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Complexity, Short Term Volatility, The Exponential, And The Limits Of Human Cognition

The problem with complex systems, such as Climate Change, the Energy System, and Financial Systems, is that they tend not to move in straight lines.

China's One Child Policy: Overwhelmed By Increased Affluence

China's one child policy is an excellent example of how the main determinant of furure sustainability will be the limitation of increases in consumption per capital, rather than the limitation of absolute population.

Ownership & Business Models as Social & Ideological Battlefields

The creation of what we now call capitalism, with its deification of private property and free...markets, has been a conscious project spanning a number of centuries.

The Problem With An Undulating Trend And Natural Variability

Humans find it very hard to identify a trend that is affected by natural variability, instead getting caught up in short term variations like the "Climate Pause". This may have disabled humanity's urgency in taking a sustainable path,

Panarchy: Implications For Economic & Social Policy

Panarchy is a concept that recognizes the cycle of growth, collapse and renewal inherent in complex systems. What can this concept tell us about human society's cycles?

Continuing With The Insanity

A few stories from a single issue of the Financial Times show how little things have changed, and how few lessons have been learned, since the 2008 financial crisis.

Watching The World Go By: Iceland

When we think of Iceland, thoughts of sustainable fisheries and renewable energy come to mind. Is that really an accurate picture?

Energy & The Financial System Presentation

The financial system as an accelerator and multiplier of the economic and social impacts of energy depletion.

A Framework For Assessing Country-Level Resilience

With no meaningful actions on such things as climate change and peak resources in sight, a realistic assessment of country (and regional) level resilience is required.

IEA Oil Market Forecast: Optimistic Assumptions And An Economy Unable To Grow Out Of Its Problems

The International Energy Authority does does its best to paint a rosy picture of peak cheap oil. The reality is an economy which can no longer grow its way out of its problems. 
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