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Piercing the technology bubble

Sun, 26/10/2014 - 00:35

 This weekend, October 25 and 26, I will be joining leading critics, from the United States and abroad, of corporate-controlled technologies, who are also proponents of appropriate technologies for the people (Vandana Shiva, Anuradha Mittal, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, Bill McKibben), convening at the historic Cooper Union Great Hall on "Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth."

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Combat vs. climate: the military and climate security budgets compared

Sun, 26/10/2014 - 00:22

A new report connects U.S. military engagement and the threat of climate change. The U.S. balance between military and climate security spending compares unfavorably to the record of its nearest “peer competitor,” China.

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Oxford Real Farming Conference: power, lies, and the need for agrarian resistance

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 13:21

The world’s global strategy of food and farming is founded on three great untruths – lies, in effect -- which between them are threatening to kill us all, and in practice are well on the way to doing so.

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Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 12:57

While the burning of fossil fuels causes climate change, simply shutting down these industries leaves workers and their families behind, and often result in a familiar conflict over “jobs versus the environment.”

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The return of Occupy London: this time it’s truly political

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 10:46

This week, stalwarts of the Occupy Democracy campaign in Britain are continuing to stand their ground in Parliament Square.

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Achieving Sustainable Societies: Lessons from Modelling the Ancient Maya

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 10:16

The ancient Maya provide an example of a complex social-ecological system which developed impressively before facing catastrophic reorganization.

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Economics As If Future Generations Mattered

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 10:01

One of the key barriers to taking action on the paramount issues of our time is that these problems are the end result of entrenched cultural, economic and social systems.

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Resilience Roundup - Oct 24

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 09:47

A roundup of the news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere.

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Strips of Native Prairie Protect Farm Soil

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 09:42

A new conservation practice reduces cropland erosion to sustainable levels even on moderately sloping land: contoured strips within corn and bean fields, planted to native prairie grasses. The deep rooted grasses slow runoff, trapping suspended soil and nutrients. They also provide habitat for insects and wildlife.

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On Public Health and Energy

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 09:24

Among the many radical changes that have transformed society since the birth of industrialism, perhaps none have had as great an impact as the revolution in health.

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Eight Pieces of Our oil Price Predicament

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:50

A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.

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Letter to the PM outlining how 2°C demands an 80% cut in EU emissions by 2030

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:25

The letter summarises why the IPCC’s carbon budgets for a “likely” chance of not exceeding the international community’s 2°C commitment, requires the EU to reduce the emissions from its energy system by 80% by 2030, with complete decarbonisation just a few years later.

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Seeding change

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 10:14

73% of seed crops are now ‘owned’ by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.

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A Paradox to Savor: A High-Quality, Free Economics Textbook

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 09:32

Wow, a fresh set of voices in the study of economics that go well beyond the holy dogmas of Samuelson, Nordhaus, Bernanke and Mankiw.

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Living and Breathing in a 'Black Swan' World

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 08:45

Resilience...is the capacity to make ongoing adjustments to changing political, economic, and ecological conditions.

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A Pink Slip for the Progress Fairy

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 08:14

...I’m going to spend this week’s post summarizing the the decline and fall of industrial civilization.

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Peak Oil Notes - Oct 23

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 08:10

 A mid-week update. New York oil futures traded around $82 a barrel this week until Wednesday’s stocks report showed an unexpected 7 million barrel jump in US crude stocks.

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Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure for Urban Energy Systems

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:46

Extreme weather from climate change and growing urbanization are making cities more vulnerable to loss of electric power and damage to energy infrastructure.

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Fracking Ban Ballot Initiatives Intensify

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:06

County ballot issues to ban fracking could have a large impact outside those counties

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The Next Financial Crisis May Be Just Around the Corner

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:52

As growth stalls, stocks tumble and investors fret, the question is no longer if there will be another crisis, but when and where it will strike first.

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