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During extreme drought, farmers try for resiliency

For those who take the long view, there are bigger ideas to achieve resilience in the face of extreme weather.

From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond

I'm happy to announce that a new collection of essays that I've co-edited …

The Energetic Basis of Wealth

Last year I did an analysis to try to understand whether it’s possible …

Why does anyone even care about the future?

Some say we humans deeply discount the future--which is just a way …

Community Food Activists Tell Their Stories

It’s easy to dismiss issues facing people we don’t know and don’t see. Out of sight, out of mind. And if we don’t know any …

Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are …
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Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around

Inequality and poverty are suddenly hot topics, not only in the United States but also across the globe.

The Peak Oil Crisis: When?

 The key question is just how many more months or years will production …

Activism and Integrity

Truth be told, my goal here is not to belittle Bill McKibben, nor is it to …

Crowdfunding and Ownership in the Sharing Economy

What would...our sensibilities regain, if sustainable local food projects …

What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement

It turns out that the same unfixable engineering problem that sets …

Community energy in Ireland: the technological aspects

It is important to keep in mind that technologies aren’t neutral.

Why we need a farmer-led food movement

Long Island seaweed and shellfish farmer Bren Smith warned parents in a recent New York Times Sunday Review not to let their children go into farming.

Looting the public

I think we’ve got to the point where we have to name British politics …

Peak Oil Review - Aug 25

 A weekly review including: Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East …

Speaking truth to power: saving the soul of higher education

The cascading political, economic, and ecological crises we face today make …

Tar sands, trade rules and the gutting of human rights for corporate profit

A new report released today from IATP takes an in-depth look at how tar …

Giant Mats of Green Slime in Lake Erie Signal a Need for New Economic Approaches to Pollution

So, what is the link between this latest water pollution debacle, economic …

Energy Crunch: [redacted]

The government’s case for shale looked increasingly shaky last week as …

An open letter to George Monbiot

Influenced by the ideas of Allan Savory and other advocates of holistic …

People's Climate March - I March for 2050 Kids

I'm marching for the kids of 2050.

Understanding Economies of Scale

And again I come back to my central (but evolving) thesis: permaculture is …
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