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Gatekeeping

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 14:17

How do communities set the boundaries that define and protect their shared space?

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Multi-Functional Plants for the Permaculture Garden

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 13:51

If you have a choice of planting a tree, shrub, vine, herbaceous plant, or groundcover that only has one function or another species that fills that desired function and also provides three other benefits, why wouldn't you plant the more functional species?

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Rivers Need a Thorough Health Exam

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 09:16

It might be surprising that globally we don’t systematically monitor the health of our rivers. Imagine damming and diverting the arteries in our bodies without taking care to monitor the consequences. Our health would turn precarious, to say the least.

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What Century Are You In? Take the Econ 101 quiz…

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 09:00

So, how’s the state of your Econ 101? I’m talking about those fundamental economic assumptions you took on board way back when, which are probably so comfortably settled in that you don’t notice them much any more.

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Faircoin as the First Global Commons Currency?

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 08:39

A key element of the Fair-Coop vision is a cryptocurrency, Faircoin, which has been designed to adapt the block-chain technology of Bitcoin with a more socially constructive design.

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Not in Anybody’s Backyard

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 08:28

 The EPA’s new oil refinery rules are another half-step toward environmental justice.

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Biophilic cities: Going beyond green

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 08:19

‘Biophilia’ might not yet be part of your daily lingo, but the concept of biophilic cities, which puts nature at the heart of urban development, is inspiring innovative minds around the globe.

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Uncharted Territory for a System in Overshoot

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 14:22

We are in uncharted territory with the Ebola virus disease (EVD). This pandemic signifies a turning point for society in response to peak oil, highlighting the problem of globalization for a planet of 7 billion people.

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California Neighborhood Food Act Signed

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 12:46

On September 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SELC's Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, and several other bills seeking to promote local and sustainable food systems in California.

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Scots lost out in UK oil and gas endgame

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 12:33

Those 24 Gboe (oil and gas) hotly debated during the independence campaign appear to be largely exagerated because half of that includes additional and yet-to-find resources the development of which is uncertain.

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Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 12:32

As negotiators look to next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on sweeping international agreements. Some analysts are pointing to Plan B — recasting the climate issue as one of national self-interest rather than global treaties.

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Long-standing economic resistance went mainstream at People’s Climate March

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 09:24

Combined, the People’s Climate March on Sunday followed by Flood Wall Street the next day, uplifted a narrative around climate change that was impossible for even the most mainstream of media to ignore.

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Building Economic Democracy & Radical Inclusivity

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 09:10

We spoke with Aaron about the transformative power of grassroots organizing and leadership development, the prison-industrial complex, participatory budgeting, and more...

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Recommended Reading for the UN International Year of Soils 2015

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 09:02

If you never thought 'dirt' could be interesting or ultra important, UNU's Robert Blasiak recommends a fascinating book demonstrating how soil management has impacted the rise and fall of civilizations.

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Climate Reckoning: My Own Private Coal Story

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 12:48

The takeaway: Strip-mining more than stripped the land; it stripped the traces of any human contact.

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"No Ordinary Conference": The Fourth Degrowth Conference in Leipzig

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 12:14

Degrowth is a movement built around a critique of the growth economy, which draws strongly on the limits to growth (cf also The Growth Illusion of Richard Douthwaite) and strong sustainability debates of the 1970s.

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Building Different Relationships Before It's Too Late

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 11:27

Journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges took time during his September 13, 2014 appearance at Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to talk about the human race’s sustainability or potential collapse in the age of unstoppable climate change, corporate domination, and perpetual war.

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#MapJam 2.0 to Put the New Economy on the Map!

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 11:12

This October, the Sharing Cities Network will launch the Second Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map: grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.

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Plowing Bedrock: How bad is soil erosion in US cropland?

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:06

A statement in JM Greer's blog last month challenged everything I thought I knew about soil management in American cropland.

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Peak Oil Review - Sept 29

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 10:05

 A weekly update, including -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Ukraine -Quotes of the Week -The Briefs

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