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Renewable Energy Redoubles its Global Reach

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 11:58

A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sectorʼs size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier.

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Here's What a Commons-Based Economy Looks Like

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 11:07

So what might a commons-based economy actually look like in its broadest dimensions, and how might we achieve it?

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Grow Your Food in a Nook and Cranny Garden, Part 2

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 11:06

Nook and cranny gardens optimize micro-climates — water catchment for perennial plants, rocks that retain warmth to extend the growing period, and trees providing fuel, food and shade.

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If Everyone Lived in an ‘Ecovillage’, the Earth Would Still Be in Trouble

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 10:15

Put otherwise, based on my calculations, if the whole world came to look like one of our most successful ecovillages, we would still need one and a half planet’s worth of Earth’s biocapacity. Dwell on that for a moment.

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Peak Oil Review - June 29

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 10:13

A weekly review in including Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, China, Russia/Ukraine, Greece, The Briefs.

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Earthcare, Literally Speaking

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 09:29

Humans often “speak to” nature, as when we assume a dominant attitude and expect to be able to “improve” upon nature with technological solutions to perceived (or real) problems....

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The gift of clear mind: Laudato Si'

Sun, 28/06/2015 - 16:47

We cannot begin to say how refreshing it is to see Pope Francis face the urgency of the situation and awaken us to our need to be alive, and to swim upstream. "When people become agents for truth and vital change, they are elevated, enlarged, and lit up."

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Reaction to Pope's green encyclical - June 27

Sat, 27/06/2015 - 20:55

(Roundup) Go and pollute no more! Hispanics hear Pope's message.  Rethinking what it is to be human. Encyclical may be slow to take hold. 

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How to Build and Plant Large Hugelkultur Berms

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 11:26

You can plant just about anything in your hugel beds and they will do well, but there are certain plants that tend to do very well in a hugel bed.

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The Anthropocene Debate: Why is Such a Useful Concept Starting to Fall Apart?

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 11:09

The point is not that the Anthropocene should be abandoned—clearly it’s had its uses. But should it be a call-to-action for climate researchers and activists alike? 

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Energy Crunch - six months to go

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:48

With fewer than six months to go until the UN climate summit in Paris, it’s worth asking: what’s been achieved in this very significant year for action on climate change? Recent news has certainly been positive, and from unusual suspects.

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Resilience Roundup - June 26

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:39

Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault, Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling, Europe’s energy revolution marches on: one-third of power supply now renewable, The Men Who’re Stealing The Sun , Why wind and solar power are such a challenge for energy grids, North Dakota's oil production has peaked: Kemp, Judge blocks onset of new fracking rules on federal public land, A big new study looks at federal energy-efficiency efforts — and the results are grim, 100% renewable energy – Embracing the “exponential growth of solutions”, New report estimates enough natural gas is leaking to negate climate benefits, Climate Catastrophe Predicted by U.S. as Obama Urges UN Action, Global Warming Is Now a "Medical Emergency" That Could Wipe Out 50 Years of Global Health Gains, Infographic: What Do Your Country's Emissions Look Like?, Why are bees hurting? A lineup of suspects, Oslo creates world's first 'highway' to protect endangered bees, A fairer way to fly, Does Cleveland Know the Secret to Building Wealth Without Gentrification?, Local Food and the CASTE Paradigm

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EPA's New Fracking Study: A Close Look at the Numbers Buried in the Fine Print

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:36

EPA’s draft assessment made one thing clear: fracking has repeatedly contaminated drinking water supplies (a fact that the industry has long aggressively denied).

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National Walking Summit Make Strides Toward Healthier Future For All

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 09:35

Walking is moving fast these days.

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End times for climate denial - 26 June

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 04:18

 Hard times for climate change deniers (roundup)

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BP Data Suggests We Are Reaching Peak Energy Demand

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:09

The real situation is that we right now seem to be reaching peak energy demand through low commodity prices. I see evidence of this in the historical energy data recently updated by BP...

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Grassroots Visionaries and Revolutionaries

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:08

What ultimately fuels me to be part of the Ferguson uprising and the solidarity economy movement is a firm belief that people have the right to control the decisions that affect their lives--call it self-determination, democracy, social justice, whatever you will.

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Farming Starts in Cities

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:04

Farm commentators are remarking somewhat in surprise that the new move towards local food production and backyard farming are much more in evidence in and around cities than out where the big tractors lumber over the landscape.

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Sustainability Metrics, Growth Limits, and Philanthropy

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 10:15

Humanity is approaching a time when philanthropy will be more needed than ever, to address proliferating environmental and humanitarian crises. Yet our existing philanthropic model depends upon growth, via returns on financial investments.

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Peak Oil Notes - June 25

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 09:30

A midweek update. There was little change in oil prices so far this week as New York futures continued to trade around $60 per barrel and London futures around $64.

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