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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California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

Scientists have known California is sinking for years, but new data from NASA show the state is subsiding even faster than previously thought due to relentless pumping of groundwater - largely

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New carbon nanofiber process could reduce atmospheric C02 to pre-industrial levels in just a decade

New carbon nanofiber process could reduce atmospheric C02 to pre-industrial levels in just a decade

youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQBlpENiFzo Scientists now believe they could make carbon nanofibers using carbon dioxide drawn from the atmosphere – a double-whammy discovery that

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July was the hottest month in recorded history

July was the hottest month in recorded history

Last month was the hottest month, ever; not in California or even all of America, but in the whole recorded weather history of the planet. Phys.org reports that the first seven months of 2015

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Scientists may have just grown the first almost-fully formed human brain

Scientists may have just grown the first almost-fully formed human brain

Scientists at an Ohio State University lab claim they have grown the first-ever almost fully formed human brain. The discovery has sparked hopes the brain could be used to improve medical

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Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Quick! Take 30 seconds and think of everything you can possibly do to combat climate change. Done? We're guessing that yoga wasn't on that list. But India’s new prime minister thinks that his

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Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for renewable

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Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

While U.S. taxpayers continue to subsidize the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, the African desert kingdom of Morocco just announced it plans to phase out payouts to companies pumping

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Secret donors gave $125 million to fuel American climate change denial

Secret donors gave $125 million to fuel American climate change denial

It looks like the American anti-climate change movement is, if nothing else, a well-funded one. The Guardian reports an analysis of tax records shows “secretive funders” behind the

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California oil spill pipeline had corroded all the way through

California oil spill pipeline had corroded all the way through

An investigation by federal regulators has shown that the ruptured petroleum pipeline that recently spilled 101,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara was allowed by its owner to corrode to

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Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk’s has built an empire through innovation in electric car, solar and space technology, but it now looks like his success has been supported by roughly $4.9 billion in government

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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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