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Flood-Ravaged Gulf Coast Residents Ask President Obama To Cancel Federal Offshore Drilling Lease Auction

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 12:50

During President Obama’s visit to a flood-ravaged area near Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week, a group of environmental activists delivered a petition to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) protesting the planned leasing of more of the Gulf of Mexico for oll and gas drilling.

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The War on Cash

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 11:38

Our concerns are unfashionable. Without any explicit declaration, the War on Cash has begun.

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Declaration of La Via Campesina Delegation to the 2016 World Social Forum

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 11:24

"We not only believe that another world is necessary, the members of La Vía Campesina are already building a better world."

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Watching the Watchers

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 09:42

The exercise is based on the notion that we could, if collectively we so chose, organise ourselves into more localised and labour-intensive polities and economies, and that if we did so we might better secure our health and general wellbeing at a lower energetic and carbon cost.

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On Flimsy Ladders, or Flimsy Ain’t Nothing. Flimsy is All.

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 09:10

We float above living Earth in a life supplied by fossilised life.

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How We Went on an Energy Diet, and What We Lost (and Gained!)

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 19:45

In which I reveal the changes in our household energy usage from 2003 through 2015 and how we achieved them.

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Five Things Americans Don’t Understand about Politics

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 12:42
At the height of America’s most bizarre presidential election campaign in decades, a careening spectacle largely due to the nutcase ramblings of an epic uber-narcissist, a contemporary, real-world He Who Can’t Be Named, I’ve come to realize just how little the American people understand about politics in its nuts and bolts.
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Protect the Earth. Live Simply... Our Future Depends On It.

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 12:14

In November and December of 2015, I visited a couple of places in India that inspired some questions and thoughts about what is involved in protecting the earth.

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IPCC Special Report to Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ of 1.5C Climate Goal

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 11:22

The head of the United Nation’s climate body has called for a thorough assessment of the feasibility of the international goal to limit warming to 1.5C.

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Only Five Years in, Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Bears Fruit

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 10:31

The innovative and comprehensive Vermont Farm to Plate food system strategic plan unveiled five years ago has borne fruit.

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Five Billion Years of Energy Supply: the "Stereosphere" and the Upcoming Photovoltaic Revolution

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 09:56

Both the biosphere and the stereosphere use solar light as the energy potential necessary to keep the metabolic cycle going and they build-up metabolic structures using nutrients taken from the earth's surface environment.

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Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

Tue, 23/08/2016 - 09:24

I feel quite sure that whatever the scientific explanation for the die-off of the horseshoe crabs and eels, the real reason is the senseless killing Stella described.

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Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 12:22

With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’

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Helsinki Timebank: Currency as a Commons

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 11:53

In October 2009, while expecting another futile climate summit in nearby Copenhagen, a small group of friends in the Kumpula neighborhood of Helsinki got together to discuss practical alternatives.

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Climate Change and Colonial History Make a Toxic Combination

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 11:17

New research points to a powerful link between climate change and armed conflict.

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What I Learned from my First Garden

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 10:26

This year, I started my first garden—a micro garden really.

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On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 10:02

The foundational industrial and productive, surplus-creating, part of the economy still exists—only now it is mainly out of sight.

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Peak Oil Review - Aug 22 2016

Mon, 22/08/2016 - 08:08

 A weekly roundup of peak oil  news, including: -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -Nigeria -Venezuela -The Briefs

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Limitless imagination and physical limits

Sun, 21/08/2016 - 16:39

How do we distinguish those ideas that are forever going to remain in the realm of fiction and those that can become concrete reality? Of those that are possible how do we determine which won't destroy us?

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Building Communities through Gardening

Fri, 19/08/2016 - 11:30

In a city of concrete that seems to extend forever, where every vacant lot looks destined for development, a patch of green is a welcome sight.

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