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Peak Oil Notes - Feb 26

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 12:40

A mid-week update. Oil prices fell on Monday and Tuesday this week on expectations that US crude stocks will continue to grow.

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Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 12:39

“Being invisible does two things: You think you don’t have any responsibilities [and] you’re just left out.”

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Slow Money 2014 Highlights

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 12:38

SLOW MONEY 2014 was our largest event to date, with over 850 attendees from 46 states, Canada and France, and 6,000 watching via live stream.

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5 Reasons Cargo Bikes Are the Perfect Mode of Transportation

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 10:31

With Americans driving less and more cities encouraging people to bike, the humble cargo bike has quietly gained traction in the U.S.

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If We're Serious about Saving Bees and Butterflies, Here's What We Should Do

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 10:12

If pollinator health is made a priority, to be successful much current policy and practice must change.

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Is the US Overplaying Its Energy Hand?

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 09:49

The evidence suggests the United States is playing energy poker with a pair of jacks in its hand, but betting as if it had four aces.

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The Externality Trap, or, How Progress Commits Suicide

Thu, 26/02/2015 - 09:43

Economic life in the industrial world these days can be described, without too much inaccuracy, as an arrangement set up to allow a privileged minority to externalize nearly all their costs onto the rest of society while pocketing as much as possible the benefits themselves.

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Get Growing Breightmet: Bolton’s food growing revolution begins here!

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 13:51

If you have a fairly spacious garden like many of the people we work with have, growing your own food in times of extreme economic uncertainty is a practical and direct solution that many people are just opening their eyes to...

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Labour and Nature: Power in Numbers

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 12:45

I’m incredibly excited to see the growing linkages between the environmental movement and the labour movement.

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Mali: Agroecology Is in our Hands!

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 12:29
"I decided to come here because we are building a necessary movement, that will claim back what was always ours: our peasant knowledge of doing agriculture", said a woman farmer from Mali, as she was running to attend the women caucus, this afternoon.
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Obama's Veto of Keystone XL Bittersweet for Texans Forced to Allow the Pipeline on Their Land

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 11:25

As expected, President Obama today vetoed the Republican bill attempting to allow TransCanada to finish constructing the Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline.

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Have You Done the Transition Health Check Yet?

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 11:23

Interestingly the similarities between a healthy human body and a healthy Transition group are both about taking an holistic view of what is happening in order to prevent problems by checking that all the different parts are working well.

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Are We In The Midst Of An Epic Battle Between Interest Rates And The Oil Price?

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 10:53

What follows are the continuance of my research, discussions, observations and thoughts around the nexus of debts, interest rates and the oil price.

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These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bike Shops and Brewers

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 10:31
While the investment cooperatives that have formed in northeast Minneapolis and in Sangudo have relied primarily on the resources of the communities starting them, both initiatives have also benefited from favorable state and provincial policies.
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Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Feeds Thousands on Food Waste

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 12:39

The idea behind TRJFP is to collect perfectly good food from grocers, farmers and businesses, that would otherwise be thrown away, and serve up gourmet meals to the community. Patrons pay using money, labor, or other social currency.

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Quakes in Gas Fields Ignored for Years, Dutch Agency Finds

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 12:31

A report from the Dutch Safety Board has accused the oil and gas industry and Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs of willfully downplaying the risk of earthquakes caused by the rapid depletion of Europe's largest gas field.

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Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 12:24

It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes President Obama’s proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring.

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The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks on Climate Change

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 11:25

It will be messy, confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight, 2015 will be the year the world turned.

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Swimming with the Sharks: Goldman Sachs, School Districts, and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:51

Also called payday loans for school districts, CABs have now been issued by more than 400 California districts, some with repayment obligations of up to 20 times the principal advanced (or 2000%).

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Do Warmer Winters Mean Less Fruit?

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:33

Californians have been enjoying summer weather in the dead of winter, but the downside is that unseasonably warm temperatures could threaten many of our favorite foods.

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