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A Good Move for Flint: Relocating Public Market Improves Food Access

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 14:20
As the city of Flint, Michigan is still mired in the aftermath of the contamination of its water supply—a public health disaster that has left thousands of residents exposed to dangerous levels of lead—it’s encouraging to see evidence of positive health-related reinvestments in this Rustbelt city.
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Beyond Paris: Avoiding the Trap of Carbon Metrics

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 14:05

Until recently terms like “carbon accounting,” “carbon footprint,” and “carbon offsetting” would have raised some quizzical eyebrows among the general public. Today, such carbon-based metrics are everywhere, but are they helpful or unhelpful in motivating the necessary action on climate change?

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One Cheer for the Commons

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 12:20

A recent article on proclaimed that ‘the commons is the future’, so let me state my thesis plainly at the outset: no it isn’t...

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Sandra Postel: Repairing the Water Cycle

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 11:42

El Niño has been dropping much-needed rain this winter on a parched American West. But it’s making little difference to the greater water scarcity issues the US as well as the rest of the world is increasingly facing.

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People Are Not Disposable: 'Zero Waste' and Ecological Justice

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 08:08

Join Mateo Nube from Movement Generation, as he lays out a Just Transition Framework for Action.

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Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update 11th Feb

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 08:06

A midweek update. Oil prices continued to fall this week with New York closing Wednesday at $27.45 and London at $30.84.

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Renewables: The Next Fracking?

Thu, 11/02/2016 - 08:05

As a general rule, in fact, the less direct experience a given person has living with solar and wind power, the more likely that person is to buy into the sort of green cornucopianism that insists that sun, wind, and other renewable resources can provide everyone on the planet with a middle class American lifestyle.

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IEA in Davos 2016 Warns of Higher Oil Prices in a Few Years’ Time

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 13:18

This recent forum was about how to transition away from fossil fuels, after the UN conference on climate change in Paris in November 2015.

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What Makes a Good Export?

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 13:06

By choosing to live more simply, more kindly, more compassionately, while such an approach would inevitably reduce our physical exports, we need to bear in mind that we would end up exporting something far more important, long-lasting and needed.

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Branding Tradition: A Bittersweet Tale of Capitalism at Work

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:54

The image on a gallon of maple syrup reflects a way of life – slower and less high-tech, more localized and neighborly – that many people rightly yearn for.

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City as a Commons: Flint to Bologna

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 09:52

The disaster with Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, incited by political leaders more devoted to fiscal austerity than the common good, illuminates why it’s important to think of our cities as commons--human creations that belong to all residents, not just the wealthy and politically well-connected.

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How to Plan a Food Snowball

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 09:46

One of many problems caused by global warming is that fewer people know what it means to say something “snowballs.” How will people understand how food works?

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Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 09:45

“The message our Living Forest proposal delivers is aimed at the entire world with the goal of reaching the hearts and minds of human beings everywhere, encouraging us all to reflect on the close relation between Human Rights and the Rights of Nature.”‎

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Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program

Wed, 10/02/2016 - 09:42

The combination of BK Rot’s many aspects—creating green jobs for young people, raising local awareness about composting, and opening up public space—makes it a useful example of creatively addressing large-scale problems, even on a small scale.

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If the World’s Soils Keep Drying Out that’s Bad News for Microbes (and People)

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:20

Deep beneath our feet, out of sight and out of mind, millions of tiny communities of microbes are working together to perform key functions for the ecosystem.

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The Deep and Discomforting Point of Populism (and Socialism, and Certain Sorts of Conservatism too)

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:09

What would it mean for the Wall Street system (or, again, mainly the one which has emerged over the past generation or so) itself to see less activity?

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Learning from the Life of Murray Bookchin

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:06

Ten years ago, American radical Murray Bookchin drew his last breath in the bed of his apartment in downtown Burlington.

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The Empire of Lies

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:49

In those times, just as in ours, a dying empire could be kept together for a while by lies, but not forever.

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Why the Wild Descent of Oil Is Cause for Concern

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:33

The signs of oil's madcap price collapse are everywhere.

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The Path Ahead from Paris

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:30

We need to work together to create a “biosphere smart” economy

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