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How to get free broadband

After the arrest of a man for piggybacking on a neighbor’s Internet broadband, we are compiling a list of all known “war surfing” hot-spots worldwide. All readers are invited to add to the list by going as quickly as possible to the Off-Grid forum.

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Landmark off-grid housing victory

An off-grid community in Devon – has won temporary planning (zoning) permission after a long battle against wealthy local residents.

The group of 16 people, featured in Nick Rosen’s book, How to Live Off-grid, paid just

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Cave dwellers of Oz

00   Visitors at underground Motel The tiny outback town of White Cliffs in far north-west New South Wales can now claim a place in Australia’s engineering history, alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Snowy Hydro scheme. The opal mining … Continued

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Fight for local energy

00   KR sells off-grid to Arnie In a feature on companies that will disrupt existing businesses, Business 2.0 cites power company Bloom Energy THE DISRUPTION: Energy generators in homes and businesses THE DISRUPTED: Electric utilities Making electricity in central power … Continued

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Arson campaign torches eco-homes

A third eco-home in central Somerset went up in flames this week, following an arson attack at a prototype round house in Moorlinch and a fire that destroyed Glastonbury town councillor Caroline Barry’s well-known straw bale home at Butleigh in January.

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Laurie David and other Econazzis

00   Hype, all hype Of today’s fashionable causes, the environment is the most fashionable of them all. And no Hollywood activist is more dedicated than Laurie David, who used her ex-husband, Larry David’s wealth to finance Al Gore’s documentary, An … Continued

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Utopia project update

00   Trouble in Paradise Its some time since we reported on Dr Dylan Evans, who resigned as a lecturer on evolutionary psychology from the University of the West of England in Bristol to become Director of the Utopia Project in … Continued

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Eco-palace back on

Plans are afoot to prepare a $10m eco-palace” as a wedding gift for Prince Charles son Prince William,and his fiancee Kate Middleton. As they holiday in a tiny island int he Seychelles, the palace in Wales is being fitted with a range of eco-features.

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Nick Rosen at Edinburgh book festival

00   Nick Rosen “free yourself” Off-Grid Editor Nick Rosen will challenge the UK government to make clear exactly what its plans are on the five eco-towns it proposed building back when Prime Minister Gordon Brown took office in June. Nick … Continued

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Mel Gibson goes off-grid

00   Mel’s Costa Rica welcome Mel Gibson is about to head off-grid on a remote $12m, 400 acre ranch in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 300 miles from capital, San Jose. Gibson, who achieved Hollywood stardom playing a detective in the Lethal … Continued