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Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems

If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change, and immigration, this has been a devastating decade...a more hopeful story is unfolding. Cities are …

The problems of environmental activism in Russia

Climate change is still of little interest to Russians. But why?

Peak Oil Notes - Nov 20

 A mid week update.

Did Russia and China just sign a death warrant for U.S. LNG exports?

Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals in the …

A two-century fight for the small, the local and the beautiful

Twentieth-century America witnessed the blossoming of Agrarianism as an intellectual and cultural movement.

Learning from Icarus

What if Icarus’ father—knowing his son would fly too close to the sun—had made the wings he designed more resilient?
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Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape?

A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits room for wild nature.

Open Sauce / Source for the Food Revolution

In opposition to corporate control and intellectual property, we need …

'Difficult' Oil Faces Difficult Future, Predict New Reports

Two new reports on tight oil, or "difficult" oil extracted by …

Facts, Values, and Dark Beer

The notion that life has to justify itself to me seems, if I may be frank, …

Breaking: Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

The Senate voted this evening to reject the Keystone XL pipeline …

"They Teach People Ignorance"

Remember there are just two classes of people—there are the ruling class and the ruled class.

Do We Live on a One-Party Planet?

At /The Rules, we think its time for a new marker; one that grows very much from the 1%-99% meme, and, hopefully, adds something important. And …

How to Start a Bike Kitchen

A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe …

You Have to See It to Believe It: What It's Like to Have Fracking in Your Backyard

Fracking takes rural communities and turns them into industrial zones …

Additions to a Food Forest

Red mulberry trees are one of my favorite trees. They make fantastic …

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries …

Shale Oil: Expensive, Over-hyped, and Short-Lived

The mainstream press has faithfully repeated every press and PR statement …

Does Money Grow on Trees?

Since the Bank of England published a paper earlier this year confirming …

Is This All We Get?

To re-cap for those living under rocks the U.S. and China announced this …

Walking is Going Places

Humans’ most common pastime--forsaken for decades as too slow and too …

Review: Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything

We are all striving to create communities that create more life, rather than …
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