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No Mere Resolution: The Vermont Legislature and the Steady State Economy

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 13:21

In Vermont, a famously beautiful and progressive land that has also offered us a viable presidential candidate, there was virtually unanimous support in the legislature for recognizing limits to economic growth, the problems caused by growth, and the solutions inherent to a steady state economy.

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Chatham House: Brexit could Harm UK Climate and Energy Policy

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 11:00

The UK is better staying in the EU from the perspective of energy and climate change, according to a new paper by international affairs thinktank, Chatham House.

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The Real EROI of Photovoltaic Systems: Professor Hall Weighs in

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 10:28

The EROI of our various energy options, and its associated issues, may be the most important issues that will face future civilizations.

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Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:48

From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.

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Beyond the Footprint

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 09:11

To be sustainable as a global village — to be able to keep all of our human and ecological systems healthy — we also need to aggressively identify and bring to market a wide range of affordable, ecologically-sound development strategies in the highly-populated, emerging nations.

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The Desperate Plight of Petro-States

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 08:30

Pity the poor petro-states. 

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Regional Cities and the Curse of "Glocality"

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 13:03

One of the essential themes in my continuing study of and reflection upon the character and dilemmas of mid-sized cities is their "regional" character, and the temptation which exists for such cities to pretend that they--or to aspire to convince themselves and others that they are about to become--players in the global economy.

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Pondering Permaculture

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 12:55

Meanwhile, I offer you below a mere snippet of Small Farm Futurology in the form of a letter of mine recently published in Permaculture Magazine (No.88), which discourses on two themes aficionados of this site will perhaps be (wearily) familiar with, viz. my friendly scepticism towards the permaculture movement in general and perennial grain breeding in particular.

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Against Cultural Senility

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:23

I’ve mentioned before on this blog the need to devise new opportunities for learning, and in particular a new structure for adult education that isn’t subservient to the increasingly blatant political and financial interests of the academic industry.

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Possible Energy Constraints to Further Urbanization

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 09:55

How long can the trend toward urbanization continue in the face of this century’s energy and climate constraints?

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Give me 10 Good Reasons for your Food Project

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 09:19

When we fail to take account of and design food experiences to meet both physical and social needs, I believe we are guilty of a terrible form of food waste.

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Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - 26 May 2016

Thu, 26/05/2016 - 09:15

A midweek update. Oil prices surged on Wednesday following the news that US crude inventories had fallen by 4.2 million barrels last week.

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City Repair: From Illegal Street Painting to City-Sanctioned Placemaking

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 13:08
We’re part of something so much larger than ourselves and it feels like an absolute gift to be alive in this time.
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Shouldn’t We Treat Farmers More Like Ministers?

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:58

Is there another profession in our society that is, or perhaps should be, treated with the same respect and appreciation that we usually afford our religious ministers? I say yes, and it is another ancient profession: the farmer.

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Emmanuel and Elizabeth at Pocheco: "Let's change everything"

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:32

When you ring Pocheco, a company that makes 2 billion envelopes a year in their factory close to Lille in France, the holding message describes Pocheco as "the first ecolonomic factory in the world".

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Oil and Gas Activities Behind Texas Earthquakes Since 1925, Scientists Conclude

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 10:50

If you've felt an earthquake in Texas at any point over the last four decades, odds are that quake wasn't naturally occurring, but was caused by oil and gas industry activities, according to a newly published scientific report.

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Beyond Crisis

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 10:25

Community currencies created by groups in Spain in response to the economic crisis alter fundamental aspects of the economic system and favor a more just society.

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Is Sustainability only for the Privileged?

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 10:05

Those proposing just sustainability argue that if sustainability only includes or is only for the benefit of privileged people, then logically we don’t have any hope of actually achieving it.

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Aim for Two, Plan for Four

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 09:36

I began working on climate change eight years ago. As my understanding of the issue deepens and I watch national and international efforts come up short year after year, I have to wonder if our climate adaptation sights are aimed at the wrong target.

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"The Divide" Shows Inequality on the Big Screen

Tue, 24/05/2016 - 15:14

Inequality represents simultaneously a cornerstone and a weak link in today's capitalism.

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