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Peak Oil, Ten or So Years On

This blog began seven years and almost a thousand posts ago, and I thought it a good time to take stock.

An Orchard from a Single Tree

At some point in your childhood, I hope, you ate an apple and hit upon the idea of planting the seeds.

Tea

When I and several others were helping build the cob house in County Clare a few years ago, some of us took a break for tea. As we walked back to the shelter across the wildflower fields, though, some of the other workers started picking various flowers along the way and piling them into baskets.

Ferguson Rorschach

The violence, police-state rules, military occupation, censorship – it could absolutely happen in your neighbourhood next time, and most news reports didn’t appreciate that.

Ferguson Falls Apart

What happened in Ferguson could happen where you live, for while race and poverty are important, this tragedy seems to have fed off more pervasive flaws in the culture.

Using plants to clean contaminated soil

What we need is a device that can suck toxins out of the soil and either turn them into something harmless, or concentrate them in something lightweight and removable.

How to make bad wine into good vinegar

If you buy your booze from a store, “wine” refers only to grapes, but you can make wine or beer from almost any edible plant and some inedible ones.

Striving for “dis-sensus": Economics, Energy and Environment Conference review

Greer, others speak at London School of Economic Science.

Use Whitewash Instead of Paint for Traditional Look and No Toxins

Whitewashing was used on buildings here in Ireland into the late 20th century, only recently replaced by more dubious alternatives.

Working with straw

These days, human-scale straw bales have been largely replaced by mammoth cylinders that require mammoth farm equipment; another way we have used the cheap energy of recent decades to burn our bridges.
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