americans are nuts about . . . well, nuts – and the country’s recent obsession with almonds is a tough environmental nut to crack. On one hand, the nut demand is likely the result of a

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Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers

Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers

Apple just took a big step towards greening the iPhone by removing two toxic chemicals from part of the production process. While the rare earth elements that go into many modern gadgets might

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These Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures Are Made by Bees!

These Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures Are Made by Bees!

We all know honeybees are essential to our food system and tireless workers, but who would have thought they could be artists too? Bejing-based artist Ren Ri collaborates with these fascinating

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World’s First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand

World’s First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand

The once abstract of climate refugees fleeing from a weather-ravaged corner of the world in search of safety has now become cold, hard reality. According to Grist, New Zealand officials recently

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