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Undying: the Life and Death of an Indigo Cloth

The life history of indigo dyed things captures the life and death of social values, relationships, and structures in India and China.

"Blood and Oil," North Dakota, and dreams not exactly fulfilled

Last week a new television series set amidst the North Dakota oil boom …

A New Global Tinderbox: The World’s Northern Forests

Rapidly rising temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased …

US Shale Oil too Expensive, Peaks 1H 2015

According to EIA data, monthly US crude oil production peaked in …

The Sustainable Development Goals: A Siren and Lullaby for Our Times

Most people haven’t heard about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Native Shrubs: a Simple Fix for Drought-Stricken Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

The use of native shrubs can help feed water to neighboring crops. This article is a good reminder that strategic crop placement is important.
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Growing Soil

When talking about Growing Soil in the British Isles, we have long depended on the cow and its dung, whether dropped in the field or made into manure through composting with straw in the barn.

Resilience Roundup - Oct 2

 Shell Exits Arctic as Slump in Oil Prices Forces Industry to Retrench …

Back From the Dead: The Rise of EVs

A decade ago electric cars were a lost cause. The popular 2006 documentary …

As 'This Changes Everything' Debuts in US, Leave Your Climate Despair at the Door

'People are ready for a deeper, much more systemic critique and much more …

What is Wealth?

For a lot of people with money, they have wrapped their identity …

So What about Beauty?

We can focus on building beautiful places but, as we say here at Strong Towns, financial solvency is a prerequisite to doing good.

The Exxons of Agriculture

It goes without saying that oil and coal companies should not have a seat at the policy table for decisions on climate change.

Peak Oil Notes - Oct 1

A midweek update. Despite several important developments during the last few …

Retrotopia: A Change of Habit

The other thing that startled me as I wandered the streets was how little …

Peak Oil Ass-Backwards: Forget Austerity and Grexit – it's Time for a Gretaway!

Austerity and "Grexits" are only going to result in more and more …

The Miracle of Mals

By banning pesticides in a referendum, the community of Mals in Southern …

Finding the Land that’s Right for You

At some point almost every permaculturist thinks about getting onto a piece …

NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification

The story of Rossy’s Bakery exemplifies the way CDCUs are crucial …

Scaling This Stuff Up: Resilience Reflections with Rob Hopkins

I see so much remarkable stuff happening in so many places, and meet so many …

Low Oil Prices - Why Worry?

The Peak Oil story we have been told is wrong. The collapse in oil …

The Emergency Climate Movement

We are living in a state of planetary emergency.