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Resilience Roundup - Nov 27

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 17:21

A roundup of news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere including: Global debt defaults near milestone | If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests |The Idea of a Local Economy...

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Peak Oil Notes - Nov 27

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 11:15
A midweek roundup. There has been a lot of news to move the oil markets in the last few days.
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Book Review: Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 08:00

Phillips would have you believe that Transition/Degrowth/anti-consumerism thinking has taken over the world, that he is alone in holding out against this tide of babbling unreason.

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Thu, 26/11/2015 - 08:36

As I step out on the porch before sunrise Thanksgiving morning, the air will smell of smoke from a dozen farmhouses in our valley.

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The Shadows of the Cave

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 08:35

Some of us prefer sun and wind and depth and color to the play of shadows on the walls of the cave.

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Zarzalejo Futuro: future scenarios

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 15:26
What does it look like when Transition meets the 15M movement in the context of a mountain village in the centre of Spain?
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Hottest five-year period on record is 2011-2015, says WMO

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 15:01

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced today that 2015 is likely to top the charts as the hottest year in modern observations, with 2011-15 the hottest five-year period on record.

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Peddling a New Model of Urban Farming

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 13:28
Bike-riding farmers in Orlando, Florida, are helping communities produce their own food—right on their own front lawns.
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Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 13:06

Every now and then, a book changes the way you see the world. It’s like shaking a kaleidoscope and suddenly all the bits and pieces fall into a new pattern.

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Why "Supply and Demand" doesn't Work for Oil

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 12:37

A gradual switch to higher-cost energy products, in a sense, works in the opposite direction to a switch from beef to chicken. 

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Becoming Pattern Literate

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 10:41

The word “pattern” takes us over a vast territory.

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Resilience Reflections with John Thackara

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 09:58

It’s taken me a long time to learn respect for the ways millions of people help each other to feed and shelter their families in resourceful ways.

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In CSA Twist, Aquaponics Grow Op Offers Subscribers Microgreens Live on a Tray

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 12:11

A new kind of CSA in Oregon is bringing aquaponics to its subscription program. Perhaps a unique business idea for an adventurous yardfarmer?

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It's Too Late to "Save" the Climate, But Not Too Late to Save Ourselves

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 12:11

Yet another United Nations climate confab is about to commence, this time in Paris, France, where the tragic backdrop of terrorism, war, and a growing immigration crisis now grips the country.

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The Local Economy Solution

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 12:10

So, cities and states should stop trying to lure huge corporations from one jurisdiction to another and should instead invest in the local businesses that are likely to stay, create jobs, and support the local economy.

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The "Syrian Sickness": What Crude Oil Gives, Crude Oil will Take Away

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 12:10

Crude oil had created modern Syria, crude oil has destroyed it.

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Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 12:09

In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option.

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A Review of Books 2 and 3 in the After Oil Science Fiction Anthology Series

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 09:31

This year saw the publication of not one, but two, more worthy additions to the After Oil science fiction anthology series.

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Of Pigs, Peasants, and Pastoralists

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 08:53

I think what this analysis shows is that, unlike extensive pastoralism, intensive, ‘organic’/ agroecological, local ‘peasant’ farming is feasible for national self-provisioning.

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Collaboration and Changing Beliefs are Two Keys for a Degrowth Economy

Mon, 23/11/2015 - 13:31

Today when we think about a degrowth economy, about fostering the transition towards it and supporting more resilient lifestyles, I imagine – departing from systems theory – that we need something deeper; some kind of economic acupuncture that can trigger specific points that reverberate throughout the whole economic system.

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