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Is the slowdown in productivity growth a result of energy costs?

Sun, 24/05/2015 - 16:44

The high energy prices of the last decade or so may be, in part, responsible for low productivity growth. And yet, in a sampling of recent coverage of the productivity issue, not one piece mentioned energy.

Categories: Peak Oil

Progress Toward a True-Cost Economy Now Comes From Developments in Renewable Energy

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 11:47

A renewable energy revolution is sweeping the planet. This revolution has profound implications because it signals that the global economy is moving to stop the growth of our human carbon footprint.

Categories: Peak Oil

We Are Seneca Lake: Josh Fox & Fracking Opponents Fight Natural Gas Storage Site in Upstate NY

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 11:46

With over 250 arrests and counting, We Are Seneca Lake is becoming one of the largest environmental civil disobedience protests in New York history.

Categories: Peak Oil

Human manure: Closing the nutrient loop

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 11:42

Using human urine and faeces as fertiliser may seem an unappetising concept but it’s been common practice for centuries.

Categories: Peak Oil

Arguments against GMOs

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 11:40

Reductionist science is not the answer to the problems engendered by a finite biosphere with a human population in overshoot.

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Resilience Roundup - May 22

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 09:25

 Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era...

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Peak Oil Notes - May 22

Fri, 22/05/2015 - 09:07

A midweek roundup. After a five-session losing streak, oil prices reversed on Wednesday, climbing about a dollar a barrel in New York and London to close at $58.98 and $65.03 respectively

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Soil Science Spelled It Out A Whole Century Ago

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:28

An organic farm marketer brought me a strange book to read and I can’t get it out of my mind.

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Albert Einstein, Soil, Honey Bees and Biodiversity

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:27

Among the manifold quotes that are attributed to Albert Einstein, are variants along the lines of: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

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These Friends from High School Bought an Abandoned Factory. Now They're Distilling Artisanal Whiskeys

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:27

“If we can put this building back to work, we can put any building in Indianapolis to work,” says Taft. “And if we can do it here, we can do it anywhere.”

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California State of Emergency: Up To 105,000 Gallons of Oil Spill in Santa Barbara from Plains All American Pipeline

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:26

Up to 105,000 gallons of oil obtained via offshore drilling have spilled from a pipeline owned by Plains All American at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County in California.

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In Defence of Wellbeing

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 11:23

William Davies’ new book The Happiness Industry is a fascinating and vivid journey through the history of economics, advertising, psychology, management and more.

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The Era of Impact

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 08:40

The era of impact is the point at which it becomes clear to most people that something has gone wrong with the most basic narratives of a society...

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Review: Afterburn by Richard Heinberg

Thu, 21/05/2015 - 08:13

Heinberg, who has few peers in the art of distilling complex messages down to simple, easily understandable take-aways, gives this summation of our fossil fuel predicament: “it’s all about energy; renewables are the future; growth is over.”

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Hijacking the Anthropocene

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 12:16

How the anti-green ‘Breakthrough Institute’ misrepresents science to advance a technocratic agenda and undermine grassroots environmentalism.

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Pitt Students Plan Urban Ag Law Firm in the Iron City

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 12:07

Will the growth of urban agriculture bring with it the growth of urban agricultural lawyers?

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Claim the Sky!

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 11:52

By asserting that all of us collectively own the sky, we can begin to use the legal institutions surrounding property to protect our collective rights, charge for damages to the asset, and provide rewards for improving the asset.

Categories: Peak Oil

NACTO Report Links Station Density to Bike Share Usage, Equity

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 11:50

A new report argues that consistent, close station design is crucial to making bike share a viable option for users of all income levels.

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Self-Help by the People: A Short History of Cooperatives in Britain, With a Foray into the United States

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 11:38

This is the story of 175 years of successful self-help, of an international movement that built lasting economic institutions out of the pooled pennies of millions of working people.

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Resilience Reflections with Robert Jensen

Wed, 20/05/2015 - 10:34

My biggest setback was being born white, male, middle class, and a citizen of the United States.

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