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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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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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out

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Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

When it comes to protecting marine life, Britain is going big. The announced plans earlier this week to create what will be the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve that would cover

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of

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Obama orders federal agencies to cut emissions by 40 percent

Obama orders federal agencies to cut emissions by 40 percent

President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet on climate change once again. Climate deniers can now deal with the president’s decision on Thursday to issue an executive order that requires

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Earth’s newest volcanic island is photographed for the first time—and maybe the last

Earth’s newest volcanic island is photographed for the first time—and maybe the last

No one had set foot on the new island until recently, when Tongan hotel owner Gianpiero Orbassano and his son set out to explore the area and determine its potential for tourism. They set out

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Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

Japan takes steps to restart first nuclear reactor since Fukushima

Nuclear power in Japan is slowly but surely beginning to return to a new normal in the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, as the country recently took another step towards restarting one of its

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UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

UN committee announces support for fossil fuel divestment movement

The arm of the United Nations that deals with climate change negotiations announced recently it will be supporting the campaign for fossil fuel divestment. According to the Guardian, the United

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Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

When you think of bald eagles, what comes to mind? More than likely it’s majestic birds, soaring aloft, diving swiftly to catch a fish – not animals contaminated with toxic chemicals. But it

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For

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Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

The collapse of a cement factory in Bangladesh has killed at least five people and may have trapped as many as 100 people, according to local police. Reuters reports that that factory, run by a

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Barbara Wildenboer turns books into complex works of art

Barbara Wildenboer turns books into complex works of art

The canvases on which she explores include books of maps, atlases and science, that she transforms into works of art by finely cutting their pages into thin strips of paper that then splay out

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Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

It seems the answer–to the world’s energy woes–truly is blowin’ in the wind, as worldwide wind power production nearly doubled last year. The year 2014 saw about 51,477 megawatts worth

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