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The Best Reason to Ride a Bike

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 11:16

The film “Bikes vs Cars” tells us that bicycling for transportation can reduce our emissions. But more importantly, bicycling can change our mindset.

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Power is Nothing without Control: Lessons from the Failed Coup in Turkey

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 11:14

We seem to be facing the same problems that the Romans faced two thousand years ago: how to maintain control over a complex system that turns out to be unstable and prone to fighting against itself?

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The Color of Pollution: How Environmental Contamination Targets People of Color

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 09:40

The way that a person’s race – and to a lesser extent, wealth – determines who gets the benefits or the downsides of drilling and other industrial activity has a term. Depending on who you ask, it’s environmental justice or the more controversial term environmental racism.

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Changing the Culture and Changing Ourselves

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 09:16
Our real task is to change the culture and the only way to do that is to change ourselves.
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State Power and Commoning: Transcending a Problematic Relationship

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 08:38

What changes in state power must occur for commoning to flourish as a legal form of self-provisioning and governance?

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Israel’s Mediterranean Desalination Plants Shift Regional Water Balance

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 14:32

A national mission in the last decade to develop the fleet, plus many more years of investment in wastewater recycling facilities, have turned Israel into as much a water producer as a water consumer.

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Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - 28th July 2016

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 14:15

 A midweek update. Oil prices continued to fall this week as crude and gasoline stocks continued to grow.

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Pantry on Wheels Enables Indiana Food Bank to Increase Access for Food Insecure

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 14:13

On a hot summer afternoon near Indianapolis, people start lining up early when the Gleaners Mobile Pantry truck pulls into a community partner parking lot.

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Overly Simple Energy-Economy Models give Misleading Answers

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 13:44

Does it make a difference if our models of energy and the economy are overly simple? 

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Christopher Alexander’s Challenge meets Darren J. Doherty’s Design Process: More Thoughts

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 11:01

This two-part series is part of a larger inquiry that started when we accepted Alexander’s challenge. Accepting this challenge means giving Alexander’s living process perspective2 serious attention towards any value it might offer permaculture.

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Climate Change Activism: A Post-Mortem

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 09:42

Thus it’s not inappropriate to ask what happened to all the apparent political momentum the climate change movement had ten or fifteen years ago, and why a movement so apparently well organized, well funded, and backed by so large a scientific consensus failed so completely.

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Wed, 27/07/2016 - 12:22

“Conviviality” is still a foreign word, one that triggers the question, “Well, what does it mean?”

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Suffocating Cities

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 11:52

Air pollution is a full-on, flashing-lights, health emergency.

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Thoughts on Significance of Solar Impulse as it Finishes Epic Round-the-World Trip

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 11:35

My interview on BBC World Service Newshour: the heroism of the adventurer pilots, Bertrand Picard and Andre Borschberg, and the feeling on the ground of what their beautiful story means – at least for many in the clean energy industries.

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Fraternitas Mercatorum

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 10:08

Fraternity is a key Western value since the time of the Greeks… But how did it become the yearning of the urban masses to the point of forming a triad with freedom and equality?

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Grass from the Past

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 09:52

I found this profile featuring myself and SFT Board member Peter Segger when cleaning out my garage last week. It appeared in the Guardian on 1st December, 1984 at a time when the UK organic movement was still in its infancy but developing strongly.

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Poacher's Pilgrimage: An Island Journey

Wed, 27/07/2016 - 08:46

When we were young growing up on the island, the old folks used say that on a moonless night, they’d move from house to house by just the light of a glowing peat taken from the fire.

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Planned Gas Pipeline Construction on East Coast Puts Climate at Risk: Report

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 11:41

Nineteen now-pending pipeline projects, if constructed, would let enough natural gas flow out of the Appalachian basin to cause the entire US to blow through its climate pledges, ushering the world into more than 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, a newly released report by Oil Change International concludes.

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An Industrial Strategy for Energy

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 11:20
What’s also clear is that while nuclear power is tending to get more expensive, wind and solar get cheaper and cheaper every year.
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21st Century Revolution: Review

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 11:04

Across the Western world, post-war political structures are facing their toughest challenges yet.

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